From discovery and exploration to settlement and statehood, California's history is alive with the stories of intrepid Spanish, Portuguese, English and Russian seafarers and explorers in addition to American pioneers like Kit Carson, John C. Fremont, and Jedediah Strong Smith. California has its very own Robinson Crusoe in the true story of a young California Indian woman who survived alone on the Channel Island of San Nicholas for 18 years. California's story is additionally enlivened by such notable events as the Gold Rush, the Pony Express and the Transcontinental Railroad. All of these stories will become familiar to you and your student as you learn through this engaging and enjoyable "living books" approach. The study also includes a poem on the history of California suitable for memorization.
This teacher guide presents a literature approach to the study of
California history using the best books available on the story of the
Golden State. Study notes (with corresponding answer key) are designed to lead the student chronologically through the literature with comprehension questions, topics for discussion, vocabulary, map work, literary elements, and suggestions for a student notebook.
•This study contains 64 Lessons.
•Complete 3-4 lessons per week for a semester-long study.
About the Author: Rea is a homeschooling mother of six whose determination to teach history using quality literature rather than standard textbooks inspired her to research what was available to accomplish that purpose. The result has been a series of History Through Literature teacher guides all designed to acquaint the reader with the best children's literature available on the subject. Rea holds a Masters Degree in Children's Literature from The Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Simmons College in Boston.
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