Exploring America Package with Quiz & Exam Book

Exploring America Package with Quiz & Exam Book


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Item #: EXAMPK
Grades: 9-12

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Category Description for Exploring America (Gr. 9-12):

While not uncommon for high school students to study both American History and American Literature in the same year (typically 11th grade), it is unusual to find a curriculum that weaves the two together. Exploring America goes one step further, not only combining history and literature, but also Bible/Faith. The result is a comprehensive, intensely Christian look at the events, the people, the culture, and the faith of our nation with an emphasis on a God-centered worldview. A student completing the course as outlined would earn three high school credits history, English (literature and composition), and Bible. Obviously designed with the homeschool student/family in mind, the two volumes (each about 400 pgs.) that make up the curriculum text are very readable and interesting, with carefully chosen illustrations. The text is written directly to the student with lessons clearly laid out and easy to follow. Volume 1 covers Columbus to Reconstruction; Volume 2, the late 1800's to the Present. These two volumes plus a resource book American Voices are included in the Curriculum Package. American Voices is a collection of speeches, poetry, and writings from original sources that are used in the course in addition to the literature selections. The literature selections (a whole book approach) have been carefully chosen. The author, Ray Notgrass, states clearly that the perspective of faith influenced the literature selections and that the goal was well-written redemptive literature. Accordingly, some typical American Lit reads are omitted. In addition to selections from American Voices, the following books are studied: The Scarlet Letter, Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Co. Aytch (Civil War diary of Sam Watkins), Little Women, Humorous Stories and Sketches, Up from Slavery, In His Steps, Mama's Bank Account, Miracle on the Hills, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Giver.

There are 30 weekly units, each with five lessons. Each unit begins by listing the lessons and memory verse(s) along with the books used and suggested writing assignments (typically 2-3 assignments; each 1-2 pgs. long; student chooses one) for each unit. Each fifth lesson is a Bible/worldview lesson. Each lesson includes a related scripture reference and each unit includes a timeline of world events.

The Curriculum Package includes the two text manuals (Parts 1 & 2) plus American Voices.

The Student Review Pack is optional and contains three pieces: The Student Review Book, Quiz and Exam Book and Answer Key.

The Student Review Book features lesson review questions, literature review questions, Bible commentary and literary analysis. The set of review questions from the text as well as the American Voices assignments for each lesson can be answered either orally or on paper. The Bible commentary is to aid the student in profiting from the Bible reading and study. Also included in the student review book are literary analysis segments and questions for each book selection. The Quiz and Exam book is just that - quizzes (for each unit) and six exams. The Answer Key has answers to all review and literary analysis questions, quizzes and exams.

This is an excellent course for the serious student who wants to study both American history and American literature from the perspective of God's Word and Sovereignty. ~ Janice

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3 credits, enough said. :) My son is an avid strong reader so this should be right up his alley.
Alysia S on Nov 10, 2020
We loved World History!
Nancy T on Jul 27, 2020
3 credits, enough said. :) My son is an avid strong reader so this should be right up his alley.
Alysia S on Nov 10, 2020
Education for an 11th grader.
Katherin E on Aug 31, 2020
We loved World History!
Nancy T on Jul 27, 2020
We used Notgrass for Government and Economics last year and were thoroughly impressed with the curriculum. We still had a US history and English requirements to complete, so naturally we chose Notgrass!
Dana S on Jul 15, 2020
Used From Adam to Us previously and really enjoyed the textbooks, layout, and easy to teach.
Jennifer P on Sep 24, 2019
My Son will be studying for the American History CLEP exams, and one of the speakers I've heard who helps families do dual credit at home recommended this curriculum.
Carrie R on Aug 25, 2019
It's a good curriculum!
Kim P on Aug 16, 2019
We have used Notgrass History products for the past two years and have been very pleased with them!
Steph C on Aug 9, 2019
I have LOVED teaching the Exploring World History curriculum by Notgrass. We did volume 1 freshman year and finished volume 2 sophomore year. The content is written from a Biblical worldview, which I appreciate. It is delightful to read AND easy to teach. I loved it so much that I did not shop around for any other curriculum for US History, which I'll teach this year (junior year). I also love having the tests and answers already prepared, making it very easy on me. This is a great value too!
Kimberly C on Aug 8, 2019
My daughter will participate in a co-op class this year. I enjoy Notgrass' approach.
Gena M on Aug 6, 2019
We used Notgrass for World History and it was very easy to read and implement! Beautifully colored photos too. Very nice!
Karen D on Jul 25, 2019
we used Notgrass World History last year and it worked for us. It has lots of extra supplementary materials and is set up so that the student can easily work independently.
Moriah U on Jul 20, 2019
Independent high school course. Good conservative perspective.
Sheri M on Jul 5, 2019
curriculum requirement
Robyn F on Jun 10, 2019
Notgrass world history worked well for us last year, now we’re ready for U.S. History.
Sara O on Aug 20, 2018
Required by Co-op Curriculum
Jim Bob H on Aug 6, 2018
Because I have used notgrass history before and both my children and I really liked it
Shannon D on Jul 16, 2018
I have thoroughly enjoyed their other products
Patricia K on Aug 14, 2017
My kids have used the Notgrass curriculum for the last few years. I love the lay out of these books and that the lesson plans are easily accessible for them.
Daniel M on May 8, 2017
Liked set up and content
Eric S on Oct 8, 2016
Thorough history curriculum, organized well and user friendly.
Sharon B on Sep 15, 2016
My daughter loves literature and this curriculum utilizes great books along with what is contained in their own.
Deborah R on Jul 31, 2016
To make my role as teacher easier
Catherine A on Jul 4, 2016
Learning about American literature alongside American history is a good way to understand the way people thought at the time the history took place.
Katherine R on Jul 1, 2016
This curriculum came recommended by friends who had previously used it. It was also appealing that Literature and Bible credits could also be earned in one course.
Judi S on Jun 30, 2016
Our Co-op is using it
Sherri F on Jun 28, 2016
We have enjoyed Notgrass through the middle and high school years. Haven't used this product yet, but we have loved the other Notgrass products we have used.
Patricia R on Jun 27, 2016
using for american history this year. I really like the Notgrass books, they aren't boring, just enough information, interesting to read.
Jennifer G on Jun 4, 2016
I read the sample and loved the tone. I appreciate the planned schedule and literature portion. The Bible portion questions were thought provoking.
Renee B on May 26, 2016
Love tests that coordinate with history
Kyndra E on May 2, 2016
I like the way history, bible, and literature all connect.
karen h on Feb 22, 2016
Education for an 11th grader.
Katherin E on Aug 31, 2020
We used Notgrass for Government and Economics last year and were thoroughly impressed with the curriculum. We still had a US history and English requirements to complete, so naturally we chose Notgrass!
Dana S on Jul 15, 2020
Exactly which books are included in this set?
A shopper on Jun 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It has the 2 texts, the supplemental book that includes all the supplemental reading except the full length suggested books to read. As well, as containing the quiz/exam book, extra questions that can be used to help review the chapters reading and the answer key.
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Rated 5 out of 5
So far, we love this curriculum! It gives a solid outline for work to go along with the readings, but with lots of flexibility to fit our family's needs. I love that Notgrass uses primary sources in a extra book. My husband teaches American History at the college level, and thinks this will prepare any high school student with what they need to know, and more...and all of that with a Christian worldview!
May 28, 2020
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it! So comprehensive and fun for my freshman!
January 19, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best history curriculum for high school!
I love this curriculum. Perfect for a high school junior or Senior. The workload is challenging and interesting. And I love that he is getting history, Bible and literature in one clearly combined format.
Thank you Rainbow Resource for taking the guesswork out of what to buy. Having the entire curriculum in one package was a huge help!
August 29, 2019
1 year ago

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