America the Beautiful Literature Resources Package

America the Beautiful Literature Resources Package

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Note: A new 2020 edition is coming soon. The core of the program remains the same; however, some lessons have been switched for new lessons with a different focus and the length of each lesson is now standardized. The layout of the program has also changed and some of the historical images have been updated with high- quality photos. Part One will cover roughly the same material with a few changes. In Part Two, five lessons from the first few units have been omitted and five new lessons have been added at the end to cover current events since the last printing. There have also been two changes to the literature package: "Indian Child Life" by Charles Eastman has taken the place of "The Sign of the Beaver" and "Katy’s Box" by Mary Evelyn Notgrass McCurdy is used instead of "Katy". Because of the changes, the new books will not be compatible with the old books; however, Notgrass will make the consumable books for the old edition available for purchase as digital downloads.

History is only the beginning of what this well-planned and user-friendly curriculum from the Notgrass family has to offer. The history is there, of course, in two large (about 500 pgs each) hardcover Texts. Part 1 takes the reader from the Native American nations (excellent coverage, by the way) through Reconstruction; Part 2 covers from the late 1800s to the present. The same comfortable readability weve seen in other Notgrass courses is divided into daily lessons (150) and grouped into weekly units (30). If youre emphasizing Americas beauty, it helps to have full-color pictures among the carefully selected artwork, and they do! Each unit is introduced by a short overview and a list of the lessons and books needed. Accompanying activities for each lesson might include "thinking biblically" (scripture copywork or Bible study), vocabulary, map study (weekly), literature (readings from We the People along with other suggested readings), creative writing, timeline work, and a family activity (more about these later). Each lesson also includes optional assignments for the Student Workbook or the Lesson Review book. If this sounds like a lot, keep in mind that this course only really needs a little additional grammar study to be social studies, Bible, and language arts all in one.

The Curriculum Set includes the two texts mentioned above as well as We the People and a comprehensive answer key along with both the Maps and the Timeline books (six books total). The original source reader that accompanies each Notgrass course is one of my favorite parts. We the People provides the same variety books and stories, newspaper articles, documents, poems, journals, memoirs and biographies, speeches, letters, and songs as their other courses, and skimming through it took me for a trip down memory lane and long ago classroom recitations. Its obvious that creative planning went into the family activities provided for each unit and found in the back of each text. Family Commemorative Coins, a Cupcake Factory, an Erie Canal diorama, and a Liberty Bell mosaic give an idea of the breadth of ideas.

Its hard to imagine a thorough study of American history without good map and timeline work. There are no worries here! Maps of America the Beautiful provides both a high quality map and accompanying assignments for each weekly unit. Corresponding to the chronological development of our country, youll find the expected maps (colonies, westward expansion, battles, etc.) but also some more unusual sets Americas Islands, for example. Youll want a quality set of colored pencils (the authors recommend Prismacolor pencils and I second this) red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black, gray, and brown to complete the map assignments. Timeline of America the Beautiful provides an enjoyable timeline-creating experience. Arranged vertically (what a great idea!) on the page, each page depicts a ten-year slice of American life. Some events are noted already, but others are to be carefully written by the student as part of daily and weekly assignments (lines are provided). As space permits, high-quality line-art pictures are provided which can be colored (another use for those Prismacolors).

Two optional supplements coordinate with the course. The Student Workbook provides an activity page for each lesson. Offering plenty of variety, activities include crosswords, word searches, matching, rebus stories, fill-in-the-blanks, illustrations, multiple-choice and more. The Lesson Review book provides five questions for daily review and for literature selections as well as unit quizzes. Answers to both of these books and the timeline book are found in the Answer Key. ~ Janice




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History/Geography
Grade Start
5
Grade End
8
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Memorizing facts about history is hard for some students, but relating history to an interesting story can help make connections that will stick.
Dana S on Aug 29, 2020
It was significantly cheaper than the Notgrass website or by purchasing separately from Amazon, even used.
Amanda P on Jul 20, 2018
Memorizing facts about history is hard for some students, but relating history to an interesting story can help make connections that will stick.
Dana S on Aug 29, 2020
These books as a bundle were cheaper than a local homeschool bookstore. I'd love to support local businesses, especially a Christian homeschool bookstore, but when it comes to finances, I need to find the best deal possible.
Heidi M on Aug 26, 2018
It was significantly cheaper than the Notgrass website or by purchasing separately from Amazon, even used.
Amanda P on Jul 20, 2018
We did From Adam to Us this year and have enjoyed it. I like that it incorporates quality literature in the lessons.
Lynn B on Apr 10, 2018
This goes with our 2108-19 history selection, and you guys have the best prices!
Lissa M on Mar 19, 2018
already had the America the Beautiful Curriculum and want to add the literature portion
User on Sep 5, 2017
Excellent price!
Andrea W on Aug 31, 2017
To have all of the readers on hand, our library doesn't always have the books we need
Amber P on Aug 28, 2017
Great to use in 7th and 8th grade as a transition to high school. Teaches them to start studying on their own.
Jessica D on Aug 23, 2017
I shopped around for these books individually at numerous sites and bookstores and this is the best price anywhere.
Mary O on Jul 9, 2017
It was less expensive on this site and had free shipping
Stephanie F on Aug 22, 2016
We love Notgrass publications and are happy to purchase them here along with all of our other curriculum needs.
User on May 25, 2016
A friend introduced me -- it includes a lot, is organized for self-study, yet doesn't seem burdensome like SonLight.... Also, great price.
Amy P on Feb 4, 2016
I purchased this package to go with America the Beautiful history curriculum I will be doing with my 3rd 7 6th grader. We love reading aloud together, and I know these books will add another level of depth to our studies.
Kristel V on Jan 15, 2016
These books as a bundle were cheaper than a local homeschool bookstore. I'd love to support local businesses, especially a Christian homeschool bookstore, but when it comes to finances, I need to find the best deal possible.
Heidi M on Aug 26, 2018
We did From Adam to Us this year and have enjoyed it. I like that it incorporates quality literature in the lessons.
Lynn B on Apr 10, 2018
Are these literature selections required or are they purely supplemental? meaning can you use the curriculum without the added literature?
User on Jul 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There are questions about the literature books in the lesson review book. If you use the review book you could skip over the questions. The literature books do add an interesting element to the curriculum, but they are not required. You could complete the curriculum without reading the literature books.
Are thes ALL the reading books needed to go go along with the America the Beautiful Curriculum? Can someone list all the ones that they found to not be included? Thank you so much!
A shopper on May 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My daughter isn't completely finished with the first hardcover textbook yet. So far she has not been asked to read any other reading books. From my understanding these are the only books that are requested for reading by the student.
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<p>We used Notgrass America the beautiful their literature choices are outstanding We enjoyed and loved each book</p>
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