Are You Studying United States History This Year?
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(CIVIL WAR - PRESENT) Student/Teacher Combo
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February 8, 2014
Dear Fellow Writing Teacher, Homeschool Mom or Parent,

Veteran co-op teacher Lori Verstegan developed and test-taught these remarkable lesson plans for several years before refining them into this superb collection. This series of 34 lessons provides source texts, practice exercises and assignments/grading checklists for all nine of the TWSS units. Touches on people and events in US history from the Civil War to the Present.

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 2 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.

The Student Resource packet is a gold mine of its own containing:

  • Structural Models
  • Banned Word Thesaurus
  • Grammar Dictionary
  • 72 vocabulary words on card stock complete with defining pictures and words

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. 

Click here to view a PDF sample of the Student Book.
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Watch the following video for a general overview of History-Based Writing products.

Table of Contents

Scope and Sequence

Overview of Style: Quality Dress-Ups
   Lesson 1: North vs. South/ Quality Dress-Ups

Summarizing References (IEW Unit IV)
Lesson 2: Slavery
   Lesson 3: The Underground Railroad
   Lesson 4: Slavery Report/ Sentence Openers/ Cinquains
   Lesson 5: Underground Railroad Report/ Dramatic Openers & Dec's

Narrative Stories (IEW Unit III)
Lessons 6 & 7: Escape on the Underground Railroad/ Emotions/ Five Senses

Research Reports/ MLA Format (IEW Unit VI)
   Lesson 8 & 9: Civil War Biography/ Quoting Sources/ Parallel Construction

Formal Essays/ Reports (IEW Unit VIII)
   Lesson 10: Civil War Biography/ Introduction & Conclusion
   Lesson 11: CW Biography/ Anecdotal Openers/Closers & Works Cited Page
   Lesson 12: CW Biography/ Oral Report

   Lesson 13: Gettysburg/ Tanka/ Repetition

Creative Writing/ Thesis Statements (IEW Unit VII)
   Lessons 14 & 16: Indispensable Inventions/ Essays with Thesis Statements
   Lessons 15 & 17: Innovative Inventions/ Writing Persuasively
   Lesson 18: The Invention Convention/ Notes from Oral Reports
   Lesson 19: Immigration/ Third Essay Writing

Key Word Notes From Lectures
   Lesson 20: The Statue of Liberty
   Lesson 21: The Great War (WWI)

Preparing For the "Blue Book" Exam
Lesson 22: The Rise of Communism

Critiques of Literature (IEW Unit IX)
Lesson 23: The Great Depression/ (The Gardener by Sarah Stewart)
   Lesson 24: Communism/ Joseph Stalin/ (Animal Farm by George Orwell)

The "Super-Essay" In MLA Format
Lessons 27-33: World War II

Supporting a Thesis Statement
Lessons 34: The Civil Rights Movement
   Lessons 35+: Twentieth Century Topics

This is a great way of integrating both your history and writing!

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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!

Co-op Leader

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

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As an ADDED BONUS... when you grab your copy of US History-Based Writing Lessons Volume 2

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

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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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