Secondary Unit Study Tools (9-12th)



Take your students from Ninth through Twelfth Grades with our unstructured Secondary Unit Study Tools.

Tired of trying to piece together your own curriculum? 

Instead of trying to create a unit study structure from scratch, start with one already built for you. Start with our Secondary Unit Study Tools. With nine history and topical units, your high school students will begin with Creation and move through Modern times.

Not only do we provide the structure. With our Unit Study Tools, you’ll learn how to naturally integrate history, geography, language arts, and fine arts within our units.

Note that although we include science in our other Unit Study Tools sets, we do not include it in our high school level.

In addition to that, our Charlotte Mason-inspired curriculum will teach you how to use the best fiction and nonfiction books to teach, (instead of the dry textbooks you might be using now). Along with curated booklists arranged by history unit and topic, our Secondary Unit Study Tools provide assignment choices and project/activity ideas in these areas:

  • Timelines
  • Geography and Map Skills
  • Writing ideas
  • Narration
  • Fine Arts
  • Unit Scripture/Bible Study lesson
  • Multi-level projects that can be done together with siblings
  • Organization and Time Management Skill Tips
  • Additional topics for research

And even better? All our Unit Study Tools sets cover the same units and topics at the same time, so you can teach history to all of your children together.

The Secondary Unit StudyTools can help your high school student:

  • understand the flow of history with our annual Creation through Modern format
  • discover the significant people and events during each historical period with our 8-16 page Teacher Overviews.
  • read books appropriate for your high schooler’s reading level as we identify our book level suggestions
  • use the most appropriate learning channel for your student, as we let you know about books that are available in auditory or more visual formats
  • have a customized learning experience built with a multitude of suggested history writing, map, timeline, narration, fine arts, and project assignments

I can see how to teach history with whole books, but what about Language Arts?

Our Teacher’s Manual (digital format) covering 6th through 12th grades included in the Secondary Unit Study Tools will teach you how to teach and evaluate language arts. Including how to teach oral and written narrations and use them for evaluation, and choose copywork from your student’s history reading to teach grammar and spelling.

Additionally,  there’s a bonus section in this upper grades Teaching Manual to help you teach high school writing. Further, we teach you how to use your high school students’ compositions to teach grammar and spelling, rather than studying those topics in isolation.

Alternatively, if you’d rather have step-by-step help to teach your high school student how to write the five most common high school essays, you can pick up our Essay Styles for High School course.

What’s included in the Secondary Unit Study Tools?

  • Our digital Secondary Unit Study Tools includes nine historical units and one Resources unit covering from Ancients through Modern times.
  • Each unit has a 3-10 page Teacher’s Overview of the most notable people and events of that time period.
  • Also included in the Secondary Unit Study Tools is a 100+ page Teacher’s Manual covering Sixth through Twelfth Grades, customizable forms, graphic organizers, and other resources, and nine printable, cut-apart history bookmarks corresponding to our nine historical units.

Note: This is a digital product.  We’ll send you the download link as soon as we your payment is processed.

How do I use the Secondary Unit study Tools?

First, simply read our Teacher’s Manual to learn how to plan and teach history, language arts, and fine arts.  Choose to plan your study in advance, or just get started and journal what you read and do after you’ve done it.  It’s your choice! We encourage you to use our Unit Program Tools the way that best serves your family.  You can:

  1. Read the Teacher’s overview in each history unit, giving you a summary of significant events and people
  2. Decide on what aspects you want to cover this year for this time period. Possible areas of focus could include:
    • Daily Life
    • Wars or conflicts
    • Significant people
    • Geography
    • How the literature of a time period reflects its culture
  3. Choose from our book suggestions labeled by unit and topic and gather your books from the library or online
  4. Pick out the assignments and projects from our suggestions or create your own
  5. Choose a few English skills you want to work on for each week from our checklists
  6. Choose the copy work illustrating those skills from your history and science books (we teach you how)
  7. Have your students narrate over their reading (orally or in writing)
  8. Journal what you and your students read and do. (See notes about high school record-keeping in the Teacher’s Manual and below.)

Notes about high school recordkeeping

  • The simplest way to track each book your high schooler reads is to write it on its own 4-6 inch index card. Write the book information (title, author, short summary) on the front of the card.
  • Summarize any projects or assignments done pertaining to the book on the back of the card.  Then divide the cards up into the appropriate categories/courses. (For example, all the books read on World History topics could be included to make up a World History course.)
  • There’s also a section of the included Teacher’s Manual with various high school course tracking forms and instructions.
  • Also be aware that scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of grades during the junior year, not the senior year. So get your high school records up to date the summer before your oldest’s junior year so there’s not as much to do.

Want to use already-done high school courses for those subjects you’re less comfortable teaching?

We have popular, ready-made high school courses using the same Charlotte Mason-inspired methods. Our courses include all the classes in literature, history, and English electives that your high school student needs.

If you’d like to learn more, take a look at our High School Courses by subject here. 

Additional information


Unit Program Notebook, Complete Unit Program


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