Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Dave Raymond’s American History - High School History with a Christian Worldview

American History

*Disclosure:  Compass Classroom affiliate.  See why below.

Let me just say up front, I really like listening to Dave Raymond teach about history.  He's a great storyteller. He explains things from a Christian perspective showing in detail how Christianity influenced American history. He's got incredible insight.  He's unapologetic about sharing that insight into how God worked things together for the good.  He's the kind of guy you'd like to invite to dinner. ~smile~  I just cannot say enough good things about this product.  Best of all, my kids enjoy these lectures.

Each lesson has five days of short lectures, reading assignments, and weekly quizzes.  During the second semester, students will write a research paper. Extensive instructions about choosing a topic, format, how to write it, and how to grade it are included.  Mr. Raymond takes the scary out of it.

We just finished using American History I with my 16 and 14 year olds.  They were able to do the work primarily independently.  After the fact, because I had a crazy semester and forgot about it, I realized that I missed one of the neatest activities.  The students are supposed to make an illustrated journal of different parts of American history to go along with the lessons.  It's sort of like a scrapbook of their year.  It encourages them to dig a little deeper into the things that interest them along the way.  Oops!  We'll be implementing this during the next semester.  

There are 13 weeks of lessons in each Volume.  Each week there are five 10-minute lectures, daily tasks, readings, and weekly exams.  The students also keep a year-long journal.  A Student Reader is included on each DVD.  You get everything you need for one semester of high school History credit.  You would need the second volume as well in order to get a full year of high school credit. 

Volume 1 and 2 together $89.
Each individual volume is $50.
*Click here to watch the trailer, download free sample lessons, and see a list of lessons.
Dave Raymond's American History

Formats:  This is a video based curriculum.  It is available as a download for your computer or as a DVD.
Lessons:  There are 26 lessons (13 per semester).  Volume I and Volume II are sold separately.
Includes:  Student Reader and Teacher's Guide 
Ages:       12+
Credit:     1 High School History
Producer: Compass Cinema

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Read my review of Volume One.  

Compass Classroom sent me a free DVD of their American History Volume Two lessons in exchange for an honest review.  I am affiliate with Compass Classroom.  If you should choose to purchase an item after clicking the photo link above, I will get a commission.  Your price will not change.  I am affiliate because they produce excellent products that I really like.

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