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Middle School U.S. History: From Sea to Shining Sea, Part One (1492-1847)

Register for this American history course using the popular From Sea to Shining Sea textbook from the Catholic Textbook Project. “Traces the history of the United States, with emphasis on the contributions of the Catholic Church and its followers, from the discovery of the continent by Saint Brendan and later, the Vikings, to the beginning of the twentieth century.”

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester of U.S. history

Special Notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered at two different time slots (same day). Choose the time that works best for your family. This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to sign up for Part Two in the spring. Additional reading list is provided for students who want to go deeper into their studies. If you have younger students, this course fits perfectly with the Homeschool Connections Grade School Unit Study Program for grades 3-6.


Following the outline of the popular From Sea to Shining Sea textbook, Mr. Phillip Campbell guides Middle School students from the European discovery of America, the foundation of the United States, through the Civil War.


Class 1: Discovery and Conquest

Class 2: France in the New World

Class 3: English Settlements

Class 4: The Colonies Grow

Class 5: The French-Indian War

Class 6: The Revolutionary War

Class 7: The United States Constitution

Class 8: The Federalist Era

Class 9: The Young Republic

Class 10: The Age of Jackson

Class 11: Manifest Destiny

Class 12: Between the Wars

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Textbook, From Sea to Shining Sea by Christopher Zehnder (www.catholictextbookproject.com/).

Homework: Weekly readings from the textbook and short answer study questions graded by the instructor. Expect to spend approximately two hours outside of class time reading and doing the homework.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Thursdays, September 12 to December 12, 2024. (No class Oct. 17 & Nov. 28)

Meeting Time:

10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 AM Central; 8:00 AM Mountain; 7:00 AM Pacific)


4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 PM Central; 2:00 PM Mountain; 1:00 PM Pacific)

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