Level 12

( Grade 12 – Age 16-18 )

Build Your Library: Level 12 - American HistoryBuild Your Library’s Level 12 features a deep dive into American History, from the first Americans before exploration to modern day. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted this course to be, and I decided that I wanted to focus on people – the people who lived that history and how events affected them. We’ll be exploring the major events of America’s turbulent history and witnessing how people have changed (or stayed the same) throughout our history.

We’ll be using several different spine texts  and well-written non-fiction to tell that story. I looked for the best books on the market to tell America’s story and give a well-rounded telling, like Alan Taylor’s American ColoniesAn Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy, and We Are Not Yet Equal . Like always, we’ll round it out with an amazing selection of literature and poetry, like The Moor’s Account, The Color Purple, and Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry to help us to gain a deeper understanding of the complex history of America. Some of the books are more challenging reading than others. But they will all draw you into the story of America, giving you an insider’s view on history and the people who lived it!

In the first semester, we will study American Government and Politics, using living books like American Politics: A Very Short Introduction, and Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption, and other fantastic resources to help your student to understand the inner workings of American government. They will read What You Should Know About Politics…But Don’t and learn about political parties and their takes on major issues like the economy, healthcare, and civil liberties, allowing them to draw their own conclusions and decide where they will stand.

The second semester will focus on Economics, with the wonderful Cartoon Introduction to Economics series and other wonderful books and resources. Who says economics has to be boring? You’ll be reading about both microeconomics and macroeconomics, learn about famous economists and their ideas, and come to a stronger understanding about how our economy works.

Our art elective this year is digital photography, using the wonderful DK Digital Photography Complete Course. You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to try your hand at this medium! We’ll also use the beautiful Humans of New York for inspiration and art appreciation.

My lesson plans guide you through the Level 12 school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on the important things, like teaching your children.

Please Note:  By this level, most students are expected to have either taken all of the required science courses they will need, or will be concentrating on advanced studies that directly pertain to their college major.

In BYL Level 12, we have not scheduled in any formal science lessons to allow you to customize your child’s academic schedule. You can choose to include science classes at a local college or any other science programs to fill out your child’s transcripts.

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You can see the entire booklist below

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A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America  (Spine) – Bookshop.org
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Spine) – Bookshop.org
American ColoniesBookshop.org
A Nation Without BordersBookshop.org
American EmpireBookshop.org
A Documentary History of the United States (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Document Based Assessments for US History  (Spine)
The United States Constitution Graphic AdaptationBookshop.org
Pocket Constitution of the United StatesBookshop.org
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil WarBookshop.org
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its LegacyBookshop.org
Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the BallotBookshop.org
Hard Times: An Illustrated Oral History of the Great DepressionBookshop.org
Uprooted: The Japanese Experience During World War IIBookshop.org


Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Spine) – Bookshop.org
The Moor’s AccountBookshop.org
If I Ever Get Out of HereBookshop.org
The CrucibleBookshop.org
The Witch of Blackbird PondBookshop.org
The Hunger GamesBookshop.org
Someone Knows My NameBookshop.org
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner PartyBookshop.org
The Gods of GothamBookshop.org
All Different Kinds of FreeBookshop.org
Little WomenBookshop.org
The Golem and the JinniBookshop.org
The Color PurpleBookshop.org
When the Emperor Was DivineBookshop.org
The Rock and the RiverBookshop.org
A Very Large Expanse of SeaBookshop.org
The Hate U GiveBookshop.org


Native American Songs and PoemsBookshop.org
101 Great American PoemsBookshop.org
Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural PoetryBookshop.org


American Politics: A Very Short IntroductionBookshop.org
The U.S. Congress: A Very Short IntroductionBookshop.org
The Supreme Court: A Very Short IntroductionBookshop.org
Becoming a Citizen ActivistBookshop.org
What You Should Know about Politics…but Don’tBookshop.org
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and RedemptionBookshop.org


The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Vol. 1: MicroeconomicsBookshop.org
The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Vol. 2: MacroeconomicsBookshop.org
Cambridge IGCSE Economics Workbook
Talking to my Daughter About the EconomyBookshop.org
What Would the Great Economists DoBookshop.org

Art Elective: Photography

DK Digital Photography: Complete CourseBookshop.org
Humans of New YorkBookshop.org
Ansel Adams: 400 PhotographsBookshop.org

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