U.S. History II

For Ages 16-18

Discover our nation’s story – its triumphs and tragedies – as U.S. History II completes your journey through American history. Ignite revival with Dwight Moody, promote integration with Booker T. Washington, crusade for women’s suffrage with Elizabeth Stanton, endure the century’s great wars, fly across the Atlantic with Lindbergh, witness the Stock Market Crash, stand against world Communism, win hearts for Jesus with Billy Graham, deploy to Korea and Vietnam, race to the Moon with John Glenn, fight the War on Terror, and courageously step into the future as you live by faith! Through 35 exciting weeks of U.S. History II, students will learn biblical money management principles, discover secrets of great communicators, tackle questions of absolute truth, and study God’s Word to defend their faith.

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Designed for ages 16-18, U.S. History II keeps learning fresh and interesting by bringing together engaging daily lessons, captivating books, and memorable activities – all from a solid biblical worldview. This unique combination creates an educationally rich learning experience that helps your teen grow both spiritually and academically. Take a look at the inspiring collection of literature and subjects your student will get to experience in U.S. History II. With these books and materials in hand, you’ll have everything you need to earn required credits and prepare your student for college and beyond!

Books and Subjects

At a Glance

Books and Subjects

At a Glance

NOTE: Not all subjects are pictured (math, grammar, Spanish, “Living Library” books, and science lab kit are excluded).

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With daily plans written directly to the student, U.S. History II integrates a variety of subjects with a unit study feel, placing a special emphasis on United States history from 1877 through modern times. Helpful key ideas, questions, and directions within the plans keep you involved in your child’s education, and you are given the option to customize key subjects like grammar, math and foreign language. With all needed credits integrated into the plans, and course descriptions with grading provided, you’ll find that schooling has never been easier! To learn more about what U.S. History II includes, have a look below.

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Credits Earned in This Guide

Each guide in the “Hearts for Him Through High School” series includes everything you need to earn all required credits for a full year of high school study. The U.S. History II guide includes the following 7 – 7 ½ high school credits:

  • U.S. History II (1 full-year credit)
  • Economics (½ credit)
  • Bible: Worldview & Apologetics (1 full-year credit)
  • Foreign Language: Spanish II (½ credit)
  • Foreign Language: Latin & Greek (½ credit)
  • Finance (½ credit)
  • English IV: British Literature (1 full-year credit)
  • Speech (½ credit)
  • Science: Astronomy, Geology & Paleontology with Lab (1 full-year credit)
  • Suggested Math: Precalculus or College Algebra (1 full-year credit)

Total Credits Earned: 7 – 7 ½ Credits (depending on whether your student completes both foreign language options or only one foreign language option)

Note: It is important to consult your state laws for specific requirements for credit and to be aware of the entrance requirements for any college or university your student plans to attend. For students in states that require a full credit in Economics, the ½ credit in the “Finance” course combines with the ½ credit in the “Economics” course to earn one full credit in Economics.

Note: For transcript purposes, students may combine the ½ credit of Spanish II earned in the U.S. History I guide with the ½ credit of Spanish II earned in the U.S. History II guide to list 1-full year credit in Spanish II instead.

A Snapshot of History

U.S. History II provides a sweeping view of United States history from 1877 to modern times.  As significant issues and people are highlighted, students experience history as a well-told story filled with the struggles and triumphs of men and women living in America’s past and present.  With a unique blend of living books, engaging activities, and a biblical perspective, U.S. History II gives students a cultural and historical look at life in America – all while awakening students to its inspiring Christian heritage.

  • Set off on a purposeful journey via America: The Last Best Hope Vol. II, written by William J. Bennett, who recounts the riveting story of the last century’s great wars, the rise of world Communism, the struggle for freedom at home and abroad, and the triumph of liberty.  Bennett doesn’t shy away from America’s mistakes and shortcomings, while also patriotically asserting that the American experiment in democracy is still a success story.
  • Join Linda Hobar, author of Mystery of History: Volume IV, on an realistic, faith-filled journey as she retells the story of modern times including “wars of the world” and “wars of ideologies” before moving on to more modern day conflicts, like tensions in the Middle East and the War on Terror.
  • Marvel at the Faith of Our Fathers as you meet men and women who answered the Lord’s call to evangelize America.
  • Weigh issues from America’s past and use your judgement to make Key Decisions in U.S. History.  After reading about critical turning points in U.S. history, students will answer period-specific questions and then select and support the decision they think would have best solved this historical dilemma.
  • Discover the power of the penned word with Great Letters in American History and Great Documents in U.S. History.  As you seek to understand the people who stood behind the decisions in America’s past, ponder the historical significance and importance of their words. 
  • See America come to life visually with newsreel videos, motion picture footage, archival photographs, illustrations of antiquity, and filmed reenactments within The American Testimony video set.
  • Use the visual aid of cartography to capture the sweep and influence of key U.S. History II events.  Within the U.S. History Atlas, color-coded maps provide comprehensive coverage of major historical periods and help students gain a new understanding into how the land has influenced American history.
  • Teach retelling skills with the following types of Charlotte Mason-style oral and written narrations: detailed, summary, key word, highlighted, topic, opinion, persuasive, recorded, and typed narrations. Clear guidance is provided for students on how to perform each type of narration.  Students also practice speaking from notes accompanied by a visual aid, as they share talking points they have written based on one reading each week.
  • Complete a beautiful U.S. History II Journal filled with key decision-making responses, graphic organizer-style notes, written opinions, historical maps, talking points with visual aids, critical thinking questions and answers, analysis of primary source documents, multi-paragraph written narrations, picture cues for detailed narrations, and more!
  • Assemble a one-of-kind Book of Centuries filled with a colorful portrait gallery and lined timeline entries. As students complete their final year of high school, they will finish their entries for this book – providing a trail from the dawn of Creation through the modern era!

A Collection of Living Books

Add a fascinating new layer to your study of American history with our Charlotte Mason-inspired “Living Library!” The compelling books in our “Living Library” were selected for their narrative quality and lifelike connections to U.S. History II. As students delve into this set of memorable books, they will experience stirring historical fiction, inspiring biographies, riveting nonfiction, and classic literature.

  • Rise to the top of the business world with ‘cereal tycoon’ Henry Crowell, use western grit to keep the Colorado ranch afloat with ‘Little Britches’, transform weaknesses into strengths by ‘carrying a big stick’ with Teddy Roosevelt, cultivate 40 acres single-handedly with Hattie Big Sky, and care for the homeless living in ‘Soo City’ with 13 year-old Virginia.
  • Win the 400-meter Olympic race and countless hearts for Jesus in China with Eric Liddell, survive the Holocaust by escaping a concentration camp with teenager Anita, pilot a WWII plane and survive being shot down over enemy lines with Jim Yoder, overcome the bitterness of tragedy with Auschwitz survivor Josef Karski, and flee to freedom by crossing the Berlin Wall with 12 year-old Gerta.
  • Escape war-torn Vietnam via ‘Operation Babylift’ with Young Long, create a thriving business under the oppressive rule of the Taliban with ‘the dressmaker of Khair Khana’, and lead a counterattack against the terrorists on United Flight 93 with Todd Beamer – all just a sampling of the books that await you in our exciting Living Library!
  • Progressively fill out a “Triple-Entry Journal” to connect with each book as it is read. Students will first select and copy a quality passage or quote that is meaningful, significant, or symbolic. Then, they will write brief contextual comments for the passage or quote. Last, students will include written personal commentary such as thoughts, feelings, reactions, opinions, observations, questions, interpretations, predictions, comparisons, connections, reflections, or similar life experiences they feel relate to the passage or quote.

An Exploration of Economics

U.S. History II helps students learn sound biblical money management principles as it explores God’s teachings and guidance for economic decision-making. As students gain an understanding of free market economics, they will learn the difference between market entrepreneurs and political entrepreneurs, explore textbook bias, learn potential economic pitfalls in business and investments, and gain solid money management skills. This course is designed to be student-directed with a minimum of teacher preparation and involvement.

  • Delve into Economics by exploring God’s principles for living a life of liberty, prosperity, and generosity with MoneyWise: Biblical Principles of Work & Finance. In this entertaining and insightful video series, Chad Hovind presents a biblical case for free-market enterprise, and offers God’s perspective for the economic decisions of individuals, families, and nations. Discover how God wants us to live a life of freedom to serve Him, to provide for ourselves, and ultimately to bless others.
  • Complete study guide worksheets, quizzes, vocabulary-building exercises, semester tests, and a final exam within Intro. to Economics: Money, History, and Fiscal Faith. Each easy-to-manage lesson combines reading, worksheets, and vocabulary-building opportunities.
  • Gain Bible-based wisdom on how to make the best use of your money in Money Matters for Teens. In this book, financial expert Larry Burkett shares Bible-based wisdom on getting a job, understanding banks/creditors, managing a savings/checking account, budgeting, giving, saving, investing, paying for college, buying a car, exercising stewardship, using the stock market, and more!
  • Learn the difference between market entrepreneurs and political entrepreneurs in The Myth of the Robber Barons with Burton Folsom. Market entrepreneurs, such as Hill, Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller, succeeded by producing a quality product at a competitive price, while political entrepreneurs, such as Edward Collins and the Union Pacific Railroad used government power to succeed. This clash of market entrepreneurs and political entrepreneurs makes for a page-turning read!
  • Solve The Money Mystery with ‘Uncle Eric’ as he explains why Federal Reserve officials remain afraid of inflation, what precautions can be taken, and why there are wild swings in the stock market. As students uncover the hidden effects of velocity/money demand, they will gain not only an understanding of history that few others have, but also a competent plan to avoid likely pitfalls in their career, business, and investments.
  • Put your newfound knowledge to the test by answering ‘Thought Questions’ about 13 articles by noted economists in Economics: A Free Market Reader. By examining the arguments of these writers, students will solidify what they’ve learned and exercise their knowledge of various economic topics.

Note: For students in states that require a full credit in Economics, this course combined with the Finance course earns one full credit in Economics.

A Foundation of Scripture

U.S. History II guides students through tried and true arguments for the existence of a Creator God and prepares students to effectively defend their Christian faith. Using I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, students will tackle questions of absolute truth, demolish follies of postmodernism, debunk moral relativism, and move logically toward the inescapable truths of the Christian faith.  As students study the foundation of the Christian faith, they will also read heartfelt devotionals, examine their own lives, and gain a deeper love of the Lord. 

Worldview and Apologetics

  • Prepare to see your faith in a brand new light as you read I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. In this exquisite book, authors Geisler and Turek carefully demonstrate how Christianity is not only more reasonable than other beliefs, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. They provide clear answers for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as for Christians seeking to articulate a solid defense of their faith. With conviction they share tested arguments for God’s existence, examine the reliability of New Testament accounts of Jesus, and investigate Christ’s claims.
  • Tackle questions of absolute truth, postmodernism, moral relativism, and more with the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Workbook. This coordinating student workbook includes terms to define, profiles of well-known philosophers to read, discussion questions, exercises to encourage personal reflection, and research projects. As students complete this workbook, they will crystalize what they have learned, examine what they believe, and move logically toward the inescapable truths of the Christian faith.  
  • Keep a daily prayer journal based on the biblical model of prayer.  Students will pray through all four parts of prayer using our “Prayer Journal Insert,” which shares names of adoration for God, ways to honor Him, differences between sins of commission and omission, suggested Psalms to pray in thanksgiving, and encouragement for laying requests before God. By organizing and noting each day’s prayers, students will get the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God. 

Devotional Bible Study

  • Draw closer to the Lord with readings, annotations, questions, and discussions from either Girl Talk (for girls) or Created for Work (for boys). In this weekly study, students will partner with their parents to examine their faith and develop godly habits that will help them in later life. These devotionals are perfect for anyone who wants to strengthen their faith, trust in the Lord, and live out His teachings.
  • Learn to speak the language of biblical womanhood, improve communication, resolve conflict, and share the gospel in Girl Talkour devotional choice for girls. Blending wisdom from the Word with their own life experiences, mother-daughter team Carolyn and Nicole give insights and suggestions on how to talk—really talk—to each other about what it means to be a godly woman. 
  • Roll up your sleeves, follow directions, think creatively, respect authority, and heartily complete your duties as if working for the Lord in Created for Workour devotional choice for boys. In this book, Bob Schultz inspires young men to rise to the higher standards God has chosen, rather than sink to the lower norms the world offers. This is an integral part of training up young men to be future fathers, teachers, and leaders.

A Study of Spanish

In U.S. History II, students will continue to learn the Spanish language through the Spanish II Homeschool Curriculum Kit. This course builds skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to the Spanish language. Since this Spanish program moves quickly and is quite vocabulary and grammar intensive, it is best if students have completed either a very rigorous Spanish I program (including typical introductory Spanish II topics) or the first half of a typical Spanish II course prior to beginning U.S. History II. 

Students who have completed the Spanish as scheduled in U.S. History I will be well-prepared for this study. Students who desire to study a different foreign language may substitute a different language course in place of this option to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

  • Expand knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammatical structures, and learn how to communicate meaningfully in Spanish. As students are introduced to new vocabulary and grammar concepts, they will comprehend audio and reading passages more fully and express themselves more effectively in both speaking and writing.
  • Study grammar rules, learn to understand common terms and phrases, and actively engage with Spanish through provided activities and exercises. As students demonstrate understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, they will provide context and conversational examples for language concepts, and practice responding appropriately to conversational prompts.
  • Learn about the cultural perspectives and practices of Spanish-speaking countries. Having some historical, social and cultural knowledge of Spanish-speaking countries helps students as they learn to correctly speak and write in Spanish.
  • Practice pronunciation skills and learn to understand verbal Spanish by utilizing audio recordings featuring native speakers and conversational dialogue practice with a teacher or tutor. By learning how to correctly speak and comprehend Spanish, students will find it easier to grasp the basics of Spanish as a second language.

Note: For transcript purposes, students may combine the ½ credit of Spanish II earned in the U.S. History I guide with the ½ credit of Spanish II earned in the U.S. History II guide to list 1-full year credit in Spanish II instead.

A Lesson in Latin and Greek

The Latin/Greek course in U.S. History II is designed to introduce students to the written languages of traditional Latin and Koine Greek. As students learn the basics of Latin and become familiar with the structure of Greek, they will find themselves able to better understand both history and God’s Word.

  • Learn the fundamentals of Latin grammar with Getting Started with Latin. Divided into simple lessons, this program avoids overwhelming students with mountains of information, instead opting to introduce new words and concepts gradually. Students can immediately apply what they’ve learned by translating the exercises at the end of each lesson, and can quickly check their work with the answer key. To hear the words pronounced, simply download the free recordings from www.gettingstartedwithlatin.com, and for additional help, utilize the author’s extensive audio commentary recordings that teach every lesson.
  • Unlock the keys to exploring original Biblical text in Koine Greek (or the common Greek of Jesus’ time) as you watch engaging video lessons from It’s Not Greek to Me! In this remarkable 10-lesson study, Todd Friel invites students to engage with God’s Word more than ever before, equipping them to get more understanding from Bible footnotes and commentaries, clarify points of confusion among different Biblical translations, and go beyond the basics to comprehend the meaning of the original Biblical texts.

A Framework for Finance

In U.S. History II, students will use Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance course to learn sound principles of personal financial management. In this course, financial expert Dave Ramsey combines instructional video presentations with a coordinating Student Text to teach students how to manage their money better – all rooted in a solid biblical perspective.

  • Enjoy insightful video presentations filled with humor and real-life stories, as Dave Ramsey takes you on a memorable journey through the basics of financial security. Learn about budgeting, saving, investing, credit, insurance, debt, financial responsibility, money management, income, giving, and more!
  • Reinforce key concepts of finance management with journal prompts, video viewing guides, printable activities, discussion topics, case studies, graphic organizers, creative challenges, and quick reviews.
  • Gain access to a student-focused learning website full of interactive media tools, relevant articles, and real-world activities designed for all devices! As students work through Foundations in Personal Finance, they will find this to be an excellent place to stretch their wings and experiment with what they’ve learned.

Note: For students in states that require a full credit in Economics, the ½ credit in the “Finance” course combines with the ½ credit in the “Economics” course to earn one full credit in Economics.

A Journey Through Literature

In the U.S. History II guide, British Literature is the focus for this final year of literature study. The daily literature plans include a hand-picked set of compelling full-length novels and plays. Classic Charlotte Mason-style novel introductions, readings, annotations, oral narrations, written narrations, Common Place Book entries, daily guided Literature Journal reflections, Biblical worldview questions, and novel discussions all provide higher level assessments without taking away the joy of reading.

  • Enjoy a fascinating allegory reminiscent of Pilgrim’s Progress with The War for Mansoul – Ethel Barrett’s retelling of John Bunyan’s classic The Holy War. Covering the entrance of sin and despair into the world, the amazing grace of redemption, the results of carelessness and disobedience in the Christian life, and the daily struggles of walking in obedience to Prince Emmanuel, this thought-provoking book is more than just Mansoul’s story – it is the story of each Christian facing the spiritual battle going on every day!
  • Savor Shakespeare’s haunting tragedy of a troubled Danish prince devoted to avenging his father’s death with Shakespeare Made Easy: Hamlet. This edition of Hamlet is presented with Shakespeare’s original lines on each left-hand page, and a modern, easy-to-understand “translation” on the facing right-hand page. When paired with an unabridged dramatic audio production from the BBC and Leland Ryken’s exceptional study guide, students will enjoy evaluating Hamlet from a Christian worldview as they explore the play’s historical context, key themes, and overarching message.
  • Experience Penelope Wilcock’s 14th-century Yorkshire drama, The Hawk and the Dove. At the time of Chaucer, Father Peregrine is appointed Abbot of St. Alcuin’s Benedictine abbey. An arrogant, impatient man – a hawk trying to be a dove – he is respected, but not loved. Then, a sudden, act of violence changes everything. As the story unfolds, the community of monks, serious about their calling but as flawed and human as we are, come to love their ascetic but now vulnerable leader.
  • Read a verse dramatization of T.S. Eliot’s best-known drama, Murder in the Cathedral, where Archbishop Thomas Becket speaks some fatal words before he is martyred. Based on the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1170 and praised for its masterful handling of issues of faith, politics, and the common good, this winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature cemented Eliot’s reputation as the most significant poet of his time.
  • Examine The Devotional Poetry of Donne, Herbert, & Milton with literary expert Leland Ryken’s insightful study guide. John Donne, George Herbert, and John Milton were 17th-century poet geniuses who took Christian experience and doctrine as their subject matter, crafting devotional poetry to lead to a deeper understanding of God and His truth. The unique qualities of their lyrical poems are enhanced by Ryken’s reading tips, summaries of poetic content, marginal notes, and reflection questions for each poem.
  • Enter the cliffs, caves, and downs of Dorset in Moonfleet – a thrilling Victorian mystery rife with smuggling, treasure, code-cracking, injustice, revenge, and friendship. Follow young John Trenchard as he seeks to discover the secret of Colonel Mohune’s treasure and discovers it is hard to know who to trust. Falkner’s feeling for history combines with his gift for storytelling to turn this ripping, 100-year-old yarn into a novel of moving intensity.
  • Hear the classic story of an orphan – cast off by her aunt and maltreated at school – who experiences love, betrayal, and forgiveness in Jane Eyre. Jane did not begin life with good prospects. Yet, what she lacked in material comforts, she made up for with a vigorous spirit and self-respect. When Jane finds herself working for Mr. Rochester as the governess of his ward, it seems chance has meted “a measure of happiness” at last: only to have it seemingly all snatched away as past mysteries reappear.  Coordinating daily video segments bring Jane Eyre to life.
  • Prepare for more swashbuckling adventures in The Elusive Pimpernel, the page-turning sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel. French agent and chief spy-catcher Chauvelin is as crafty as ever, but Sir Percy Blakeney is more than a match for his archenemy. Meanwhile the beautiful Marguerite remains wholly devoted to Sir Percy, her husband, as he attempts to smuggle French aristocrats to safety during the dangerous French Revolution.
  • Read the story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Humorous and profound, and filled with clever dialogue, this comedy dips and turns through drawing-rooms and plots to a satisfying finale. Paired with the equally fantastic miniseries by BBC, this classic Austen story is nearly impossible to beat!
  • Discover what the true spirit of Christmas is about in Charles Dicken’s masterpiece, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy and stingy businessman with no place in his life for kindness, compassion, or charity. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley. After being warned to change his ways, Scrooge is visited by 3 additional ghosts who take him on a journey through the past, present, and future – all in the hope of achieving his transformation.
  • Race with Watson to help Sherlock Holmes investigate an unsolved mystery in The Hound of the Baskervilles. At Baskerville Hall on the moors of Devonshire, Sir Charles Baskerville has been found dead. Years earlier, a hound-like beast with blazing eyes was reported to have killed Hugo Baskerville. Has the hound struck again? And is Sir Henry Baskerville, heir to the estate, now in danger? Enter Sherlock Holmes, summoned to protect Sir Henry from the fate that has threatened the Baskerville family.
  • Witness the fast-moving adventure of English gentlemen hero, Rudolf Rassendyll as he ends up impersonating the King on a trip to Ruritania in The Prisoner of Zenda. When Rudolf Elphberg – who is about to be crowned King of Ruritania – is imprisoned by a rival in the Castle of Zenda,  Rudolf Rassendyll is obliged to impersonate the King to ensure political stability. Rassendyll endures a trial of strength and a test of a different sort as he grows to love the Princess Flavia.
  • Unravel an unexpectedly dangerous political mystery with Tommy and Tuppence in The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie. Home from the War, flat-broke and unemployed, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford decide to embark on a daring business scheme, advertising themselves as “Adventurers for Hire.” But when their first assignment plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined, they quickly find themselves in a perilous world of intrigue, conspiracy, death, and mayhem.

A Look at Composition and Grammar

Heart of Dakota teaches higher-level language arts skills through a unique combination of Charlotte Mason-style dictation exercises, a solid grammar and writing text, and a variety of composition approaches.  You can use your own resources for grammar and writing, or use the time-tested selections we’ve scheduled in the U.S. History II guide.

  • Hone spelling, writing, and proofreading skills by using the Charlotte Mason method of studied dictation.  Using passages provided in the U.S. History II guide, students will study a passage and then reproduce it as you dictate the passage aloud. Afterward, they will proofread their work against the correctly written model and correct any errors.
  • Enjoy thorough grammar and writing lessons with Preparing for Usefulness. This comprehensive, God-honoring text is easy-to-use and teaches key concepts of grammar, mechanics, and writing. Plans include lessons on applying upper-level grammar concepts, developing theme and style in stories, improving sentence coherence and structure, using rhythm and parallelism in poetry, taking organized notes, writing persuasive arguments, polishing oral and written reports, proofreading, revising, and more!
  • Build upon previous composition skills and practice good writing with narrative, descriptive, persuasive, expository, and prose writing assignments. As students complete these assignments, they will learn to approach writing systematically and to use the writing process to improve the quality of their work. Students will also complete written reflections related to the literature study in U.S. History II, giving them the chance to evaluate, synthesize, and connect with various literary works.

A Sample of Speech

U.S. History II teaches essential elements of good public speaking by combining Jeff Myers’ Secrets of Great Communicators course with How to Become a Dynamic Speaker by Rose Weiner. As students work their way through this course, they will watch insightful video presentations, study famous speakers of the past, complete “Personal Application” scenarios, and gain invaluable experience by outlining and presenting speeches of their own.

  • Build your confidence and overcome your fears of public speaking with Secrets of Great Communicators, created by experienced professional speaker Dr. Jeff Myers! Designed to help students develop key public speaking skills based on personal goals, careers, and faith, this engaging course focuses on the elements of speaking that apply to all speeches, lectures, and addresses. Six video lessons given by Dr. Myers in front of a live audience model good speaking, and cover practical topics such as organization, presentation, audience analysis, and conquering fear.
  • Study the strengths of famous speakers – such as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Patrick Henry, and Billy Graham – through the Secrets of Great Communicators Student Text.  This text includes video viewing guides, discussion questions, lessons providing insight into public speaking, and guidance for students to plan, prepare, and present their own speeches. 
  • Learn effective yet simple principles of public speaking in How to Become a Dynamic Speaker, a fascinating book full of helpful illustrations taken from history, the Bible, and modern day life. Learn how to get over stage fright, analyze texts of America’s best speakers, discover the “why” behind their words, and understand how a profound sense of mission made their oratory remembered in history as some of the greatest thoughts to uplift the human race. As students study the principles and apply the methods in this book, they will find themselves able to communicate their ideas with others in such a way that it will be a blessing to whoever is willing to hear!

A Structure for Mathematics

Students entering U.S. History II should ideally be studying either Precalculus or College Algebra, however students at differing math levels may still use this guide. Our recommendations for Precalculus with Trigonometry include Foerster’s Precalculus with Trigonometry or continuing with VideoText Geometry to complete Precalculus with Trigonometry (for those who were previously working through Geometry with VideoText).  Our recommendation for College Algebra is Math Help: College Algebra. Instructions for using each of these programs is provided for you in the overview of math in our U.S. History II guide. Or, if you would prefer, you can use your own math program!

Foerster’s Precalculus with Trigonometry

  • Enjoy the benefit of crystal-clear teaching and excellent examples in Foerster’s Precalculus with Trigonometry. This Precalculus course is an advanced math course that combines the study of trigonometry, functions, analytic geometry, and math analysis topics as preparation for calculus. The text is written directly to the student, and includes step-by-step explanations with plenty of practice problems rising in difficulty throughout each assignment. This classic text is the best “teaching” textbook in written form we’ve found on Precalculus, and fits perfectly for anyone needing solid instruction taken to the next level. A fully-worked solutions manual for all problems is available with purchase of the core text.
  • Become familiar with mathematical topics from Precalculus and Trigonometry such as complex numbers, graphs of functions, transformations and reflections, absolute values, trigonometric and circular functions, trigonometric identities, triangle problems, conic sections, random variables, matrix algebra, quadric surfaces, and more!
  • Learn critical thinking skills and practice written communication of problem-solving methods. The intent is to develop a deep conceptual understanding of each topic, making connections to other areas and topics in mathematics and to develop strong problem-solving skills. Students are asked to explain answers and show methods, not just state answers.
  • Visualize mathematical concepts by using Math Without Borders to complement your study. These video lessons introduce and cover each of the topics in Foerster’s Precalculus and Trigonometry and serve as an excellent companion to the text. This combination will provide video instruction for the text, assigned problems for each day of work, and fully worked video solutions for assigned problems.

VideoText Geometry and Precalculus with Trigonometry 

  • Explore an interactive, video-based approach to mathematics with VideoText Geometry and Precalculus with Trigonometry. This program teaches Geometry, Precalculus, and Trigonometry in an integrated manner. Due to the integrated manner in which VideoText teaches these subjects, once you begin VideoText it is best to complete the course because of how the modules work together (all modules must be completed in order to claim credit). It typically takes two years to complete the coursework, so students looking for a stand-alone Precalculus course for their final year of high school should choose a different option for Precalculus/Trigonometry.
  • Take the stress away from planning – with VideoText, everything you need is already taken care of! With each module of the course, you will receive access to online video lessons (each 5-10 minutes in length), course notes, worktext, solutions, progress tests, and an instructor’s guide with detailed solutions to all quizzes and tests problems. To view samples and purchase VideoText Geometry and Precalculus with Trigonometry, visit https://www.videotext.com.

Math Help College Algebra

  • Enjoy clear online College Algebra lessons with Math Help College Algebra.  In an easy to-use online format, award-winning teacher Michael Maggart uses short, concise lessons to explain each topic in College Algebra in a way that is easy to understand. 
  • Work through online lessons that include video example problems, interactive practice problems with built-in explanations, a challenge problem, self-tests with immediate feedback, an automatic online gradebook, printable extra problem worksheets, and review notes of each day’s lesson.
  • Benefit from a low-stress online math option! This math program is a good option for students who are not interested in taking Precalculus, but who would like to continue with math instruction for their senior year.
  • Plan ahead for the future! At the close of this course if your student desires to earn actual college credit in College Algebra, he/she will either need to take the College Algebra CLEP exam (to earn transferrable College Algebra credit) or will need to earn Colleg Algebra course credit through Study.com (which is transferred as ACE credit). Before pursuing either of these options, be sure that the college of your student’s choice accepts CLEP or ACE credit in College Algebra, Regardless of whether your student takes the CLEP exam or earns credit through ACE, for high school transcript purposes, students may list 1 full-year credit in College Algebra upon completion of this course.

An Exploration of Astronomy and Geology/Paleontology

In U.S. History II, students earn science credit with our fascinating Astronomy, Geology & Paleontology science course. Presented in a Christian way, ten intriguing resources – including visually stunning DVDs, unique yet easily doable labs, and narrative readings of groundbreaking books – work together to offer a fresh alternative to other available science courses.

  • Get an incredible look at the mysteries and marvels of space through beautiful, full-color narrative books! Discover the incredible design of the moon in Our Created Moon, marvel at the heavens in The New Astronomy Book, and witness the truly awesome power of God in Taking Back Astronomy. As students study the solar system, stars, galaxies, and interstellar bodies, they will be introduced to astronomic instruments and explore theories regarding the origin and evolution of the universe, space, and time.
  • Enhance each day’s reading with the student worksheets, quizzes, and answer keys in Masterbook’s Survey of Astronomy. These well-balanced assignments help students to organize what they read, and include “Words to Know,” “Short Answer” questions, “Discussion Questions,” and “Bonus Activities”.
  • Witness God’s handiwork as you watch video segments from Our Created Solar System, Our Created Stars and Galaxies, and Our Created Universe. These entries in the “What You Aren’t Being Told” series feature NASA engineer Spike Psarris, a former atheist, along with breathtaking footage of the universe that will leave you in awe as you expand your capacity to view our universe for what it really is – a daily declaration of the glory and power of God!  
  • Demolish the pillars of the belief system that underpins our now-secular culture with Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels. Visually stunning animations and dramatic footage help to show how the supposed “strengths” of evolutionary naturalism are, in fact, its fatal flaws. Like no other work available, fifteen Ph.D. scientists collaborated to produce this coordinated, coherent, powerful video argument. 
  • Study the differences between a biblical and secular view of fossils, dinosaurs, and cave men in Fossils, Dinosaurs, and Cave Men. This full color textbook covers many intriguing topics such as two contrasting views of origin, the Biblical classification of livings things, the cause and fossil evidence of the Genesis Flood, the geologic time table, transitional fossils, the two contrasting views of man, and fossil anomalies.
  • Discover the scientific evidence that no one gets to see with Censored Science. This stunningly designed, full-color book showcases the fifty best evidences for a biblical creation worldview, and contains both cutting-edge evidence for creation and time-tested evidence which has never been answered by those rejecting Biblical truth. Technically reviewed and endorsed by top scientists involved in creation research this quality hardback will get your students thinking deeply!
  • Learn to view the sky, earth, and Creation through the lens of a Biblical worldview with the 29 innovative experiments featured in this lab kit specially designed for Heart of Dakota. Learning objectives, introductions of science concepts, Bible devotionals that connect the science concept to God or to life, step-by-step instructions, data collection and questions, and a lab manual in which to record findings are included with your lab kit along with needed supplies. Moon cycles, star viewing, orbital speeds, the sun’s diameter, sunspot cycles, and the retrograde motion of Mars are examples of lab topics within the Astronomy part of this course. Estimating the weight and speed of a dinosaur, earthquake locations, wave velocity, glacial dynamics, water salinity, steepness of volcanoes, and identification of rocks, minerals, and fossils are examples of lab topics within the Geology/Paleontology part of the course.

Can I Tailor This to
Fit My Child?

Yes! We’ve provided plenty of opportunities to customize with boy and girl selections for devotions, options for science and “Literature Study,” and boy and girl options for the “Living Library.” You can choose from our suggested math options, scheduled grammar text, and planned foreign language options, or use your own resources for these areas. Finally, our curriculum packages are designed so you can choose which credits to include in your student’s course of study. No matter what you choose, U.S. History II pulls it all together for you!

What Do Other
People Have to Say?

"US History II was the perfect way to end our journey through homeschool. My kids were fully prepared for college and beyond with the amazing resources in this year of study. Thank you, Heart of Dakota!"

Tiffini in Avon, Indiana

Look Inside

U.S. History II includes 35 engaging units with open-and-go daily plans that pull everything together, allowing students to earn 7 – 7 ½ credits by year-end. Units include plans for four days a week, taking 6 – 7 hours a day for students to complete all subjects.  Each day is conveniently displayed on a two-page spread, making it easy to organize the day at a glance.  Let’s have a better look inside, so you can see what using U.S. History II is like.

See the Video

In this video, Julie gives a brief overview of U.S. History II including a quick peek into the daily plans. After watching this video, you’ll have a clear picture of how each day is organized and a better understanding of what to expect from our complete, Christ-centered, Charlotte Mason-style program.

Daily Format

At the high school level, each guide is written mainly to the student, saving you time so you can direct and facilitate your student’s learning. Each day of U.S. History II is organized on a simple two-page spread divided into “Learning Through History” and “Learning the Basics.”  Each subject is contained in its own box coded ‘T,’ ‘S,’ or ‘I’ to show whether it is “Teacher-directed,” “Semi-Independent,” or “Independent.” Boxes can be done in any order, and subjects are seamlessly rotated to cover all needed credits. Once each box on the two-page spread is complete, your student is done!

Notebook Pages

Our stunning, full-color U.S. History II Journal becomes a special portfolio showcasing what students have learned on their journey through U.S. history. As students work through U.S. History II, they’ll complete beautiful pages filled with key decision-making responses, graphic organizer-style notes, written opinions, historical maps, talking points with visual aids, critical thinking questions and answers, analysis of primary source documents, multi-paragraph written narrations, picture cues for detailed narrations, and more! By the end of the school-year, students will have a personal keepsake they can treasure for years to come.

High School Credits

U.S. History II includes everything you need to earn required credits for a full year of high school study. If you would like to see which credits your child will earn in the U.S. History II guide, refer to our “Scope and Sequence” chart for high school. This chart lists the credits for all 4 of our high school guides, including U.S. History II. With Heart of Dakota, you can rest easy knowing that your child will be well-prepared for college and beyond!

Teacher's Guide

U.S. History II features open-and-go daily plans with an appealing mix of oral, written, hands-on, and academic activities.  Daily lessons incorporate a variety of learning styles, a perfect blend of teacher and student, and a shift toward greater independence befitting the high school stage of learning.  Step-by-step directions, a careful balance of skills, and helpful key ideas bring everything together.  By keeping our design both constant and coherent, we have created a strong foundation you can rely on year after year.


Now that you’ve seen a little bit about U.S. History II, are you ready to shop? We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store!

Not sure you’re in the right place? If your child is too young for U.S. History II, we’ve got you covered.

Need something younger?
Have a look at U.S. History I. It might be just right for your child.

Dig Deeper

Still want to know more about U.S. History II? Have no fear – there’s more here! See the following excellent resources for more in-depth information about this program.