Exploring America Curriculum Package

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Item #: 041609
ISBN: 9781609990695
Grades: 9-12

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Publisher: Notgrass Company

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Exploring America
So far we have really enjoyed these texts
May 17, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Notgrass History
This is such a GREAT History curriculum! It is well organized, and is full of information that I did not even remember from school. My kids are both enjoying it, even the not-so-fond-of-history child, lol.
We are currently using American History, and will be finishing up High School with Notgrass!

Thanks Notgrass!
September 28, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Interesting, informative, and easy to use!
This is our second year of High School using a Notgrass product for history, bible, and literature combined. My kids have enjoyed their literature selections, the freedom to choose from different projects each week, and do well with the consistent structure of the text. I appreciate their consistent inclusion of a Biblical worldview, encouragement in their faith, inclusion of original documents, and the ease of teaching these subjects with this curriculum.
January 30, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Wonderful
First of all, about me: I am a type A (type double-A, actually) over achiever, classical educator. I have four children, all of whom are good students, but only two of whom are naturally "over-achievers." Now, my assessment of the curriculum--Excellent for all the following reasons (not in any particular order): 1. Extremely user friendly for BOTH parent and student (especially for the non-type A, non-overachieving student, but very good student all the same). 2. Excellent in both breadth and depth of information coverage. 3. Very reasonable time commitment for the student involved in many outside activities, while still getting a wonderfully rich education. 4. Wonderful variety (literature selections, primary source documents, optional projects offered, writing assignments offered). 5. Total biblically based worldview, for real--not just for marketing. 5. Boldly honest about our history, presenting our "heroes" as the men that they were, not placing our hope in men or our history, not putting the USA at the center of God's story--BUT definitely revealing God's providence throughout our history and pointing to Christ as the center of God's story and the true source of all hope.
October 19, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Enjoying it!
We were using another living curriculum for 4 years (it was the last of the set) and loved it. So we were concerned it wouldn't compare but we are very pleased with our choice.
October 4, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
<p>If you are looking for a history curriculum that is thorough engaging Biblically based and easy to use this is it! I have used this course with two children so far They both enjoyed it and learned a lot from it The course covers history Bible and literature History is covered with clear explanations not covering over mistakes made but also not spending too much time on them either The book of primary documents is a great resource offering personal views and a candid look into each period of history There are many writing assignments that offer children the opportunity to really think about what they have learned and to realize their opinion on it This is not dry--time and dates--history but a serious look at what happened why and what it means to future generations The Bible portion helps kids to see the place the Bible plays in our history as well as encouraging them to think about what our history means from a Biblical perspective My children gained so much more than expected from this course including a deep love for history I found it easy to use and can see it working for more than one age In addition Mr Notgrass will respond to questions and is quick to help with any issues</p>
August 4, 2015
Notgrass is a great comprehensive History/Bible/Literature curriculum We used this last year and my 8th grade daughter loved how the curriculum gave her the big picture through first hand excerpts and the reading assignments that coincide She also came away with a much deeper Christian World view The Notgrass Company is great to work with and very responsive to their customer's needs and it is a blessing to know that they are a homeschool family themselves And you cannot beat the price for what is essentially 3 subjects in one! I highly recommend this product
June 25, 2013
This is an excellent curriculum! I only used the Bible and History portions of Exploring America for my freshman year of high school This course consists of two student books a parent/teacher guide and an anthology of documents from American history (described in greater detail later on) with an optional Quiz and Exam Book available for purchase The 150 lessons are divided into 30 units Within each unit are 5 lessons that contain the history readings assignments for Bible American Literature and selected readings from American Voices which is an anthology of letters speeches poems short stories and memoirs from a vast plethora of sources At the beginning of every unit there is a brief description of what events were occurring in the time period being studied It also includes a list of the books used during the unit a Bible verse to be memorized by the end of the unit a list of writing assignments to choose from (to be completed by the end of the unit unless otherwise specified) and a short author biography/brief introduction if one of the 13 literature selections is being studied Each lesson consists of (typically) 3-4 pages of highly readable text (reminiscent of the tone in The Story of the World) At the end of every lesson there are assignments for Bible (usually a study question but occasionally a paragraph or short essay to be written on a specific topic) English assignments and additional assignments for History (consisting typically of readings from American Voices) The only exception is the fifth lesson of each unit which is a Bible Study It usually explores a controversial issue in American Christianity and is not restricted by the time period currently being studied For example if your student was in book 2 on unit 17 - "The Business of America": The beginning of this unit requires the student to memorize 1 Peter 2:21; lists In His Steps American Voices and the Bible as the additional books used in the unit; lists four writing assignments from which to pick; and includes a brief introduction to In His Steps which is one of the 13 pieces of literature studied After reading "The Growth of Big Business" (L #81) the student will begin reading In His Steps read Leviticus 19:9-37 begin memorizing 1 Peter 2:21 and answer the review questions for the corresponding lesson in the optional Quiz and Exam Book "The Rise of Organized Labor" (L #82); "New South New West" (L #83); "Life in the City" (L #84); and "Social Darwinism and the Social Gospel" (L #85 - Bible Study) all follow a similar format The literature used in Exploring America includes the following titles: The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (David Crockett) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass) Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe) Company Aytch (Sam Watkins) Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) Humorous Stories and Sketches (Mark Twain) Up From Slavery (Booker T Washington) In His Steps (Charles Sheldon) Mama's Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes) Christy (Catherine Marshall) To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and The Giver (Lois Lowry)Even though I did not use the American literature portion of Exploring America I read many of the books independently Though there are questions for each selection of literature in the Quiz and Exam book I appreciate the minimal amount of literary analysis; it evaluates your understanding of the book yet leaves you to enjoy it without worrying about finding a theme within every book and writing a 3 page essay on itAll in all I believe this is a strong program and even if only one portion of the curriculum is utilized it is still solid I recommend this to anyone looking for a less dry approach to American history
April 6, 2009
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We used the Notgrass World History and were very happy with it.
Sarah B on Sep 12, 2018
This curriculum is being taught at our homeschool co-op.
Laura N on Aug 28, 2018
We used the Notgrass World History and were very happy with it.
Sarah B on Sep 12, 2018
We are big fans of Notgrass curriculum having looked through the resources and used the Economics bundle with an earlier teenager
Loraine S on Aug 30, 2018
This curriculum is being taught at our homeschool co-op.
Laura N on Aug 28, 2018
Will be used for classes in a study center.
Marci D on Aug 23, 2018
We used the Notgrass Exploring World History last year and were pleased with it's blend of Bible and History. Because we have an online tutor for Literature, we didn't incorporate the Literature part of the program, but it looked terrific. The tests were a bit simple, but the essay topics and cultural project helped enrich the program and give our family more time to delve into the history of the world.
Charissa A on Jul 31, 2018
used in our Co-op
Kimberly E on Jul 26, 2018
liked the history for my high-schooler, has history, bible and partial credit for english subjects, which is a big plus!
Lyubov K on Jun 28, 2018
Again didn't like what we were doing and going back to what we know
Melissa E on Apr 16, 2018
We were very happy using the Notgrass World History program and was told the American History is even better!
Laura H on Mar 14, 2018
"I have done extensive research, and this is the curriculum many homeschoolers go with for History. We are excited to give it a try!"
David C on Oct 13, 2017
selected by co-op
Josette S on Sep 20, 2017
Teacher is using this curriculum
Patti B on Sep 11, 2017
to help excel my 9th grader
kevin k on Sep 6, 2017
Highly recommended by many other homeschooling moms I respect and it looks really good!
Amy C on Aug 22, 2017
A good way to learn history in a story-like setting, Also encourages kids to go beyond just history texts and see an even bigger picture of what our world used to be.
Connie P on Aug 22, 2017
This is the American History course being offered at our local co-op. I am very excited about using this curriculum.
Marlene B on Aug 12, 2017
I have scoured the internet for the best U.S History course, and this one was just unbeatable. The level of detail, the added credits, the added literary features really made this a no brainer for me. I found a few other sources that seemed even just as conclusive, however with the added features and price, this made it the perfect fit for my family.
Kitena S on Jun 1, 2017
Good course, easy to use, cheaper on this site.
Jennifer U on May 24, 2017
Great Curriculum to use to gain an American History credit while also receiving a biblical view
Caroline W on May 24, 2017
Love this material. Our children our enjoying History as they have never enjoyed it before! We are all learning new things and loving it!
Cynthia A on Dec 7, 2016
Needed it for a class at co-op. Very good & comprehensive course.
Donnyell F on Oct 4, 2016
The layout is much better for my son in the updated version than the original one I have. He's had some vision difficulties and this makes a difference.
Alyx E on Sep 22, 2016
We will be using the curriculum for my daughter's high school history course.
Kelly H on Sep 9, 2016
Read the intro and it sounded like it would be a good fit. I plan to actually use it for all my children and just simplify as needed. Grades 1,3,5,8,9
Joseph H on Sep 7, 2016
I was looking for a classic high school American history text book, and I believe this one is well-researched and well-written by someone who knows his subject AND it's visually appealing (a huge plus!).
Gretchen P on Aug 28, 2016
"My daughter studied Notgrass World History and we found it to be very thorough with biblical bases to every lesson. So, I decided to continue with this curriculum for American History. "
Tamira P on Aug 23, 2016
homeschool curriculum
Jonathan S on Aug 15, 2016
I used this with my daughter before so now I am ordering it again.
Ruth P on Aug 5, 2016
I thought I had the correct edition for our homeschool co-op but realized I needed the newer one. Really wish we could just get a supplement with the most current history instead of having to rebuy everything!
Nancy S on Jul 29, 2016
This curriculum goes more in depth than my son has with previous history books. I like that it links Bible, literature and history.
Anne A on Jul 29, 2016
Required for a co-op class
Rachel H on Jul 9, 2016
We have had great experience with Notgrass in the past.
Victoria I on Jul 1, 2016
We have used Notgrass products in the past for my older son and found them to be thorough, clear, and easy to use. This one has come highly recommended to us as well.
Lizett R on Jun 3, 2016
See previous response
Shannon B on May 18, 2016
I love this curriculum. I wish I had is years ago with my oldest two.
Elizabeth S on Jan 20, 2016
good book
Sandra T on Oct 15, 2015
We are big fans of Notgrass curriculum having looked through the resources and used the Economics bundle with an earlier teenager
Loraine S on Aug 30, 2018
Will be used for classes in a study center.
Marci D on Aug 23, 2018
What are the novels that are suggested to go with certain lessons?
User on Feb 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Here is the link to the Required Literature Resources for Exploring America.

https://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist?subject=History%2FGeography/14&category=Exploring+America+Required+Reading+Resources/8906
Is this good for social studies for a 9 grader for home schooling is it question and answer ?assignments
A shopper on Aug 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My homeschooled daughter used this curriculum for 9th grade during the 2017-18 school year. She found it engaging and challenging, not frustrating. In fact, it was her very favorite curriculum of any subject she studied. Each chapter begins with an introduction, a list of resources needed (all included with the curriculum), a Bible memory verse for the unit, and a description of the unit project (choice of 300-500 word essay, or PowerPoint/interview/some other non-writing task). The student reads the lesson (3-5 pages) and then completes the assignments. They may include additional reading of a primary source, an assigned novel (optional), and a simple set of ten questions covering the lesson (optional). Each unit includes several lessons and concludes with an assessment (short quiz). After several units, a more extensive exam is given, with a variety of question types (T/F, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, short answer). My daughter LOVES this curriculum. It is extremely well-written, not at all boring or monotonous, and highly motivating to use. She says, "It seems strange to use the word 'thrilling' to describe a school curriculum, but I REALLY love Notgrass." She couldn't wait to start the Notgrass "Exploring Government" and "Economics" curricula this year.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE THE STUDENT REVIEW BOOK SEPERTELY?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Student Review Book contains all the comprehension questions for the units. It does not contain the answers. The Answer Key book does contain the questions found in the Student Review Book along with the answers to them. If you want your student to answer the questions on paper,without seeing the answers, which I did, then you will for sure need the Review Book. My student needed to write out the answers on paper to use as a study guide for the quizzes and tests. Then we went over the answers together or I corrected them. While the Answer Key does contain the answers to the quizzes and exams, it does not contain the actual questions. So I would recommend getting the Student Review Pack since you will need the Answer Key and Quiz and Exam Book also. Hope this helps. I would be happy to answer any other questions that you might have. My daughter used this curriculum for 9th grade and I can tell you how it worked for us.
is this the 2014 edition?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is the 2014 edition.
Are these 3 books designed to be used in one school year?
A shopper on Jan 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there are 75 lessons in each of the 2 books, with the 3rd book used as supplemental reading assigned for some of the lessons. Lessons are very interesting, written in understandable way, with great pictures, side stories, etc. Focuses on important info to know, but doesn’t get bogged down in great detail, if your student isn’t a history buff. My 15 year old son really enjoyed the books.
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