This unit follows a young, well to do, girl as she discovers the world around her, the injustices that she tries to make right and a personal discovery. Strong male characters include her uncle and a neighbor. A six week unit study using the American Girl® Samantha® series books. This unit covers child labor, orphan trains, women’s suffrage, and more. Craft and field trip ideas from the time period are 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 pillow or a paper weight, having discussions about the story, historical information, as well as positive character traits such as equality and compassion, 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.
Field trips and activities options include visiting a museum and ice skating. This six week unit study using the American Girl® Samantha® series books is also great in a large class setting, or a smaller co-op environment. Plan a Progressive Party at the end of the unit for students to showcase what they have learned.
There are two options for the required readers for this unit. American Girl orignally printed the Samantha® 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 unit follows a young, well to do, girl as she discovers the world around her, the injustices that she tries to make right and a personal discovery. Strong male characters include her uncle and a neighbor.
This unit covers child labor, orphan trains, women’s suffrage, and more. Some things to consider including in this study would be the transcontinental railroad, the Gilded Age, the Industrial Revolution, inventions, innovators, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Susan B. Anthony, and more. Craft and field trip ideas from the time period are included in the unit to help enhance the study. Some examples of crafts include an appliqué pillow, bookmark 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. Co-op/School License allows permission for the purchasing school allow as many teachers to teach this curriculum to as many groups and classes as they like. There is no expiration. The school may not make copies for parents, or other schools/co-ops. The file remains the property of the purchasing school only.