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COURSE NO. USH-341

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COURSE OVERVIEW

A Child’s Story of America: a very simple narrative of American history, used as an oral "spine" for American history.  (A great Catholic upgrade would be From Sea to Shining Sea from Emmanuel Books or Catholic Heritage Curricula.)

COURSE NOTES

Twice weekly, for 30 minutes per day, for one to three quarters only.
 
This is a short and simple narration of American history, Christian but not Catholic, alas.  (We will be studying American history from a Catholic perspective later with Anne Carroll’s Christ & the Americas in Grades 7 to 10.)  It covers the exploration of North America through the Clinton administration.  This is independent reading for Grade 4 and up and can be accomplished very quickly, very simply, giving the family more time to spend in the Rea Berg/Holling C. Holling program, Geography: A Literature Approach.  This text can be done independently by the student or orally as a family.
 
NOTE:  Be careful of the final chapter in this book: it includes references to "alternative life-styles" in the context of the Clinton and Bush administrations.  Feel free to remove the chapter from the book.  NOTE, ALSO: A strong (but expensive) Catholic alternative to this book would be the textbook From Sea to Shining Sea, available from Emmanuel Books or Catholic Heritage Curricula.  Catholic, colorful and full of points of interest, but since it is a full format textbook it would take much longer to read together.
 
For quarterly reporting, report this as “Introductory American History”, and give the pages finished for the quarter.  For a work sample, have the students develop written answers to the latest “Chapter Review Questions” at least and send us a copy.  Teach this for Quarters 1 and 2, then note “finished” on your quarterly report forms after that.

Scheduling Suggestions: 2x/wk for 30min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

Child’s Story of America : Student Handbook

  • Author: Michael J. McHugh and Dr. Charles Morris
  • ISBN: 1930092938        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Christian Liberty Pr; Second Edition (November 1998); 279 pages; 29 chapters; short chapters with chapter review questions following each; separate answer key.

 



 

Child’s Story of America : Answer Key

  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

 

Not necessary.


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


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