Tomorrow is our last meeting of American History Club for the school year. We’re doing a second session on the space program. It’s surprisingly difficult to find a YA level book about astronauts/the space program/space race. I ended up choosing a nonfiction book instead of our usual fiction or narrative-driven nonfiction book because that’s all I could find in our library system.
Subtitle: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon
Genre: nonfiction history
Length: 105 pages of text, 114 pages total Continue reading
This was our latest book club choice.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 369 pages
Setting: Virginia, late 1700s/early 1800s Continue reading
For American History Club, our latest topic is Civil Rights. I found this book for the kids to read.
Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 320 pages
Font: Scala OT
Setting: Bumblebee, North Carolina, 1932 Continue reading
For the month of February, we’re learning about the Bill of Rights. Last year we learned about the Constitution, so we’re sticking with the theme and doing the Bill of Rights. Seems a rather important topic with all the news these days.
Mr. Curiosity is reading Our Constitution by Donald Ritchie. It’s a project of the Annenberg Foundation Trust, whose website we’ve used for videos on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The book does describe and explain the parts of the Constitution, but it also goes through each of the amendments. For each amendment, the book states the amendment, explains what it means, and then provides some key Supreme Court cases addressing the amendment. It’s definitely meant for an older audience (at least middle school) since it is more in depth and could overwhelm a younger child.
That’s why Miss Adventure is reading The Bill of Rights by Karen Price Hossell. The book starts out by discussing historical documents and how they are preserved. It then goes into the creation of the Bill of Rights and it’s ratification. This book is more appropriate for younger audiences, with one topic for every two-page spread.
Another option for Miss Adventure to read is Constitution Translated for Kids by Cathy Travis. Again, it covers the whole Constitution, including all the amendments, instead of just focusing on the Bill of Rights. Each page is broken into two columns. For each part of the Constitution, the original words are printed in the left column, and an explanation of the words is printed in the right column.
And those are the books we are using to learn about Bill of Rights. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler’s Weekly Wrap-up.
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This is the third and final installment of John Lewis’s story about the Civil Rights movement.
Genre: memoir graphic novel
Artist: Nate Powell
Length: 256 pages
Setting: Washington, D. C. on January 20, 2009, and various southern locations in the mid-1960s Continue reading
This was our January book club choice. Our book club is run through the library, so we only choose books if there are enough of them in the library system to get everyone a book. This was from a list of “book in a bag” books the library keeps just for book clubs. We chose it based solely on the name – thought we might like to read about some summer weather in the middle of winter.
Genre: nonfiction history
Length: 456 pages of story, 509 pages total
Setting: primarily the U.S. in 1927 Continue reading
A Contract With God, the first book in the trilogy collected in this edition, was the first publicly acclaimed graphic novel. My husband picked it up to read while we were camping several years ago. Since it was around, I read it as well. Eisner is a legend in the comic world (the awards given out to American comics are named after him), and I hadn’t read anything by him, so this book was a chance to remedy that hole in my reading list.
Includes: A Contract With God, A Life Force, and Dropsie Avenue: A Neighborhood
Published: 2005 for the collected trilogy; the individual volumes in 1978, 1983, and 1995, respectively.
Genre: realistic graphic novel
Length: 528 pages
Setting: Dropsie Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, from late 1800s to the near present Continue reading