So as I mentioned above I received 2 sets designed for grades 5 thru 8 to review and I want to detail what the sets include:
First we have the text called The Story of the 13 Colonies & The Great Republic and edited by Memoria Press which is 211 pages long. This second edition gives a short introduction to the parent/teacher for how to use the book and is then followed by 85 chapters covering the greatest time in our American History.
I like that it is set up as a historical reader and not a dry history book. This allows for interaction between you and your student(s) while you read which stirs up more thirst for the information. Each of the 85 chapters is very short, just 1-2 pages in length, leaving plenty of time to 'chew the cud' so to speak. Also this book has been edited to combine the original 2 volume series of the same name to also include many other pivotal events that have happened since the first publication. The book is a paperback with a thick satin cover. Inside you will find drawings, photos, and maps heavily included throughout the book.
Also included in the set is the student guide of 32 lessons - each lesson is similarly laid out with four sections -- facts to know, vocabulary and comprehension questions with plenty of space to write out the answers, and an enrichment section that has 1 to 5 questions. In the appendix, you will find maps, a colony chart, and several founding doucments that helped form our country's spine.
|set up of a typical lesson page 1|
|typical lesson page 2|
|13 colonies timeline|
There is also a teacher's guide which includes all the answers for the vocabulary and comprehension questions for each chapter along with facts for the chapter. It also includes a timeline, other founding documents, and tests with the answer keys.
|More founding documents|
This supplement was created to help the student succeed in the strenuous American History course as your middle schooler gets ready for the harder high school material.
The student book numbers out 150 questions with blanks to fill in the answers, 30 questions about the timeline of American History, 20 notable quote questions, all 45 presidents (which includes our current president), and 3 memorable American poems - Star-Spangled Banner, Old Ironsides, and O Captain! My Captain!
|Tests in 200 Questions set|
|Each card is about 3.5" x 2.5", nice and sturdy|