Too often high school American history is mind-numbingly dull; or it is heavily slanted politically, religiously, and/or culturally. American History Odyssey is unlike any other. It is an academically rigorous, in-depth course that aims to encourage students to interact with history holistically and critically. Students are introduced to both the commendable and the disappointing in America’s history, aiming to teach them how to think about the past, rather than what to think.
American History Odyssey examines important turning points in our history from Native Americans before European contact to the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Movement to the impact of technology and the arts on America, and so much more.
Through the author’s original sweeping narratives and online textbook readings, students learn the foundation of American history. Then they apply what they have learned with analysis of a multitude of primary sources, the reading of important literature, essay writing, presentations, geography mapping, tests, and projects.
Unlike typical American history courses, American History Odyssey gives students the access and the tools to practice historical and analytical skills in the most interesting, engaging, and interactive way.
American History Odyssey (level 3) curriculum consists of two books:
- 167 Detailed lessons written for independent use:
- 17 Original history Overviews
- Writing assignments
- Literature assignments
- Map work
- Spotlight research assignments
- 17 Maps for United States geography
- Primary resources
- Literature excerpts
- Digital History (digitalhistory.uh.edu) by Stephen Mintz and Sara McNeil (a free online textbook)
- History Overview essays by Lisa Hawkins (included in guide)
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
- The Civil War – a film by Ken Burns
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- A Raisin in the Sun – a play written by Lorraine Hansberry
- Internet access
- Computer and printer access
- 3-ring notebook (2 size is recommended)
- 9 tabbed dividers
- Colored pencils
- Basic craft supplies
- Timeline (optional)
- Assistance for the 167 lessons found in the Student Guide
- Scheduling and planning for each of the nine units
- Learning goals and objectives
- Nine unit exams and exam answer keys
- Essay and research paper writing assistance
- Rubrics to assist with grading student assignments
- Seventeen map keys for United States geography
Lisa has been an adjunct college professor since 1998, creating courses and teaching in history departments for several institutions both live and online. In 2012, she received an Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award from one of her universities. Lisa had also been a high school literature and history teacher at an inner-city, classically based academy. When she’s not teaching or reading nerdy history books, she will be watching international soccer games, listening to Van Morrison, or enjoying a good movie. Well, her husband questions whether all the movies she enjoys are good, since she continues to find Napoleon Dynamite funny after several viewings, but that’s another story.