The high school US history unit that we use for our homeschool is simple to administer, very educational, and fun. Our kids have loved studying United States history.
A History of US: Text and Movie Study
We start our study of US history following the ten book A History of US series by Joy Hakim. We read one book and follow up with a movie either about the time period or set in the time period being studied. A report follows each book/movie combination. (The eleventh book in the set is a sourcebook that include wonderful primary sources.)
Below are the books with the accompanying movies we use. There are many great movies you could use. If you have other ideas, please mention them in the comments and I'll add them to the US History Movies list.
Book 1: Prehistory-1600
Book 2: 1600-1740
Book 3: 1735-1791
Book 4: 1789-1850
Book 5: 1820-1860
Book 6: 1855-1865
Book 7: 1865-1890
Book 8: 1880-1917
Book 9: 1918-1945
Book 10: 1945–present
A Patriot's History: Research Notebook
The second phase of US history study is to read A Patriot's History by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen.
While reading, the student creates a page for each chapter, outlining the most important historically significant events along with dates, people, and places that are important. They might add a images, drawings, or other visual reminders about the events. These are then organized into a notebook in chronological order as a timeline.
Founding Documents: Family Discussion
We read and discuss the following source documents:
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- The Declaration of Independence
- The Constitution
- The Bill of Rights
- Amendments to the Constitution
We also discuss selections from the following source documents:
- The Federalist Papers
- The Anti-Federalist Papers
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