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U.S. History Up Close: Westward Expansion – Group 2


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This class is a detailed study of American’s expansion from 13 colonies on the Atlantic Coast to the West Coast and beyond. Students will use primary and secondary sources to examine the people events during the formation of the country. They will strive to see God’s hand in American History and attempt to put themselves in the footsteps of the men and women who were there.

While this class is listed as junior high, our recommendation is for 8th grade or advanced 7th grade students.


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American Heritage American Voices: Western Expansion by David C. King ISBN-13: 978-1118436080

Becky Frank has been steeped in American History from her early days growing up on the family farm in Northeastern North Carolina. Although Barrow Creek Farm has been in her family since the 1680s, her parents were the first to live on it in three generations. On the farm she learned to milk cows, sheer sheep, and drive a tractor.

After an internship at Historic Edenton, she received a B.S. in Public History from Appalachian State University in 1992. Answering God’s call to teach in a classroom setting, she added teacher certification from East Carolina University to her degree in 1998. Becky then taught social studies in Gates County, North Carolina where her classes included U.S. History, World History, Economics, Government, and Humanities. In 2003 she married her husband John and left the classroom to start a family.

Becky has been teaching online for more than 10 years.  She also homeschools her three children and is an active leader in the Children’s and Youth’s ministry at her church. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, scrapbooking and long walks with her kids and the family dog. Sharing the heritage of our great country is one of her passions as well. Her lifelong dream is to return to the family farm and make a portion of the acreage a living history site.

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3 reviews for U.S. History Up Close: Westward Expansion – Group 2 (5/5 stars)

  1. L.Y.

    Great class to follow Colonial History with Mrs. Frank! Very engaging , fun projects and test were exactly what had been reviewed, so students know what to study and how to be successful. LY

  2. Chrisanta G.

    This was our first year with Excelsior and while hesitant at first, we quickly began to really enjoy all of the classes. History is by far my daughter’s favorite subject and she absolutely LOVED Mrs. Frank! Highly recommend and highly recommend Excelsior for all your homeschooling needs.

  3. Sally R.

    We cannot say enough about U.S. History Up Close: Westward Expansion! My daughter loved this class so much. It is educational, fun, and Mrs. Frank’s history lessons put my daughter on the edge of her seat, waiting to find out what happens next. It also highlights God’s hand in our America’s history, and shows how He is in control of all things.
    Mrs. Frank is a wonderful teacher who responded to our emails so quickly! We really enjoyed having her as her teacher, because of her fun spirit and God-centered heart. We look forward to taking more of her classes in the near future!! 💞❤️

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