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Designed for students who learn best using videos and living books, this U.S. history study is laid out as a "spine" consisting of links to Youtube videos (most under 10 minutes), a simple outline for notes to accompany the videos, and lists of books for students to read along with it to make the "facts and events" come alive.
This is ideal for students with short attention spans, yet adjusts easily for students who want a challenging study of U.S. history. I designed it for use with my own teenagers, who range from special needs to knowledgeable and gifted in history. I needed it to be flexible and adaptable! There is little emphasis on dates or details; attention is directed to events, themes, and people who shaped our nation.
The book lists are divided into "basic" and "challenge" sections, and include both fiction and nonfiction. Some longer videos as well as potential writing and research topics are included as well. Many middle school students would likely do best with the basic list, while high schoolers, especially older or gifted students, would prefer the challenge lists. Any age of student could choose some from each to meet their needs and pique their interest.
Alternatively, this study could be used without the extra books for a quick introduction to U.S. history or to supplement another curriculum.
All history is taught with some sort of bias. The bias here is conservative, patriotic, and Christian. By this I mean that, though shameful aspects are covered (slavery, Indian Removal Act, etc.), the general tone affirms the uniqueness and value of the United States. Many of the videos are "secular", but others explore the role of faith in the development of the nation. Some of the videos contain a "bad word" or two. If in doubt about the propriety of the videos for a particular group or student, it is a good idea to preview!