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Tie for 3rd Place in Literature, 2016
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2nd Place in Music Appreciation, 2016
This study covers the
U.S. historical period know as Western Expansion during the late 18th
century through mid-19th century. Intended for 4th-7th graders, it
comprises a sequel to the Early American History studies, however,
neither of which are a prerequisite. Designed as a read-aloud program,
with lesson plans, comprehension questions, historical helps, relevant
websites, and answer keys the student will journey from the Appalachians
to the Far West reading noted authors such as James Daugherty, Edwin
Tunis, and Genevieve Foster. This study is can be completed in a
semester doing three lessons per week.
those interested in including California History in this study, a
companion Study Guide has been designed to integrate easily into this
study if desired. Because the history of California was a significant
part of the westward movement, the courses naturally work well together
and the literature selections in the study will provide greater breath
and content without unnecessary duplication. On page iii a schematic is
included that will illustrate the scope and sequence of both courses.
Two recommendations that would greatly enhance the Westward Migration
study from the California tract are: Cruise of the Arctic Star by Scott O'Dell and Jessie Benton Fremont: California Pioneer by Marguerite Higgins.
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 study
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.
Not sure which study to use? Click here to see our Suggested Study Sequence.
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