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  • Item #: 005693
    ISBN: 9780768224566
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    The original Constitution presented in one column with an accompanying interpretation in an adjacent column. Review sheets, games and writing activities that will familiarize students with our Constitution and prepare them for a state-required Constitution test.

  • Item #: 056369
    ISBN: 9781607109358
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    It's the most important document in the history of the United States. The United States Constitution is America's instruction manual. Providing an insightful examination of its history/origins and its adaptations, Constitution is a valuable book – and a lovely one. Oversized (10" x 11.5"), with heavyweight paper, lots of full-color pictures, and a padded cover, it's a joy to wander through its leaves. However, you'll want to do much more than wander. From the title you might expect some history of the writing of the Constitution and thorough coverage of its contents and your expectations would be met masterfully. But there's much more here. As each major provision of the Constitution and its Amendments is covered, the book also traces the challenges, its definitional history (how various aspects have been defined and refined), the public dialogue surrounding it, and its current impact. For instance, take Chapter 4, Growing the Country. Tracing the constitutional implications and debates through the Louisiana Purchase, the Missouri Compromise, wartime land acquisitions (i.e. Texas), the Homestead Act (which encouraged settlement), "foolish" purchases (i.e. Alaska), and the 20th century's NASA Act is accompanied by political cartoons, space photos, old commemorative photos (completing the transcontinental railroad), historical maps, and art pieces. The discussion is lively with intriguing sidebar commentary (for instance, three generals who fought together in the Mexican war later fought against each other in another war with constitutional implications – the Civil War). In general, what emerges is a portrait of a living document – one that has withstood challenges, assaults, and tamperings, and has still been preserved. This sort of living coverage is presented in chapters on amendments, establishing a financial system, the Constitution divided (period of the Civil War), civil rights, electoral college, slavery, legislating morality (i.e. prohibition), and corrections/clarifications (FDR and the Depression, voting age, 2nd amendment challenges). Each chapter is packed with thoughtful analysis and astute historical perspective.

    One endearing feature of this book is the collection of original source document facsimiles that are provided. Cardstock envelopes that are amazingly integral to the book contain the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, The U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Bill of Rights tally (1791), "The Black List" broadside attacking congressmen who voted for the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Joint resolution proposing the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and, lastly, an Admission ticket to the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.

    You'll enjoy and appreciate every moment spent amidst the quality coverage of our magnificent document. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 009506
    ISBN: 9780807000892
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  • Item #: 036372
    ISBN: 9780195325690
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  • Item #: 006864
    ISBN: 9780310734215
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    Accessible. Informative. Practical. This section-by -section look at the U.S. Constitution is designed to provide background information and unpack the meaning of this document that has defined our country. The remarkable author, fourteen year old Juliette Turner, provides appropriate interpretative data to make the eighteenth century wording relevant to twenty-first century youth. For instance, Article I, Section 8, Clause 18 (the "Necessary and Proper" Clause) is first stated in its exact form. Then it's summarized with its "Bottom Line". Other sections that shed light on the passage include: "What Were They Thinking?", "Why Should I Care?", "Breakin' It Down", "How Can I Make a Difference?", and "What Has It Done For Me Lately?" Sidebar information includes a brief historical footnote about why Thomas Jefferson was against this clause and his illustration of how it could be misused. An interesting aspect of this book is the thought-provoking questions it poses. For instance, after mentioning a recent related Supreme Court case, it then asks the question of whether Jefferson's fears were justified. The overall format of the book contributes to its understandability. Information is broken down into manageable portions, and graphics depicting certain types of information are consistent throughout the book. Thorough and comprehensive coverage, coupled with insightful analysis and practical application, makes this an excellent choice for a well-grounded study of the Constitution. 224 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 052976
    ISBN: 9781610660259
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    The Constitution is one of our country's most important documents, but that does not mean it is an easy read. The language of 1787 can be hard to interpret for students and adults. U.S. Constitution -- Graphic Adaptation looks like a comic book. It introduces kids to the people involved in the founding of our country. It covers how it was determined that states are represented in Washington D.C., then goes into the Presidency where it skips around from modern times to the past. While I was little confused by this, I think kids who are into comics would appreciate the non-linear approach. The point is to learn how the Constitution came to be, and if a graphic adaptation is what helps your student understand the material, then have a go and try this one. It may be just what your child needs. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 019881
    ISBN: 9780974342573
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    All one needs to do is open the newspaper, listen to a political debate, watch a recent Hollywood film, or pay attention to any number of other things involving, or composed by, humans to understand that at the basis of every idea and thought are certain assumptions. These assumptions, and the beliefs that are connected to them, are, in essence, the worldview of the person holding them. This book, then, is essentially a look at worldviews and the values that spring from them to influence behavior and shape the culture in which we live. Author Christian Overman traces foundational assumptions all the way back to the ancient Greeks and examines the assumptions held in five key areas – God, creation, humanity, moral order, and purpose. The overall goal of the book is to "…help people better understand the times in which we live – so we will know what to do…" as in I Chronicles 12:32. A very practical and down-to-earth book that really brings an awareness of just how important those deeply held thoughts are. Chapters end with a short summary and a handful of thought provoking discussion questions. 192 pgs, paperback. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 014667
    ISBN: 9780787704551
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    This book full of reproducible pages traces the development of our nation's most important document. It discusses how our nation was built on democracy and discusses how the Constitution was developed over time using several other documents and with many meetings and conventions. It breaks down the Constitution and explains its principles and shares facts about the amendments that have been made. Each circumstance or person that promoted the Constitution and every section of it is explained in detailed and followed by some "Review and Write" questions. These questions require that students summarize, explain or compare what they have just read and write about how they feel about it. Your students may need additional space to effectively write their responses. These might be good as discussion questions as well. Five tests are provided with multiple choice questions and an answer key is provided. A complete reproduction of the Constitution is included along with all amendments. 110 pp. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 044314
    ISBN: 9780892122288
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  • Item #: 006646
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  • Item #: 007161
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  • Item #: 037411
    ISBN: 9781250114785
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  • Item #: 043295
    ISBN: 9781599150109
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    A reprint of the original 1917 edition by H.E. Marshall, this hefty book offers 99 exciting stories from American history, starting with the expeditions of the Vikings and Columbus, and ending with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The stories are grouped into seven parts; "Stories of Explorers and Pioneers," "Stories of Virginia," "Stories of New England," "Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies," "Stories of the French in America," "Stories of the Struggle for Liberty" and "Stories of the United States Under the Constitution." The book is unique in that the first 400 pages or so focus on exploration and the Colonial period, while only the last 200 pages cover the history of the U.S. as its own country. Although there is a lot of content here, the chapters are only several pages in length which make for great supplementary reading or read-alouds. Occasional black-and-white full-page illustrations are included in some chapters. 616 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 003589
    ISBN: 9780825137709
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    Have your children's interests been piqued by all the "It's the Economy, Stupid" discussions revolving around the Presidential scandal? I didn't think so, but if you want a short course that will teach them about the workings of our economy anyway, here it is. This student worktext explains basic economic theory, discusses how the economy effects our lives, touches on our relationship with the economy of the world, and explores consumer economics. Economic concepts presented include Supply and Demand; The Stock Market; Money and Banking; Credit, Debt, and Savings; Inflation, Recession, and Depression; Taxation; The Role of Government Spending and Borrowing; and The Interaction of Business, Labor, and Government. The text is interactive, with questions for students to respond to quesas they read. The questions and exercises are well-conceived and thought-provoking, helping students think critically and develop an understanding of how the concepts presented apply to their lives. A chapter on The Economy and You brings it even closer to home, covering personal and family finance. Includes an assessment test, answers, and a glossary. This course will take 9 weeks or so to complete.

  • Item #: 042451
    ISBN: 9780800725693
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    This book contains three principles that will change your diet and improve your health! The author, Dr. Rex Russell, used to suffer from many different health ailments and after trying everything in modern medicine, he felt God calling him back to the scriptures to learn what God says about eating, living a healthy lifestyle, and living longer. The first principle reads, "Eat only substances God created for food. Avoid what is not designed for food." The second principle is "As much as possible, eat foods as they were created – before they are changed or converted into something humans think might be better." The last principle states "Avoid food addictions. Don't let any food or drink become your God." Throughout this book Dr. Russell explores many different foods such as grains, meats, sugars, fat, beverages, fruits, and vegetables and how these three principles apply to these different food groups. He also addresses how our health can easily be affected by the lifestyles we keep that may be in direct opposition with God's Word. He also is a big advocate for fasting as a way to help us get over our food and substance addictions. Dr. Russell has obviously done his research and presents a lot of medical and scientific information that supports his findings in the scriptures. Take the Health IQ test to evaluate your own habits. I read this book cover to cover and was very inspired to make some big changes in my own diet. A great read for anyone who is looking to get healthy God's way! 6" x 9," 286 pgs, sc. ~ elise

  • Item #: 039899
    ISBN: 9780531224885
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  • Item #: 019450
    ISBN: 9780912498997
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    The Bible in the hands of the individual is responsible for the development of civil government first in the American colonies and then through the Constitution of the United States. Thus is the premise of this interesting and intriguing little study. Did you know the first Bible printed in the colonies was in the Algonguin (then called "Indian") language? Neither did I! Starting with this little known fact and tracing basic precepts: mankind is capable of self-government and the Bible is the source of individual liberty, we learn that self-government with union (in other words, American federalism) is the biblical outworking of those two ideas. Interspersed with many quotes from founding fathers, early American church men, and the Bible, each segment concludes with a series of study questions (no answers given, unfortunately). This look at the roots and foundations of our Constitution provides a timely study. 92 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 025027
    ISBN: 9780060512637
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    Welcome to life in the small, placid New Hampshire town of Grover's Corner. Throughout this three-part play, we learn details about the town, the families and individuals who live there. Their lives unfold before your eyes as they grow up, fall in love, get married, have children and pass away. It sounds like a simple play; however, the playwright, Thorton Wilder, makes an important and life-changing point in this American classic. This deeply moving, Pulitzer Prize-winning play is renowned throughout the world, and is frequently performed on the stage. 181 pgs, pb. ~ Elise

  • Item #: 024700
    ISBN: 9780310730958
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      This book holds a wealth of presidential info, albeit sometimes tongue-in-cheek (imagine large sunglasses on each president). From the country’s foundation to 2013, each presidency is explained in bite-sized pieces and interesting sections: The Bottom Line; What Was He Thinking?; Why Should I Care?; Breakin’ It Down; Previous Career; First Couple; Presidency; and What Has he Done for me Lately?. Other facts are highlighted in side bars, charts, graphs and full-color illustrations, and a special Presidential Times newspaper overview section. Important themes from each presidency are stressed so you can work through the text and easily compare. How did each president view the constitution? What were themes in his platform speech? I can see this being a handy, go-to, overview reference for your teens as you work through American history. Quite an engaging book that will appeal to even your non-history buffs. I love that this book shows how past actions and decisions affect our present, with the implication that our present will affect the future. By the same publishers as Our Constitution Rocks (#006864), 8” x 10”, 316 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 054741
    ISBN: 9781511725026
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  • Item #: 043292
    ISBN: 9781599150093
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    This unabridged reproduction of the 1905 edition provides children with an extensive, yet engaging history of England from Roman times through the reign of Queen Victoria. There are over a hundred chapters, although each one is only several pages long. Chapters usually focus on a monarch or a specific event (usually a battle) under the reign of the monarch. Although this 654-pg to me looks intimidating at first glance, the writing is lively and descriptive with lots of dialogue. Lifelike black-and-white full-page illustrations are scattered throughout the book. By H.E. Marshall, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 067625
    ISBN: 9781619304451
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      What is democracy? Why do Americans fiercely protect the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Answering these questions and others, this “Build it Yourself” book explores the documents that support democracy ideals, examines the founding and structure of the U.S. government and electoral process, and encourages students to connect historic events to today’s political issues. Each chapter includes a variety of projects to take students deeper into understanding our founding documents. A sampling of products includes making parchment, creating a storyboard, constitutional convention debate, and a variety of social media activities (parental supervision). Many activities are group based, homeschool families could easily modify. Colorful illustrations. Includes QR codes to read primary documents. 122 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 041185
    ISBN: 9780925279453
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    Another patriotic book from Wallbuilders, this one is a reprint of the book originally published in 1848 by American historian B.J. Lossing. It looks like a reprint, too, in both font and illustration. The original language is unchanged; for instance, the first chapter, in discussing Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire, states that he practiced medicine, "his business soon became lucrative, and he amassed a competency." I'm not sure what a competency is, and my Webster's American Family Dictionary doesn't define this word – I suppose his net worth increased. But by and large, the text is quite understandable.

    About two-thirds of the book is what you would expect it to be from the title. Each of the 56 signers of the Declaration get about three to five pages of biographical text. The facts of each man's life are presented in a straightforward manner. The remaining third of the book is a discussion of the Declaration of Independence and some of the major events that brought it about. Next, the Articles of Confederation is presented, again including discussion of the surrounding history. Then, the Constitution is printed, also with historical context. Finally, if you've been dying to read the Stamp Act, that hated piece of legislation forced on the colonies, it is here too.

    This book will give insights into this collection of gifted leaders to which we owe our freedom and rich history. sc, 384 pgs.

  • Item #: 070721
    ISBN: 9781976051746
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    The obvious answer to why we study geography? We might end up in Timbuktu! Part of the Living History of Our World series, this course provides a creation-based, investigative approach to world geography that explores both geographical regions and specific countries; encouraging a worldview perspective.

    Geared, perhaps, to middle school, the course is adaptable for slightly younger as well as for older students. In fact, there are separate assignments for younger (3rd 6th grade) and older (7th 12th grade) students at many points in the study. The course book is a roadmap, providing 36 weeks (5 days per week) and 8 units. Units cover an earth overview plus units focused on each of the continents (Australia/New Zealand/Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and Antarctica) and a final week of review plus "show and tell" presentations (optional).

    The first unit starts with creation and spends three weeks exploring the physical make-up of the earth. The author suggests this part of the study could be augmented by science courses from Master Books. [General Science 1 (Earth & Sky); General 2 (Survey of Geology & Archeology). Younger students could augment with the Big Book of Earth & Sky from Master Books.] Part of this introductory three-week study is instructions for setting up a world geography notebook. This notebook is the major focus of the student's year. As the course takes the student through continent and country studies, the notebook develops into a major presentation piece. Mapwork, reports of all types, and weekly projects all find their way into the notebook.

    The continent units vary from 1 week (Antarctica) to 6 weeks (North America which includes a week on the different state regions of the US). There is a pattern to each study: physical and political mapwork, specific country studies, then a look at animals and plants. There is likewise a pattern to the country studies: mapwork plus completion of a project (slideshow/travel brochure/great country report) based on the student's research from a list of topics. Ethnic food and art projects are saved for the last day of each week's study. Only a sampling of each continent's countries is covered by the country studies. For instance, in the Europe unit, Week 1 is spent on mapping the physical and political maps of Europe and then an overview of the physical landscape. The focus of Week 2 is Scandaninavia with a day each on Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Greenland/Iceland. Week 3 covers the UK and Ireland. Week 4 covers Italy. Week 5 is plants and animals.

    Packed with graphics and illustrations, the Course Book is a template/example for the notebook/binder the student will create. In addition to the maps there are suggestions for projects, lots of photos from studied countries, and blank space for writing. There are two versions of the Course Book one in full-color and one that is black and white. The Course Book is consumable and the author considers one per student a requirement.

    The Appendix is extensive; in fact, the author suggests you consider it a suitcase full of resources and ideas for your journey around the world.

    Included in the Appendix:

    • Teacher Notes for each Unit
    • Supplemental resources for each Unit (literature and DVD suggestions)
    • Extra Hands-on Projects per Unit
    • Websites, Resources, and Videos
    • Project and Game Instructions
    • Reproducible Research Forms (also available as a downloadable file from the author)

    A careful perusal of the Table of Contents (available on our website) will show there are some geographical areas and countries that seem to be missing. For instance, the middle part of Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, Germany) as well as Eastern Europe is covered only in the general mapwork and continent studies. The reproducible forms are general enough that the country studies could easily be extended to any countries you wanted to add. Additionally, there are four units available for families with older students (free download): Southeast Asia/Polynesia, Middle East, Caribbean, and Alaska/Hawaii.

    If you're looking for a world geography study that is a blend of instructional material (minimal) and research that could be done as a family with an option for extra challenge for older students, then You Could End Up in Timbuktu! may provide just the right amount of structure. 282 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 067779
    ISBN: 9780553511260
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      Jacob Tibbs is a cat, and the runt of the litter, to boot. He lives on a ship with his mother (Mrs. Tibbs) who has a stellar reputation as a ratter. Their adventure across the Atlantic in the 1840s is exciting! The story is about Jacob’s world, including the sailors on board the Melissa Rae. While this makes for a great family or classroom read-aloud, there are some topics to note: death of people and animals, talk of slave ships, someone with scars on their back, scary storms and rats. It’s a must-read for animal lovers, especially those of us who love our cats. Did you know ship cats could predict the weather? By author Cylin Busby. 266 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 054742
    ISBN: 9781511751476
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  • Item #: 061430
    ISBN: 9780310734857
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  • Item #: 000288
    ISBN: 9781516991105
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      A country, state, and civics study for middle school students written by Angela O’Dell. The four included unit studies are designed for students to create a recorded notebook on US geography, government and symbols, state and city government, and their home state. Necessary resources include National Geographic’s Kids Atlas of the USA; Eat Your Way Around the USA; some state pictures for the region you’re studying; and markers/pencils. The appendix includes supplemental suggestions for books, DVDs and Web resources. Non-reproducible, 186 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 060069
    ISBN: 9780545683654
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