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Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

For American History Club, our latest topic is Civil Rights. I found this book for the kids to read.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 320 pages

Font: Scala OT

Setting: Bumblebee, North Carolina, 1932 Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Bill of Rights

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 The book starts out by discussing historical documents and how they are preserved.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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March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Ayden

This is the third and final installment of John Lewis’s story about the Civil Rights movement.

Published: 2016

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

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One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

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.

Published: 2013

Genre: nonfiction history

Length: 456 pages of story, 509 pages total

Setting: primarily the U.S. in 1927 Continue reading

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A Contract With God Trilogy by Will Eisner

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

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Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone

My mother-in-law gave me this book to read after her book club read it a few years ago.

Published: 1953

Genre: autobiography

Length: 264 pages

Setting: mostly California, plus a bit in Japan, 1930s-1950s Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: The Cold War

Things have been crazy, but we still manage to squeeze in some schoolwork. We had an American History Club meeting on the Cold War. With as important as the Cold War was, and the long time it lasted, there were few historical fiction novels set in that time period for a younger audience that I could find. It wasn’t a total bust – we managed to scrape together two, and they were both excellent.

First off, there was The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. This added a fantastical/magical component to the fears of the Cold War. It is set in England, just after WWII, and you see all fears associated with the Russians and the nuclear bombs, played out in young, teen-aged kids. The book brought up all kinds of discussion point about the Cold War, and kept two nearly teen-aged boys interested in the topic.

The other find was The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman. This book is set in Hollywood, but still in the 1950s so you still get quite a bit about McCarthyism and atom bomb scares. This is aimed at a slightly younger audience (which was perfect, since it was read by a couple of just about 10-year old girls). You also see some strong character growth and development in speaking up for wrong things. The ending doesn’t wrap all the plot lines into a neat little bow, which lead to some discussion of “What do YOU think happened?”

We’ve used some other books recently, but I want to keep this post thematic. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up

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