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American History and Geography 

From Early 1900s to Modern Times

3-yr rotating curriculum, suitable for students to enroll multiple years



Lisa Myers


Class size:

minimum 10, maximum 16


Additional fees:

$30 materials fee


Class options: (Meets once/week)

(Tues-1) 8:45-10:05, (Tues-2) 10:10-11:30),

(Wed-1) 8:45-10:05, (Wed-2) 10:10-11:30, 

(Wed-4) 1:30-2:50


Pre-requisites for class:

Independent reader 


Graduation requirement:


  • Course Description

Let's travel back in time and experience the exhilaration of the first flight and the thrilling invention of the first Model T car, the devastation of the sinking of the Titanic, the Great Depression, and two world wars.


Step into the exciting world of history as we bring the past to life through the power of storytelling. Our class will delve into the period from 1900 to the modern day, exploring the rich tapestry of events and figures that shaped the nation we know today.  We will use novels, literature each week, chalk pastel drawings, cooking, hands-on projects, and the MasterBooks "America's Story 3" textbook to bring historical figures and events to life, immersing you in the drama and intrigue of a time that saw the world undergo massive changes economically and culturally.


This class will offer a unique and engaging way to learn about history from the story of the Wright Brothers to World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the 1980s and 1990s, the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and the more recent elections of 2000 and 2016.

  • Classwork / Homework

There will be a spring showcase in which students will present information covered during the course of the year.


In-class activities include discussion of the historical novel and literature being read, discussion of the textbook/ homework, video, food, hands-on projects, chalk pastel drawings of the events and historical figures, and sampling the food that these Americans enjoyed at the time.

Academic requirements: Students must be able to read independently or parents may read the assigned books to their students. Audiobooks for the novels are also available through Audible for a small additional charge.


Approximate time for homework: 45-60 minutes each week

  • Required Books & Materials
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America's Story 3

by Angela O'Dell

Publisher: Masterbooks

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

  • 1-1/2 inch binder

  • 3 tab dividers (labeled: Notes, Graded Work, and Projects)

  • Notebook paper (put in Notes tab)

  • 25 page protectors (put in Projects tab)

  • Colored pencils

  • Package of glue sticks

  • Printer at home

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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