March 14, 2018 at 9:44 PM #46402Jonathan Miller@j-millerpilgrimchristian-org
I’m teaching CLE’s Changing Frontiers (8th grade American History) for the first time. It doesn’t have a teacher’s guide, so does anyone have any extra resource ideas for me, i.e., parallel reading ideas, video/picture collections, etc.
March 16, 2018 at 9:48 PM #46435Carolyn Martin@carolynmartin
Check with the personnel at CLP. I have a feeling that some of the people who worked on Changing Frontiers may have some good ideas for additional resources.
March 17, 2018 at 10:42 AM #46442Jonas SauderModerator@jonas
One resource is the Library of Congress:
From home page, check under teachers/classroom materials/lesson plans/American history.
Other items on the site would also be helpful.
It’s always helpful to have another American history text from another publisher–especially on a higher level– available as a teacher resource to give extra information and additional perspective to topics.
If you have the time, browsing in a non-textbook American history book is valuable for fleshing out the topics covered briefly in any school text. A book such as Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People or Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States would serve that purpose. Access to a collection of primary documents to occasionally read from is helpful, such as Zinn & Arnove’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States. For added dimension, browse in Gaustad & Schmidt’s The Religious History of America.
I personally enjoy the stimulating insights of essays by Daniel Boorstin, who explores American cultural history. One example is “Making Experience Repeatable,” in which he discusses the unintended consequences brought about by widespread use of the camera, phonograph, and recorder. The Daniel Boorstin Reader provides a broad array of his themes.
March 21, 2018 at 5:25 PM #46509Peter Goertzen@petergoertzen
If you’ll excuse me for tooting my own horn and pointing out something you may have already seen, I wrote a blog post related to this a couple months ago. Wikipedia and the associated Wikimedia Commons are wonderful troves of photos, charts, graphs, maps, and other visuals.
When I teach US history I always make a point of spending at least a day or so discussing the Declaration of Independence, especially the “we hold these truths to be self-evident” part near the beginning. It’s not really that long, nor is it too hard for 8th graders to understand with a little guidance. Invite students to consider the Declaration’s continued impact on the American mindset, and to compare it to biblical teaching. You can also point out how the list of grievances towards the end of the Declaration are references to specific events.
Page Smith’s eight-volume A People’s History of the United States is my go-to American history browsing book. Smith dwells frequently on the ordinary person’s experience of the past. Edwin Tunis’s books such as Frontier Living and The Tavern at the Ferry are similar in this way, and you can share their beautiful illustrations with your students. If you can’t find these books at the library, they are easily available online at very reasonable prices (like $4 per volume, shipping included). Check bookfinder.com for the best deal.
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