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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A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America  (Spine)
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Spine)
American Colonies
A Nation Without Borders
American Empire
A Documentary History of the United States (Spine)
Document Based Assessments for US History  (Spine)
The United States Constitution Graphic Adaptation 
Pocket Constitution of the United States
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War 
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide (Spine)
Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy 
Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot 
Hard Times: An Illustrated Oral History of the Great Depression 
Uprooted: The Japanese Experience During World War II 



Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Spine)
The Moor’s Account
If I Ever Get Out of Here 
The Crucible 
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Hunger Games
Someone Knows My Name 
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party 
The Gods of Gotham 
All Different Kinds of Free 
Little Women 
The Golem and the Jinni 
The Color Purple
When the Emperor Was Divine
The Rock and the River 
A Very Large Expanse of Sea 
The Hate U Give 



Native American Songs and Poems 
101 Great American Poems 
Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry 



American Politics: A Very Short Introduction
The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction
The Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction
Becoming a Citizen Activist
What You Should Know about Politics…but Don’t
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption



The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Vol. 1: Microeconomics
The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Vol. 2: Macroeconomics
Cambridge IGCSE Economics Workbook
Talking to my Daughter About the Economy
What Would the Great Economists Do


Art Elective: Photography

DK Digital Photography: Complete Course
Humans of New York
Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs


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