Connected to Common Core Standards: Visual Literacy and Text Based Primary Source Close Read
Approximately 10 factual and higher level thinking questions for each of the first 6 episodes. Also included is a primary source Close Read for each episode with 4 questions. You can buy each episode individually for $1 or buy episodes 1-6 for $3.25.
Episode 1: Rebels
This is the story of how, over seven generations, a group of European settlers survive against all odds, claw themselves up and then turn against their colonial masters. A diverse group of men, women and children are about to become truly American.
Episode 2: Revolution
July 9, 1776. The Declaration of Independence is read to crowds in New York. America’s 13 colonies have taken on the might of the world’s leading superpower, and by 1783, America is free.
Episode 3: Westward
As the American nation is born, a vast continent lies to the west of the mountains, waiting to be explored and exploited.
Episode 4: Division
America becomes a nation at the moment a revolution in commerce and industry sweeps across the western world. This vast new country, rich in resources, experiences a rapid change–in trade, transport and manufacturing–quickly turning America into one of the wealthiest nations on earth.
Episode 5: Civil War
The Civil War rages. It is 20th century technology meeting 18th century tactics and the result is a death toll never before seen on American soil.
Episode 6: Heartland
The Transcontinental Railroad doesn’t just change the lives of Americans, it alters the entire ecology of the continent. It’s the railroad that creates a new American icon–the cowboy–who drives cattle thousands of miles to meet the railheads and bring food to the East.