Issue 70 | August 11, 2014 | What can NARHS do for you?
In this issue of the newsletter, we bring you a featured curriculum that might add great interest to a U.S. history course. Also included is a description of the unique services that NARHS offers to our families. If you have ever wanted a concise explanation of what we do, here it is.
Featured Curriculum: American History on the Screen by Wendy S. Wilson and Gerald H. Herman
Published by J.Weston Walch, this course offers a look at U.S. History past and present through recommended movies that depict 15 different eras in our nation's timeline. For instance, the first era, the Colonial Experience, is studied through the film Three Sovereigns for Sarah from 1986. The guide gives you a background on the film, vocabulary to learn, and questions based on the film. Since this particular film focuses on the witch hunts, which may not be your cup of tea, there are other film suggestions as well, such as The Crucible, The Last of the Mohicans, Mayflower, Plymouth Adventure, Roanoke, The Scarlett Letter, Squanto, A Warrior's Tale. Since these additional choices do not have questions related specifically to them, you could have your student take notes on cultural differences from then to now, write a summary of the plot or research the accuracy of the movie.
If you want something which would tie the films together into a continuous flow of American history, you could also have a student use J. Weston Walch's text Short Lessons in U.S. History. This book gives only an overview of the nation's past, but might serve to fill in the gaps between movies.
The other eras studied are:
What is NARHS?
North Atlantic Regional High School, a private school recognized by the Maine Department of Education, was designed to supplement high school home-based learning. Our highly-trained teacher staff is authorized to grant credit validation for home school work done in many different settings.
What can NARHS do for you?
The NARHS program also has developed the Log Book used for lesson plans and tracking study time,
and the Resource Advisor which lists approved high school curriculum in the different curricular categories. The hundreds of listings also include information on credit value and what to save for the portfolio review. This book also includes numerous grading tools that can be used for student work assessment.
Please visit our website at www.narhs.org and review the parent manual. Call our office with any questions at 1-800-882-2828
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