The Program is designed to help with lesson planning and with classroom management and activities. It focuses students’ attention on people who dominated or exemplified the era. It contains exciting excerpts from well-known literary works that involve students in the life style and events of the era. It contains (or at least should contain) pieces of music and videosources to illustrate the narration of the teacher.
The Program is designed to help with lesson planning and with classroom management and activities. It focuses students’ attention on people who dominated or exemplified the era. It contains exciting excerpts from well-known literary works that involve students in the life style and events of the era. It contains (or at least should contain) pieces of music and videosources to illustrate the narration of the teacher. It links past to present, which helps students to relate contemporary events to past events that they are studying.
There is abundance of funny stories and anecdotes. It makes the people of a far away country come alive for students. Primary sources enable people from the past to tell their own stories, giving students an up-close look at the times. The Program compiles some typical samples of American English pointing out regional differences and giving an idea of dialects.
Improving Students’ Skills
1. Critical Thinking Questions, which follow each section, simulate students to analyze, apply, synthesize, and evaluate information.
2. Focus on Critical Thinking Skills teaches students how to better identify, analyze and evaluate primary and secondary resources.
3. Reference Materials such as the Glossary, that should be given to each section, newspaper references and maps help students see the relationships between events and help students learn to organize information.
4. Skills Activities enhance the Focus on Critical Thinking features in the given material, giving students practice in using these skills.
5. Primary Source Reading are accompanied by writing assignments designed to make students think, thus linking reading, writing and thinking.
6. Transparencies for each section sharpen students’ higher-order thinking skills.
The American People
1. The Native Americans, Indian Art and Religions.
2. Further Immigration Process. Melting Pot or Mosaics.
3. The Declaration of Independence.
4. The Constitution.
5. Three Branches of Government.
6. State and Local Government.
7. Political Parties.
8. U.S. Economy. The Free Enterprise System.
9. American Values.
10. Educational System.
11. Culture, Leisure, Entertainment, Sports.
Total time: 8 hours
1. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Salem, MA.
2. Henry David Thoreau, Concord, MA.
3. The Role of the Sea in New England’s History.
4. Boston, Walking the Freedom Trail.
5. The Mayflower.
6. Harvard and Yale Universities.
7. Vacations in Maine.
8. New York City.
9. Jazz of the 20-s.
10. F.Scott Fitzgerald «The Great Gatsby».
11. Philadelphia, PA.
12. Washington, DC – the Nation’s Capital.
Total time: 12 hours
1. Harriett Beecher Stowe «Uncle Tom’s Cabin».
2. Margaret Mitchell «Gone with the Wind».
3. The South before the Civil War.
4. Charleston, SC.
5. The Civil War.
6. Stephen Crane «The Red Badge of Courage».
7. The Songs and Lyrics of the War.
8. Abraham Lincoln «The Gettysburg Address».
9. The Reconstruction.
10. The Ku-Klux-Klan and Segregation.
11. The Civil Rights Movement.
12. Martin Luther King Jr. «I Have a Dream».
13. «Forrest Gump», a videofilm.
14. The Mississippi River – Mark Twain’s River.
15. Before Elvis there Was Nothing (Memphis, TN).
16. New Orleans, LU.
17. Okefenokee National Park, FL.
18. Atlanta, GA – the Capital of the South.
The Wild West
1. «The Dances with the Wolves», a videofilm.
2. Bret Harte «Chiquita».
3. The Midwest: America’s Heartland.
4. Chicago, IL.
5. Springfield, IL, the Land of Lincoln.
6. Abraham Lincoln «The Emancipation Proclamation».
7. Detroit, MI and Henry Ford.
8. Wolvernies and Buckeys.
9. The Indian Wars.
10. Mount Rushmore National Park.
11. Landmarks of the Old West.
12. «Boomers» and «Sooners».
13. The Dust Bowl.
14. Texas. The Cowboys Era.
15. Las Vegas, NV.
16. The Grand Canyon.
17. Ancient Cultures of the Southwest.
18. Nat Love «The Life and Adventures of the Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as Deadwood Dick».
California and the Rocky Mountains Region
1. Bret Harte «What Engines Said».
2. The Mormons and Salt Lake City.
3. The Rocky Mountains.
4. Aspen, CO – the Ski Country.
5. Denver, CO, the Mile High City.
6. Yellowstone National Park, WY
7. Jackson Hole and National Elk Refuge, WY.
8. Meriwether Lewis & William Clark «The History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition».
9. Northern and Southern California.
10. San Francisco, CA.
11. Los Angeles, CA.
12. Hollywood, LA, CA.
13. The Forty-Niners.
14. Bret Harte «The Baby Sylvester».
15. Yosemite National Park.
Alaska and Hawaii
1. Jack London «To Build a Fire».
2. Alaska: Land and People.
3. Traveling in Alaska.
4. Southeast Alaska, Juneau – the Capital of Alaska.
5. South Central Alaska.
6. Southwest Alaska and Arctic Region.
7. The History of the Hawaii.
8. Pearl Harbor.
9. «Saving Private Ryan», a videofilm.
10. «Pearl Harbor», a videofilm.
11. John Hersey «Hiroshima».
12. Honolulu, HW.
Bennett Robert A. (1981). American Literature. Ginn and Company.
Burova Irina I. (1997). Glimpses of American History, Piter-Press.
Craig Robert (2001). New Orleans, LA. Lonely Planet Publications.
Dieter George W. (2000). Words of Ages. Close Up Foundation.
Falk Randee (1993). Spotlight of the USA. Oxford University Press.
Harger Laura (2001). Washington, DC. Lonely Planet Publications.
Janger Steven A. (1999). The American Economy. Close Up Foundation.
Jordan Winthrop D. (1992). The Americans. McDougal, Littell & Co.
Raimes Ann (2000). Key for Writers. Second Edition. Houghton & Mifflin.
Shereen Deborah S. (2000). Charleston, SC. Lonely Planet Publications.
The Encyclopedia Americana (1973). Encyclopedia Americana Corporation.
3. before the Civil War.
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