Sunday, April 3, 2011

Eighth Grade History and Literature....

Civil War (4 weeks):

Read alouds week 1:
Time-Life 20th Century America, pgs. 6-7
Kingfisher, pgs. 354-55
Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Albert Marrin

Son’s reading, week 1:
History of US, book 6 (~40 pages, weekly)
The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk about the Civil War, Jim Murphy
Story of the World ch. 5

Literature (son’s reading):
Little Women, Alcott (or other of her books, such as Little Men)
(RRC has a Novel Units Lit Guide available for this title)

Week 2:
Continue Commander in Chief read aloud

Son continue The Boys’ War
Son continue Hist of US, vol. 6, next 40 pages

The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde (audio, too)
(Sparknotes, online)

Week 3, read aloud:
From Slave to Civil War Hero: The Life and Times of Robert Smalls, Michael Cooper

Son continue Hist of US
Son reading:  Across Five Aprils, Jethro Creighton

Sherlock Holmes stories and Hound of the Baskervilles, Doyle
(Class Act Press Study Guide)

Week 4 read aloud:
Continue Slave to Civil War Hero

Son continue Hist of US
Son read: Sing Down the Moon, O'Dell

Father Brown mysteries, Chesterson (compare to Sherlock Holmes)

Other books to use if time permits:
Lincoln: A Photobiography, Russell Freedman
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, Mildred Taylor
Rifles for Watie (audio, too) - we’ve read this before….

Reconstruction and Reform (4 weeks):

Read alouds:
Kingfisher pgs.
Videos:  Opening the West; The Birth of a Nation

Son’s reading:
History of US, book 7 (~44 pages, weekly)
Cobblestone: Rebuilding a Nation
Into the Land of Freedom, Meg Greene

Old Yeller, Gipson (audio and video, too)

Week 2, read aloud:
Andrew Johnson: Rebuilding the Union, Dubowski

Son continues books from last week and/or begins Civil War Ends, Corinne Naden
Son continue Hist of US, vol 7
SOTW ch. 16

Little Lord Fauntleroy, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Week 3, read aloud:
Black Voices from Reconstruction, John David Smith

Son continues books from last week and/or begins Reconstruction, Zak Mettger
Son continue Hist of US

A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Week 4, read aloud:
Continue books from last week or read Cause: Reconstruction America, Tonya Bolden
Son cont Hist of US

Other books to use if time permits:
The Black Man in America 1861-77, Florence Jackson
Bury me not in a Land of Slaves, Joyce Hansen

No extra literature this week.  Utilize time to catch up, if necessary, discuss books read, write about related topics, etc.  Begin readings from next week in SOTW if nothing else….

An Age of Extremes (4 weeks):

Read alouds:
Usborne Atlas of the 20th Century, pgs.  4-9
America’s Century, pgs. 8-91
Kingfisher, pgs. 355; 343; 350-51; 358-63; 370-73; 376-77; 388-91
Time-Life 20th Century America, pgs. 8-23
Historical Atlas of the 20th Century 6.01 and 6.06
Watch  - All Quiet on the Western Front
Begin The Yanks are Coming, Albert Marrin

Son read:
History of US, book 8 (~46 pages, weekly)
Bold Leaders of WWI, Red Reed, Jr.
Story of the World chapter 1-4 and 6 - 15 

Pygmalion, Shaw (audio and video, too)
(Novel Unit Lit Guide available)

Week 2, read aloud:
Continue Yanks are Coming

Son read:
The Red Baron, Nicolas Wright
In Flanders Fields, John McCrae
Cont Hist of US
Read Story of the World chs. 17-18

The Man Without a Country, Edward Hale

Week 3, read aloud:
WWI Biographies, Tom Pendergast

Son continue Hist of US
Hellfighters: African American Soldiers in WWI, Michael Cooper
Read Story of the World ch. 19

Read O. Henry stories (audio available)

Week 4, read aloud:
Exploring the Titanic, Robert Ballard

Son cont Hist of US
Read Story of the World chs. 20-21
Complete any books, as necessary

The Call of the Wild, London (audio, too)
(Novel Unit Lit Guide available)

Other books to use if time permits:
The Many Faces of WWI, Irving Werstein
Causes and Consequences of WWI, Stewart Ross

Years Between WWI and II (2 weeks):

Read alouds, week 1:
Usborne Atlas: Russian Revolution, pgs. 10-11; 12
Historical Atlas, 6.15, making of the Soviet Union
Usborne, pg. 12: Peace After WWI
Historical Atlas, 6.07, Europe Between Wars
Usborne: Middle East, pg. 13
Historical Atlas, 6.24, Middle East and Africa
Kingfisher, pgs 394-95; 396-97; 400-01
Leaders of the Russian Revolution, Fred Newman

Son read History of US, book 9, ch. 1-6 (~15 pgs. per week)
Russian Revolution, Adrian Gilbert
The Disaster of the Hindenburg, Shelley Tanaka
Russian Revolution, John Dunn (if time permits)

The Yearling, Rawlings (audio and video available)
(Novel Unit Lit Guide available)

Read alouds, week 2:
Lenin: founder of the Soviet Union, Abraham Resnick

Son continue reading from Hist of US
Read Story of the World chs. 22-24

The Good Earth, Buck (audio, too)
(Novel Unit Lit Guide available)

Other books to use if time permits:
Russia in Revolution, Horizon Magazine

The Great Depression (2 weeks):

Read alouds, week 1:
Usborne, pgs. 14-15: The Depression
Time-Life, pgs. 24-31
America’s Century, pgs. 92-125
Kingfisher, pgs. 404-05
Brother, Can you Spare a Dime? Milton Meltzer

Son read History of US, vol. 9, chs. 7-24 (~70 pgs.)
Children of the Dustbowl, Jerry Stanley
The Dust Bowl, Cobblestone

Murder on the Orient Express, Christie (audio, too) – video?
(Class Act Press Movie Guide available)

Read alouds, week 2:
Continue with books from last week or read After the Crash: American in the Great Depression, John Rublowsky

Son continue with Hist of US
Read Story of the World ch. 26 (just the section on the crash)

Other books to read if time permits:
Black Tuesday: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, Barbara Feinberg
We had Everything but Money, Wes Greendale

Communism/Fascism (2 weeks):

Week 1, read alouds:
Usborne: China and Japan, pgs. 16-17
Historical Atlas, 6.17, China: Chaos to Communism 6.18, Japan and the Asian Empires
Usborne: Rise of Fascism, pgs. 18-19
Usborne: Stalin’s Soviet Union, pgs. 20-21
Historical Atlas, 6.15 (review)
Time-Life, pgs. 32-39
America’s Century, pgs. 126-69
Kingfisher, pgs. 402-03; 398-99; 408-11
Stalin, Albert Marrin

Son read History of US, vol. 9, ch. 25 (Hitler and Nazis)
Leon Trotsky, Hedda Garza

The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom

Week 2, read alouds:
Continue Stalin and also read Hitler, Marrin, if time allows

Son read SOTW chs. 25-27 (already read ½ of ch. 26)
The Nazis, William Lace

Catch up on works in progress; discuss books read; write about books read thus far, etc.

Other books to read from if time allows:
Eurocommunism, Stephen Goode
Fascism: The Meaning of Reactionary Revolution, James Forman
The Rise of Nazi Germany, Don Nardo
The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler, William Shirer
The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, James Giblin
Joseph Stalin, Dorothy Hoobler

World War II (3 weeks):

Read alouds, week 1:
Usborne, pgs. 20-27
Historical Atlas, 6.02, World 6.08, WWII Europe ‘39-’42 6.09, WWII Europe ‘42-’45 6.19, WWII Asia ‘41-’45
Time-Life, pgs. 440-51
America’s Century, pgs. 170-227
Kingfisher, pgs. 406-07; 412-18
The Airman’s War: WWII in the Sky, Albert Marrin

Son read History of US, vol. 9, chs. 26-end
Bismarck! Frank Sloan
Hiroshima No Pika, Toshi Maruki
The Day Pearl Harbor was Bombed: A Photo History of WWII, George Sullivan
SOTW chs. 28 and 29

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition, Anne Frank

Week 2, read alouds:
Continue with Airman’s War or begin Victory in the Pacific, Albert Marrin

Son continue Hist of US

The Triple Nickles: America’s First All-black Paratroop Unit, Bradley Biggs

Week 3, read alouds:
Complete Marrin books and read In Kindling Flame: The Story of Hannah Senesh, Linda Atkinson

Son continue Hist of US
Complete books from last week and/or read Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jane Claypool

Number the Stars, Lois Lowry (audio, too)

Other books to read if time permits:
The Last Nine Days of Bismarck, C. S. Forester
Battle of the Atlantic, G. C. Skipper
Hiroshima, R. Conrad Stein
The Luftwaffe in WWII, Richard Blanco
Exploring the Bismarck, Robert D. Ballard

Europe Divides/Birth of Israel (2 weeks):

Week 1, read alouds (can continue into week 2):
Historical Atlas, 6.12, The Americas
Usborne: Europe Divides, pgs. 28-29
Historical Atlas, 6.10
Usborne: Birth of Israel, pgs. 30-31
Historical Atlas, 6.25, Arab-Israeli Conflict
Kingfisher, pgs. 419-20; 422-24
Causes and Consequences of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Stewart Ross
Tasting the Sky, Ibtisam Barakat

Son read Israel, Denise Allard
Folk Costumes of Eastern Europe, Lilla Fox
Eastern Europe, Burke

Tales of the Hodja, Charles Downing

Week 2, read alouds:
Continue readings from last week
Understanding the Holy Land, Mitch Frank

Son read Israel and the Arab World, Heather Wagner
Read SOTW chs. 30-31

Catch up on books already started; discuss books recently read; write about books recently read.

Other books to read if time permits:
A Letter from Israel, William Papas
The New Eastern Europe, Michael Kronen Wetter

The Americas (1 week):
Usborne, pgs. 36-37, Latin America
Historical Atlas, 6.13, The Americas 6.14, Central America and the Caribbean
Kingfisher, pgs. 446-47

Son read History of US, vol. 10, ch. 31
SOTW ch. 34 (part on S. America)
Latin American Tales, Genevieve Barlow

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (audio, video and discussion kit available)

Other books to read if time allows:
Neighbors at Odds: US Policy in Latin America, Elaine Pascoe

Asia and Korean War (2 weeks):

Read alouds for both weeks:
Time-Life, pgs. 52-61
America’s Century, pgs. 228-265
Usborne: Independence for Asia, 32-33
Historical Atlas, 6.03, World 6.20, East Asia 6.22, Central and S. Asia
Kingfisher, pgs. 421; 425; 440-41
The Forgotten War, R. Conrad Stein

Son read (both weeks) History of US, vol. 10, ch. 1-7 (~36 pgs.)
SOTW chs. 35-36; 33 (war); 32 (China)
The Korean War, Carter Smith
The Korean War, Kathlyn Gay
The War in Korea, E. B. Fincher (decide between these three or read parts of each...)

Complete To Kill a Mockingbird
Poetry:  e. e. cummings - week 1 (two poems on eNotes)
Walter de la Mare - week 2

Other books to read of to read if time allows:
The Korean War, Richard Edwards
The Korean War, Maurice Isserman
Soldier at Heartbreak Ridge, Carl Green

Vietnam Era (3 weeks):

Read alouds for all three weeks:
Time-Life, pgs. 62-73
America’s Century, pgs. 266-309
Historical Atlas, 6.21, Indo-China Wars
Kingfisher, pgs. 444-45
America in Vietnam: The Elephant and the Tiger, Albert Marrin

Son read (all three weeks) History of US, vol. 10, chs. 8-30 and 32-35 (~100 pgs.)
SOTW ch.  33 (Vietnam); 37
The War in Vietnam, Don Lawson
Escape from Saigon, Andrea Warren

Complete poetry from last week, if necessary
Poetry: Sandburg - week 1 (audio available – 2 poems on eNotes)
Poetry: Sandburg - week 2
Poetry: Frost - week 3 (Guide on Sparknotes)

Other books to read if time allows:
In Vietnam, Dennis Hauptly

Africa (1 week):

Read alouds:
Usborne: A New Africa, pgs. 34-35
Historical Atlas, 6.27, De-colonization and nationalization, 6.28, S. Africa
Kingfisher, pgs. 449-51; 462-63

Son read:
This our Dark Country: The American Settlers of Liberia,  John Russwurm, Janice Borzendowski, Catherine Reef, Paul Cuffe, Arthur Diamond
SOTW ch. 34 (part on Africa); ch. 32 (Africa)

The Dreamkeeper and Other Poems, Langston Hughes (several on eNotes)

1970’s (2 weeks):

Read alouds, both weeks:
Usborne: Cold War, pgs. 38-39
Usborne, pgs. 40-45
Time-Life, pgs. 74-87
America’s Century, pgs. 310-45
Historical Atlas, 6.04, World 6.16, Decline of Soviet Union 6.23, Rise of Pacific Rim 6.26, Middle East
Kingfisher, pgs. 436-37; 452-53
The Cold War, James Warren

Son read History of US, vol. 10, chs. 36-37
Peoples and Nations of the Far East and Pacific, Sheila Fairfield
SOTW ch. 38

Continue Langston Hughes and discuss all poetry read thus far.

Other books to read as time allows:
The Cold War, Cobblestone
The Cold War, Derek Heater; David Taylor; Sean Sheehan
The United States in the Cold War, Christopher Collier

1980’s (1 week):

Read alouds:
Time-Life, pgs. 88-97
America’s Century, pgs. 346-85
Usborne: Communism Falls, pgs. 46-47
Historical Atlas, 6.11, Europe After Cold War
The Berlin Wall: How it Rose and Why it Fell, Doris Epler

Son read History of US, vol. 10, chs. 38-40
SOTW chs. 39-41
The Berlin Wall, R. G. Grant

Continue poetry discussion

1990’s (1 week):

Read alouds:
Time-Life, pgs. 98-109
America’s Century, pgs. 386-429
Historical Atlas, 6.05, World
Usborne, pgs. 48-53
Kingfisher, pgs. 438-39; 442-43; 448; 450-51; 454-57; 458-61
Irrepressible Spirit: Conversations with Human Rights Activists, Susan Kuklin

Son read History of US, vol. 10, chs. 41 to end
SOTW ch. 42
Every Human has Rights, Mary Robinson

The Martian Chronicles, Isaac Asimov (audio available)

Other books to read if time allows:
Human Rights, William Jacobs

New Millenium (2 weeks):

Read alouds:
America’s Century, pgs. 430-39
Time-Life, pgs. 110-19
Usborne: Century Ends, pgs. 54-55
Kingfisher, pg. 464

Son read SOTW afterword/current events

I, Robot and other Asimov (The Best Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov, The Complete Robot, etc.) or choice

Complete year with readings on current events from newspapers and magazines.  Use and other websites for current events….


MissMOE said...

Regina, this is great. thanks so much for sharing all your hard work.

newenglandclassic said...

Wonderful sequence. Thanks for sharing this.......Much of the History/Lit books are resonating w/ me!

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