First Americans Teacher Guide (History of US 3rd Edition - Volume 1)
These teaching guides help you further enhance your study of the US by providing discussion questions, teacher helps, and writing assignments for students using A History of US. After the introductory information, the guide is broken down into parts by book. These parts go through the books chapter by chapter, offering a summary of the chapter, key vocabulary words, discussion topics, and various writing assignments to check understanding. Notes for the teacher appear in the margins. After a whole book has been read, there are two pages that provide additional activities and discussions. Check-Up pages in the back of the guide provide review for each of the books, and resource worksheet pages are also included. Answers for all of the Check-Up questions are included for the teacher's convenience. The guides are transitioning from 3rd Ed. to 3rd Ed. Revised, but they can still be used with the older edition volumes because the illustrations and pagination betweens editions are nearly identical.
"Most history books are boring, but your book kept me on the edge of my chair. I couldn't wait to find out what happens next." So said 11-year-old Tommy Cunningham after reading a portion of this 10-volume set. Author Joy Hakim, former journalist and teacher, has a knack for making history more personal and dramatic. A Teaching K-8 review calls her a "master storyteller." The result is that these books are read, and re-read, by youngsters who love stories but don't care for history books. Each story, or chapter, is short (from 3 to 8 pages), includes lots of interesting tidbits in sidebars, and has plenty of pictures (mostly black and white, but some full color). We used this series with Janine and Stephen this past year, who seemed to enjoy, if not relish, the books.
Some concerns exist. The books are not written from a Christian perspective, but the author does recognize a religious influence in the making of our nation. The publisher notes that varying opinions of some controversial subjects are presented; as such, these books are not written from a conservative viewpoint. The first volume makes references to millions of years of prehistory. Book 6 covers the War Between the States primarily from the North's point of view, and Book 10 won't make Rush Limbaugh's list of recommended reading. But in general, this appears to be an appealing presentation of American history for youngsters and adults alike.
This series has been newly revised. The books are now in full-color, with new illustrations and newly commissioned and improved maps in the atlas sections of each book. Most of the changes can be found in Vol. 10, as more current events (up to 2005) have been added. Each book is 160-264 pages, with about 200 illustrations. The revision includes an eleventh book, which serves as a sourcebook for the other ten volumes, and revised teacher guides, which can be used with the previous edition or the new revised texts, as the pagination and illustrations are identical between the editions. We are offering the paperback version in sets or individually. Teacher guides are also available below. ~ Bob
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The Elementary Teacher Guide is geared toward 5th graders and includes activities, questions, and writing prompts. Answers (or talking points) are in the back. The 3rd ed revised Middle/High School Teacher Guides are geared toward 6th - 12th grades and correspond to the Student Study Guides which are also geared toward 6th - 12 th graders. These Teacher Guides are identical to the older 3rd ed Guides but include map resource pages, scoring rubrics and graphic organizers in addition to the answer keys for the Student Study Guides. The Student Study Guides provide information for the student to review in order to prepare for tests. The Teacher's Guides include activities, questions, and writing prompts.