American History:  Explorers to 1815 (Grades 5 - 9)

Very many people do not feel adequately prepared to teach early American history. Do you know about the various explorers, life in the colonies, the contributions of John Winthrop, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and others. Can you explain the events of the Revolutionary War or the formation of our new country. Certainly, it would be wonderful to visit Jamestown, Williamsburg, Plymouth, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D. C. and other sites to learn firsthand about our history. Most of us can not do that, however. The information below should solve your various problems.





Marlin and Laurie Detweiler have created a series of 32 cards which can be used to teach a one-year course in early American history (explorers to 1815). Each card has an approximate date, a picture representative of the time or event to be studied that week, as well as a summary of the week's lesson, and a list of references for that week. The cards are numbered so that students can easily sequence the events. There is a teachers' manual as well. Note that these cards are part of a larger series that was created for use at the Christian Logos School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and, therefore, can not be used directly in the public schools. The history lessons are tied very closely to a second series of cards used to teach the Bible. After all, isn't a desire for religious freedom on the part of Pilgrims, Puritans, Hugenots, Quakers, and others a part of early American history? The cards would, however, be an excellent reference for a public school teacher. The cards are published and sold by Veritas Press. The items listed below with * are the ones the Detweilers and Veritas Press have recommend be used with the cards.

100 Most Important Events in Christian History *

The 4th of July Story by Alice Dagliesh *

Almost Home by Wendy Lawton * (Mary Chilton one of the 102 Mayflower passengers)

Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Michele Leininger * (Christian girl captured by Indians)

Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick *

American History Series by Jean Fritz

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? *

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution *

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? *

Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? *

Will You Sign Here John Hancock? *

The American Revolution by Alden R. Carter *

As Far As the Eye Can Reach by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel * (Lewis and Clark Expedition)

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson *

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare *

Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham *

A Child's History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer *

A Child's Story of America by Michael McHugh *

The Church in History by B. K. Kuiper *

Christopher Columbus: First Voyage to America *

Colonies by Arthur and Barbara Lampert *

Color and Learn: Colonial America *

A Coloring Book of Great Explorers *

Columbus by Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire *

Constitution of the United States of America *

Daniel Boone by Daniel Boone and Francis Lister Hawkes *

Declaration of Independence *

The Drums of War Series by Peter Reese Doyle

Independence *

Bunker Hill *

A Captive in Williamsburg *

Duel in the Wilderness by Karin Clafford Farley * (Major George Washington during the French and Indian War)

Early History Readers:

The 18 Penny Goose by Sally M. Walker *

The Battle for St. Michaels by Emily Arnold McCully *

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares *

The Boston Coffee Party *

Christopher Columbus *

George the Drummer Boy *

George Washington and the General's Dog *

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President *

Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley *

Explorers Who Got Lost by Diane Sansevere Dreher *

Franklin: The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin *

Geography Songs: States and Capitals *

Geography Flashcards: USA Edition *

George Washington by James Cross Giblin *

George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster *

Give Me Liberty: The Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry by David Vaughn *

Great Explorers Series:

John Cabot by Tony Bastable *

Christopher Columbus by Melissa Nathan *

Ferdinand Magellan by Tony Bastable *

Marco Polo by Keren Gefen *

Juan Ponce de Leon by Tamara Green *

The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz *

Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit * (based upon the diary of Col. Henry Knox, the attempt to bring cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston)

Guns of Thunder by Douglas Bond *

Heart Strangely Warmed by Louise Vernon * (John Wesley)

Hero Tales by Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge *

History of the U.S. Series by Joy Hakim

Vol. 1 The First Americans *

Vol. 2 Making 13 Colonies *

Vol. 3 From Colonies to Country *

Vol. 4 The New Nation *

Vol. 11 Source book *

History Pockets: Explorers of North America by Mike Graf and Kathleen McFarren * (Evan-Moor Pub.)

History Pockets: Colonial America by Mike Graf and Kathleen McFarren * (Evan-Moor Pub.)

How We Crossed the West by Rosalyn Schanzer * (Lewis and Clark Expedition)

Indian Captive by Lois Lenski * (12 year old Mary Jemison)

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes *

Jonathan and Sarah: An Uncommon Union by Edna Gerstner * (Jonathan Edwards and his wife)

Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain Murray *

The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited by John Bakeless *

The King's Book by Louise A. Vernon *

Kingfisher History Encyclopedia *

The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty *

Landmark Events in American History Series:

The Battle of Yorktown by Dale Anderson *

Lexington and Concord by Michael V. Uschan *

The Louisiana Purchase by Christy Steele *

The Plymouth Colony by Janet Riehecky *

The Salem Witch Trials by Michael V. Uschan *

The Settling of Jamestown by Janet Riehecky *

The Lewis and Clark Expedition Coloring Book by Peter Copeland *

The Life of Washington by Josephine Pollard *

Life the Lid on Pirates *

The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter *

The List by C. D. Baker *

The Look-it-up Book of Explorers by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel *

Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel Brill *

The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds *

The Minute Boys Series:

Bunker Hill by Edward Stratemeyer *

Lexington by Edward Stratemeyer *

The Monroe Family Chronicles:

Blackthorn Winter by Douglas Wilson *

Susan Creek by Douglas Wilson *

Two Williams by Douglas Wilson *

Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth edited by Dwight Heath *

Ocean of Truth: The Story of Isaac Newton by Joyce McPherson *

Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford *

Once on This Island by Gloria Whelan *

Peter and the Pilgrims by Louise Vernon *

Pilgrims: Then and Now by Gary L. Marks *

Potomac Captive: The Adventures of Henry Fleete by Jan Fleet Umhau *

The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery *

Rebel's Keep by Douglas Bond *

Regina Silsby's Series:

Secret War by Thomas Brodeur *

Phantom Militia by Thomas Brodeur *

Salt in His Blood by William R. Rang * (Michael De Ruyter)

Samuel Eaton's Day by Kate Waters * (a boy's day in Plymouth)

Sarah Bishop by Scott O'Dell *

Sarah Morton's Day by Kate Waters * (a girl's day in Plymouth)

Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark by Gail Langer Karwoski *

Seaman's Journal: On the Trail of Lewis and Clark (for younger readers) *

Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare *

Squalls Before War: His Majesty's Schooner Sultana by Ned Bustard *

Steams of Civilization Vol. 2 *

Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian War by Betsy and Giulio Maestro *

Thanksgiving Primer *

Three Ships Come Sailing by Gilchrist Waring * (Jamestown)

The Tinker's Daughter by Wendy Lawton * (daughter of John Bunyan who wrote A Pilgrim's Progress)

To Pledge Allegiance Series:

Vol. 1 A New World in View by Gary DeMar *

Vol. 2 Building a City on a Hill by Gary DeMar *

Vol. 3 On the Road to Independence by Gary DeMar *

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold by Jean Fritz *

United States History for Christian Schools *

Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea by Edmund S. Morgan *

Voyage to Freedom by David Gay * (the Mayflower)

William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy *

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare *

The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson *

Worldly Saints by Leland Ryken *

Yankee Doodle Boy by Joseph Plumb Martin *


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