9th - 12th Grades

Description:

UNITED STATES HISTORY

This study of United States History is a full year course focusing on the social, political, economic and cultural development of our country providing a broad view of America’s past and present. As geography is always part of any history study, students will also gain geography skills and knowledge.  

 

Learning about American History is essential to the life of each American as we understand our origins and values as a country - students will feel a sense of patriotism and pride for their country, flag, and heritage as they understand the history and structure of their own country. 

We will begin with a brief look at North American Indians, Maya, Aztecs etc. then move into European exploration and settlement including the thirteen original colonies, American Revolution and founding a new country. As we will assume students have learned much of this part of our history previously, we won’t be spending a great deal of time here. We will be jumping into the development of the United States from the Civil War era on to the present. 

Textbook - I am still looking at materials and deciding what book we might use. While we will use the textbook as a “springboard” for our study, much of what we accomplish in class will be through lecture, interactive discussion and teamwork and assignments which, to some degree can be completed in class with only a small amount of homework.

NOTE: two days per week over the school year does not provide sufficient time to cover everything so for students who will be taking this class for college prep, I suggest that you use your textbook at home to complete the material the book has to offer. Parents will be required to oversee the completion of the course for college prep.

This course will follow California Standards.

 

Prerequisite:

Jennifer Steward

 

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

Course Details

Day: Tue / Thur
Period: 2

Frequency: Twice per Week
Class Duration: Year Long

Course Cost:   $210
Materials Cost:   $0
Materials Required

Textbook:

Textbook - I am still looking at materials and deciding what book we might use. While we will use the textbook as a “springboard” for our study, much of what we accomplish in class will be through lecture, interactive discussion and teamwork and assignments which, to some degree can be completed in class with only a small amount of homework.

 

Other Materials:

Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: Yes

Charter Funds Accepted? Yes

Forest: Yes
Horizons: Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
Visions: Yes

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.

 

Experience

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)!