America's Story Volume 1 Set

America's Story Volume 1 Set

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ISBN: 9781683440574
Grades: 3-6

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History comes alive in the stories and adventures of explorers and pioneers who saw in America the chance to live a dream to freely worship God, to have the chance to own land, and the search for wealth and opportunities. It is also the story of cultures that at times cooperated or clashed, as well as distant rulers and countries who saw a chance to expand their power through conflict or treaty.

Volume One in this series for your elementary students includes:

  • Beautiful historic illustrations, photographs, maps, and cultural connections
  • Examples of history you can still see today all across this great land
  • Important narratives of the people and places that stand for some of the most pivotal moments in America's development.

This vivid collection of history is as varied and vast as the lands that stretch from the original thirteen colonies to the gold fields of California. Discover the people who braved and tamed a wilderness to form communities and eventually states that dot the landscape of this great land we know today.

Angela O'Dell's Living History of our World series, now published by Master Book Publishers, retains its conversational, highly-readable text that draws the reader back to whatever time period or person is being covered. You live with them, walk/sail/ride with them, worship/pray with them, and make history with them. Then, in wonderful Charlotte Mason style, you retell their story in your own words, draw pictures, follow them on maps, research and discover background information, copy their words, and make note of whatever special lessons you have learned. The gorgeous Student Books are coupled with user-friendly Teacher Guides, and the result is strongly Christian, highly enjoyable and informational courses. America's Story is covered in three volumes and is directed toward 3rd through 6th graders. The World's Story is covered in another three volumes and is directed toward 6th through 8th graders.

Frankly, the Student Books are amazing. Full of colorful artwork and photos as well as black & white illustrations, vocabulary tidbits, maps, and biographical sketches, it is skillfully formatted into an appealing and engaging text. Each of the 28 chapters (i.e. weekly lessons) have text interspersed with Narration Breaks (place to stop and recount orally the information that has been covered) and questions: "Ready to Explore" (America's Story). Each chapter ends with a two-page photo montage (a feature I love) that pertains to the chapter's focus. For instance, there is a collection of Native American dwellings each with short informational captions in America's Story.

The Teacher Guide is a combination book. It is part teacher book, with some course instructional information, detailed daily lesson plans, an overview of the activities built into the student worksheets, teaching tips for struggling learners, supply lists, suggestions for special projects, and answers for student worksheets. Information for the teacher (about 10% of the book) includes a section on the importance of narration and words of encouragement from the publisher. The remainder of the book is student worksheets (which are reproducible for your own homeschooling family). These worksheets provide the heart of a student's journal to accompany the course. Very nicely designed and well-illustrated, there are daily front-and-back worksheets. These are similar but appropriately different for each age level between the two series. The whole TG is three-hole punched, and for the record, there are no tests in either series.

America's Story worksheets include Draw-Write pages (journaling lines, space for sketching, copywork), Mini-Project pages (cut & glue projects), Written Narration pages, Timeline pages (cards for each chapter with space for students to create their own timeline), a Special Prayer Book (a cut apart book for writing a weekly prayer for his/her country), and Artist Study (quick introduction to an artist with a variety of related art activities). Mapwork and vocabulary study are also a featured part of these pages.

  You can probably tell I'm enthusiastic about these courses. The conservative biblical perspective, the well-done and user-friendly materials, and the variety of interesting and thought-provoking activities are melded into an excellent homeschooling resource. Student Books are 300 pgs, pb. Teacher Guides are 350 pgs, pb ~ Janice




Angela O'Dell's Living History of our World series, now published by Master Book Publishers, retains its conversational, highly-readable text that draws the reader back to whatever time period or person is being covered. You live with them, walk/sail/ride with them, worship/pray with them, and make history with them. Then, in wonderful Charlotte Mason style, you retell their story in your own words, draw pictures, follow them on maps, research and discover background information, copy their words, and make note of whatever special lessons you have learned. The gorgeous Student Books are coupled with user-friendly Teacher Guides, and the result is strongly Christian, highly enjoyable and informational courses. America's Story is covered in three volumes and is directed toward 3rd through 6th graders. The World's Story is covered in another three volumes and is directed toward 6th through 8th graders.

Frankly, the Student Books are amazing. Full of colorful artwork and photos as well as black & white illustrations, vocabulary tidbits, maps, and biographical sketches, it is skillfully formatted into an appealing and engaging text. Each of the 28 chapters (i.e. weekly lessons) have text interspersed with Narration Breaks (place to stop and recount orally the information that has been covered) and questions: "Ready to Explore" (America's Story) and "Analyze/Connect" (World's Story). Each chapter ends with a two-page photo montage (a feature I love) that pertains to the chapter's focus. For instance, there is a collection of Native American dwellings each with short informational captions in America's Story while in World's Story there are montages of an ancient city such as Jerusalem or Kerma in Sudan.

The Teacher Guide is a combination book. It is part teacher book, with some course instructional information, detailed daily lesson plans, an overview of the activities built into the student worksheets, teaching tips for struggling learners, supply lists, suggestions for special projects, and answers for student worksheets. Information for the teacher (about 10% of the book) includes a section on the importance of narration and words of encouragement from the publisher. The remainder of the book is student worksheets (which are reproducible for your own homeschooling family). These worksheets provide the heart of a student's journal to accompany the course. Very nicely designed and well-illustrated, there are daily front-and-back worksheets. These are similar but appropriately different for each age level between the two series. The whole TG is three-hole punched, and for the record, there are no tests in either series.

America's Story worksheets include Draw-Write pages (journaling lines, space for sketching, copywork), Mini-Project pages (cut & glue projects), Written Narration pages, Timeline pages (cards for each chapter with space for students to create their own timeline), a Special Prayer Book (a cut apart book for writing a weekly prayer for his/her country), and Artist Study (quick introduction to an artist with a variety of related art activities). Mapwork and vocabulary study are also a featured part of these pages.

You can probably tell I'm enthusiastic about these courses. The conservative biblical perspective, the well-done and user-friendly materials, and the variety of interesting and thought-provoking activities are melded into an excellent homeschooling resource. Student Books are 300 pgs, pb. Teacher Guides are 350 pgs, pb ~ Janice




Category Description for Living History of Our World Series:

Angela O'Dell's Living History of our World series, now published by Master Book Publishers, retains its conversational, highly-readable text that draws the reader back to whatever time period or person is being covered. You live with them, walk/sail/ride with them, worship/pray with them, and make history with them. Then, in wonderful Charlotte Mason style, you retell their story in your own words, draw pictures, follow them on maps, research and discover background information, copy their words, and make note of whatever special lessons you have learned. The gorgeous Student Books (texts) are coupled with user-friendly Teacher Guides (student pages plus teacher info), and the result is strongly Christian, enjoyable and informational courses. America's Story is covered in three volumes and is directed toward 3rd through 6th graders. The World's Story is covered in another three volumes and is directed toward 6th through 8th graders.

Frankly, the Student Books are amazing. Full of colorful artwork and photos as well as black & white illustrations, vocabulary tidbits, maps, and biographical sketches, it is skillfully formatted into an appealing and engaging text. Each of the 28 chapters (i.e. weekly lessons) have text interspersed with Narration Breaks (place to stop and recount orally the information that has been covered) and questions: "Ready to Explore" (America's Story) and "Analyze/Connect" (World's Story). Each chapter ends with a two-page photo montage (a feature I love) that pertains to the chapter's focus. For instance, there is a collection of Native American dwellings each with short informational captions in America's Story while in World's Story there are montages of an ancient city such as Jerusalem or Kerma in Sudan.

The Teacher Guide is a combination book. It is part teacher book, part student workbook. Teacher content includes instructional information, detailed daily lesson plans, an overview of the activities built into the student worksheets, teaching tips for struggling learners, supply lists, suggestions for special projects, and answers for student worksheets. Information for the teacher (about 10% of the book) includes a section on the importance of narration and words of encouragement from the publisher. The remainder of the book is student worksheets (which are reproducible for your own homeschooling family). These worksheets provide the heart of a student's journal to accompany the course. At this time, worksheets are not available separately. Nicely designed and well-illustrated, there are daily front-and-back worksheets. These are similar but appropriately different for each age level between the two series. The whole TG is three-hole punched, and for the record, there are no tests in either series.

America's Story worksheets include Draw-Write pages (journaling lines, space for sketching, copywork), Mini-Project pages (cut & glue projects), Written Narration pages, Timeline pages (cards for each chapter with space for students to create their own timeline), a Special Prayer Book (a cut apart book for writing a weekly prayer for his/her country), and Artist Study (quick introduction to an artist with a variety of related art activities). Mapwork and vocabulary study are also a featured part of these pages.

World's Story chapter worksheets include an introductory page (for the teacher materials needed and narration prompts and responses); Written Narration/Vocabulary; WorldQuest (short essay questions and copywork); Map Adventure (map related activities); My Timeline; Dig Deeper! (suggested questions to research); and Art Study (informational with activities). Also included are Review Sheets (quarterly), Research Aid Worksheets (optional helps for research projects), Artifact Studies (12 worksheets with informational snippets accompanying artifact photos coupled with discussion questions), materials for a couple of special projects, Timeline Supplements, Craft Suggestions (6), and answer keys.

You can probably tell Im enthusiastic about these courses. The conservative biblical perspective, the well-done and user-friendly materials, and the variety of interesting and thought-provoking activities are melded into an excellent homeschooling resource. Student Books are 300 pgs, pb. Teacher Guides are 350 pgs, pb ~ Janice




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
3
Grade End
6
ISBN
9781683440574
Format
Other
Brand Name
Master Book Publishers
Weight
3.15 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.5" x 1.19"
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I have a 4th grader who needs more American history. I love the traditional look that this book gives.
Chris B on Feb 23, 2021
Referred by a friend.
Meranda S on Nov 12, 2020
I have a 4th grader who needs more American history. I love the traditional look that this book gives.
Chris B on Feb 23, 2021
Great Reviews. Living book. Faith Based. Amazing content and illustrations.
Sonia T on Feb 11, 2021
Referred by a friend.
Meranda S on Nov 12, 2020
I selected this curriculum based on Cathy Duffy's reviews. Also, I was looking for a history curriculum from a conservative viewpoint.
annie k on Aug 21, 2020
I had ordered Notgrass's American History curriculum for my Freshman and LOVE it - I want Christian based - accurate accounts of our American History for my daughter as well!
Kathleen B on Aug 19, 2020
It came highly recommended by homeschool moms.
Shanna W on Aug 17, 2020
Charlotte Mason style, multi ages students
Melissa C on Aug 6, 2020
Everyone needs a good foundation of the history of their country. You can always learn about other countries; but after you have a foundation of your own.
Latisha R on Jul 29, 2020
It has EARLY American history in it.
Julie R on Jul 15, 2020
I love the way our nation's history is presented from a conservative Christian viewpoint. I'm excited to try this cirriculum!
Kathryn H on Jul 7, 2020
We loved Angela O'Dell's The World's Story - Medieval book and look forward to another adventure with her Charlotte Mason style books.
Jennifer B on Apr 28, 2020
We have used and enjoyed both America's Story 2 & 3 previously.
Kelli S on Mar 23, 2020
I have a third grader who needed a History program. This looked interesting to me as it includes story form, copywork, map work, sketching, etc. I saw that it had many good reviews so I am excited to use it this year.
Birdie R on Aug 16, 2019
liked reviews
hannah v on Jul 24, 2019
Learning about our history!
User on Jul 24, 2019
Number One its christian based and I like that it is open and go. I can just add hands on crafts and we are ready for the year!
Mary H on Jul 6, 2019
I chose Americas Story to be our spine for our multi age literature based American history course. It looks like an amazing resource & simple to use.
Katie on Nov 9, 2018
homeschooling
Ashley P on Sep 9, 2018
A friend recommended this. Looking forward to using it!
Ashley B on Aug 14, 2018
I read an online review and it looks like a great curriculum.
Amber B on Nov 6, 2017
CCSS free and recommended via an online support group
Stephanie H on Oct 25, 2017
Our current history has become tedious and boring for my daughter who once enjoyed history. I am hoping this switch will re-ignite her joy in history.
Jennifer J on Oct 1, 2017
Excellent home schooling material.
Don M on Aug 24, 2017
Looked like a younger, easier, more user friendly of Mystery of History.
Angie B on Aug 19, 2017
Recommended by a friend
Emily H on Aug 16, 2017
The books looked appealing
Sarah D on Aug 16, 2017
Recommendation of RR rep
Leah W on Jul 10, 2017
Great Reviews. Living book. Faith Based. Amazing content and illustrations.
Sonia T on Feb 11, 2021
I selected this curriculum based on Cathy Duffy's reviews. Also, I was looking for a history curriculum from a conservative viewpoint.
annie k on Aug 21, 2020
Can you purchase just the teacher's edition for a read aloud or do you have to have the student copy?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you want to use this course as a read-aloud, then you will need the Student Book rather than the Teacher Edition. The Student Book includes the history textual content. The Teacher Edition include reproducible worksheets, tests, answer keys, lesson plans, etc.
Does this text require any other books?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you’re buying the set of two books that’s all you need; One text and one teacher’s guide to make copies from. It might be nice to read a related biography or historical fiction book sometimes, but it’s not required.
Is this curriculum sectarian in content?
A shopper on Feb 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This series is from a Christian publisher and includes Christian content.
Is this faith based or nonsectarian?
A shopper on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This series is from a Christian publisher and includes Christian content.
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Rated 4 out of 5
Great curriculum
Easy to use. I did feel the need to expand on many things but my son is in 6th grade.
October 28, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Well written open & go history curriculum for many ages.
We are 1/2 way into Americas Story 1 amd are really enjoying it. The worksheets were not a good fit for us, so we have stopped using those. There were parts that my kiddos enjoyed, we have opted to add in other read alouds & hands on projects instead as we want to (supplementing is definitely not necessary, but we love read alouds & simple craft projects from time to time.). I really like that this is a true open & go history curriculum, it is well written, & appeals to a wide age range (we are using it for K, 4th, 7th & 11th...my 11th grader is using the authors suggested supplements to make it high school worthy).
September 5, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Serious and transparent, but still fun and relatable! We have enjoyed drawing parallels in our own lives and figuring out how we can learn to make choices based off of the past.
I have my third grader do most of the the bookwork, and my first grader does select pages. It is a little old for the first grader but we are making it work!

The teachers guide is actually the workbook, so if you want each child to do the workbook, you will want to purchase a teacher's guide for each child.
August 6, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great History Curriculum
I love America's Story! This history curriculum is written so that a child can understand. It is written like a story.The illustrations in this book are wonderful. Each chapter is broken down into sections with a narration break at the end of each.
The teacher guide has the suggested schedule and all the worksheets you need. Every week is pretty much the same with a sketching activity and questions.
March 4, 2019


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