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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 The book starts out by discussing historical documents and how they are preserved.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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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve seen this book mentioned positively numerous places and finally picked it up from the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 352 pages

Setting: mostly Cairnholm, Wales, in the present day and 1940 Continue reading

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Sabriel by Garth Nix

I saw this book listed a couple of years ago on a post from The Hub about strong female protagonists. I had actually requested it from the library in November for my N author last year, but it didn’t make it through the system until January. Now, instead of filling in that N author nearly last, I’ll get it nearly first!

Published: 1995

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 311 pages

Setting: various locations in the Old Kingdom and near the Wall in Ancelstierre, 1940s technology level Continue reading

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I originally saw this book on a GeekDad Stack Overflow post at the end of last year. I was perusing the library stacks, looking for an N authored book I wanted to read (last names starting in N are surprisingly uncommon) and came across this one.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 317 pages

Setting: a rural town, present day Continue reading

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Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

The family took a quick trip to Toronto just before Thanksgiving. It’s only about a three-hour drive, but we needed something to listen to. My husband found this book and asked if it sounded interesting. I was thrilled to hear it was by Tamora Pierce, since I’d loved the other two series I’d read by her, The Song of the Lioness, and the Beka Cooper trilogy.

Published: 1992

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 362 pages

Setting: Tortall, soon after the events of Lioness Rampant Continue reading

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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

This book has popped up a few times recently being described in glowing terms as a classic fantasy novel. I had never read it, so I decided to take care of that lack by reading it to my kids. I’ve never seen the movie, either – should I?

Published: 1968

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 212 pages

Setting: a medieval-age world Continue reading

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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

When I was looking for some “literature” books to give to Mr. Curiosity to read this year, The Outsiders was commonly suggested. It seemed age appropriate and well received by many people, so I decided to go for it. I’m reading all the books I’m assigning him to read so we can talk about them. I don’t think I ever read this one in school (or saw the movie). I can’t really remember what books I read in middle school English, but I do know if I’ve read a book before after I start reading it.

Published: 1967 (so it’s not like it was too new for me to have read in middle school, unlike, say, The Giver)

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 180 pages

Setting: outskirts of a big city (for some reason, I thought it was NYC), 1960s Continue reading

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