Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching High School History

Homeschool history

The study of high school history is one of those subjects in which many view the facts as treasures waiting to be picked up and memorized. While passionate history loving teachers assert that history is best learned by being “caught” instead of “taught”, a passion for history and the knowledge that one can gain from historical events, historical reasoning, and even historical mistakes can be applied to analytical thinking, reasoning, debate, and even evaluation of current events.(See- this article for help on critical thinking)

The study of history should ignite a spark within its students to learn from the past. It is sad then to realize as a nation, history is the American student’s worst subject. On average, the American high schooler knows very little history, just 12% of seniors are proficient in US History.(NAEP) Some blame exit testing and the overt focus on teaching math and language. However, for homeschoolers it’s another story. Homeschoolers can take advantage of the freedom and extra time to incorporate history into writing and reading. This gives the student a much better opportunity to apply critical thinking to the subject. The following is a list of what we’ve found to be high quality all in one homeschool resources for history. The best part? All of the linked resources are free.

history curriculum


What High School History Courses Do I Need to Study?

So, what’s the bottom line? Most states require 3 credits of history to graduate. However, students interested in a political or history based college degree will want to choose an additional history course such as sociology, civics, political science, or international relations as an elective.

Freshman Year 
U.S. History A Biography of America-timelines, maps, and videos
PASS U.S. History text (request CD free by email [email protected])
Digital History
Hippocampus U.S. History
America in Depression (Free MIT course)
AP U.S. History course
US History – tons of free resources
Sophomore Year 
World History The Western Tradition – 52 videos
PASS World History text (request CD free by email [email protected])
Saylors History Course
Interactive maps to help put it together
CLEP – Western Civilization study guide
Junior Year 
Government Democracy in America
PASS text (request CD free by email [email protected])
University of California American Government
The Constitution video series
Sparks Notes Government study guide
Hippo Campus American Government
Economics MIT Opencourseware Economics
Economics videos
Fundamentals of Economics Course
                                                     Senior Year 
Intro to Sociology (itunes download)
Intro to Sociology e text
The Essential Sociologist
Intro to Sociology coursera
Civics Fundamentals of American Civics
Political Science Political Science Lectures
Foundations of Political Science
International Relations Do it Yourself Course
Chinese International Relations (MIT)
Notre Dame International Relations

Though this is a comprehensive study of history your student may want to study these course in a different order. In any case, these all in one homeschool history resources are perfect for getting a free yet high quality history education.


View other Homeschooler’s Guides…..


Kerry Jones is a guest author at and the admin of the web's largest community for secular homeschoolers,, She is a "homeschooling alumnus", having graduated both sons who were each homeschooled from kindergarten. You can follow Kerry on Google Plus by adding her to your circles.

May 4, 2016


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    6 + 0 =