About the Alabama State History Curriculum


An Alabama State History Curriculum designed for kindergarten through grade 9 is available for purchase as a PDF.

Although Alabama does not require state history for homeschoolers, Alabama public schools usually teach state history in the 4th grade. In some states, state history is taught or repeated in 7th or 9th grade. As a result, you may cover state history at any time as a separate course or in conjunction with U.S. History.

About the Course
This Internet-linked, 175-day course adapts easily to teaching various grade levels together. For younger grades or for a lighter course, just do the lessons and simple activities and skip all optional research. For older grades or for a more challenging course, include extra research and projects as suggested. In addition, you may easily incorporate the lesson plans and activities in a United States History curriculum.

The course covers Alabama history from pre-exploration to the 21st Century, with extra sections on maps, symbols, climate and current government and economy.

You must have Internet access to use this course.

The curriculum includes links to suggested:

  • Lesson Plans – More than 100 free online lesson plans! You can do all the lessons or only the ones you want.
  • Field Trips – 75 locations in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga counties and 130 locations in other counties! Unlike a generic state history curriculum, specific field trip locations are named with contact information rather than simply “visit an historical landmark.”
  • Extra Activities – More than 350 additional research topics, arts and crafts, project ideas, historical movies, and creative writing assignments are included to provide extension exercises, or you may choose them to replace the lesson plans.
  • Books – 65 suggested readers and read alouds! Read them all or just choose one or two in each section to borrow from the library or to purchase.
  • Multiple Texts – Additional web sites featuring more information, interesting stories and activities are included to round out the topic or historical period.

Because testing is not required in Alabama, tests are not included. However, the course is designed in such a way that you will easily be able to create your own tests or to use the special activities as tests if necessary.

About the Author
Carren W. Joye is a homeschooling mother of four children, co-founder of the Elmore County Homeschool Organization (ECHO) and Academy Days homeschool co-op, and founder of Outlook Academy. Carren is also the author of Homeschooling More Than One Child: A Practical Guide for Families ($14.95; ISBN 0-595-342509-0) and A Stay-at-Home Mom's Complete Guide to Playgroups ($13.95; ISBN 0-595-14684-8).

Beginning in 2003, Carren spent a full year researching and compiling web sites for lesson plans, activities and information for the Alabama State History Curriculum. She then spent the following year making changes and improvements as she used the curriculum with her own four children. The curriculum underwent a revision in 2007 when Carren added group activities and classroom lessons in preparation for use in a homeschool co-op for grades 1 through 9 and in Faith Christian Academy in Alexander City for their fourth graders. As always, each year the links are verified and updated as necessary.

Comments on the Curriculum
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Ordering Information
For more information about the Alabama State History Curriculum or to order your copy, contact Carren by emailing carren(at)outlookacademy(dot)com with "Alabama History" in the subject line. You will be instructed where to send a check or money order for $29 for the PDF. Upon receipt, the Alabama State History Curriculum will be emailed directly to you as a password-protected PDF.