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American History, 2 of 2

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  • Intro to American History Part 2
  • Age Range: 9-12
  • Grade Range: 4-7
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Experience America's history from the 1850s on!

  • Complete the epic adventure you started in Sonlight D.
  • Relax as you enjoy fascinating books; just follow the daily lesson plans.
  • Get to know heroes like Abraham Lincoln, William Wilberforce, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Wright brothers!
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Sonlight E continues the story that began in Sonlight D, from the mid-1800s to the present.

Overview of the History

History this year begins with William Wilberforce, the British reformer who ended the slave trade in England peaceably. What a contrast to the United States, where slavery continued until a bloody war divided the nation. And, of course, the residual effects of racism continue to the present.

After reading about slavery's end in Britain, Sonlight E studies the Civil War. As in D, the primary history books are Boorstin's Landmark History of the American People and the Smithsonian's Children's Encyclopedia of American History .

Some weeks after that students read The World Wars, filled with photos. It seems wrong to call a book on war "lovely," so use whatever sober synonym you can think of for this powerful, informative book.

The History ends on a high point, with two missionary biographies. God is at work in the world. Praise Him!

Overview of the Literature

I think most people consider the Read-Alouds the best part of their school day. The 15 Read-Alouds this year are a bit longer than those in D. And what a superb collection!

Across Five Aprils is absolutely unique in children's literature: It focuses on the western front of the Civil War. Did you even know that there was a western front? It's the story of one family's experiences during the five Aprils of the Civil War. One of the most powerful scenes occurs when two brothers decide, both according to conscience, which side they must fight for – and they pick opposite sides. I love that this introduces nuance into what sometimes is a very cut-and-dried narrative: South = bad, North = good. Real history, like real people, and real problems, is far more complex than that.

The Great Turkey Walk tells of how a young man walked 1000 turkeys from Missouri to Denver in 1860. This sounds wildly improbable, but is based on actual drives. (Proving once again that, yes, fact is stranger than fiction.)

There's a book about the common New England practice of making maple syrup, and the almost superhuman attempt to build an enormous Ferris Wheel at the Chicago World's Fair.

The Read-Alouds include topics like racism, shell-shock, the Great Depression, and immigration. Funny books (General Butterfingers made my grandsons laugh out loud), and poignant books (Little Britches has my husband's favorite last line in all of literature).

All of them are great books.

At this point in your children's literacy, some of the Readers are almost as long as the Read-Alouds. The Readers offer almost 20 more marvelous books for your children to enjoy this year.

The Readers include biographies of important people, like Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, the Wright Brothers, and George Washington Carver.

The Readers include books that are a delight to read, like By the Great Horn Spoon, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Henry Reed, Inc.

And the Readers include several very different coming-of-age books, like Old Yeller, Because of Winn-Dixie, and The Seventeenth Swap. Nineteen fabulous books.

P.S. I would recommend trying to get to these Readers before your children do. I have heard reports of parents and children disputing over who will get to finish first. These books are that good.

Estimated daily time for Intro to American History, Year 2 of 2 plus your other subjects: Student: 3.5-5 hrs | Parent: 2-3 hrs

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Sonlight E Instructor's Guide (ECG)

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Sing the Word: The Heavens Declare - CD (EB02)

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History & Geography

In Search of the Source (EA13)

A translator struggles to help a tribal people understand what the Bible says.

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Wee Sing America - CD (EH04)

A diverse collection of great American speeches and patriotic and folk songs . . . from the Revolutionary War to the present.

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The World Wars (EH05)

Take a deep breath and explore both conflicts in one sobering, compelling book—from the soldiers' terrifying experiences in trench warfare to mighty and sinister innovations that shaped the course of history.

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William Wilberforce (EH06)

A brief look at the life of the man who helped Britain achieve, without bloodshed, what it cost the United States a civil war to accomplish.

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Timeline Figures E (EH11)

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The Landmark History of the American People: From Charleston to the Moon, Volume II (EH12)

A fascinating introduction to American culture as it has shaped and been shaped by events from the Civil War to the late 20th century. Written by the former Librarian of Congress. NEW full-color edition, completed revised for readability. Now includes timelines, maps and more than twice the illustrations. Oversized.

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Lights in a Dark Place (EH16)

Davis. Fourteen stories of how God has been at work in Colombia, South America. People escape a burning house, see dreams and visions, try to convert kidnappers. Dramatic and exciting. He is worthy of praise!

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Hero Over Here (ER19)

Theodore learns that heroism requires more--and less--than he imagined in this story set during the deadly flu epidemic at the end of World War I. Moving.

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Read Alouds

The Winged Watchman (EA01)

An historically accurate portrait of family life in the polders and among the windmills in Holland during the last years of Nazi occupation during WWII . . . and the months after, as families began to come back together.

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Across Five Aprils (EA03)

The powerful story of a young man for whom the Civil War spans five Aprils.

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Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems (EA04)

One of those "Wow!" books: a collection of delightful poems for young people arranged according to the birth dates of the authors -- beginning with anonymous native Americans and continuing to the present day.

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Caddie Woodlawn (EA05)

The adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters in the Wild West frontiers of Wisconsin in the late 1800s.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (EA06)

Award winner set in the post-Civil War South.

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Miracles on Maple Hill (EA07)

A heartwarming Newbery Medal winner. Dad has returned from World War II a changed man: withdrawn, touchy, unable to work. The family moves back to the family farm where dad gets the healing he needs.

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Little Britches (EA08)

Ralph is barely 8 years old when his family moves to Colorado for the sake of Dad's health, and the family tries to make a go of it on the ranch. Classic true story of ranching in Colorado in the early 1900's.

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King of the Mound (EA19)

When Nick is released from the hospital after suffering from polio, he's sure his father will never look at him in the same way again. Once the best pitcher in youth league, Nick now walks with a limp and is dependent on a heavy leg brace. He isn't sure he'll ever return to the mound. When Nick starts working for Mr. Churchill, owner of a semiprofessional team, he meets Satchel Paige, arguably the best pitcher in the world. Not allowed into the major leagues because of his skin color, Satchel teaches Nick that some things can be overcome with hard work and dedication, and that just because you're down, you're most certainly not out.

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General Butterfingers (EA20)

Eleven-year-old Walter can't believe his eyes when he sees the eviction notice from Ralph, the rotten nephew of his old friend, General Britt. It isn't so bad for Walter and his mother, who also lives there – she would have no trouble finding another housekeeping job to support them both. But what about the old soldiers, the last surviving members of the crack World War II rescue force called the Spitzers, who saved the general's life more than forty years before?

This warmly humorous novel shows two very different generations banding together to outwit a cunning adversary in order to see justice and honor prevail!

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Every Soul a Star (EA22)

Mass. Three narrators: a cheerful girl who lives at an astronomy camp, a girl who wants only to be beautiful and popular, and a chubby boy who ignores school. They unexpectedly converge at an event for a solar eclipse. They each find their way. They become unexpected friends. They deal with real pain and loss, and think about how to move forward. Delightful.

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A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt (EH01)

When the bank forecloses on her family's home during the Great Depression, 11-year-old Margo Bandini writes to Eleanor Roosevelt for help.

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (ER10)

In 1947, a Chinese girl comes to Brooklyn, where she starts to feel at home and to make friends.

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Readers / Literature

The Great Turkey Walk (EA02)

"Git along, little . . . turkeys"? Yep! In 1860, a fifteen-year-old boy attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of selling them at a profit.

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The Great Wheel (EA10)

Engrossing story about the first—and largest—Ferris Wheel ever built. Told by one of the workers who built it.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (EA14)

Claudia and her brother Jamie run away from home . . . and find themselves caught in a mystery that makes headlines. Enjoyable.

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A Summer of Sundays (EA21)

Eland. Middle child Sunday Fowler is too young for her sisters and too old for her brothers. How can she stand out in such a large family? Her opportunity comes when the family moves to a small town so her father can renovate the town library, and she discovers a mysterious manuscript in the basement. Charming.

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By the Great Horn Spoon (ER02)

To save his aunt's home, young Jack and his butler rush off to California to join the '49ers in their hunt for gold. Fun!

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Freedom Train (ER03)

Fascinating biography of Harriet Tubman, a black woman who risked her life helping other slaves reach freedom on the Underground Railroad.

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Shades of Gray (ER04)

Thought-provoking story of a boy who was orphaned by the Civil War as he struggles to forgive "the enemy" and discover what true courage is all about.

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Turn Homeward, Hannalee (ER05)

Two thousand Georgia textile workers were shipped North against their will to work in Yankee mills. Twelve-year old Hannalee was one of them. This is the true story of how she fulfilled her promise to return home.

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Old Yeller (ER06)

The touching Newbery Honor story about a boy and the dog he loves. Set during frontier days in the Texas hill country.

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Helen Keller (ER07)

The biography of Helen Keller, a blind and deaf girl who overcame her limitations through courage and the firm love of a caring teacher.

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All-of-a-Kind Family (ER08)

The light-hearted story of an all-girl family in a crowded section of New York City at the turn of the 19th century.

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Thimble Summer (ER09)

Newbery Medal winner about a mid-American farm family in the early 20th century. Charming.

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Plain Girl (ER11)

Despite her father's objections, a young Amish girl secretly looks forward to attending public school where she makes a best friend and gains a new perspective on her family's way of life.

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Gone Away Lake (ER12)

Two children discover the remains of a lake long since dried up and forgotten, the ruins of once-elegant homes that stood along its shore . . . and two fascinating old people who remember the glory years. Charming.

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The Seventeenth Swap (ER13)

Eric wants to buy his young crippled friend Jimmy a pair of red cowboy boots.

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Bruchko (ER14)

The true story of Bruce Olson who, at 19 years of age, leaves his home in Minnesota to reach the Motilone Indians, a murderous tribe in the jungles of Colombia.

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The Wright Brothers (ER15)

A delightful account of the exploits, the family life, and the character of the two bike builders who are generally credited with having been the first to engage in powered flight.

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Sing Down the Moon (ER18)

Beautifully written Newbery Honor story of a teen aged girl who is confronted by the challenges of life as a female member of the Navaho nation in the mid-1860s. Poignant and thought-provoking.

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Because of Winn-Dixie (ER21)

DiCamillo. Newbery Honor. Because of Winn-Dixie, a big, ugly, happy dog, 10-year-old Opal learns 10 things about her long-gone mother from her preacher father. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal makes new friends among the somewhat unusual residents of her new hometown, Naomi, Florida. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to find her place in the world.

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Henry Reed, Inc. (ER22)

Famous story about an entrepreneurial boy and his humorous escapades.

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George Washington Carver (ER23)

George Washington Carver, once a kidnapped enslaved child, overcame significant obstacles to become an outstanding scientist.

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