FREE History Curriculum – A Cathy Duffy Top Pick (Limited Time)

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The Take a Stand! series teaches students how to be historians. They learn not what to think or memorize, but how to analyze the events of the past. This unique approach makes the student an active participation in the analysis of the past. This is the best of critical thinking, Socratic discussion, and analytical writing in history. The Take a Stand! series is not a set of textbooks, but rather thinking, reading, speaking, and writing guides. Take a Stand! shows the student how to be a historian. You will need to use history texts and documents to complete the Take a Stand! method. 

For junior high students, there are three Take A Stand! guides:


High school students also have guides for three courses available:

  • Modern World History – opens with a review of western political thought then covers the “Age of Revolution” from the 1600s through the Cold War
  • Modern American History – covers Reconstruction then selected topics up through “Nixon and Watergate” and “Technology as a Cause for Change” <–THIS IS THE FREEBIE!!
  • American Democracy and Economics – a classical approach to government and economics

History Content Included: 

  • United States Became a World Power
  • Immigration
  • The Role of Religion in American Life
  • U.S. Imperialism
  • Civil Liberties in the 1920s
  • The Great Depression
  • The New Deal
  • World War II in the Pacific
  • The Cold War in the United States
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Nixon and Watergate
  • Technology as a Cause for Change

One reason why I think the Classical Historian approach works so well is that when students read and research with the questions in mind, they pay much closer attention than when reading simply to cover the material. When they have to analyze information, thinking about cause and effect and relative importance, they have moved to a much deeper level of thinking. Discussing their research and ideas with others forces them to think logically and critically. ~ Cathy Duffy (Read her review here!)

This award-winning curriculum teaches your students the following thinking and writing skills:

  • Fact or Opinion?
  • Judgment
  • Supporting Evidence
  • Primary or Secondary Analysis
  • Using Quotes
  • Paraphrasing
  • Thesis Statement
  • Conclusion
  • Outline for a One-Paragraph Essay
  • Rough Draft for a One-Paragraph Essay
  • Taking Notes
  • Thesis Statement for a Five Paragraph Essay
  • Rough Draft for a Five Paragraph Essay
  • Revising
  • Documenting Sources in a Text
  • Works CitedTyping Guidelines
  • The Cover Page and Checklist
  • Thesis Statement for a Multi-Page Essay
  • Counter Argument
  • Analyzing Primary Sources
  • Cause and Effect
  • Compare and Contrast
  • One-Paragraph Grading Rubric
  • Five-Paragraph Grading Rubric
  • Multi-Page Grading Rubric

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Written by Carrie


Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She is also the Operations Manager for Build Your Bundle – a once a year HUGE homeschooling sale. She has been homeschooling for ten years, has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.

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