The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Set – 200 Questions About American History Set Review
History is one of our favorite subjects around here. We have been working on The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Set by Memoria Press. We also have been using 200 Questions About American History Set which really compliments the contents we are currently working working. This is suggested for Grades 5 – 8.
I did receive The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic, Teachers Guide, and Students Guide for this review. The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic was written by H. A. Guerber back in 1899. It was edited so that things that were found to be offensive were changed to be more favorable. I think Memoria Press did a great job at that. This book covers the history from Columbus to the Spanish American War. Each chapter is a different topic. The chapters are anywhere between 1 – 3 pages. They aren’t really long.
Along with reading the book you use the Student Guide. You have set chapters that you are to read. Then you have some questions to answer about why you read. After you answer the questions there is an enrichment section. You may be working on a Map in locating places, adding to a Timeline, writing a composition, and more. There are charts, maps, appendix of different things such as The May Flower Compact, Declaration of Independence and more.
200 Questions About American History can be used to compliment The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic. Each week when we did our reading we spent one day working on just this! In the Student book there are questions that you need to answer from your reading. They aren’t as in depth as the Student Guide that came with the book. It’s just simple questions. Then you have drill cards that you can use to practice. I did receive the 200 Questions About American History Student Book, Teacher Guide and Drill Cards for my review.
How I Used This:
I used this with my son during our History class. We used The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic 3 – 4 times per week, depending on what our schedule was for that week. After the first week we used the drill cards daily.
One day a week we spent time in the 200 Questions About American History book. We would answer all the questions of the chapters we had read for that week. We would add more drill cards to practice each week as well.
I really enjoyed both of these sets. They are sold separately but they really compliment each other. The drill cards are a great way to review as well!!
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic has been interesting. I really like the fact that the reading is short. It’s not overwhelming, nor does it drag on. It moves quickly through each topic. The comprehension questions are great as well so we can make sure that the kids are learning what they need to. Most of the lessons we have completed used maps to locate certain places. I really liked that as it gave a visual as to where in history you were studying. For the timeline we used an app we had to create a running timeline. I didn’t push my son to do any of the composition pieces as he has a hard time writing and isn’t very good about putting information together. Instead we talked about things verbally. As much as I could get out of him. I forgot to mention that after every 8 chapters there is a test. Some of the things that are added in the Appendix of the Students Guide and Teachers Guide is really interesting. It’s nice to be able to see the things that go along with the chapters. An example is the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and a Senate Speech. They really give you the information to go with what you are studying.
Now the drill cards are just review of the questions that are in the student book. The drill cards have the same questions that you answer. The question is on the front and and the answer on the back. These are really nice to have to review. It’s a great way to study for tests too. Of course not all questions will be on the test but some are.
The nice thing about these sets is that you can use them alone or you can use them as a supplement. I would highly recommend checking out the sample pages for yourself. I don’t think you will be disappointed. You will see just what a great resource and learning tool this is.
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