Book Club: The History Hoppers (Based on the American Girl® books)


One semester- offered fall and spring

Teacher:  Marji McIlvaine

Recommended Grade Level:  3-9

Day and Time: Second week of each month, Friday mornings at 11:00



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Class Description

Take a trip through time to meet the American Girls!  See important key events and American history through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl.  Each month we will read the first “Beforever” book based on one of the American Girls listed below.  (at least four chapters required – all  12 chapters is best to avoid spoilers).  We will meet to discuss, complete projects and share with other students!  Many, many project ideas will be provided to choose from, including crafts, cooking, sewing, art, research and more!  Clubs will include:

  • Literature
  • Crafts
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • All learning styles
  • Engaging, hand-on activities
  • Beginning literary analysis using the Socratic method

In this highly interactive club, your daughter will engage with historical events in a compelling story that makes history accessible and understandable.   Students will begin to grasp the flow of history through time, the life of a girl near their ages in different time periods, how historical events impact the daily lives of people living through them, and elements of daily life in each time period – foods, games, lifestyles, family relationships – and sometimes, horses!

Students will also see that the presence or absence of a relationship with God is demonstrated in literature, even when it is not overtly mentioned. This is a tool for the process of developing spiritual discernment.




Sept:  Kaya (post French & Indian War, Native Americans)

Oct:   Felicity (Colonial period, Revolutionary War)

Nov:  Caroline (War of 1812)

Dec:  Josefina (American Southwest, Hispanic & separation from Mexico)


Jan:  Marie-Grace & Cécile (stories are intertwined) (New Orleans, 1852, yellow fever epidemic)

Feb:  Kirsten  (pioneers, immigration)

Mar:  Addy (slavery, Civil War, post Civil War)

April:  Samantha (Turn of the Century)