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Dave Raymond's American History Curriculum - Compass Classroom | Homeschool Curriculum

Veteran history teacher Dave Raymond gives a comprehensive history of the United States by applying a Christian worldview to the characters, events, theology, literature, art, and religious beliefs of the nation.

  • Formats: DVD, Download, Streaming
  • Lessons: 26 (32 hours of material)
  • Addl Mtls: Student Reader, Teacher's Guide, Weekly Exams (PDF, EPUB, & MOBI)
  • Credit: 1 HS
  • Age: 13+
  • Teacher: Dave Raymond

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History is best understood through the dual lenses of dramatic story and godly wisdom. Veteran history teacher Dave Raymond gives a comprehensive history of the United States by applying a Christian worldview to the characters, events, theology, literature, art, and religious beliefs of the nation. It is an engaging class for Middle School and High School students.

American History is a one-year class that consists of:

  • 26 lessons (5 videos per lesson, 10-15 minutes each)
  • 4 projects
  • Student Reader, 372p (PDF, EPUB, & MOBI)
  • Teacher’s Guide with Scope & Sequence (PDF)
  • Weekly Exams
  • Year-long Portfolio. 

Click on the FAQ tab for a complete breakdown of hours spent per area to qualify for high school credit.

Please be aware of some brief nudity in some of the historical artwork that is presented in the course.

License: This product is licensed for use by one family. Group licenses are available here.

Dave Raymond lives in rural Middle Tennessee with his wife and 6 children where he has taught the humanities for the past 12 years. He teaches the disciplines of history, literature, composition, and Latin through Quiller Tutorials and Foundations Christian Academy.


13Reviews For American History

  1. Anna

    I absolutely loved this curriculum for my kids, with the exception of how Dave Raymond talked about the Mormons. I don't think he understood their culture and he shouldn't have taught false teachings. But, other than that, I really enjoyed this perspective on history. Without the Mormon stuff, I would give this a 10/10.

  2. Sandra

    I love this curriculum, and I love the way Mr. Raymond presents it. It is from a Christian Worldview, and is the most interesting history course I've ever sat under. I watch the lessons with my son, and take notes along with him--I love it!

    The lessons are laid out and are very user friendly. The only thing I wish is that there were more resources materials that the teacher could draw from if he/she wanted. (Maybe films or historical novels that could be correlated with the course.)

    I love that this history course is taught from a biblical worldview, and that it is reasonably priced and available in both streaming and dvd format!

  3. Heather

    Because I’m in the room with Munchkin while she’s watching the videos, I find myself learning things about history that I didn’t know. She gets really excited about the information being presented and enjoys sharing her newly learned information with others. To me, this is a sign that the curriculum is interesting and engaging. The curriculum focuses on some aspects of history that aren’t, in my experience, covered by other curriculums as well as the traditional material.

  4. Laura

    My kids learn well from teachers who are passionate about their subjects. Dave Raymond is passionate about American History. Better yet, Dave Raymond is a good storyteller. Isn’t that what history is? Story telling? Names and dates bah! I want to know about the people, not just the battles. How did they think? Why did they do things? History comes alive in this video curriculum.

  5. Jessica

    One thing is evident: the teacher clearly explains how to view the events of history through the lens of Scripture and a Christian worldview.

  6. Kela

    Dave Raymond gives students (and educators) a new way of appreciating American History by pointing out how we can see God’s hand through all of history. God is the Creator of all things and without Him nothing would be created. I like how Dave goes back to the beginning of time in his first lesson and explain how we need to understand the study of Humanities.

  7. Kara

    The kids both really liked the lessons that we watched and found them very interesting. Mr. Raymond uses a conversational style that’s engaging and his obvious enthusiasm for the subject really makes the lectures enjoyable! The assignments are clearly explained and both they and the reading selections are thought-provoking…designed to really make the student think through the underlying factors behind the events. This is definitely not just a “names and dates” program! It really delves into how and why cultures change and how ideas and worldviews impact how we live. I really love this approach!
    But what I love most of all about this program is that it goes even further to show the theme of redemption through all of history. Mr. Raymond points out that history is at it’s heart a story of the Gospel, but also of sinners. Even the “heroes” of history have flaws – because they’re sinners – but he encourages students to watch for how all of history reveals the story of redemption, even through flawed and sinful people and actions. Through it all, God is working to accomplish His purposes.

  8. Debra

    I love that my kids are able to be very independent in working with this. I really like the projects involved, especially the whole create-your-own-textbook that the journal turns into. The fact that my word-loving son can create a text-heavy journal, and my word-phobic son can create a image-heavy journal — and both are following the instructions — means a lot to me.

    I love this whole idea. Downloadable video, that you can view on a variety of devices (or you can even purchase DVDs) is convenient and gives me fewer things to lose. I love that.

  9. Trisha

    These lessons spend more time focusing on historic people, their beliefs and motivations, rather than mere events. Raymond continues to emphasize the idea of “moral philosophy” throughout the series: how the core beliefs of our nation’s leaders and founders shaped the direction of history.

  10. Lisa

    It is a Christian curriculum and one that takes the time to teach the importance of the founding of this nation and not just the names and dates but also the character behind the people who founded and shaped it.

  11. Meg

    I have to say, I absolutely LOVE this American History curriculum! I have been telling everyone I know about it. Our family has been searching for something that doesn’t just teach the WHAT, but the WHY and the HOW. History doesn’t need to just be a bunch of useless facts (ones we hardly remember as we grow older and are inundated with other useless facts); instead should be exploring the reasons WHY men did what they did…and HOW we can learn from their mistakes. I love that this is both worldview and history in one curriculum. Thank you so much for following the Lord’s leading in creating this curriculum! Now, I want to know when World History will be released?? ;)

  12. Cathy Duffy

    In my opinion, this course offers an excellent balance of interesting DVD lectures, serious reading, and challenging writing coupled with worthwhile portfolio and project work, all presented from within a Christian worldview.

  13. Pam Dean

    We have really enjoyed the course. Part 1 consists of 13 weekly lessons which includes a daily video presentation generally around 12 minutes long, quality reading assignments and a weekly exam. Also the students are to prepare a page in their portfolio after each week and there is also a project of making a colonial map. Part 1 covers Meso-America to The Constitution. Part 2 also consists of 13 weekly lessons and covers George Washington to Theodore Roosevelt. It also includes the daily video, reading assignments and weekly exam.

    Our favorite part of this course has been the daily video lessons. Dave makes the lessons extremely interesting and very understandable. Since he tells it as a story and has covered the material chronologically, for the first time in my life, I can put all the pieces of American History together and they make sense. The readings are very in-depth. They are organized by lesson in one downloadable printable reader. Many are taken from original documents We have not used them as extensively as some that love history may choose to do. I appreciate that the course is taught from a strong Christian worldview. Even though it is a high school course, my 2 younger daughters have watched it with us, and they have also learned so much.

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Related Lessons

Part I

  1. Orientation
  2. The Banner of the Sun: Meso-America
  3. Brave New World: The Early Explorers
  4. The Colossus of Empire: The Colonies
  5. Stability and Change: The Reformational Colonies
  6. A City Upon a Hill: The Puritans
  7. A Foreign War at Home: Wars of Control
  8. Grace, the Founder of Liberty: The Great Awakening
  9. Fathers of Independence: Adams, Franklin, Witherspoon, and Henry
  10. Liberty or Death: The Declaration of Independence
  11. Awesome Providence I: The War of Independence
  12. Awesome Providence II: The War of Independence
  13. A More Perfect Union: The Constitution


Part II

  1. Federal Headship: George Washington
  2. How Good and Pleasant It Is: Adams and Jefferson
  3. Manifest Destiny: Settlers, Explorers, and War
  4. Word and Deed: JQ Adams and Andrew Jackson
  5. The Original United Nations: The Expansion of the Early US
  6. Idols of Mercy: Revival, Counterfeits, and Art
  7. A House Divided I: The Age of Compromise and Divided Cultures
  8. A House Divided II: Lincoln and Secession
  9. The Second War for Independence: The War Between the States
  10. Brother Against Brother: The War Between the States
  11. The Lost Cause: Reconstruction
  12. A New Normal: The West, Immigration, and Robber Barons
  13. Theology as Biography: Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington



After viewing the sample lessons, check out a sample from the student reader, below.  

View it in fullscreen by clicking the button on the bottom-right corner.


Calculating High School Credit for History:
HSLDA recommends spending approximately 150 hours on a subject to qualify for high school credit.  This is how Dave Raymond’s classes generally break down to achieve that credit.  Some students will spend more time in some areas and some will spend less, but there is clearly enough different types of work to qualify for full high school credit:
american history credit chart
* The reader includes 372 pages of original historical materials.  It increases in length as the year progresses.  For example, Part 1 is 150 pages and Part 2 is 222 pages.  If additional reading is desired for older students, we include recommendations for that.
**If a parent desires to do two or more thesis papers for older students, that is perfectly acceptable and will only increase the amount of time spent in the class.

Links for downloading the accompanying PDFs are included with purchase. For more History resources see our Resources section.