This is a Free online History curriculum created especially for homeschoolers. It is a Charlotte Mason style (Literature-Based) approach to learning history. Consequently, each lesson revolves around a book that the teacher/student will check out from his/her local library. This curriculum involves a lot of reading and a lot of writing! Students will become better readers and writers as a result. However, keep in mind that this curriculum may be quite challenging to the struggling reader. U READ THRU HISTORY will take you through all of history over the course of approximately 8 years. Each year students will spend one semester (approximately 17 weeks) studying World History and one semester (approximately 17 weeks) studying American History . For an outline of this year’s lesson plans and required reading, please click here. Following are basic directions:
- Students in Grades K-2: The teacher will read the book listed to the student.
- Students in Grades 3 – 4: Many of the books selected are “Easy to Read”. Many 3rd and 4th graders will be able to read the books themselves. For some weeks, the reading is a bit more challenging, and teachers may read the book to their students. Teachers should assign the book AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR to the date the history topic will be discussed.
- Students in Grades 5 – 8: Students will read the book listed. Teachers should assign the book AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR to the date the history topic will be discussed.
- Teacher will discuss history topic with all students in all grades using the “Discussion Questions” as a guide. (Answers to discussion questions will be put in parentheses.)
- Teacher will assign a worksheet/writing assignment for each student based on his/her grade level. Students should normally complete their activity/writing assignment immediately following the “Discussion” time with their teacher.
- Q: Can I assign a book other than the one listed for my student? A: Sure! But keep in mind that these books are chosen to be close to your child’s reading level. Also, answers to the discussion questions can normally be found within the child’s reading assignment. A new book may not necessarily contain all the answers to the discussion questions.
- Q: My child reads above/below the reading level listed here. Can I assign a harder/easier book? A: Sure! You are the teacher and know your students best!
- Q: There is quite a bit of writing involved in these lessons for older students. Can I assign an easier activity? A: Sure! Once again, you know your students well and what will best serve them.
- Q: What is a 5 paragraph, 3 proof essay? Here are links describing this type of essay from brighthubeducation.com and education.com.
- Q: The link you listed for an activity doesn’t seem to be working. A: Sometimes sites change or are eliminated. Please let me know in the comments section of the blog and I will do my best to correct the error.
- Q: I found a mistake in your lesson plan! A: Thanks for letting me know! I have not gone over these lessons with a fine-toothed comb. Unfortunately, there will be errors from time to time. When you point out an error I will do my best to correct it.
More Information: In addition to the discussion questions listed, it is recommended that the teacher review some discussion questions each week from previous lessons to prepare them for the (optional) test at the end of the semester. One test will be posted for each semester. Teachers can feel free to scale the test or eliminate some questions depending on what lessons they’ve covered.
Keep in mind that a teacher/student using this curriculum will need to make frequent trips to his/her local library to obtain all the necessary reading material. Advance planning is recommended! Often librarians can assist a patron desiring to put a book on hold. If you are a resident of Philadelphia I have good news! Most of the books listed for each lesson can be found within the Philadelphia Free Library system. If you cannot find a book listed, consider trying to get it through inter-library loan or through Abebooks. I highly recommend that each teacher read at least some of the books listed for each semester. Older students will need to begin their reading assignment at least one week before the history topic is discussed. Please note: some students may need help managing their reading schedule to complete their reading assignment on time.
I pray that this curriculum may be a blessing to you!