Cicero Online U.S. History Courses

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The educational toolbox for homeschoolers is changing. While we formerly relied on textbooks or some form of ink and paper curriculum, online resources and options are changing the face of education in the home. If you're "online" at all you've undoubtedly discovered some of these and realized their advantages. We're pleased to offer our customers a new online study option Cicero.

Cicero provides an amazing array of educational options through a single website (one-stop studying) and in the process makes American history a new and exciting experience. There is topical material (period-related audio clips, art, lyrics, lectures, and music, primary source documents, historical event maps and interactive battle maps, power-point presentations, and interactive timelines), reinforcement material (activities and games), and teacher support material (downloadable lesson plans and assessments).

Cicero starts American history about 600 BC, looking at the Greek/Roman Influence on our Founding Fathers. The remaining units (15 in all) are: First Globalization, North American Colonies, Birth of Liberty, American Government, Early Republic, Antebellum America, Civil War, Industrialization, USA and the World, Progressive Era, WWI Era, WWII Era, Cold War Era, and New Globalization.

To give you a better idea of the program, I took a look at the Antebellum America unit. For this unit (and all units) there is a column of Teacher Resources (lessons, links, methods, rubrics, videos, and suggestions for young learners) and one for Student Resources (activities, assessments, audio, galleries, heroes, maps, PowerPoints, primary sources, timeline). In the AA unit there are seven elementary lessons, five lessons for middle school, and five lessons for high school (compromise of 1850, southern slavery, know-nothings, and underground railroad are at all levels). Each lesson has an outline as well as textual information. A wealth of activities are available to add to the lessons. For AA these include dialogues, guided readings for all levels, biographies, art, and period music. PowerPoints are on specific topics (for AA industrial revolution, Panic of 1837, Texas War of Independence, Mexican War, to name a few). Flashcards are also available. Primary Sources for AA include diaries/journals (Oregon Trail, Alamo, Gold Rush, and others), landmark documents (e.g. Missouri Compromise, Indian Removal Act, Gadsden Purchase, and others), obituaries, and speeches/correspondence.

It's easy to see how you could go "a little crazy" with the possibilities. But it's a good sort of crazy there are just so many resources a click away. Older students can investigate on their own, or a younger student can follow an established path.

Cicero is an online subscription service and, I'll warn you, it's a little pricey. However, ALL school levels are wrapped into one subscription high school, middle school, and elementary school. Also (and this is a big ALSO), once purchased it can be used by any family member and it does not expire. You can purchase your Cicero subscription in several ways. The Master Series is everything all fifteen units (600 Present). Series I, II, and III each represent five units. Series I goes through the unit on American Government (600 - 1801). Series II goes through USA and the World (1801 - 1901). Series III covers the twentieth century (1902 - Present). Module I is the first eight units through the Civil War (600 1874). Module II starts with the same Civil War unit and also includes the last seven units from Civil War through New Globalization (1851 Present).

If you're looking for a new approach to American history, if you're looking for a program where your student can work independently, or if you just want to take advantage of all the information that's available "out there," then Cicero might be just what you're looking for. If you're not quite ready to leave your ink and paper behind, Cicero could also be used as a supplement. ~ Janice

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Cicero U.S. History Module I - Roots of America to Civil War 600 B.C. - 1877 A.D. Item #: 014903
Grades: K-12
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Cicero Series III - Progressive Era to The New Globalization 1902- Present Item #: 014873
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Cicero Series I - Roots of America to American Government 600 B.C. - 1801 A.D. Item #: 014834
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Cicero Series II - Jacksonians to World War I (1824-1919) Item #: 014869
Grades: K-12
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Cicero Master Series - Roots of America to the New Globalization 600 B.C. - Present Item #: 014827
Grades: K-12
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