Location: Folsom 

Day & Time: Thursday 9:00-10:10

Grade: 7th-12th

Mentor: Angie Gardner, aka Frizzle

Email: inspiredbyamg@gmail.com



In exciting and rewarding Sword of Freedom class, students will study the Civil War and learn to navigate difficult issues such as states rights vs. federal control, constitutionality of cessation, and slavery. In a crucial time of our nation’s history, human nature is explored in a war that resulted in brother fighting against brother in a conflict where both sides believed they were doing what was right. The Civil War has never been more engaging as the students work towards earning a replica sword like those carried by the Union and Confederate soldiers.  Our class includes writing, great classic books, simulation project, presentations, and more!


A few of the vital principles taught are:

  • purpose of government

  • world crisis and personal and family choices

  • leadership

  • war, pestilence, betrayal, statesmanship,

  • hardship

  • how to survive during difficult times

  • public virtue

  • true heroes


These studies in the Civil War and United States Heroes will give your student an understanding of the complexity of the times as the United States was drawn into a war and an astounding number of conflicts and crises. But, even more importantly, they will find the hero within themselves and invaluable lessons they can apply in our day and time.


Reading List, subject to change (books provided):

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriot Beecher Stowe

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith

Abraham Lincoln by Wilber Gordy

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


We recommend enrolling in the Friday Simulation class along with this class. Simulations are a great way to experience what is learned in class in an interactive way, bringing challenges and crises to life. In this once a month class, we will recreate historical and hypothetical events to help students engage in the subject, learn from one another, and have an educational experience they will never forget. 


I utilize Google Classroom for all assignments, communications, online discussions, and updates, so students need a personal Gmail account.  This makes it easy to refer to for homeschool teacher meetings, assignment details, due dates, and grades.

All classes are full-year classes. Students enrolled in a Fall Semester class will automatically enroll for Spring Semester in December to ensure their place in the class. Pricing is per semester.

Sword of Freedom.