Famous People from America’s History Research Discovery Guide

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These are a homeschool moms dream! Using the beloved DAulaire history titles, each research guide takes you through a multi-layer literature study by exploration. Divided into 5 weekly sections, students will read the book in 3 block sessions, study character traits exemplified by the person studied, answer comprehension questions that reinforce observation skills and understanding, develop a 5-paragraph biographical essay in 4 weeks and concludes with ideas for a final project that capitalize on the individual students interest and creativity. Lest you fear your non-creative child will be disinterested in the creative final project ideas, the authors also provide additional research project suggestions.

Let me share briefly from the Abraham Lincoln Guide. Section 1 (week 1): Abe as a Young Boy. Students will read pages 1-21, preferably in one sitting. Using a dictionary, they will define the five character traits: gentle, witty, literate, contemplative, and hard working. Worth mentioning, character insights are neutral with no religious ideology. Building on their definitions, students use the character traits and specific details from their reading to write original sentences. Comprehension questions follow, which challenge students to think about the context, major events, motivations, and other story elements. The final assignment is to write a paragraph using the 5 stages of the writing process. Each of these steps guides students through the essay that is written throughout the duration of the study.

As you can tell, these guides are rightly called research discovery guides. Students are asked to investigate the story, process what they have read (not just regurgitate it), and apply this knowledge in their writings. This discovery approach engages students in understanding and appreciating each book through their unique perspective, ultimately imparting a passion for literature and history.

Versatile guides will provide the foundation to your language arts course (add grammar and spelling), or could be used to add structure to unit studies, a living books history course or as a supplement to your history curriculum. Co-ops and classrooms will also find a wealth of information here that can be easily adapted for group activities. Guides are structured for independent learning, providing teaching support as needed and include a section on the guides organization, an assignment check list, blank student pages, final project options and most importantly, all the teaching information for writing and grading the 5-paragraph essay. No answers are included. Each guide is 5-weeks in length (6 in one year), and can be completed in any order. Non-reproducible. 47 pgs. SC. ~ Deanne

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