The Ashbrook Center is pleased to provide homeschool families with a free high-school-level curriculum in American History and Government. The curriculum uses primary sources to guide students through the history of our great nation, reading the words of those who formed it and guided it to where we are today. We believe the best way for students to learn about history is to be exposed to the words of those who made history, not through textbooks and secondary sources which too often present a skewed version of the past.
Our curriculum focuses on ten primary documents, each formed into a unit, beginning with America’s founding and the Declaration of Independence, continuing through the Civil War era, and culminating in the Civil Rights movement and King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Each unit provides many additional readings to support the primary document. Each unit also provides multiple assessment options for students to demonstrate their knowledge. Choose whichever assessment method that suits your child best.
We support this curriculum with an optional monthly webinar with one or more of our faculty members, as well. On the second Sunday of each month from 8:00 – 9:00pm ET from September through June, our faculty lead a discussion of one of the documents featured in each unit of the curriculum with students from around the country. Your child can participate in these discussions live or watch a video of the discussion later on at their convenience. An example of one of these discussions can be found in the video below.
A sample unit of our curriculum can be found here. If you like what you see, fill out this form (and check the box indicating your interest in the free curriculum) and we will email you a PDF of the entire curriculum. Please note that the curriculum is still in development. We have been completing one unit each month this academic year, so you will receive the first five units immediately and each additional unit will be sent to you as we complete it.
We believe that students who complete this curriculum will have completed the equivalent of one credit of American history.