American Faith Curriculum: Teaching History Through the Stories of Christian Americans

Learning the history of our country doesn’t have to be dry and boring. American history is full of exciting stories, courageous figures, and humble giants of the faith. In our homeschool, we love to learn about history through the inspiring stories of the past. Digging into the ideas, events, and struggles that Christian Americans face engages young learners while introducing them to the history that shaped our nation. If you love this kind of learning as well, consider the American Faith curriculum!

Teach American history from a Christian worldview in your homeschool with the American Faith curriculum from Generations.

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One of the resources we’re using this year to teach history in our homeschool is American Faith: 27 Sketches from Winthrop to Wilkerson. This fantastic curriculum from Generations is flexible to use in various ways in your homeschool. 

Teaching American History Through Christian Biographies

We all know that dry texts and an endless stream of facts will kill interest in history faster than you can say George Washington. That’s why we use engaging texts, rich literature, and original documents. 

We also love to incorporate biographies and stories of important Christian figures from history. They provide an inside look into the ideas and events of the times in a more intimate way and prove to be some of the most memorable parts of a history lesson!  

American Faith27 Sketches from Winthrop to Wilkerson

We added the American Faith curriculum by Generations to our homeschool this year, and I’m so glad we did! It has been an excellent resource for showing our children examples of how God uses men and women of faith to bring about His purposes in history. 

For example, you’ll learn about Anne Bradstreet, America’s first published poet. She was one of the first Puritans in the New World and wrote from her passionate Christian faith.  You’ll also learn the fascinating history and life of Lemuel Haynes, the first African-American minister. His dedication to discipleship and furthering the kingdom of God is inspiring! There are 27 total historical figures that your student will study and learn from. 

The American Faith curriculum is divided into five sections, each highlighting the stories of godly men and women of the faith: 

  • Spiritual Roots (1600 – 1700)
  • Foundations of Faith (1760 – 1800)
  • Prideful Expansion and Internal Turmoil (1800 – 1865)
  • National Prosperity and Secularism (1865 – 1920)
  • Remnant Revivals and Spiritual Decline (1920 – Present)

Taking a survey of early American history through the stories of Christian Americans is an exciting and unique way to study this period. It covers the major events through that time and gives an overview of history while also digging deep by sharing the life and ideas of the people it studies. And over it all is the clear purpose of highlighting the works and purposes of God throughout HIStory and our part in it.  

Writing an essay for the American Faith history curriculum by Generations.
Listening to Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, for an essay assignment for the American Faith history curriculum by Generations.

Four Ways to Use the American Faith Curriculum by Generations

The American Faith curriculum is designed for grades 7-8, but I find it easy to adapt for various purposes:

  1. Independent History Curriculum – Your children in grades 7-8 can use American Faith as their primary history curriculum for the year. It may not cover everything for a comprehensive American history study, but I don’t worry about that because they’ll come back around to it in high school. The textbook is engaging, and the Student Workbook provides ways to interact with the text and demonstrate understanding.
  2. Supplement for High School – Our 9th grader enjoys Christian biographies. In fact, during a check-in this year, as I was evaluating what was working and what wasn’t, I realized that he’d enjoy adding a book like this, and I was right! We still do our regular history lessons as a group and has independent readings for that, but the American Faith is a lovely addition to that.
  3. Family / Homeschool Time Read-Aloud – American Faith is a fantastic resource to use as a family read-aloud. The engaging story-like text keeps the kids’ attention. The chapters might be a bit long for one sitting, but you can easily chunk them into two or three sessions. It could be fun to find a short video to follow up with for each chapter, too, such as on YouTube.
  4. For Personal Reading – Another homeschool mom confession: I’m learning more history by teaching history than I ever did in my own schooling journey! As I listened to my oldest narrate to me what he read about each person, I decided it was time to pick it up and read it myself! 

American Faith by Generations - American Faith Student Workbook

American Faith Student Workbook

The main American Faith text also comes with a student workbook. Generally speaking, I’m not a workbook gal. However, my oldest actually really likes the Generations workbooks, having already become familiar with them through their literature curriculum, and enjoys doing the one for American Faith, too. 

Scheduling the Course

The workbook has a schedule in the front if you have a child working through it independently. It will help them know what to read each day and what assignments to complete. Since we are using it for a high schooler and as a supplement, we tweaked it a bit. He simply reads one whole chapter a day, narrates it to me orally, and then completes the workbook assignments. 

Chapter Assignments

A workbook assignment for each chapter includes the following:

  • Focus/memory verse
  • Fill-in timeline
  • Comprehension short-answer questions
  • Meditation, Application, and Prayer, which contains 2-3 more in-depth questions or writing pieces

The Meditation, Application, and Prayer questions are my favorite feature in the chapter assignments because they often require digging into Scripture more and always include really engaging, thought-provoking questions. These are the ones I go to and read or discuss with my son after he finishes his oral narration of the chapter. 

Unit Assignments

The American Faith curriculum is divided into five units. At the end of each unit is an exam (multiple-choice, short-answer, etc.) and a set of projects the student can choose from. The Projects are mostly written essays, short research projects, and the like. They are very well done and worth using. For unit 1, he chose to listen to a sermon by Jonathan Edwards and take notes, then wrote an essay about it.

Helpful Introduction Information

Homeschool mom confession: I never read curriculum introductions (Who has time for that?), but I’m glad I stumbled into the intro for the workbook and recommend you stumble into it, too. In particular, take some time to read the sections on Course Objectives and Teaching Methods. They gave me great pointers on what to emphasize and point out during our conversations and activity ideas to enrich and solidify learning. 

Could You Skip the Student Workbook? 

After all, I did say I’m not a workbook gal, right? 😉 Generations resources are fairly traditional in terms of format and lesson style. However, they’re easy to adapt to my eclectic and Charlotte-Mason-method-inspired approach. 

As far as Generations workbooks go, they have great discussion topics (and the intro content I mentioned above), so I usually make a point of getting them. In this case, I gave my oldest the option to skip most all the workbook content if he wanted, but he chose to do all of it.

If you wanted to skip it, you probably could. Having your child read the chapter and give a written or oral narration (tell back in their own words what they read), would work just great for middle school or a high school supplement. For me, even if all we use are the questions for the Meditation, Application, Prayer sections and then the unit Projects, the workbooks are well worth the cost. But like I said, my 9th grader prefers to do everything in the workbook and that’s fine by me!

Teach American history from a Christian worldview in your homeschool with the curriculum American Faith by Generations.

Bottom Line on the American Faith Curriculum

American Faith curriculum is another solid win for Generations in our homeschool. If you’re looking for a great family read-aloud, independent study for 7th-8th, or high school supplement, definitely check it out! You’ll enjoy digging into inspiring stories of American Christians that point you and your children to Christ, all for God’s glory.

Want to learn more? Be sure to download their samples! You can go to their store to download samples of the American Faith main textbook and the student workbook. 

Other Resources from Generations

Our family has already become familiar with Generations by using their literature curriculum for middle and high school. They follow a similar format, and we use them in much the same way we approach American Faith. 

The American Faith curriculum was our first real dip into history with Generations. We enjoyed it so much that I’m sure we’ll be trying out more for history and other subjects, too! Here’s what we’re considering: 


Have you used any curriculum from Generations? If so, I’d love to hear what you particularly enjoyed!

~ Tauna


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  1. Amanda

    I just ordered this book for my two 6th graders and my 8th grader for supplementing their American History. I will most likely read it out loud because the high schooler and Dad will probably not want to miss. I didn’t order the workbook. 😉 As always, thanks for the tips!

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