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A Literature Approach to U.S. and World History

Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books
Author: Rea Berg
Review last updated: 2009
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A Literature Approach to U.S. and World History

U.S. and world history are combined in this senior-high level course that covers the time period from the Civil War to the 1970s. Following the format of other Beautiful Feet study guides, this one uses a number of "real" books as the foundation, providing activities to be used for each chapter or group of chapters as students read through each book. Activities include reading, composition, discussion, vocabulary work, drawing, geography, and research. Students can easily fulfill their history and language arts requirements for two years through this study. Study is divided into four units: The Civil War Era; Post-Reconstruction to the Great War; the Great Depression, WWII, and The Korean War; and the Civil Rights Era up through the 1970s.

Among the books used in the study are A Basic History of the United States by Clarence Carson; Uncle Tom's Cabin; Across Five Aprils; Rifles for Watie; The Red Badge of Courage; Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers; Sojourner Truth, Ain't I A Woman?; Virginia's General: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War; A History of US: An Age of Extremes; The Jungle; Bully For You, Teddy Roosevelt!; Stalin: Russia's Man of Steel; The Yanks Are Coming; All Quiet on the Western Front; A History of US: War, Peace and all that Jazz; To Kill A Mockingbird; History of US: All the People; No Promises in the Wind; House of Sixty Fathers; Hitler; Number the Stars; Escape from Warsaw; The Trapp Family Singers; The Hiding Place; Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl; The Story of D-Day; America and Vietnam: The Elephant and the Tiger; The Vietnam War: How the United States Became Involved; The Endless Steppe; Hiroshima; So Far from the Bamboo Grove; and Victory in the Pacific.

Note that three volumes from the History of US series are used, even though that series has been criticized for its liberal leanings and omissions. The study guide turns such problems into learning lessons by pointing out the biases and directing us to resources (books, web sites, etc.) with contrasting viewpoints. The History of US is included in spite of its problems because it is one of the few well-written sources on U.S. History for junior and senior high level.

Many other books and a few videos are also recommended; they can be used as substitutes for or in addition to the other resources. Parents will need to participate in and direct the study to some extent. Teacher notes at the end of the guide help parents do that even if they don't have time to read through all of the books.

The literature used for the study is sold in two separate packs so that you can spread the cost out. You might also want to check to see if you can't borrow some of the books from the library to keep costs down.


literature pack - combined parts I & II $149.95
literature pack - combined parts III & IV $159.95

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  • U.S. and World History: From the Civil War to Viet

    U.S. and World History: From the Civil War to Viet

    Rea C. Berg

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      • Suitable for: independent work
        Audience: high school
        Need for parent/teacher instruction: minimal to high--your choice
        Prep time needed: minimal--mostly choosing which books to read
        Teacher's manual: essential
        Religious perspective:  Protestant

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      • Beautiful Feet Books

        1306 Mill St.
        San Luis Obispo, CA 93401