We also spend considerable time with historical documents as primary sources, allowing students to understand the context of these documents in the period in which they were written. One of the objectives of When I Was a Child is to help develop an understanding of how even the darkest moments in our nation’s history are a function of what information--and misinformation--was available at the time. If a student does nothing other than cover the reading list, he should be well equipped to talk about not only the major events of our nation’s history, but also to expound upon why those events might have occurred, the longer-term impact of those events, and how, in looking back, what alternatives might have existed.
This year-long survey of modern American history also offers a follow-up set of questions for every resource used, to prepare a student for what I call the “dialogue of life.” A primary goal of this curriculum is to help students with a critical skill—how to dialogue, i.e., communicate convincingly to have others listen and take interest in your words. With that in mind, When I Was a Child also features writing assignments geared to prepare students for higher academic (college-level) success. Whether your student is college-bound or employer/ employment-bound, this is an excellent opportunity to build a solid foundation for writing that informs, makes requests, and/or moves people to action.
* A struggling or reluctant reader might gain more from our middle school series, This Far by Faith
When I Was a Child: A Literature-Based History featuring African-American Presence and Contribution,
post-Civil War - present
When I Was a Child stays true to the spiritual and instructional foundation that is the bedrock of all A Blessed Heritage’s products:
•A Christian worldview •Rich, living books as reading selections •Critical thinking questions and activities to help students analyze and synthesize what they learn
Designed for high school students*, When I Was a Child is literature-based, in the same vein as our previous history curriculum. The reading is a challenging mix of American classics, autobiographies, and literature selections that tell the story of America from multiple perspectives.