America the Beautiful

Complete Middle School U.S. History Curriculum

America the Beautiful by Charlene Notgrass is a one-year American history, geography, and literature course designed for students in grades 5-8. It combines the flexibility and richness of a unit study with the simplicity of a textbook-based approach to history. Daily lessons guide your child chronologically through American history, highlighting key events, people, and places.

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 Curriculum PackageCurriculum Package

The Curriculum Package includes America the Beautiful Part 1 and Part 2, We the People, (a collection of original source documents), Maps of America the Beautiful, Timeline of America the Beautiful, and the Answer Key. This package gives you all of the lessons and assignments you need to complete the course, but it does not include any review or test material or the recommended literature.

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Lesson ReviewStudent WorkbookStudent Workbook / Lesson Review

The Student Workbook has one daily handwork sheet for each lesson plus weekly tests. The Lesson Review has five short review questions for each lesson plus weekly tests. You can choose to use one, both, or neither of these books.

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Literature PackageLiterature Package

The Literature Package includes the ten historical novels assigned throughout the lessons.

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This bundle includes all of the books listed above. You get the Curriculum Package, Student Workbook, Lesson Review, and Literature Package. You'll have everything you need for a great year of learning history!

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New Edition Planned

We are planning to release a new edition of America the Beautiful by summer 2020. Notgrass History is sold out of the current edition. If you want to purchase the curriculum right away, you can check with your local homeschool bookstore or one of our online distributors to see if they still have it in stock.

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