Are You Studying United States History This Year?
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February 8, 2014
Dear Fellow Writing Teacher, Homeschool Mom or Parent,

Lori Verstegan has done it again. She provides 34 writing lessons for moms & teachers who are studying or teaching United States history.

Most lessons begin with activities to teach a stylistic technique or writing structure. These vary from strong verbs to show emotions to topic sentences/clinchers to similes. An overview of the lesson is provided, as well as a step-by-step (EASY TO FOLLOW) lesson plan.

U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, Volume 1 are just another excellent supplement to Teaching Writing: Structure & Style. Lori provides 2-6 lessons for each of TWSS (IEW's Teaching Writing) units thus covering stories, reports, formal essays, critiques and creative writing. Checklists are provided for both the teacher & student.

So you're wondering what ages can use U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons?

Glad you asked because Lori has thought of everything. In her easy-to-follow lessons, she separates her instructions for elementary (4th-6th grade) to  junior high to high school. To help teach different ages of students, different checklists & assignments are given. 

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Watch the following video for a general overview of History-Based Writing products.


Scope and Sequence
Introductory Lesson

Lesson 1: America/ Quality Adjectives & Alliteration
  Lesson 2: Native Americans & European Explorers/ Strong Verbs & "-ly" Words

Writing From Key Word Outlines (IEW Units I & II)
Lesson 3: Jamestown/ Key Word Outlines
  Lesson 4: Mayflower/ Using Action Verbs & Imagery
  Lesson 5: Jamestown/ Who/Which Claus, Sentence Openers & Titles from Clinchers
  Lesson 6: Mayflower/ Grammar Rule 1 and #2 Sentence Opener

Summarizing References (IEW Unit IV)
Lesson 7: Colonial Life/ Topic Sentences & Clinchers
  Optional: Colonial Life/ Preparing Oral Reports
  Lesson 8: Colonial Life/ Two or Three-Paragraph Reports
  Lesson 9: French and Indian War/ Choosing Topics
  Optional: Thanksgiving Poetry

Narrative Stories (IEW Unit III)
  Lesson 10: Boston Tea Party/ Story Sequence Chart
  Lesson 11: "Shot Heard 'Round the World"/ Using Quotation Marks in Dialogue
  Lesson 12: Boston Tea Party/ Decorations: 3sss, Similes, Metaphors
  Lesson 13: "Shot Hear 'Round the World"/
Emotion Words & Refining the Who/Which Clause
  Optional: Christmas Party

Research Reports (IEW Unit IV)
Lesson 14: Declaration of Independence/ Notes & Fused Outlines
  Lesson 15: Declaration of Independence/ Grammar: Ellipses, Semicolons & Colons
  Lesson 16: Declaration of Independence/ Dramatic Openers/Closter & Bibliographies
  Lesson 17: Biography of a Revolutionary War Figure/
Basic Essays & More Comma Rules
  Lesson 18: Biography/ Adverb Clause

Formal Reports/Essays (IEW Unit VIII)
Lesson 19: Biography/ Introductions & Conclusions
  Lesson 20: Biography/ Anecdotal Openers & Closers
  Lesson 21: Biography/ Presenting Oral Reports
  Lesson 22: Preamble to the Constitution/ In Your Own Words & Transitional Words
  Lesson 23: U.S. Constitution/ Review of Structure
  Lesson 24: U.S. Constitution/ #4 Sentence Opener

Creative Writing (IEW Unit VII)
  Lesson 25: The Bill of Rights - Freedom of Religion/ Writing From a Prompt
  Lesson 26: Francis Scott Key and the Flag/ Grammar: Avoid the Indefinite "You"
  Optional: More Essays

Critiques (IEW Unit IX)
Lesson 27: Lewis and Clark Expedition/ Critique Model
  Lesson 28: Lewis and Clark Expedition/ Avoid the Indefinite "You"
  Lesson 29: Historical Fiction/ More Critiquing
  Lesson 30: Historical Fiction/ More Critiquing

Writing From Pictures (IEW Unit V) & Descriptive Poetry
  Lesson 31: Pictures: Oregon Trail/ Grammar: Past Perfect Tense
  Lesson 32: Poetry: Alamo/ Duel Verbs, "-ly" Words, Adjectives
  Lesson 33: Pictures: Oregon Trail/ Personification
  Lesson 34: Poetry: California Gold Rush/ Haiku
  Optional: Final Class Party: Review Games & Auction

Vocabulary Quizzes

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Before I close, let me also share the stylistic techniques your students will either review or learn with US History Writing Lessons:

Quality Adjectives
Strong Verbs with emotions
Adverbs (-ly words)
Action Verbs
Dialogue (Punctuating)
Showing Emotions
Appealing to five senses
Sentence Openers
Who/Which Clause
Dramatic Openers
More Sentence Openers (because, clausal)
3 Simple, short sentences
Adverb Clause
Critique Vocabulary
Thesis statement


I lead a co-op and used the American History Text this year and was very pleased.

For me, the most appealing aspect of the "topic" based writing programs is that they generally coincide with something that I'm already teaching. Therefore, although the writing may be a new aspect of my History lesson, the material still parallels with a subject we're covering. And, although the writing assignments don't always correspond with my lesson plans, they either reinforce something we've already covered or they introduce something yet to come.

One of my favorite parts of the American History program is the way vocabulary is introduced and integrated into the writing. It is great! Another favorite, yet very challenging concept was the idea of eliminating "to be" verbs. Wow! Very difficult, but it made an incredible difference in the kids' writings.

We struggled in only one portion of the program --- the Preamble, the Constitution and the significance of the American Flag -- all close together. Most fifth graders have heard of the constitution but don't fully understand it. The preamble in particular is a very complex concept. And I don't believe that 10- and 11-year-olds have fully developed an ability to emotionally attach themselves or comprehend--well, much of anything, much less the American flag.

We had to stop and specifically cover these topics before the kids were truly able to write about them. Unfortunately, I knew we missed the boat when my son said, "I'm just going to write, that when I see an American flag, I feel proud to be an American and I think of what my forefathers sacrifice for me."

"Wow! You're pretty amazing. Is that how you really feel every time you see a flag?"

"No, not really, but that would be the easiest thing to write. Besides and it would make a good poem." I guess I need to buy the Character packet next!

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Throughout the Manual, You Receive

  1. Stylistic Charts & Helps - You should refer to these charts when your kids need help brainstorming or developing an outline. Some of the lists include:

    --Quality Adjectives
    --Strong Verbs
    --"-ly" Words

  2. Stories - The stories and lessons are right here in the book for you. You do NOT have to spend time searching for each fairy tale and/or making it appropriate for the age of your child.

  3. Samples & Examples - There are samples of other children's work, as well as examples of the concept Lori is teaching for that lesson.

  4. Vocabulary Cards - Students will be instructed to cut out one set of cards each lesson. They will be expected to include some vocabulary words in each composition they write. The student will also be quizzed (include in teacher's manual) over the words periodically. The goal is that these words will become part of each student's natural writing vocabulary.

  5. Games for Review/Fun Ideas for Your Students

As an ADDED BONUS... when you grab your Student/Teacher Combo copy of US History-Based Writing Lessons Vol. 1

1.  Student Resource Notebook eBook (digital download for each of your own children)
  Structure Models
  Strong Verb Charts
  -ly Words (Adverbs)
  Quality Adjective Charts
  Five Senses & Emotions
  Transition Words & Phrases
  Grammar Rules - Punctuation, Confused Words, Clauses, Phrases, etc
  Charts & Checklists
  Answers to Exercises

2.  Teacher Manual

3.  Free "Substitute Source Texts and Checklists" Ebook Supplement Included for Level A students!
US History Vol. 1 includes alternative pacing for either a 30-week or 25-week program as well as substitute source texts and checklists for level A students in grades 3-5. (The source texts and checklists included in the physical book are designed for level B students in grades 6-8.)

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One side note...this book is a SUPPLEMENT to IEW Structure & Style writing course. It is not intended to be a stand-alone writing curriculum. If you are not familiar with the writing process outlined in Structure & Style, I would recommend purchasing it before or with this supplement.

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