6th - 8th Grades


The Making of America (U.S. History 1860 - 1920)

Civil War, Industrial Revolution, Immigration

A nation once divided (Civil War) will struggle through reconstruction and reunite once again to become a strong America. As the cowboys blaze trails to "drive" cattle to the railhead in Abilene to deliver cattle to the east coast, let's find out what "industrialization" looks like during the mid to late 1800's. Wagons have all but stopped going west along the Oregon Trail because the "iron horse" (the steam locomotive) has linked the continent with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Thousands have already arrived on this grand continent during the California Gold Rush and remained to build the railroad. Our naiton became the "melting pot" as people from all over the world desired to come to America - the land of plenty. Students will explore their own heritage to discover whether their decendants came through Ellis Island during the "golden age of immigration"! 

This history course will cover geography, social classes, economics, transportation, noteable historic figures and their impact, and much more!

NOTE: If your students have taken "Foundations to Frontier" (Pilgrims & Early Colonies) and / or Westward Expansion (Moving West along the Oregon Trail) THIS time period is the next one chronologically in U.S. History




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Jennifer Steward


Phone: (530) 957-0975
Email: jsteward.ila@gmail.com

Course Details

Day: Tue / Thur
Period: 4

Frequency: Twice per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $200
Materials Cost:   $0
Materials Required


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Private Funds Accepted? Yes

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Instructor Biography

I Love to Learn - I Love to Teach!

My passion is to help my students develop a true love for learning. See, my own education was one of filling in the blanks and going through the motions...just to make the grade. If there's one important thing I've learned (over the 31 years homeschooling my 8 children) since we parents are investing the time to "do school" - let's make sure what we are doing is engaging and interesting so our students really get it...so it sticks. Let's teach them HOW to think instead of WHAT to think, THEN they will truly have received an education! 

This "philosophy of education" I've adopted has developed over the years observing my own children as well as others. There's nothing more gratifying, as a teacher, than to see the lights come on for our students and to see them excited about learning. Understanding how the world works - both past and present - is truly interesting and important.



Having had the opportunity to homeschool my children gave me a second chance to get a real education! I have had the privilege to use my experience to instruct, encourage and support parents (through offering workshops, speaking at conferences, and writing many books and guides to help parents understand how to lead their children into delightful learning). I am considered somewhat of an expert on the Unit Study method which lends itself well to all sorts of learning styles! 

I have taught history to grades K-12 for eight years taking students on The Great Homeschool History Tour as one of The HISTerical Sisters, using humor to teach history to students of all ages!

I have offered The Passport to Learning class at Inspire Learning Academy for the past three years teaching grades K-2nd, taking students around the world exploring topics from A-Z!

During my time at ILA, I have also greatly enjoyed teaching American History classes to grades 3-5. I have to admit, that History is my favorite subject so please join me as we embark on a fun filled year exploring all kinds of HISTORY (and geograph)!