Book List: Early American History

Book List: Early American History

Greetings Fellow Homeschoolers!  Throughout the summer, in response to numerous requests, I will be posting book lists that correspond with each unit study on this U READ Thru History blog.   Following is a list of titles (organized by grade level) that will be used for the Year 1 unit study on Early American History  (see the tab at the top of this blog).  If your library does not carry these books, you may be able to obtain them through interlibrary loan.  Of course, all of these titles can also be purchased on Amazon.com or abebooks.com.

May God continue to bless your homeschool adventure!

– Gwen

Grades K – 2:

  1. Leif Ericson: Explorer of Vinland by Matthew Grant OR The Age of Leif Eriksson by Richard Humble pgs 12-13 and 16 –end
  2. WATCH Animated Hero Classics: Christopher Columbus by NEST Entertainment OR READ: Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky
  3. Land Ho!: by Nancy Parker
  4. Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (pgs 99 – end only)
  5. WATCH Animated Hero Classics: Pocahontas by Nest Entertainment OR READ: The True Story of Pocahontas by Lucille Penner
  6. Samuel de Champlain by Elizabeth MacLeod
  7.  The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward
  8. Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley
  9. Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker AND American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do by Carol Griojewski (pg 12; see Activities section of lesson plan)
  10. William Penn: A Life of Tolerance by Jennifer Boothroyd
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10
  12. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 1 – 30 AND Projects About Colonial Life by Morian Broida
  13. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 31 – end
  14. Read “Note” on lesson plan and look at pictures of smallpox victims on the internet.
  15. The Salem Witch Trials by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple
  16. 500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”
    This documentary is excellent but may be a bit hard for kids in grades K – 3 to understand. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any age-appropriate resources on this topic for K-3.

Grade 3

  1. Leif Ericson: Explorer of Vinland by Matthew Grant OR The Age of Leif Eriksson by Richard Humble pgs 12-13 and 16 –end
  2. WATCH Animated Hero Classics: Christopher Columbus by NEST Entertainment OR READ: Christopher Columbus by Stephen Krensky
  3. Land Ho!: by Nancy Parker
  4. Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (pgs 99 – end only)
  5. WATCH Animated Hero Classics: Pocahontas by Nest Entertainment OR READ: The True Story of Pocahontas by Lucille Penner
  6. Samuel de Champlain by Elizabeth MacLeod
  7. The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward
  8. Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley
  9. Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker AND American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do by Carol Griojewski (pg 12; see Activities section of lesson plan)
  10. The Story of William Penn by Aliki
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10
  12.  Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 1 – 30 AND Projects About Colonial Life by Morian Broida
  13. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 31 – end
  14. Read “Note” on lesson plan and look at pictures of smallpox victims on the internet.
  15.  The Salem Witch Trials by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple
  16.  500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”
    This documentary is excellent but may be a bit hard for kids in grades K – 3 to understand. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any age-appropriate resources on this topic for K-3.

Grade 4

  1. Leif Ericson: Explorer of Vinland by Matthew Grant OR The Age of Leif Eriksson by Richard Humble pgs 12-13 and 16 –end
  2.  Christopher Columbus: The Discovery of the New World by Carole Gallagher
  3. The Story of Amerigo Vespucci, Forgotten Voyager by Ann Alper (Chps 4 – end)
  4. Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (whole book)
  5. Pocahontas: The True Story of the Powhatan Princess by Catherine Iannone
  6. Samuel de Champlain by Elizabeth MacLeod
  7. Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel
  8. Small Wolf by Nathaniel Benchley
  9. Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker AND American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do by Carol Griojewski (pg 12; see Activities Below)
  10. The Story of William Penn by Aliki
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10 Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43
  12. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 1 – 30 AND Projects About Colonial Life by Morian Broida
  13. Colonial Life (A True Book) by Brendan January pgs 31 – end
  14. Read “Note” on lesson plan and look at pictures of smallpox victims on the internet.
  15. The Salem Witch Trials by Edward Dolan
  16. 500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc. And Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”

Grade 5

  1. The Viking Explorers by Jim Gallagher Chp 1 and Chp 4 – end
  2. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery of the New World by Carole Gallagher
  3.  The Story of Amerigo Vespucci, Forgotten Voyager by Ann Alper (Chps 4 – end)
  4. Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (whole book)
  5.  Pocahontas: The True Story of the Powhatan Princess by Catherine Iannone
  6. Samuel de Champlain by Liz Sonneborn
  7. Squanto and the First Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel
  8. Indians of the Woodland (Before and After the Pilgrims) by Beatrice Siegel (read up to page 49 “What were the children like?”) OR Indians of the Northeast Woodlands by Beatrice Siegel (Note: Parents, this book contains drawings of Native American men and women wearing very little clothing. You may want to flip through the book first, before assigning it to your child.)
  9. Indians of the Woodland (Before and After the Pilgrims) by Beatrice Siegel (page 49 to the end) OR Indians of the Northeast Woodlands by Beatrice Siegel (Note: Parents, this book contains drawings of Native American men and women wearing very little clothing. You may want to flip through the book first, before assigning it to your child.)
  10. William Penn: Founder of Democracy by Arthur Schlesinger and by Norma Jean Lutz OR William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Ronald Syme
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10 Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43
  12. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 1 – 49
  13. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 50 – end
  14. Read “Note” on lesson plan and look at pictures of smallpox victims on the internet.
  15. The Salem Witch Trials by Edward Dolan
  16. 500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”

Grade 6

  1.  The Viking Explorers by Jim Gallagher Chp 1 and Chp 4 – end
  2.  Christopher Columbus: The Discovery of the New World by Carole Gallagher
  3.  The Story of Amerigo Vespucci, Forgotten Voyager by Ann Alper (Chps 4 – end)
  4.  Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Diary Jamestown, Virginia, 1609 by Patricia Hermes (whole book)
  5. Pocahontas: The True Story of the Powhatan Princess by Catherine Iannone
  6.  Samuel de Champlain by Liz Sonneborn
  7. Squanto and the first Thanksgiving by Joyce Kessel
  8. Indians of the Woodland (Before and After the Pilgrims) by Beatrice Siegel (read up to page 49 “What were the children like?”) OR Indians of the Northeast Woodlands by Beatrice Siegel (Note: Parents, this book contains drawings of Native American men and women wearing very little clothing. You may want to flip through the book first, before assigning it to your child.)
  9. Indians of the Woodland (Before and After the Pilgrims) by Beatrice Siegel (page 49 to the end) OR Indians of the Northeast Woodlands by Beatrice Siegel (Note: Parents, this book contains drawings of Native American men and women wearing very little clothing. You may want to flip through the book first, before assigning it to your child.)
  10. William Penn: Founder of Democracy by Arthur Schlesinger and by Norma Jean Lutz OR William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Ronald Syme
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10 Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43
  12. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 1 – 49
  13.  Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 50 – end
  14. Small Pox in the New World (Epidemic!) by Stephanie True Peters (Read Chps 1, 3, and Chapter 4 pgs 33-40)
  15. The Salem Witchcraft Trials by Karen Zeinert
  16.  500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”

Grades 7 & 8

  1. The Viking Explorers by Jim Gallagher Chp 1 and Chp 4 – end
  2. Christopher Columbus by Peter & Connie Roop
  3. The Story of Amerigo Vespucci, Forgotten Voyager by Ann Alper (the whole book)
  4. A New Look at Jamestown by Karen Lange
  5.  “In Their Own Words: Pocahontas” by George Sullivan
  6. Samuel de Champlain: Explorer of the Great Lakes Region and Founder of Quebec by Joseph Sherman
  7. Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
  8. The Wigwam and the Longhouse by Charlotte and David Yue (Chps 1 – 4 only)
  9.  The Wigwam and the Longhouse by Charlotte and David Yue (Read Chp 5 to the end)
  10. William Penn: Founder of Democracy by Arthur Schlesinger and by Norma Jean Lutz OR William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by Ronald Syme
  11. Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids) AND The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10 Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43 Read all stories above and read the following speeches from The Book of Great American Speeches for Young People by Suzanne McIntire: “Powhatan” pg 5, “Big Mouth” pg 7, “Canasatego” pg 12, & “Logan” pg 16
  12. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 1 – 49
  13. Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day pgs 50 – end
  14. Small Pox in the New World (Epidemic!) by Stephanie True Peters (Read Chps 1, 3, and Chapter 4 pgs 33-40)
  15. The Salem Witchcraft Trials by Karen Zeinert
  16. 500 Nations A Jack Leustig Film Hosted by Kevin Costner. View only the following scenes:
    • Disc 2 Episode 4: Scene 17 “Decades of Peace”; Watch from King Philip to the end of disc.
    • Disc 3 Episode 5: Watch from Scene 1 “Credits” to Scene 8 “Pontiac”

Copyright June 29th, 2015 by Gwen Fredette

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