Notgrass Exploring America History Course Grades 9-12

History is presented from the perspective of faith in God and respect for his Word in Exploring America. Bible study is included using your family Bible choice.

With Exploring America, you can earn one credit in American history, one credit in English, and one credit in Bible.

Exploring America is a one year high school course that combines United States History, American Literature, and Bible. It is organized in an easy to follow manner with 30 weekly units of five lessons each. It covers from the time of Columbus through the present.

Updated in 2014, the features of the new edition include:
  • It has a new page layout with full-color photographs and illustrations and a hardcover binding.
  • Some changes to Unit 30 to cover events up to the date of publication.
  • The literature list was changed to add Miracle in the Hills and to drop Little Women and Christy.
  • The Student Review Pack replaces the old Quiz & Exam Pack.
  • Literary analysis is now included in the Student Review pack.

Notgrass Exploring America Course

Exploring America Set by Notgrass Company

Exploring America Set

By Ray Notgrass, Publisher: Notgrass Company

ISBN-13: 9781609990664S

Exploring America is a one year high school course that combines United States History, American Literature, and Bible. It is organized in an easy to follow manner with 30 weekly units of five lessons each. It covers from the time of Columbus through the present.

It is feasible that you could use this course for history alone. Unit tests are separate for history, English and Bible as are the questions for the lessons, the American Voice readings and the literature readings. I wonder why, though, because the literature choices are much more interesting than a typical American Literature course. The course is set up in a very homeschool friendly manner. The Bible lessons I checked are interesting and relevant to each unit. Three courses for the price of one is a great deal.

  • Completing the History credit requires reading the lessons and the original documents and speeches (and answering the questions in the optional Quiz & Exam Pack if desired).
  • Completing the English credit requires completing the weekly writing assignments and one research paper; and reading the assigned literature, poems, and short stories in American Voices.
  • Completing the Bible credit requires reading the Bible lessons, completing the Bible assignments at the end of many lessons, and reading the hymns and other religious literature assigned.

The Notgrass Exploring America Set includes one of each of the following books.

  • Exploring America Volume 1: Columbus through Reconstruction for the First Semester 9781609990664
  • Exploring America Volume 2: Late 1800s through the present Second Semester 9781609990671
  • American Voices: Original Documents, Speeches, Poems, Storied, and Hymns from American History Contains necessary assigned readings 9781609990688
  • Also included is a short Guide for Parents Using Exploring America.

You will need additional books for the literature portion of the course. Most should be available at your public library. Alternate book choices are suggested in case some books are not readily available.

NOTE: Specific page numbers are not assigned. You don’t have to use particular editions, but we do have them available for sale individually.

Literature for Volume 1 First Semester

  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by David Crockett
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Co. Aytch by Sam R. Watkins
  • Humorous Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain

Literature for Volume 2 Second Semester

  • In His Steps by Charles Sheldon
  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  • Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes
  • Miracle in the Hills by Mary T. Martin Sloop and LeGette Blythe (Not yet available at Lamp Post)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

An Exploring America Student Review Pack is also available separately below.

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Grades 9-12, One year course covers American History, English (American literature and Composition), and Bible.

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Exploring America Student Review Pack

Exploring America Student Review Pack

By Ray Notgrass, Publisher: Notgrass Company

The optional Exploring America Student Review Pack includes one of each of the following resources:

  • The Student Review Book includes lesson review questions, literature review questions, and literary analysis.
  • The Quiz & Exam Book has weekly quizzes and six exams that can be removed from the book and given to the student individually if desired.
  • The Answer Key has all of the answers for the parent to use in grading.
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Literature for Exploring America Course

The Scarlet Letter 9780486280486

The Scarlet Letter

By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Publisher: Dover Publications

Taking place in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, The Scarlet Letter is an enduring classic of American literature.

It is used in the first semester of Exploring America.

ISBN-13: 9780486280486

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Narrative of the Life of David Crockett 9780803263253

Narrative of the Life of David Crockett

By David Crockett, Publisher: Dover Publications

His autobiography, the Narrative of the Life of David Crockett was written before he went to Texas and Alamo fame.

It is used in the first semester of Exploring America.

ISBN-13: 9780803263253

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 9780486284996

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

By Frederick Douglass, Publisher: Dover Publications

Learn about the life of a former slave, abolitionist, writer, editor, and orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause. In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, you will read of his life as a slave, his dramatic escape to the North and his eventual freedom.

It is used in the first semester of Exploring America.

ISBN-13: 9780486284996

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Uncle Tom's Cabin 9780486440286

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

By Harriet Beecher Stowe, Publisher: Dover Publications

In the form of a novel, author Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote about slavery and the effects on its participants. Originally published in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin brought awareness of the evil of slavery to the forefront of the thinking of the day.

It is used in the first semester of Exploring America.

Paperback, 96 pages.

ISBN-13: 9780486440286

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Co. Aytch 9780743255417

Co. Aytch

By Sam R. Watkins

Sam Watkins tells the story of his life as a soldier in the Civil War in Co. Aytch. He joined the First Tennessee Regiment, Company H, to fight for the Confederacy. Of the 120 original recruits in his company, Watkins was one of only seven to survive every one of its battles, from Shiloh to Nashville.

It is used in the first semester of Exploring America.

ISBN-13: 9780743255417

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Humorous Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain 9780486292793

Humorous Stories and Sketches

By Mark Twain

Humorous Stories and Sketches is a collection of eight stories and sketches including

  • “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”
  • “Journalism in Tennessee”
  • “About Barbers”
  • “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses”
  • “A Literary Nightmare”
  • “The Stolen White Elephant”
  • “The Private History of a Campaign that Failed”
  • “How to Tell a Story”

It is used in the first semester of Exploring America.

ISBN-13: 9780486292793

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In His Steps by Charles Sheldon 9781565631526

In His Steps

By Charles Sheldon

In His Steps is used in the second semester of Exploring America.

ISBN-13: 9781565631526

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Up From Slavery 9780486287386

Up From Slavery

By Booker T. Washington, Publisher: Dover Publications

Up From Slavery is the inspirational autobiography of the famous African-American educator Booker T. Washington.

Unabridged, 157 pages

ISBN-13: 9780486287386

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Mama's Bank Account 9780156563772

Mama’s Bank Account

By Kathryn Forbes

Mama’s Bank Account tells the adventures of the Mama of an immigrant Norwegian family living in San Francisco.

ISBN-13: 9780156563772

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To Kill A Mockingbird 9780446310789

To Kill A Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird “portrays the story of racial inequality through the eyes of a child. Contains mature themes.

It is used in the second semester of Exploring America.

Grades 9 and up, Paperback

ISBN-13: 9780446310789

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The Giver by Lois Lowry 9780440237686

The Giver

By Lois Lowry

The Giver is used in the second semester of Exploring America.

ISBN-13: 9780440237686

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