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This series makes history come alive through historic songs and narrative readings on 2 audio CDs.The songs reflect the people and events of the period of history featured in each title. The first CD features narratives and songs with lyrics. The second features instrumental music. Lessons in the book contain thought-provoking questions that encourage students to connect the past to their own lives. You will also find activities and research topics, oral presentation ideas, literature links, and vocabulary words. Each book in the series also has three full-color pullout posters that visually reinforce concepts presented in the lessons. On the back of each poster you will find reproducible activities to supplement the material in the corresponding lesson. Each poster back includes a class activity, a five-paragraph essay assignment, and a page that challenges the students to test their knowledge of the information on the poster front.
One could teach all of American history through the Civil War and the Westward Movement using the books in this series as a framework for cross-curricular unit studies. Or one could use one book to add a cross-curricular dimension to just one time period. What a way to study history!
This series is now out of print. I do not have any of the books left in stock.
Titles in Series
Colonial America: A New World, by Steven Traugh. Lessons cover Native American Peoples, Exploration and Trade; Coming to the New World; Separation; Farming the Land; Earning a Living from the Sea; Indentured Servitude; A People of Many Nations; Slavery; Home Life and Children; The Seeds of Democracy; Freedom of Speech; The French and Indian War.
Posters in this book :
American Exploration: Discovering the New World
Colonial America: Making a Life in the New World
Native American Peoples: The Original Settlers of North America
Some featured songs are "Mountain Hymn," None But a Seaman Shall Marry with Me," "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," "When I First Came to This Land," "The Greenland Whale," "The Green Grass Grew All Around," and more. Words to the songs are printed in the book as part of the lessons. Cat. #BTH-19.
American Revolution: The Journey Toward Independence
by Steven Traugh. The thirteen lessons cover
Taxation without Representation; The English Perspective; Trouble Brews in Boston; The Continental Congress; The Battles Begin; The Declaration of Independence; The War in the Northern Colonies; The War in the Southern Colonies; David and Goliath on the Sea; Women and the War; A Growing Confidence; American Victory; Independence.
Posters in this book:
The American Flag: A History of the Growth of a Nation
We the People: The Documents of Revolutionary America
The American Revolution: From Protest to Rebellion
Some featured songs are "American Taxation," "American Ballad," "Revolutionary Tea," "Song of the Minutemen," "Yankee Doodle," "Johnny has Gone for a Soldier," "The World Turned Upside Down," "Hail Columbia," and more. Words to the songs are printed in the book as part of the lessons. Cat. # BTH-664.
United and Divided: A Young Nation through the Civil War
by Steven Traugh.The thirteen lessons cover
A Self-Sufficient People; Forming a Government; Promoting National Pride; The Industrial Revolution; Children in the Workplace; The War of 1812; Waterways: Lifelines of the Nation; The Abolition Movement; Abraham Lincoln; Secession of the South; The Winds of War; Emancipation Proclamation; Preservation of the Union.
Posters in this book:
The Industrial Revolution: Changing the Way People Work and Live
The Civil War: The Struggle to Keep Our Nation Whole
The Underground Railroad: Making the Journey to Freedom.
Some featured songs are "Green Corn," "America," "Four Pence a Day," "Star-Spangled Banner," "The Erie Canal," "Follow the Drinkin' Gourd," "Bonnie Blue Flag," " Eating Goober Peas," "Just Before the Battle, Mother," "Victory Song of Freedom," and more. Words to the songs are printed in the book as part of the lessons. Cat. # BTH-665.
Westward Expansion: America Moves West by Steven Traugh. The thirteen lessons cover Across the Appalachians; Settling Along the Rivers; The Louisiana Purchase; The Trail of Tears; Texas and the Mexican War; The Oregon Trail; The California Gold Rush; Settling on the Plains; Logging and Lumberjacks; Building the Railroads; Native Americans; Cattle Ranching and Cowboys; From Sea to Shining Sea.
Posters in this book:
Go West!: A Timeline of Westward Travel and Settlement
Strike it Rich!: The Rush to Find Gold
Trailblazers: Opening the Routes for Westward Expansion
Some featured songs are "Cumberland Gap," "The Lovely Ohio," "Shenandoah," "Cielito Lindo," "Remember the Alamo," "Sweet Betsy from Pike," "Oh, California," "Starving to Death on a Government Claim," "Drill Ye Tarriers, Drill," "The Old Chisholm Trail," "America the Beautiful," and more. Words to the songs are printed in the book as part of the lessons. Cat. # BTH-21.
If you would like more advanced literature links for the junior high grades, you might want to check out some of our suggestions for nonfiction pioneer literature.
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