History & Social Studies Curriculum
Below you will find free homeschool history, social studies, and geography curriculum. If you’re looking for other subjects, click here.
C = Christian based curriculum
Adventure Tales of America (4th to 10th)
This website offers two downloadable American History textbooks. Volume one covers Exploration to the Civil War, and volume two covers the Gilded Age to the Depression. There is also a teacher’s guide for each book.
American Heritage Education Foundation (K to 12th)
AHEF’s social studies course, America’s Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty is available through downloadable lesson plans. The course is offered at elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Each lesson is based on at least one of the four main themes of freedom, unity, progress, or responsibility.
Ashbrook Center (9th to 12th)
This American History and Government course focuses on primary source documents, instead of using a textbook. Each unit includes a primary source document, several additional reading assignments, guiding questions, and multiple assessment options. There is also a free monthly webinar taught by a university professor.
CK-12 (8th to12th)
U.S History FlexBook textbooks are available at basic and advanced levels.
Digital History (6th to 12th)
This U.S. history curriculum includes an online textbook, downloadable lesson plans, quizzes, student handouts, timelines, primary sources, historical music, and more.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (1st to 8th) C
Courses are taught using a variety of online sources. Courses offered are Ancient History, Early American History, Modern History, and Geography. Each course is available at two different levels. Level L is for 1st through 4th grades, and Level M is for 5th through 8th grades.
Easy Peasy All-in-One High School (9th to 12th) C
Courses are taught using a variety of online sources. Courses offered are World History, Early American History, Modern American History, and Comparative Government.
Elk World History (7th to 12th)
These downloadable fill-in-the-blank worksheets correspond to the Crash Course History videos available on YouTube.
edX (10th to 12th)
EdX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT, offers a wide variety of courses covering history, geography, government, culture, religions, and more. The length and format vary from course to course, and availability changes periodically. The courses are free to audit, or certificates of completion are also available for a fee.
Georgia Virtual Learning (6th to 12th)
The material is taught using an online textbook, assessments, and projects. Social studies is offered for grades 6th to 8th. High school courses available include U.S. History, World History, World Geography, and American Government. Several AP courses are also offered.
GLOBALMANIA: Master World Geography in 7 Months or Less (3rd to 12th)
This eBook provides a detailed plan for learning world geography.
Hillsdale College (9th to 12th) C
Hillsdale College offers several courses related to history, government, and politics. The courses are taught through video lectures. Quizzes and recommended readings are also included.
Heritage History (1st to 12th) Some C, varies by book
Heritage History offers an extensive online library of classic history books organized by reading level. They also have multiple history study programs available. Each program includes reading, review questions, and other study aids.
The History Cat (7th to 12th)
This website offers online textbooks for World History and U.S. History. Please note that only the textbooks are free. The lesson plans are sold on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Home Geography for Primary Grades (1st to 4th)
Home Geography, a classic available for download at Gutenberg, provides an introduction to basic geography concepts.
iCivics (6th to 12th)
This civics curriculum has downloadable teacher’s guides, student handouts, and reading materials for each lesson. Some lessons also include PowerPoint presentations and other resources.
Joy & Valor U.S. History (8th to 12th)
U.S. History 1 covers history before the Civil War. U.S. History 2 covers the Civil War to the present. Both courses consist mostly of links to free videos, reading materials, lessons, and other activities. However, there are some books that you’ll need to borrow or purchase. The courses also cover American literature and include composition assignments.
Khan Academy (9th to 12th)
Lessons are taught using videos. Some courses also include online practice questions and tests. Courses offered are US History, AP US History, World History, AP World History, and AP US Government & Politics.
McGraw-Hill Social Studies (1st to 6th)
This series of downloadable practice books teach social studies and geography.
Michigan Open Book Project (K to 12th)
This website offers downloadable textbooks for social studies, history, geography, economics, and civics. The textbooks include links to interactive activities and videos. The books were designed for use in Michigan schools but can be used by homeschoolers in other states.
Modern States (10th to 12th)
Modern States courses prepare students to take College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Students can earn college credit through CLEP exams while still in high school, making college more accessible and affordable. Several history and government courses are available.
OpenLearn (10th to 12th)
OpenLearn offers courses on numerous history topics. The length and format of the classes may vary.
OpenStax (10th to 12th)
OpenStax offers downloadable student textbooks, instructor guides, and other instructor resources for U.S. History and American Government. While these courses are intended for college students, high school students should be able to complete them.
Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (9th to 12th)
These downloadable history and social studies courses are designed to help students with special needs succeed. Each course includes a student workbook and teacher’s guide. Courses available are: American Government, American History Part 1, American History Part 2, World Geography, World History Part 1, and World History Part 2.
Religions of the World (9th to 12th)
This series of video lectures was designed for use in a community college and teach about the major religions of the world from a secular point of view.
Saylor Academy (10th to 12th)
Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative offering courses at the college and professional levels. However, high school students may also take their classes. Saylor offers several history, geography, and political science courses.
Starts at Eight (6th to 8th)
Starts at Eight’s blog post provides the following downloadable textbooks: Journey Across Time from Glencoe, World History: Ancient Civilizations from Houghton Mifflin, Discovering Our Past: Ancient Civilizations from Glencoe, and World History: Human Legacy from Holt.
Student’s Friend (8th to 12th)
The Student’s Friend Concise World History textbook is a downloadable textbook that teaches both world history and geography. The Teacher’s Tools page of the website has lesson plans, quizzes, study questions, and other support materials.
U READ THRU History (K to 8th) C
Semester-long lesson plans are offered for each of the following topics: Early American History, Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, Civil War Era, Post Civil War Era, Ancient Mesopotamia/Egypt, Ancient Greece & Ancient Rome, Dark & Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation, and Enlightenment. It will be necessary to purchase or borrow the required books.
Under the Home (1st to 4th)
Under the home offers courses covering geography, US history, and world history. The courses are based on classic books in the public domain. Most of the courses include a printable workbook.
UShistory.org (9th to 12th)
UShistory.org offers the following downloadable textbooks: U.S. History, American Government, and Ancient Civilizations.
World History for Us All (8th to 12th)
This course teaches nine eras of world history, chronologically in one school year. The materials are presented through online text and PowerPoint presentations. There are also downloadable complete teaching units.
YAPA Kids (1st to 8th)
YAPA Kids provides free online courses taught by live teachers. The courses available may change, and some have a waitlist.
Additional Free History Resources
This extensive selection of unit study and lesson plan sources can be used to create or supplement a history curriculum.
Students can explore history further with these websites.
Students can learn about history with this selection of engaging YouTube channels.
This page lists printable and online timelines, which can help students understand the chronological flow of historical events.
Explore the world, including many historical sites and museums, through virtual field trips.
Learn about history as it happens. This post lists numerous websites students can visit to read or watch current event news. It also recommends several resources parents can use to teach media literacy.