Does American history sound dry and dusty? Is it hard to see the relevance to life today?
The People, Places, and Principles of America, from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum, is a comprehensive study of American history from pre-Columbus through the election of President Obama.
Content of each chapter of the entire course is based on the 15 major components of culture:
Each lesson incorporates a narrative carefully designed to engage the students emotionally and academically.
CHAPTER 9 ACTIVITIES includes:
The human side of the Civil War; The KKK and carpetbaggers; Seward’s Alaska; Colonel Custer and Little Big Horn; Spanish American War; Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders; Orphans and immigrants; Christian evangelists and revivals; Salvation Army; Hydroelectric dams; New jobs for women; Newspapers and magazines; Kodak cameras; Exploring the North Pole, Japan, and Central America; Yellow Fever; The Titanic; Panama Canal; Reapers, thrashers, and tractors; Bungalows, apartments, and bloomers; Philip Sousa; Sears catalogs; John Dewey and progressive education; Booker T. Washington improves schools for minority children; Babe Ruth, Jim Torpe, May Sutton, and the Williams sisters; Canned foods; Bicycles, motorcycles, cars, and airplanes; The Wright Brothers; Henry Ford; Plastics.
Theme art, time lines, maps and charts illustrate each lesson to “pull the student’s mind” into the text and clarify content. This course has been called “real history” because it ties the fifteen major cultural components to real people, places and principles which distinguish America. It is not revisionist history.
The vocabulary level is applicable for students from eighth through twelfth grade. The content is designed to raise students’ aspirations for noble and honorable lifestyles of the American Dream.