Sonlight 100

American History

One-year package | Ages: 12-16 | Grades: 7-11
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Uncover the rich treasures of American History

  • Live the thrilling story of America, from before Columbus to modern times.
  • Guide your children with confidence; this program provides daily plans and complete materials for the entire year.
  • Examine events, people and debates that have molded the United States.
  • Cheer on patriots who stood for freedom and justice ... and evaluate America's missteps with open eyes.
  • Watch your children read, write, discuss and grow as students.
  • Purchase this US history package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48), Forum access, a one-year guarantee and other perks.

Overview of the History

Sonlight's 100 American History program offers a fascinating look at the ups and downs of the nation's past. As your children transition to independent learning, they will examine the events, people, and debates that molded the United States.

This program builds on the foundation of Joy Hakim's award-winning series A History of US. Hakim is an excellent storyteller. In her 10 volumes of history (and an eleventh book with original source documents), she tells the story from the first peoples who came to North America on. To the story, she adds additional fascinating sidebars, little tidbits of intrigue and interest. The whole set is profusely illustrated with photos, portraits, and political cartoons. The School Library Journal said, "One of the best nonfiction series of the decade. Impossible to put down." We agree. It's outstanding.

So the spine of the program is stellar. Yes. But to expand on Hakim, the Instructor's Guide has something like 300 more pages of notes and articles. These offer counter-arguments to some of Hakim's views. With A History of US and the IG combined, you have an extraordinary tool to help your children think about, and understand, American History.

And there are 17 more history books to enjoy!

Some expand on a time: Before Columbus explores what America was like before Europeans arrived; The Yanks Are Coming offers wonderful details of WWI; World War II is self-explanatory in title,though the ideas are anything but normal.

Some are about specific people: Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold tells the story of the most famous turncoat in American history. The Great Little Madison tells of the Father of the Constitution, that weak-voiced thinker. David Wilkerson left a comfortable suburban pastorate to minister to gangs in New York. Cameron Townsend wondered how much more effective he would be as a missionary if the people had the Bible in their heart-language.

And some are about specific events: the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, or the Montgomery Bus Boycott; writing the Constitution, fighting the battle of Gettysburg, building the Panama Canal.

From making moonshine during Prohibition, to unconstitutional internment in prison camps during WWII; from Chinese labor in the Sierra Nevadas of California, to teens fighting in the Civil War, this program offers a wide range of perspectives, nationalities, and locations.

After their children have worked through Sonlight's 100 program, some parents have their children take the CLEP exam (the College Level Examination Program test that counts for college credit at some schools). These students pass.

Even though many of the Sonlight books are not "challenging" in their reading level, the quantity of titles, the memorability of the books, and the incredible range of topics, make the whole a thorough, enjoyable study of American History.

Estimated daily time for American History: Student: 45min.

Our high school programs are separated by subject to allow customers maximum flexibility. Feel free to buy either the History or the Literature, or both, or to mix-and-match with the History and Literature of other Sonlight programs.

Overview of the Literature

Sonlight's 100 Literature moves roughly chronologically through American History. The books are in a variety of genres, including lyric poetry, short story, novella, novel, memoir, science fiction, historical fiction, and travelogue. There is a novel told in vignettes, a novel told from multiple points of view, an epistolary novel, and a novel-in-verse.

The setting of the books is also varied across the United States: Alaska, California, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Also a covered wagon trip from Arkansas to Oregon, and a car road trip from Chicago to Texas.

You'll read a book about each of our North American neighbors: Elijah of Buxton takes place in Canada and My Heart Lies South takes place in Mexico.

The male and female authors are Caucasian, Africian-American, Abenaki, and Korean-American.

The Literature includes several mature works. The poetry book, for example, contains collections by six of America's top poets, including Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, and Sandburg.

You probably know the story of Rip Van Winkle, who went to the mountains and ended up asleep for twenty years. It's a classic American short story. The author has a scintillating vocabulary, which makes the simple story quite a challenging read.

Jack London's Call of Wild, about a California dog kidnapped to the Yukon during the Gold Rush, explores how deep our "civilization" really runs. What does life look like without external moral boundaries?

And the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my favorites, looks at racial tension in the South, with a bit of courtroom drama (and who doesn't love that?).

Apart from these, most of the books are not challenging reads. Some of the topics are more mature than I'd prefer for elementary school children. For example, Keeping Score includes a character who returned from the Korean War with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after he witnessed war crimes. This is not comfortable history, though told gently. Rules of the Road's main character is a teen who has to figure out what it looks like to have a relationship with a drunk, deadbeat dad. Bonanza Girl, despite the incredible charm of the story, deals with intense racism in an Idaho gold-mining town.

None of these books focus on dark things. But they all include it, making this, I believe, an excellent transitional program, for upper middle school and lower high school.

Overall, this is a charming collection, diverse, interesting, enjoyable, and thought-provoking.

Fully integrated with the Literature, this year's Language Arts builds on past years and continues to develop literary analysis, creative writing, research, and essay skills, with weekly writing assignments in a range of lengths and topics.

Estimated daily time for American Literature: Student: 45min.

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Instructor's Guides

History 120 Parent Guide (120-PG)

Get all the lesson plans and teaching helps you need to effectively teach History, Geography and Bible for the entire year.

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Literature 130 Parent Guide (130-PG)

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Bible

Bible Study Sampler (110-10)

Consumable. 36 weeks' worth of Bible study questions... with spaces for you to write your answers.

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God's Will, God's Best for Your Life (110-11)

Easy-to-read help for teens who want to live life to the extreme, find true love, commit to life-long friends, prepare for a meaningful career—to live a life that matters.

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Why Pray (110-12)

Provoke your prayer life to impact the world. This devotional offers a 40-day journey "from words to relationship" with God.

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Evidence for Jesus (110-13)

Was Jesus a great teacher, a good prophet, or the Son of God? Muncaster reflects on Scripture in light of scientific, historical, archaeological, and literary discoveries to justify faith in Christ.

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The Bible Jesus Read (110-14)

Yancey confronts key sections of the Hebrew Bible (Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets) in search of a deeper understanding of Jesus and the central human issues He saw answered in those ancient scrolls.

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Electives

Dating With Integrity (RR11)

Offers a practical Biblical model of male-female relationships based on our status as sons and daughters of God.

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History & Geography

Before Columbus (120-03)

A beautifully illustrated, scholarly look into the civilizations before the time of Columbus in America. Focuses on three main questions: Was the "New World" really new? Why were small groups of poorly equipped Europeans able to defeat large Native American societies? What impact did the thriving native civilizations leave on the land?

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The Boys' War (120-04)

A wrenching look at the American Civil War through the eyes of its youngest soldiers.

Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers were merely boys of 12 to 16 when they went to war. They fought and struggled alongside men three times their age. In this work, their photographs and firsthand accounts bring to life the realities, hopes and devastation of war.

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Sacajawea (120-05)

The book Sacajawea Joseph Bruchac, Sacajawea, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark come to life in a beautifully told narrative.

Closely adhering to the explorers' journals, this historical tale recreates the adventure, intercultural nuance and triumphant hope of this legendary expedition. This book for 6th grade has chapters that alternate between Sacajawea and Clark's voices, readers walk away with a true sense of having experienced history.

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Freedom Walkers (120-06)

You've heard of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. But who were the rest of the boycotters? Why did they summon incredible courage and risk their jobs and personal safety? How did they pull off a city-wide boycott that lasted over a year? How did they get across town to their jobs every day? How did they change history?

This gripping Civil Rights book brings a major event in the history of Civil Rights in America to life.

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The Great Little Madison (120-07)

This accessible volume tells the story of the "Father of the Constitution," James Madison.

Follow Madison through his rise in politics; his struggle to help create and defend the Constitution; his friendship with Thomas Jefferson; and a long, happy marriage. Discover his lasting influence on the United States of America.

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Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution (120-08)

A brief, fun overview of the sweltering summer of 1787, when fifty-five delegates gathered to establish a stronger central government. Gives students a foundation for understanding the people, events, debates and decisions that produced the Constitution of the United States.

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World War II (120-09)

This World War 2 book clearly explains the key players, ideas, economics, ideologies and lasting effects of WWII.

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$19.95

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The Yanks Are Coming (120-11)

A gripping account of how the United States joined WWI and helped turn the tide of the entire war.

This fascinating narrative brings the war to life and reveals how the US mobilized industry, trained "doughboy" soldiers, and promoted the war at home. Portrays the deep human cost of the war as well as the heroic actions of those who fought for their country.

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Cameron Townsend (120-12)

The exciting, thought-provoking and true story of Cameron Townsend-- founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators--and his mission to translate the Bible into every language.

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The Cross and the Switchblade (120-16)

Modern classic about a pastor who gives up a comfortable life in the countryside to minister to gangs in New York City. Gripping.

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Dragon's Gate (120-19)

When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867.

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Farewell to Manzanar Book (120-25)

The Farewell to Manzanar book is based on a true story of one Japanese American family's attempt to survive forced detention, and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.

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A History of US - Complete Paperback Set (120-34)

"A History of Us" by Joy Hakim is the story of the United States told through well-written, vivid, short biographies and hundreds of period illustrations, political cartoons, etchings and photographs.

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The Landing of the Pilgrims (120-44)

In order to escape religious persecution, a group of English Separatists set sail for America in 1620, hoping to establish a new colony.

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Moonshiner's Son (120-47)

Stunning book about the clash of two cultures--the culture of whiskey makers in Prohibition-era backwoods Virginia, and the culture of an anti-whiskey Christian preacher.

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The Panama Canal (120-50)

A fascinating, colorful look at the Panama Canal, the idea behind it, how it was built, the men who built it, how it operates . . . and a whole lot more.

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The Slopes of War (120-62)

A young soldier from West Virginia faces the Battle of Gettysburg knowing his two cousins may be fighting him.

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Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold (120-71)

A study of the life and character of the brilliant Revolutionary War general who deserted to the British for money.

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Instructor's Guides

History 120 Student Guide (120-SG)

Get the daily schedule and tools your student needs for History, Geography, and Bible for the entire year.

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$30.99

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Literature 130 Student Guide (130-SG)

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Readers / Literature

Bonanza Girl (130-03)

Fast-paced story of a widow and her two children who try to make their mark in an 1880s Idaho gold-mining town. These are fun read-alone 5th grade chapter books.

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Elijah of Buxton (130-04)

Newbery winner. An inspiring coming-of-age story set in a settlement of runaway slaves who have escaped to Canada.

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My Heart Lies South (130-05)

A delightful true story of an American woman journalist who moves south of the border and marries a Mexican man in the 1930s. As the new Señora comes to love her new family and life, she must learn to navigate a new language, customs, (seemingly) dramatic Latin emotions, and a culture that feels stuck in time one hundred years earlier.

Told with engaging clarity and insightfulness, De Treviño shows us a culture so close to the United States, but so rarely appreciated or understood.

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They Loved to Laugh (130-06)

In the 1830s, a young orphan with grave blue eyes heads to a new life in North Carolina. As she learns to adapt to her new Quaker surroundings, her new family and friends wonder if this solemn girl will ever learn to laugh.

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Keeping Score (130-09)

From the author of the Newbery-winning A Single Shard comes a carefully researched novel about the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers, the Korean War and the very real ups and downs of life.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (130-10)

Famous tale of a boy's life in a small town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Pb.

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Rules of the Road (130-11)

Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer is about Mrs. Gladstone is the elderly, crusty president of a chain of shoe stores. Jenna is a gangly, gutsy 16-year-old who sells shoes after school. When Jenna drives Mrs. Gladstone on a cross-country "road trip" to visit several shops in the chain, the two learn a great deal from each other.

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Children of the Longhouse (130-12)

Ohkwa'ri overhears some older boys as they plan to raid a neighboring village. He tells his Mohawk elders and makes some enemies. The older boys will do anything they can to hurt Ohkwa'ri, especially during the village-wide game of Tekwaarathon (what we call lacrosse). Ohkwa'ri believes in the path of peace, but can peaceful ways work against a bully's wrath? A great tale about doing the right thing, even in the face of opposition.

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Peace Child (130-15)

The Sawi cannibals of Irian Jaya think Judas is a hero for "fattening Jesus for the slaughter." This is the amazing story of how God prepared a tribal culture to receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Amos Fortune, Free Man (130-16)

Born the son of an African king, Amos Fortune was captured by slave traders in 1725, brought to America and sold at auction.

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A Long Way from Chicago (130-17)

Set in pre-Word War II America, this charming collection of short stories recounts the visits of a brother and sister to their eccentric grandmother in a small town in rural Illinois. A National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor Book.

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A Wrinkle in Time (130-18)

It was a dark and stormy night when Meg Murry, brother Charles Wallace and their mom decided to have a midnight snack in the kitchen. Then a most disturbing stranger appeared. "By the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract ..." she told them. A spellbinding story of adventures in space and time. Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

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When You Reach Me (130-19)

This story takes place in the real world of New York City, but holds a fantastic puzzle at its heart. A young girl's life starts to unravel when the mysterious notes begin to arrive, scrawled on tiny slips of paper: I am coming to save your friend's life, and my own. I ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter ... Miranda realizes that whoever is leaving the notes knows things no one should know. Can she prevent a tragic death or is she already too late? Winner of the Newbery Medal and a New York Times bestseller, When You Reach Me is an original and delightful read.

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Bound for Oregon (130-20)

With only a guide book to show them the way, the Todd family sets out from their Arkansas home on a two thousand mile trek to claim uncharted Oregon Territory.

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Bud, Not Buddy (130-21)

It's 1936 in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy who never knew his father, but Bud's got a few things going for him.

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Call of the Wild (130-22)

The "Call of the Wild" book is gripping tale of a heroic dog who, thrust into the Alaska Gold Rush, faces a choice between living in man's world or returning to nature.

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The View from Saturday (130-23)

Four friends from a class of social outcasts attempt to win an Academic Bowl with the help of their encouraging teacher. Sarita says, "As a two-time Newbery Medal winner, you know she has a good writing style. But this book has a wonderful story-line as well. It has the best of all worlds mixed into one."

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Dear Mr. Henshaw (130-28)

An astonishing story about growing up, about love and disappointment.

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$5.99

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Indian Captive (130-46)

Delightful Newbery Honor story of what happened to a twelve year old white girl who was captured by Seneca Indians in 1758.

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Maniac Magee (130-52)

After his parents die, Jeffrey Magee awes his friends with unbelievable feats.

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Out of the Dust (130-61)

Billie Jo, a 14-year-old girl caught in the Oklahoma dust storms of the 1930s, reveals the grim realities of a life lived in that time and place.

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Rip Van Winkle (130-73)

The full text of Washington Irving's classic accompanied by black-and-white renderings of illustrations by Arthur Rackham.

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Stink Alley (130-79)

Adventuresome and feisty 12-year old Lizzy Tinker has to learn how to fit in with her community, 17th century Puritans in Holland.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (130-85)

The unforgettable story of a young girl whose father stands up for principle in the face of deadly prejudice.

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A Treasury of Poetry for Young People (130-88)

A treasury of more than 150 classic works by six of America's finest poets.

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$29.99

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Year Down Yonder (130-94)

Mary Alice, a middle-class high school girl from Chicago, leaves the big city to spend 1937 in rural Illinois with her rough-around-the-edges and unconventional grandmother.

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Required Items

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Binders + Tabs for High School Packages (RRBB)

You need one set of 2 Binders for each high school year (100 - 500). Whether you get a complete upper-level program or mix-and-match your History/Bible and Literature/Language Arts, you will need one binder for you and one for your student.

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Student Resources

The Timeline Book (RR120)

A blank timeline from 5,000 B.C. to the Present!

Pre-printed timeline in a spiral-bound book—for use throughout your homeschooling adventure. Required Resource for Sonlight A-300.

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Consumable Items

Bible

Bible Study Sampler (110-10)

Consumable. 36 weeks' worth of Bible study questions... with spaces for you to write your answers.

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$13.99

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Instructor's Guides

History 120 Student Guide (120-SG)

Get the daily schedule and tools your student needs for History, Geography, and Bible for the entire year.

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$30.99

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Literature 130 Student Guide (130-SG)

Get the daily schedule and tools your student needs for Literature and Language Arts for the entire year.

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$27.99

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Readers / Literature

Rip Van Winkle (130-73)

The full text of Washington Irving's classic accompanied by black-and-white renderings of illustrations by Arthur Rackham.

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$4.99

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Optional Language Arts Items

Language Arts

Language Arts for Sonlight 100 Optional Workbooks Set (140-00)

From level 100 and up, Sonlight incorporates Language Arts instruction and assignments in your studies. If your child needs additional grammar and/or vocabulary instruction, Sonlight recommends these optional workbooks.

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$29.65

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Analogies 1 (140-10)

Consumable. Optional resource scheduled in Sonlight 100. The Analogies series provides instructions, strategies, and practice in solving analogical puzzles.

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$10.50

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Wordly Wise 3000 Book 8 & Teacher's Key (140-35)

Add this for additional 8th Grade vocabulary practice.

Vocabulary-building exercises require thinking but are fun to do. Teaches multiple definitions of words. Includes consumable workbook and non-consumable answer key for Wordly Wise 3000 Book 8.

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$19.15

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