Many homeschoolers prefer to use older history resources such as the popular The Landmark History of the American People. The original book was published as one or two volumes a number of times since 1968. I have reviewed Avyx’s 2013 edition of the book that is published in two volumes
Sonlight has published courses that incorporate The Landmark History of the American People and provide lesson plans and other support material for the textbooks. However, some families will want to use either the Avyx version or another version separately from Sonlight’s courses. This is where Aim for Wisdom’s workbook comes in.
Aim for Wisdom’s U.S. History Workbook of Questions and Answers was designed specifically for The Landmark History of the American People. It provides comprehension questions for every chapter and an answer key at the back of the book. Note that it includes questions for a final chapter that addresses a few events in the early 1980s that has been omitted from the Avyx version of the textbook. (This is not a critical chapter.)
Aim for Wisdom also has a separate, overarching course guide for The Landmark History of the American People, titled U.S. History Assignment Checklist, which is based on the use of the textbook and the workbook plus other resources. Those other resources include the United States Coloring Book by Winky Adam, index cards which will be made into flashcards for states and capitals, a binder to be used for creating a timeline, and supplemental historical novels and biographies.
The U.S. History Assignment Checklist briefly list activities that include the reading assignment in the textbook (usually two or three chapters at a time), workbook questions to answer, a list of events for students to add to their timelines (with images they find or create), flashcard and coloring activities for two states per assignment (e.g., Rhode Island and Vermont), and suggested literature for extra reading.
The U.S. History Assignment Checklist also adds two extra lessons that are not in the textbook. First is a preparatory lesson that covers Christopher Columbus and other explorers and is based on the book Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire. This lesson has two pages of questions plus six pages of map work. The second extra lesson consists only of mapwork that relates to the 1800s cattle trails and the construction of the Kansas Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
A Catholic version of the U.S. History Assignment Checklist adds literature selections and timeline entries for people and topics important to Catholics and doesn’t remove any of the content already there.
U.S. History Assignment Checklist is not essential, but it adds more dimensions to the study of U.S. history. Keep in mind that you can use its activities selectively. For instance, if your student already knows the states and capitals, you might skip the coloring book and the states and capitals flashcards. Of course, you can also choose how many of the works of literature to read as well.
Inexpensive resources like this make it easy to use older versions of textbooks that have withstood the test of time.