American History and Literature
Tutor: Michelle Griep
Length: Full Year Class Period: Wednesday, period 2
Description: Today's Americans are defined by the past...whether they like it or not. In order to understand who we are, we must know from where we have come. History is drama of enormous consequence. Presented as such, this is not your typical names and dates and blah-blah-blah type of class. We will journey from the discovery of America to contemporary history-in-the-making using a variety of interactive, hands-on activities. There is a fair amount of at-home reading. Please become familiar with the length and content of the literature choices before you sign up your student.

Covid - 19 Contingency Plan - In the event that we are forced to transition to online classes at any point in the school year, this class will continue to be held.  See the adjusted 3-day schedule for the meeting time.


Tutor: Michelle Griep is a historical fiction author who has homeschooled for the past twenty years. She strives to instill a curiosity and love of learning in her students using a variety of teaching styles. History and English are her passions and she has taught various classes in these subjects.

Cost:  $210 per semester
Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: None
Homework: 3-4 hours per week
Texts: (to be purchased by parents BEFORE classes begin)

  • Textbook: United States History for Christian Schools, by Bob Jones University Press, 4th edition (Must be the 4th edition! ISBN #978-1-60682-005-6) (

    history text
  • Historical Fiction:
    • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    • Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes
    • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
    • Shane by Jack Schaefer
    • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton

Supplies:  3-ring notebook