American History and Literature
Tutor: Kim Witthuhn
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 4
Description: Today's Americans are defined by the past...whether we 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 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 and the creation of a history portfolio. 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.

Tutor: Kim Witthuhn works as a professional editor and has taught literature, writing, grammar, history, geography, and various electives at homeschool organizations over the last 20 years, including homeschooling her own children. She is also a homeschooling and career consultant and enjoys helping people discover the unique design God gave them. Mrs. Witthuhn graduated from Concordia University with a BA in English and Social Science Education. She lives in Eden Prairie with her husband and enjoys studying the Bible, reading, learning, and spending time with family.

Cost:  $222, $232, or $242 per semester (depending on registration date)
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, 5th edition (Must be the 5th edition! ISBN #978-1-62856-207-1) (

    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
    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton

Supplies:  One-inch notebook or folder for class handouts