Topic | Canadian history spine

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  • Jonessa16
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    Hi all!

    We started Canadian history last year, slotting it into the American history spots on the schedule for the Early Modern module. We used Brown’s “Story of Canada”. Parts of it were good, but the kids (7 and 10) overall didn’t really enjoy it, and there were lots of days when I didn’t enjoy reading it. So we’re back to the drawing board for this year as we enter our study of modern history!

    There are lots of great books out there about Canadian history… but I’m having trouble find a spine, a book that provides a comprehensive view of the subject, like Brown’s book. Can anyone suggest a good spine? Or do I even need a spine? I have the guide “Modern History through Canadian Eyes” that provides a good framework – should I just find shorter living books and novels and slot them into the various subjects as we go, rather than reading from one spine type book?

    Thanks in advance for the help!! 🙂

    ErinD
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    For elementary grades, I really like My First History of Canada by Donalda Dickie. For high school, I really like Canadian History for Dummies (although I hate the title). But for middle grades, I have not found anything I like. Next time we do middle school Canadian history, I am seriously considering having my kids just read through a long book list that will include many of the Discovering Canada series.

    I don’t like The Story of Canada by Janet Lunn, but that’s what most people recommend for middle school.

    Jonessa16
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    I agree, Lunn’s book is too texbook-y. 🙂 If I can’t find a good spine, maybe I’ll have to just do a list of books! I’m not familiar with the Discovering Canada series – what is it like?

    ErinD
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    They’re topical books on a variety of Canadian history people and events. For example, there’s one called The Mounties and one called The Railways. They’re informational – a more in depth look at each topic – and have stories and little craft projects in them. I actually haven’t read many of them, although I own a few, because I haven’t used them yet. You can view inside some of them at Donna Ward’s website.

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