Exploring America

Exploring America

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roviding students with an overview of American history from Columbus to the present day, Exploring America from Notgrass Company is a full-year high school course that presents US history from a Christian perspective. This course is comprised of two primary texts and a volume of primary documents ("American Voices"). Each textbook unit is filled with conservational chapters and many full-color photographs of archival images, artifacts, and locations. In addition to reading the narrative about events, issues, and people, students will read original documents, speeches, poems, and stories in American Voices. They will also read classic literature (in books obtained independently) that help bring to life the time period under review. Units begin with a summary and list of lessons, memory work, books used, and a project. Each lesson ends with readings from the book American Voices, additional literature assignments, and instructions for questions and quizzes (the optional review questions, quizzes and tests themselves are in the sold-separately Exploring America Student Review Pack).

This updated 2014 edition features an expanded last chapter to take readers through the present, as well as a new layout that features full-color photographs, illustrations, and a hardcover binding. The literature used has also been altered.

One hundred and fifty lessons are divided into thirty units of five lessons each; students should expect to spend 50-60 minutes on each subject each day (total of 2.5-3 hours per day). This course, when all assignments are completed, provides one credit of American history, one credit of English, and one credit of Bible.

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A comprehensive curriculum that is easy to use. Solid biblical world view and an engaging textbook. Don't overlook the literature titles and the American Voices selections. They are excellent.

Grade levels used
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
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Easy to use and plan for the teacher. Excellent base for a co op. Reasonable work load and great out of the box project ideas.
Cons
Not comprehensive enough for APUSH preparation. Not enough teacher guidance for literature study.
Do you recommend?
Yes
KD
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I got a chance to look at this curriculum when I checked out an add on Facebook. I got to see a sample of it from there. I thought it was worth looking into and showed it to my husband for purchasing. This is a great set.

Grade levels used
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
Awesome material, well put togehter.
Do you recommend?
Yes
HG
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As a student, I was very intimidated by a history program, however, this program not only grabbed my attention, but helped me gain valuable information from a Biblical worldview. I would highly recommend this program and all other Notgrass programs to other students and their teachers.

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11
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Yes!
L
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My son really enjoyed Exploring America and also the literature that was combined with it. Our whole family enjoyed hearing about what he was learning!

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11
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Yes!
L
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I used this with my two oldest and plan to use it with my youngest. My oldest did super in college history because of this curriculum's preparation.

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10
Pros
Easy to use
Cons
It would be easier if the questions and tests were on a disk to print out for students to write on.
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Yes
KS
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My kids love this curriculum. Many times during this school year I heard the phrase "Mom, did you know....?" It's written very well and Mr. Notgrass included little known facts that consistently caught my kids' attention. I love that the lesson plans are there in the book for them to use. My daughter loved the timelines & maps from America the Beautiful and will be using From Adam to Us in the fall.

Grade levels used
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Do you recommend?
Yes
C
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My son enjoys this History curriculum. He finds it interesting, and likes the flow of each lesson. He has said that sometimes he feels like there is a little too much detail, or that the material is slightly subjective, but overall, he says he likes it. We have struggled finding history curricula that interested my children in the past. We are happy with this one.

Grade levels used
9
Pros
Interesting
Cons
Not entirely objective
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Yes
R
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My kids and I have loved, loved, loved Exploring America! We have really enjoyed reading complete original documents such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, Washington's Farewell Address, etc. The thread of truth, God's Word, running through the curriculum is invaluable. Written in an easy to read and easy to understand style, I highly recommend this curriculum for the study of American history .

Grade levels used
  • 9
  • 10
Pros
Use of original documents, integration of faith, ease of use, well organized
Cons
None
Do you recommend?
I highly recommend.
JC
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This is very well put together. It gives a good comprehensive look at US history and wrap in literature and Bible study into one. The only thing it could be even better is if the literature component had more detail instructions and comprehension questions before the literary analysis to help the student write a better essay in the end.

Grade levels used
9
Do you recommend?
Most definitely
SB
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We used this last year and loved it. It is full of information about US History that is being lost in today's world. I tell everyone I know about Notgrass!

Grade levels used
10
Pros
Easy to use. Thorough. Full of facts.
Do you recommend?
Highly!
M
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My daughter loved it so much that she completed the entire set even though she had already done the first have of American history using another curriculum.

Grade levels used
11
Pros
Interesting, Easy layout, christian worldview
Do you recommend?
Yes
KC
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My daughter used this last year. We really enjoyed this new edition which was hard back and featured different types of activity choices for different learning styles I love that all their curriculum incorporates some Lang. Arts and Bible as well.

Grade levels used
10
Pros
Interesting, love the activity options
Do you recommend?
Yes
DC
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My son loved this curriculum! He would share what he learned with us after each lesson. Loved that it is from a biblical perspective! The voices book is one part he really enjoyed!! Reading about real people in their own words gave him a distinct picture of not only the people but of the time periods. Overall wonderful course. Wish I would have had in high school.

Grade levels used
11
Pros
Descriptive lessons, Biblical perspecitve
Do you recommend?
Highly recommended
DW
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As a homeschool mom, I appreciate this curriculum for the ease of use, the fact that it covers three subjects, and that it is so accurate. Two of my children have studied American history with this curriculum and they both loved it. Notgrass is never dry and boring, but instead draws children into an understanding and appreciation of our history. They loved the deep look into the people of our history, and the way it made them think and consider more than just the facts. They also liked how the curriculum ties Bible to history. And my daughter loved the writing assignments because they led her to think deeper and to really understand so many issues that led to the development of our country. I plan to continue to use Notgrass curriculum for many years.

Grade levels used
11
Pros
Thorough, easy to use, Christian focus.
Do you recommend?
Yes, without reservation!
D
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This was the best curriculum I ever used. Notgrass has thorough coverage in an easy to follow format and covers three subjects in one. I am now using the younger version too.

Grade levels used
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Pros
Simpe to follow. Thorough coverage in bite size pieces.
Do you recommend?
I highly recommend Notgrass.
J
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My daughter used this curriculum for 11th grade and history went from her least favorite subject to her favorite! To me that was a miracle since she always struggled with names and dates. In the past she would memorize information for a test and then forget the info. as soon as the test was over. With this product being written in a narrative style, it made all the difference between just head knowledge and actually trying to walk a mile in the shoes of our forefathers. It made it much more personal and interesting, she felt she could relate to these names as actual people that lived long ago. The fact that it also included Literature and Bible was a tremendous bonus. Such a wonderful experience. We are totally sold on these products and very much look forward to purchasing the world history curriculum next. Thank you Notgrass Company for helping our daughter not only learn but enjoy the process. A huge blessing to our family!

Grade levels used
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Pros
Narrative style of writing, includes Literature and Bible.
Do you recommend?
Absolutely - it was a game changer!
D
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This homeschool curriculum brings history to life! Your children will enjoy history and reading the stories about different historical figures. The document based reading assignments are extremely beneficial for gaining insight into the culture of the time period. The curriculum also does a nice job of weaving in biblical concepts and foundations throughout.

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  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
Pros
Very inclusive!
Cons
It takes quite some time to complete assignments properly
Do you recommend?
Absolutely!
K
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