The Story of the U.S.A. Book 1: Explorers and Settlers
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Book 1, Explorers and Settlers, covers Native American civilizations through the American Revolution. Each chapter opens with a vocabulary section of 5 to 10 words with pronunciations; passages are followed by multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true/false questions with a writing and discussion element at the end of the chapter. There is a review test after chapter 7 and a final cumulative test. Grades 4-8.
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Educators Publishing Service
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Homeschool Specialists' Spotlights
The Story of the U.S.A. is a very affordable series that can supplement any literature-based American history program. Books cover from explorers and settlers to the Articles of Confederation, from the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era to the Korean War. These 90-page workbooks helped me round out my literature-based curriculum and reinforced the text from historical novels so I didn't have to rely on a traditional textbook course.
Each lesson consists of short informational passages followed by different types of questions for students to answer. Vocabulary words are listed before the text for better comprehension, and tests are included. An additional section provides discussion and writing prompts from the material. These ideas can be used as conversation starters for family time and to help you gauge how much they are learning and retaining. The 16-page teacher's guides feature answer keys.
We enjoyed these short lessons very much! For grades 4 to 8. Note: Content reflects various scientific and political perspectives. Softcovers, from Educators Publishing. -- Cindy
Allie4 Stars Out Of 5Story of U.S.A.January 11, 2016AllieQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My children like the lessons in this book. They are short and pretty easy for the kids. I feel like they should include a few more facts for the 4th grade. I am going to supplement with some other information. I would use it again though.
SS2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointingMarch 2, 2015SSQuality: 2Value: 4Meets Expectations: 1Fortunately, this is not the only resource we use for history. I was very disappointed to open up to the first chapter and read the author's claim that an artifact was tens of thousands of years old. I certainly expected more from a CBD resource.
I will continue to use the product, but it plays a very small part in our history curriculum and is modified as needed.
Jennasouth MSAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good resource to use as foundation.March 28, 2012Jennasouth MSAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am using this workbook with my two boys, ages 8 and 10. The lessons are short and concise, which serves as a good starting point for our studies. We read one chapter of this book, then each day read from another source about the same subject, as well as work the questions given in this workbook. The children enjoy having a workbook, while I still get to teach using living books.
WriterphotogirlAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Hmmmm.September 7, 2011WriterphotogirlAge: 25-34Gender: femaleGood source of information, but wasn't pleased to pull my son out of public school based on wordly teachings only to begin our first day of homeschool where this book (chapter one) began with evolution as fact ("Scientists have proven this artifact was over 20,000 years old").
You even have to answer true or false in the quiz at the end of the book as to if they have proven how many thousands of years something is.
I fully plan on teaching my son the differences between creationism and evolution so he is armed with both facts, but not on the first day of school and in such a manner.
QNicky5 Stars Out Of 5Good programMay 4, 2011QNickyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The worbook has 14 lessons and a test after lesson 7 and 14. The first ~2 pages of the lesson are a prep with vocabulary words and captioned pictures. We divided the lessons into two days, taking the voca words and coloring the pics while reading captions. Then the next day reading the material and doing the Q&A sections. The Q&A follows the major themes, asks the information a few different ways, and asks some thoughtful questions. The length of each lesson is not overwhelming. My 4th grader enjoyed learning history from this book (meaning he didn't groan, protest, or sigh), but more importantly it got him interested in history. As we just completed the book, I do not know how well over time the lesson information will be retained, but hopefully the interest in history will remain.