U.S. History

From: $88.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th (8th graders can join with prior permission)

Live class: Tuesdays 10:15–11:30 a.m. EST

Course dates: August 26th–May 3rd

Price: $625

Instructor: Lisa Hawkins

Instructor email: admin@questcourses.com


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Course Description

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This course trace the social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual development of American society from its roots through recent times. The set up for US History is unusual in that it offers two very different options for families, depending on their needs. One option will cater to families who prefer a more traditional, text-based course, and the other option will cater to families who prefer a more ‘literature-based’ approach to American History. Regardless of the option chosen, all students will be mastering historical content and learning to question, think, and argue like historians. I incorporate a lot of question-asking and student input into the courses in meaningful ways. Students will engage in a variety of learning methods, some of which will be common to students signing up for either option, and others will be custom-made for their particular needs. My choices for assignments are well-considered and my classes are very lively. I do everything I can to overcome the limitations of the ‘virtual divide.’ Families can visit my website, www.questcourses.com, for more information.

Course Structure

The course is built on a pattern of eight Units, each containing four weeks: Week A, B, C, and D. Certain assignment types fall dependably on particular weeks. So, for example, students following the textbook track take weekly quizzes. Students who follow the literature track do some, but not quite as much, textbook-like coverage (via an online textbook) but spend more time reading the related literature for that unit and answering essay questions. All students have a substantial assignment based on analyzing primary documents each month.

Who should enroll?

This course is primarily for 9th-12th graders, although parents of advanced 8th graders can contact me about the possibility of their son/daughter joining.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

This is not a writing-intensive course. Optional additional writing-focused assignments can be added to a student’s workload if requested. Homework prioritizes content mastery and exposure, although some assignments, notably the ‘primary document assignments’ allow the students to practice higher-level thinking and writing skills.


Parents do not need to contact me before registering for this class, unless they have a younger student. Communication with parents and students happens on a regular basis, either individually or as a group, via our Canvas website. More information can be found at my website, www.questcourses.com.




Required Texts

Required Texts: This course offers families two alternatives within the structure of the single class.

If you plan on following the textbook track, you will need to purchase Paul Boyer, et. al, The Enduring Vision. Look for the 7th The combined (volume 1 and 2 together) ISBN is 978-1111341558. AVOID the ‘concise’ edition.

If you plan to follow the literature track, several books or documentaries are used, but most of all of these can be found through your local interlibrary system.


  1. John Britto

    Nicely done, Mrs. Hawkins! Thank you again for working with our family to have our daughter in the US History course right for her. It was always good to hear your voice, the upbeat tone, how you engaged the students, the lighthearted moments, and how you responded to each student. (After our daughter returned to homeschooling in Feb’17 I could hear you when the earbuds were off!) The study of history comes alive through a great storyteller like you. With much gratitude.

  2. Greg (verified owner)

    My daughter has absolutely loved Mrs. Hawkins’ US History class. She has learned so much and loves telling me everything the class talked about in the lively weekly lectures. She has been challenged by the assignments and feels Mrs. Hawkins gave her great feedback. My daughter already loved history, but Mrs. Hawkins has helped her develop a much deeper appreciation for the subject.

  3. Arvinder Oswal (verified owner)

    Wow! I cannot thank Mrs Hawkins enough. Her US History class has been inspirational and very thought provoking. The Socratic discussions led by Mrs Hawkins invited thoughtful participation. The assignments were carefully designed and helped deepen understanding of important topics and concepts. My son (a history buff) enjoyed every minute of this class. I only wish Mrs Hawkins would offer summer workshops on topics like Current Events, History of Europe, Intro Econ etc so that kids can keep learning all through the year. I cannot recommend this class enough. Mrs Hawkins is a treasure.

  4. Gorilla Web

    Hi Professor Hawkins,

    I wanted to take a moment and let you know that the experience I have had in this class is surprisingly refreshing. I absolutely love your style of how learning should be. I get so frustrated listening to all the cookie-cutter monotonous audio lecture files that could have easily been recreated with a computer generated voice. There’s no passion or conviction in those lectures, and in the end I forget them as soon as I hear them. When I listen to your custom lecture audio files, I can hear how much you love it. It makes me want to know what you are talking about. For a moment, I almost thought I was actually in a classroom with you in front of me. You are only the second Professor that I have been fortunate enough to come across in the past 2 years that honestly love what your class is about, and has taken the time to create a learning experience that will most likely enrich your students, not just for the class, but for a lifetime. So, for what I have experienced so far, I thank you. I really do. And I hope I am fortunate enough to have you as a Professor in my future online classes. Best regards, Cliffton C (former college-level student)

  5. Gorilla Web

    I had Mrs. Hawkins for an online AP US History class. I hoped to learn a lot about the history of America, and Mrs. Hawkins did not disappoint. I felt completely confident when I went to take the AP exam, thanks to her instruction. The class was a lot of work, more than I ever thought that I could do. I gained new confidence with each assignment I completed and, by the end, the assignments that were so daunting in the beginning became effortless. While I could tell that others taking the AP test around me were frightened by the essay section, I actually looked forward to it. Mrs. Hawkins assignments, and excellent feedback, allowed me to be unperturbed by a task that most students equated with torture. Mrs. Hawkins didn’t just prepare her students for the AP test; she also refined student’s skills in areas other than history. I could feel that my writing improved over the duration of the course, and I could complete assignments from other classes much more easily and successfully. Mrs. Hawkins is very knowledgeable about history, and can effectively teach the material to students in a way that builds their skills, knowledge, and confidence. In my opinion, that is what makes a great teacher. I highly recommend both Mrs. Hawkins and her AP US History course.

    – Spencer J.(former AP student)

  6. Gorilla Web

    Mrs. Hawkins is a wonderful teacher with an infectious enthusiasm for the subject. I did not enjoy history prior to taking this class and I look forward to taking American History with her. The supplemental information she provides for the world history class is interesting, funny and not tedious to plow through. She varies the structure of the class so that it is not just lecture only. Although the class presents a lot of material, Mrs. Hawkins covers the content thoroughly. She makes herself readily available if I or my mom have any questions. I am always aware of how I am performing in this class as my grades are available on the assignment portion of the system. I would highly recommend her classes.

    -Angel B. ( Aim Academy student)

  7. Gorilla Web

    If you are looking for an educational yet fun class, this is the place to be! Mrs. Hawkins interacts with her students making class both productive and entertaining. It is evident that Mrs. Hawkins has mastered the art of presenting history in an intelligent, exciting manner, making her an extremely effective teacher. There is not a better history teacher on the market 🙂

    —Daniel K. (Aim Academy student)

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Instructor Bio

Lisa Hawkins

I love history, I love teaching, and I love students. I put a great deal of thought and time into constructing courses that are engaging, challenging, and well-organized. I also care a great deal about humanizing the on-line experience, and you will see that priority woven into many aspects of my course. I majored in history at Swarthmore College, where I also earned my high-school teaching certification. I also did graduate work at Widener University with a focus on English and education. I worked for four years at an inner-city classical high school, where I taught American History and American Literature and served as Dean of Students. In 1997, I earned my Masters in History at Temple University, and soon began teaching college courses for Drexel University and Peirce College for adults returning to school. In 2005, I began teaching online, and to date have independently created nine different online college courses, ranging from survey American History courses, to the History of American Business, Colonial History, Revolutionary History, and Western Humanities surveys. I have been awarded “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” by one of the universities I currently teach for. I am also an official grader of AP US History exams, receiving extensive training in the process and participating in College Board and ETS seminars. Despite all my experiences at the high school and college level, and despite my appreciation for the more profound academic and cultural expressions, I am nevertheless a shameless fan of English Premier League soccer, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, and MST3K.

US History
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AP US History


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