This self-contained course, suggested for third grade, features heroes such as Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Edison. It also stretches the course title to include discussion of topics such as Indians and their homes, the Pilgrims, and school in pioneer days. Each lesson begins with vocabulary words to define from a dictionary. Students then read the lesson and answer both short answer and essay questions. In an unusual feature for a course at this grade level, students are asked to write a report (about one per week) on an assigned topic (for which space is provided in the worktext). Students also write and memorize a Bible verse each week, with a "friend's" signature required for accountability on the memorization. Even though this black-and-white worktext includes quite a few illustrations, it isn't particularly appealing visually. However, it is interestingly written and should appeal on that strength to students even a year or two beyond third grade level. Weekly quizzes, quarterly tests, and answer key are included.