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US History Series 3: US Involvement in the World Wars

US History 3

This is the 3rd of 4 courses in this full year US History course series. 
It is not required to take them in order, but it is HIGHLY recommended.

The other courses in this series include:
US History Series 1: Colonies to the Civil War
US History Series 2: Reconstruction to the Progressive Era
US History Series 4: The Cold War to the Present


This class is the third in the US History series that began with US History through the Civil War. While the first class in the series is not a prerequisite for this class, it is recommended to take the first class to give a wider look at US history in chronological order. In this class we will be studying both World Wars. The American perspective of the war will be the primary focus; but we will also be covering the politics, strategies, economics, and motives of the European countries involved. On the American side we will be looking into the policies, technology, economics, tactics, and battles.

The World Wars would be nearly impossible to study without context for why they happened, so there will also be brief studies on the lead up to World War I and the period between World Wars in both Europe and the United States. By the end of this class the student should have knowledge the reasons for both wars, major policies, technology and weaponry, important battles with their significance, politics , and economics in both World Wars.

DISCLAIMER: This is history, not math. There is not a right and wrong, black and white answer to everything! So much in history can be subjective and argued over endlessly. I’m presenting the facts the best I can from various sources I’ve researched. I don’t consider any history book to be 100% accurate. It’s impossible. And same with this course. I compiled my research and put together the most authentic story I could, considering I wasn’t personally privy to the goings on during this time period.

No live classesview lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for boththe depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2.

Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format.

Week 1: Lead up to American Involvement in WWI
This week will cover the circumstances that led to World War I. Beginning by briefly covering Otto von Bismarck, we will be moving into the complicated system of nationalism and alliances that pervaded early twentieth century Europe. We will end the week with the beginning of the war.

Week 2: US before their entrance into the war
The second week will give a little bit of history on pre WWI America. We will be looking into the newly developed technology and weapons the Americans would be using. The week will end with the US entering the war.

Week 3: To war!
With the Americans finally joining in the war, a fresh group of faces is ready to keep the war going. We will be looking into their stories and horrors through the fighting. This week will end in the end of the war.

Week 4: The US between wars
Similar to Week 4 we will be focusing on the United States during the period between wars. The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression will be the major focus of this week.

Week 5: Europe and Asia between wars
The period between world wars is critical in understanding the start of the Second World War. The political climate throughout Europe is one of the most important factors in that. We will be studying the rises of communism and fascism, the global depression, the convoluted reparation system, and more.

Week 6: The Second World War
This week will focus on the beginning of the war in Europe. The involvement of the European powers will be the main point of this week: political players and generals, battles, types of warfare, strategy, and motivations will all be covered.

Week 7: Pearl Harbor
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor begins this week. US action in the Pacific Theater will make up most of this week. It will end with the Americans joining the European stage.

Week 8: The War Ends
The final week of the class will cover the end of the war both in Europe and East Asia. About the last half of the lesson will cover the fall out and consequences of the World Wars

Next Level Homeschool is a firm believer that not all learning should happen from behind a screen! That's why we give students the freedom to submit their assignments in the way THEY want to! We don't want regurgitation learning here. By allowing students to use their own talents, skills, and passions to complete assignments, they become even more engaged and retain the information. Why? Because now it's literally in their hands! We receive thousands of projects every year from our students: written reports, videos, models, posters, Scratch, Minecraft, Roblox, songs, poems, skits, drawings, sculptures, craftswe've seen it ALL! And WE LOVE IT!!

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Course Features

  • Schedule Feb 13- Apr 16
  • Activities History
  • Lessons 8
  • Suggested Ages 12-17 Two Levels