Modern US and World History: 1850 - Present for Grades 6-8 (10:00)
** THIS CLASS IS FULL**
Course: Modern US and World History: 1850 - Present for Grades 6-8
Instructor: Jessica Smith
Class Description: In this course we will explore the United States and her place in the world during the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Students will discover these innovative periods in history where inventions and improvements fundamentally changed the tools of production, transportation, communication, and war. These swift changes led to spirited debate, including the value of people in an industrialized society and how best to govern them. While there was much tragedy and turmoil during this time period, we will attempt to view these times through the lens of the heroic men and women who faced extraordinarily challenging times with faith, courage, and determination, standing up for justice, truth, equality, and freedom. Students will be immersed in beautiful and exiting literature, learn about key geographical locations from this era, and engage in hands-on activities to cement the concepts being presented.
Curriculum: Curriculum will be developed by the tutor and will incorporate resources recommended by several reputable curriculum companies (e.g., Beautiful Feet Books, Simply Charlotte Mason, Ambleside Online, etc. . .).
Homework Requirements: Students will be expected to spend 2 - 3 hours per week on coursework outside of class. Homework will consist of readings from Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Vol. 4 and other living books, short writing assignments, and hands-on/research projects.
Duration: 28 weeks
Books and Supplies required for purchase by families: The spine text for this course will be Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4 by Susan Wise Bauer. A list of additional required living books (biographies, novels, other non-fiction resources) will be provided prior to the beginning of classes.
Grading: A recommended letter grade will be provided upon request of parent.
Teacher Bio: Jessica is a Wake Forest University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, former public school teacher, former private school reading specialist, and private piano teacher. Jessica’s love of history and music has continued to grow since beginning her family’s home education journey. She is also passionate about books, learning new things, the arts, and natural healthcare. Jessica has been homeschooling her six children for 9 years and graduated her oldest child, now a freshman in college pursuing a degree in vocal performance, in spring 2022.