This open-and-go teacher's guide makes it easy to use the best literature to teach the story of the United States. We have sifted through 150+ titles to choose the best books available so you and your students can dive into engaging stories accompanied by beautiful illustrations as you travel through time to meet Leif Erikson, Benjamin Banneker, Myles Standish, Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Franklin, Pocahontas, and dozens of others. This guide includes wonderful books, historical background, recipes, discussion topics, many supplemental book recommendations, website links, and much more. Students will learn about the people who shaped our nation's heritage beginning with the Indigenous Peoples who first settled the American continents and ending at the conclusion of the Civil War.
Learning history is most useful when it shows us what we can aspire to and what we ought to avoid or correct. When students complete this study, we hope that they will hold in honor those heroic individuals who sacrificed for the good of our country, that they will understand the basic foundations of civil and religious liberty unique to America's founding, and that they will be able to celebrate the rich mosaic of people who contributed to the founding and development of this nation.
An invaluable resource, this teacher guide takes out all the guesswork so that you can enjoy hours of reading great books together, learning about the formation of our country, and having valuable discussions that will help you connect with your kids.
•This study contains 94 lessons.
•Complete 2-3 lessons per week for a one-year study.
•Complete 1-2 lessons per week for a two-year study.
*Be sure to download the free picture packet that accompanies this study. These are the coloring pictures referenced in the Teacher Guide.
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About the Authors:
Rea Berg homeschooled her six children and it was her determination to teach history using quality literature rather than standard textbooks that 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.
Rebecca Manor, a homeschool graduate, loves story and art and remains in awe of their power to inspire a love of the good, the true, and the beautiful. She brings her studies of literature and theology, the many places she's called home, and a heart for homeschooling parents to the many teacher guides she has written for Beautiful Feet Books and strives to make teaching history, music, science, character, and literature accessible and joy-filled. Rebecca lives with her husband and their two sons in Fort Lauderdale where she is an adjunct professor at Knox Theological Seminary in their Christian and Classical Studies program, of which she is an alumna.
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