Location: Rocklin 

Day & Time: Tuesday 1:45-2:55

Grade: 7th-9th 

Mentor: Pam Gandola

Email: pkgandola@gmail.com



Sword of Freedom is a LEMI inspired class with a similar format to other Thomas Jefferson Education classes.  This class covers the Civil War, battles, heroes and villains, the country and dealing with conflict.  We will also focus on the Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movement and current social issues.


We will be reading books, having class discussion, writing responses and Essays, giving oral presentations and participation in simulations.  The Students will start out as “Corporals” and work towards becoming “Generals” as they learn and participate in various class requirements.


Book List You will need to provide:

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass   by: Frederick Douglass

Across 5 Aprils   by:  Irene Hunt

Anatomy of Peace   by the Arbinger Institute

To Kill a Mockingbird  by: Harper Lee


Books I will provide:

Abraham Lincoln Book

A modern book on current social issues


 We recommend taking the Simulations class along with this class. Simulations are a great way to experience what you have learned about in class in a more interactive way. 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. We plan on having simulations on the Civil War, Stock Market Crash, WWI, WWII, spreading of a virus, and many more. 


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


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