The Statistics of Slaughter

The Statistics of Slaughter

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Paint the Oregon Trail

Paint the Oregon Trail

From The Oregon Trail

In the nineteenth century, many artists used the American West as a canvas for artistic expression—George Catlin, Frederick Remington, and Charles Marion Russell are some of the most well known. Art of the American West presented the artist's perspective of specific events and or locations. Whether the subject was a cowboy, Native American, or a landscape, the paintings often conveyed deep emotion.

Cook a Hoe Cake

Cook a Hoe Cake

From The Underground Railroad

The simple cornmeal pancake has long roots in America. It was George Washington's favorite breakfast. The dish gets its name from a flat pan called a hoe griddle. Enslaved people did not have this type of griddle. Instead, they baked their corn cakes on garden hoes in fires near the fields where they worked. Try your hand at cooking this staple of a slave's diet.

Explore Different Types of Government

Explore Different Types of Government

From The U.S. Constitution

Every form of government has key features and characteristics that define it. For example, in a democracy, the citizens vote on laws and policies, but in a totalitarian country, the ruling party makes all decisions about public and private life. In this activity, you will explore how different forms of government would impact your classroom or family.

Compare the Decades

Compare the Decades

From The Great Depression

In 2008, a recession took place in the United States that seemed to echo the Great Depression of the 1930s. Called the Great Recession, it was a time when unemployment spiked in 2008 and 2009 and many people lost their homes. How was this recession similar to the Great Depression?



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Good for introduction into the subject. Help students choose a topic to focus on for study. The book included a great glossary and resource list with well documented facts for further exploration. Target age stated on book is 12-15 but younger readers can pick it up if they are willing to read the side bars and use additional resources available. Good book for homeschooling families with multiple ages. Recommended: Yes; Reading Level: Grades 6th grade and up.****

Mother Daughter Book Club
"The combination of narrative and activities helps teens learn proactively and in some cases come to their own conclusions based on their research. Appropriate for a classroom or a home library, The Civil War can open up great discussions and inform thinking about this important moment in history." Read the complete review online.

Susan Boardman, LBG, Leadership Program Director, Gettysburg Foundation
"This book offers a concise, objective, and accurate telling of one of the most pivotal events in American history. It will assist students in understanding that who we are as a nation today is still greatly influenced by the Civil War, along with its causes and consequences. Well done!"


Detailed Book Description

Slavery or freedom? The question of whether the United States should continue to allow slavery or make all people free was the question that pitted the states against each other in a brutal war. In The Civil War: The Struggle that Divided America, readers ages 12 to 15 explore America's Civil War through the eyes and ears of the men and women who were touched by the conflict that left more than 700,000 soldiers dead.

  • Uses an inquiry-based approach in which readers define the problem, pose questions, and creatively work through different solutions about topics related to the Civil War.
  • Helps readers make connections between the history of slavery and present day race relations.
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History



What Was the Civil War?

Chapter 1
The Roots of Rebellion

Chapter 2
Dueling Republics

Chapter 3
First Blood

Chapter 4
Back-and-Forth Butchery

Chapter 5
A New Birth of Freedom

Chapter 6
The Scourge of War

Chapter 7
One and Undivided

Chapter 8