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All American History Volume II Student Reader

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All American History Volume II Student Reader
Table of Contents and a sample Lesson

Captivating American History for Sixth- through Twelfth-Graders
Covering the Civil War to the 21st Century, All American History Volume 2 picks up where Volume I left off, continuing this uniquely American story. With the same great features as Volume I, this engaging student reader is written in a comfortable style and reads like a good book. Students will journey from the early 1800s to the dawn of a new millennium. It contains hundreds of black-and-white photos and dozens of maps. A thorough, multi-sensory introduction to American history, All American History is a complete year's curriculum for grades 6-12 when used with the student activity book and teacher's guide (available separately).

About the All American History Curriculum:

Timberdoodle's Favorite American History Program
It has been a number of years since we have offered an American history curriculum, and never in twenty years have we offered one so complete, so captivating, and so well-conceived. Similar in many ways to the highly popular Mystery of History series, All American History is far more engaging than any dreary textbook.

For Multiple Grade Levels
Extravagant with hundreds of first-rate black-and-white illustrations in Volume I and gripping black-and-white photos in Volume II, this is a thorough introduction to American history for children in grades five to eight. However, the teacher's guide makes it easy to adapt this series for both younger and older children, a huge blessing for families that are teaching more than one grade level.

Thirty-two Engaging Lessons All American History Volumes I and II make U.S. history come alive for children as they investigate the cultural, political, religious, and economic events that formed and impacted this country. Much more thorough than typical curricula, All American History covers thirty-two weeks studying not only the events themselves, but also the environment in which each event occurred and the impact this event has had on America.

Written for Homeschoolers
Why All American History and not a history book from a mainstream publisher? First and foremost, because the author, Celeste Rakes, has homeschooled since 1987, and in addition has shared her love of history with many students in homeschool classes. Admittedly, this fact alone is not always a positive feature; we have rejected countless programs from homeschooling parents because they were embarrassingly inferior to what was already available on the market. Not so here; All American History is a quality product through and through. And it has thankfully steered clear of the government school flavor many of the conventional history books adopt that makes simple ideas seem complex. Also, writing as a homeschool mom for homeschool parents and homeschool co-ops, Celeste has avoided the assumption that teaching history is all we do, and so her teacher's guide is succinct with just enough explanation to propel you along but not so much as to overwhelm you.

Two Volumes, Covering Exploration to the 21st Century
The first volume covers Exploration through 1840. Volume II covers the Civil War to the 21st Century. Each week includes a chapter from the reader, maps, forms, review questions in the activity book, and plenty of hands-on and research ideas in the teacher's guide. The teacher's guide also includes answers, as well as valuable teaching tips, ideas for including younger students, games, activities, and more. The activity book is more of a workbook with reviews, unit wrap-ups, plenty of useful maps, and more. The student reader is hardcover; the teacher's guide is softcover; the activity book is softcover, perfectbound, three-hole punched, and perforated.

Distinctly Christian
Co-op and family-friendly curriculum
Teach multiple grade levels together

Thirty-two weekly lessons; each lesson contains three sections examining:
  • The atmosphere in which the event occurred
  • The event itself
  • The impact this event had on the future of America

    The units covered in the volume are:
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The Gilded Age
  • Two World Wars and a Great Depression
  • The Cold War and Beyond

    Publisher's Information
    Author: Celeste W. Rakes
    Bright Ideas Press
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 9 Write a review.

      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    American History May 4, 2014
    Reviewer: Cynthia F.  
    Rapid shipping. Nice books for American History that don't portray the U.S. as an evil nation out to get everyone as the modern day ones do in our public schools.

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    Caution! Causes desire for more research! March 5, 2014
    Reviewer: Patricia Y.  
    This is definitely a terrific spine written 6th to 8th grade level, but it could be easily used in a unit study from 4th to 12th. The student reader is just that, a reader. At the end of each chapter there are bullet points titled "Impact" which highlight the events. In the author's words, "Those students who want to take on research projects in each lesson can easily do so using a computer with Internet access." If you want ideas for student work, I would suggest purchasing at the very least, a "Teacher's Guide and Answer Key." There you will find a plethora of project ideas, book lists, timeline organization, map ideas, review ideas, extra activity ideas, songs, field trips, timeline figures (mostly presidents) and discussion ideas. For those of you who like to save money and don't mind putting a little extra work on the students. You can save, by not purchasing the activity book. The answers in the "Teacher Guide and Answer Key" is a photocopy of the student activity worksheets with the answers written in. Instead of these worksheets, your students could do notebooking or lapbooking, and you would need blank maps for the mapwork. IF you do not have the time for so much hands on help, get the "Student Activity Book" and save yourself some stress.

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    Wonderful way to remember history January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: Robyn  
    I think this is a great book. Sometimes I sit down & read it to my daughter just so that I can review what I learned (a very long time ago) or to learn something new myself. It has been a great review of the presidents, when they were in office and what significant things happened while they were in office. The workbook that goes along with it is easy to use with the book. It took us a while, but we finally figured out that the questions in the workbook go in order with the reading. So my daughter either answer the questions as she reads or when she goes to answer the questions, she knows to start looking at the beginning of the chapter for the 1st answer.

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    All around great curriculum November 21, 2012
    Reviewer: Naturalmama  
    I purchased this curriculum a year ago. It has been used by two children and works very well for our family. I like that they can work through it on their own with very little help from me. They like that it is interesting and holds their attention. The illustrations are lovely. We are very happy with this. I will use it for the rest of my children too.

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    We love this book October 10, 2011
    Reviewer: Michelle Hieb from Fort Eustis, VA United States  
    I ordered this to use with 3 children in different age levels.  We used the reader as a read aloud and the children then completed the workbook activities on their own. It was wonderful for all of us to enjoy history together and encouraged many conversations about life then and now.

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