How to Use This Course
You are about to leave regular history behind! TruthQuest History is a different type of history curriculum. It is a thirty-week literature-based living history course for 5th-12th grade. It focuses on spiritual truths and the story of the One who made mankind. God’s initiation and our response . . . that’s history! For a more thorough explanation of the nuts and bolts of this course, read Notes for Dad and Mom.
Throughout the course, you will find ThinkWrite activities assigned. An answer key is provided to help parents in grading and discussing these activities with your students. You’ll find this answer key in the list of lessons under Sample ThinkWrite Responses.
When you are ready to begin the lessons, download and save the List of Cited Resources, also found in the list of lessons. Then download lesson one, and you are ready to go! You’ll find it convenient to have some of the suggested books on hand for each lesson, so it is our suggestion that you download each lesson a few weeks before you are ready to use it in your homeschool so that you have time to request the suggested books from your library.
If this course is explored in depth, all writing assignments completed, and approximately 180 hours spent on the course work, it can count for one high school credit in history. Please see Course Details for more information.
TruthQuest History is a deep and rich literature-based history study…but with a difference. You will not learn the story of mankind; you will learn the lovestory of mankind. You will not focus on the rise and fall of human civilizations; you will focus on the arrow-straight line of God’s unchanging existence, power, love, truth, and plan for civilization. You will not simply ‘meet the culture’ or ‘get the facts;’ you will probe the truths of history so deeply that your students will be equipped to change their world!
Why? Because mankind is not the prime force in the universe …God is. He initiates; we respond. History, therefore, is not first about what people do. It is first about what God does and says, and secondly about what people believe and do in response.
The exploration of history, then, should reveal God and His truth, not glorify the achievements of mankind. Indeed, the kings, artists, philosophers, writers, and scientists cannot even be understood until seen for who they are – people motivated by basic beliefs about God, whether true or untrue. The consequences of their Big 2 Beliefs (Who is God, and who, then, is mankind?) are displayed in history…and teach us all. Let us, then, not be found teaching humanistic history. Let us learn of civilization and its beliefs in a way that reveals and glorifies the God whose name is Truth. Your children will realize the only source of freedom is God’s laws, and the only source of human worth is God’s love for us. Once common knowledge, our society now thinks the opposite…and suffers for it.
You now understand the heartbeat of TruthQuest History: the lively commentaries which introduce each and every topic in our chronological guides, and which help the students unforgettably connect the people, events, and culture of a civilization to its Big 2 Beliefs. They will then have colorful, continuous, and convincing proof of the reality of God and the superiority of His truths. Only after the deepest issues have been thusly addressed can the reading of engaging “living books” begin; otherwise even literature-based study will yield only unconnected, superficial, and human-oriented learning. Let our commentary provide you with context and insight on each topic. Let the recommended reading list for each topic help you select resources. Let our strategically-placed ThinkWrite™ exercises help your students internalize and express the deepest lessons of history.
Length: 30 weekly lessons
Includes: printable lessons with assignments and answer key
Age/Grade: 5th – 12th grade
If this course is explored in depth, all writing assignments completed, and approximately 180 hours spent on the course work, it can count for one high school credit in history.