Topic | High School American History

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  • Becky
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    I need ideas for what to use as a spine or just a chronological listing of books you have found that work well for American History. This is for my 16 year old son.  He’s not a huge reader. Actually not much of a reader.  I have “The Light and the Glory” adult book, and the Sweet land of Liberty” by Coffin.   After reading sections from each, I’m not sure at all he will want to read them.

    alphabetika
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    Would something a bit more “textbooky” like Notgrass curriculum work for him? It has built in questions and writing assignments along with the text, as well as a book of source documents and other readings.

    Or would doing some of his “reading” using audio books be an option?

    I keep editing this because I keep thinking of other ideas!  How about incorporating lots of good documentaries about history?  The Ken Burns series about the Civil War and the one about Lewis and Clark are both really good, and I know you would be able to find lots of others.

    Becky
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    Plan away!  lol   seriously, I don’t care. Line up the resources and I’ll look into them.

    The closest thing to a textbook that “might” work, is using Biblioplan.  But that is iffy. If we did Biblioplan I’d not do the questions, maybe pick an essay question a week plus the maps. No textbooks or workbook type. He hated Notgrass World History.

    He does like some Audio. He also seems to be a visual learner. I’m getting brain fatigue. It feels all knotted up.

    Amie
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    Have you heard of Truthquest?  They offer guides that are arranged chronologically.   For each section there is a short commentary followed by an extensive book list for that time period.   It also includes written narration questions/prompts.

    Becky
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    yes, that was also a consideration…. Are the commentaries enough on their own?  I printed off the sample and let him look at it.

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