Better understand the struggles of slavery and the time of the Civil War while following a young girl through life as a slave, through the Underground Railroad, to freedom and all the emotions, as well as personal struggles that come with these experiences. Strong male characters include her father and brother. A six week unit study using the American Girl® Addy® series books. An excellent unit for boys and girls to go deeper with a study of the Civil War, slavery, Harriet Tubman, Abe Lincoln, the Underground Railroad, emancipation, and more. There are many craft and field trip ideas from this time period included in the unit to help enhance the study. All units now include spelling and vocabulary, State/Country study, Character analysis worksheets, then and now comparison worksheet, news article prep, book summary, chapter summary with drawing, and digging deeper project suggestions
Making history engaging for students is possibly one of the most difficult tasks for teachers. How do we overcome that? Two key things are critical for accomplishing this task. First, it must be relatable in someway, and secondly, it needs to offer learning opportunities for multiple learning styles. Girls of American History uses the popular American Girl book series. This instantly makes history relatable, as the main characters are school age children, families and strong male characters.
Girls of American History uses multisensory learning, which follows a pattern of Do It, Write It, Say It, Read It, See It. Multisensory learning is great for every kind of learner - because each learner gets to experience learning the way they are most comfortable - but they also have the opportunity to learn through other senses. Studies and research have shown that learning material through multiple senses helps children to retain information better.
The experiences practiced in multisensory learning allow each student to participate in ways that help them understand and retain best. Boys and girls learn together and help each other with projects such as making a latch hook rug, playing jump rope, having discussions about the story, historical information, as well as positive character traits such as determination, excellent work ethic, etc.
Schooling multiple ages together, in a co-op setting for example, is very manageable. And, with the continuity of the same subject matter for literature and history, as well as crafts and field trip experiences, opportunities for discussion are plentiful and help build a love of learning.
Enjoy a field trip to a living history muesum as a class or make homemade ice cream - these are just some of the activities in the Addy Unit. This six week unit study using the American Girl® Addy® series books is also great in a large class setting, or a smaller co-op environment. Enjoy an end of unit Freedom Celebration with your class - showcasing what they have learned.
There are two options for the required readers for this unit. American Girl orignally printed the Addy® stories in a six book set. These stories have been reformatted into a three book set called "Beforever". Either book set will work for this curriculum.
This series of books follows a young girl through life as a slave, through the Underground Railroad, to freedom and all the emotions, as well as personal struggles that come with these experiences. Strong male characters include her father and brother.
This time in history is filled with so much information you could easily spend months on it. Choose what works for you, the ages of your students. Some things to consider including during this unit study are emancipation, causes leading up to the Civil War, Harriet Tubman, Abe Lincoln, secrets of the Underground Railroad, Civil Rights movement (if you want to expand the unit), etc. Craft and field trip ideas from the time period are included in the unit to help enhance the study. Some examples of crafts include; making a Jacob's Ladder, drawings and more.
**Crafts are not included in the purchase of the curriculum, but resources and instruction as to what crafts to purchase are included. Some units do include free craft templates. Teacher License allows permission for the purchaser to teach to as many groups and classes as they like. There is no expiration. Teacher may not make copies for parents, other teachers or the school/co-op. The file remains the property of the purchaser only.