We use Christ and the Americas by Anne Carroll as the primary text for this course. In addition the student reads works of literature, primary historical sources, and historical fiction that are correlated to the time period being studied in history such as Columbus and Cortez, I, Juan de Pareja, American Revolutionaries, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Oregon Trail, Death Comes for the Archbishop, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American FriendshipUp from Slavery, The Virginian, Journey to America, and The Hiding Place. We provide the student with extensive lists of supplemental texts for each time period so the student can select challenging and entertaining texts. We also include paper topics to give the student practice with writing in variety of styles. The US History & Geography & American Literature Syllabus has a day-by-day breakdown of this course along with paper topics, detailed literature, art, and music lists, and a variety of teaching resources including Ninth Grade Subject Rubrics, Learning Objectives, and grading charts. This is a 1 year, 2 credit course.

Current Edition: © 2012.

Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.

Book List

Social Studies
  • Essential 1
    • Christ and the Americas
      Carroll, Anne
      TAN Books — 1387 Pages
      ISBN: 0895555948
  • Supplemental - Required 22
    • Atlas of United States History
      Hammond
      Hammond World Atlas Corporation — 72 Pages
      ISBN: 0843709553
    • The World's Great Speeches
      Copeland and Lamb
      Dover Publications — 944 Pages
      ISBN: 0486409031
    • Weeks 02-03: Exploration and Colonization Book Lists - Pick 2
    • Columbus and Cortez: Conquerors for Christ
      Eidsmoe, John
      New Leaf
      ISBN: 0892212233
    • Mourt's Relations: A Journal of the Pilgrims of Plymouth
      Fiore, Jordan D.
      Plymouth Rock Foundation
      ISBN: 0942516079
    • Shadows on the Rock
      Cather, WIlla
      Vintage — 240 Pages
      ISBN: 0679764046
    • Weeks 06-10: American Revolution Book Lists - Pick 4
    • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
      Franklin, Benjamin
      Dover Publications — 144 Pages
      ISBN: 0486290735
    • Catholic Makers of America
      Krason, Stephen M.
      University Press of America — 268 Pages
      ISBN: 0761834125
    • Miracle at Philadelphia
      Bowen, Catherine Drinker
      Back Bay Books — 346 Pages
      ISBN: 0316103985
    • The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words
      Meltzer, Milton
      HarperCollins — 224 Pages
      ISBN: 0064461459
    • Thomas Jefferson: Man on a Mountain
      Bober, Natalie
      Aladdin — 274 Pages
      ISBN: 0689815239
    • Weeks 13-15: Westward Expansion Book Lists - Pick 2
    • Bold Journey: West With Lewis and Clark
      Bohner, Charles
      HMH Books for Young Readers — 192 Pages
      ISBN: 0618437185
    • Death Comes for the Archbishop
      Cather, Willa
      Vintage — 297 Pages
      ISBN: 0679728899
    • The Oregon Trail
      Parkman, Francis
      CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform — 254 Pages
      ISBN: 1450552536
    • Weeks 17-22: Civil War Book Lists - Pick 4
    • Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
      Russell Freedman
      HMH Books for Young Readers — 129 Pages
      ISBN: 0544668278
    • Lincoln: A Photobiography
      Freedman, Russell
      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — 160 Pages
      ISBN: 0395518482
    • The Red Badge of Courage
      Crane, Stephen
      Dover Publications — 112 Pages
      ISBN: 0486264653
    • Voices From the Civil War
      Meltzer, MIlton
      HarperCollins
      ISBN: 0064461246
    • Weeks 25-26: Recovery Book Lists - Pick 1
    • From Slave to Priest
      Hemsath, Sr. Caroline
      Ignatius Press — 251 Pages
      ISBN: 1586175246
    • The Virginian
      Wister, Owen
      Simon & Schuster — 480 Pages
      ISBN: 1619492555
    • Up From Slavery
      Washington, Booker T.
      Dover Publications — 160 Pages
      ISBN: 0486287386
    • Weeks 29-31: World Wars Book Lists - Pick 2
    • Journey to America
      Leviton, Sonia
      Aladdin — 160 Pages
      ISBN: 0689711301
    • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
      Kerr, Judith
      Puffin Books — 192 Pages
      ISBN: 0142414085
  • Alternate text that can replace an essential or required supplemental text 250

Sample

Week 1

Day Assignment
1

Read the text pp. 1-19. Study the maps in this section as you read the text. There are questions on page 19. Rather than answer these questions either orally or in writing, find the textual evidence for the answer to each question. Don’t write down the answer, just write the number of the page on which the answer may be found. 

Hammond: Review the maps on p. U-5 in the Atlas of United States History

McNally: Also, study the maps on p. 10-16 in Rand McNally Atlas of American History.

2

Read pp. 20-33. Study the maps in this section as you read the text. Find the textual evidence for the questions. 

Hammond: Review the second map on p. U-5 in the Atlas of United States History

McNally: Review maps on pp. 12, 13, and 14 in the Rand McNally Atlas of American History.

3

Read pp. 34-49. Find the textual evidence for the questions.

Hammond: Review the flags of discovery and settlement on p. U-66 in the Atlas of United States History

4

Read pp. 50-65. Find the textual evidence for the questions. 

Hammond: Review the information about the Spanish explorers and missionaries in the maps on pp. U-6, U-7 & U-13 in theAtlas of United States History

McNally: Study the maps on pp. 23 and 28 in the Rand McNally Atlas of American History.

5

Read pp. 66-78. Find the textual evidence for the questions.

Hammond: Review the maps on p. U-6 and the information about the French explorers on p. U-7 in the Atlas of United States History

McNally: Study the maps on pp. 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23 in the Rand McNally Atlas of American History.