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

Very many people do not feel adequately prepared to teach American history. Do you know about the various Presidents, the settlement of the west, the Industrial Revolution, and America's involvement in wars?  Certainly, it would be wonderful to visit various sites to learn firsthand about our history. Most of us can not do that, however. The information below should solve your many problems.





Marlin and Laurie Detweiler have created a series of 32 cards which can be used to teach a one-year course in American history (1815 to present). 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 a part of 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 *

Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North *

Air Raid - Pearl Harbor! by Theodore Taylor *

Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life by Elizabeth MacLeod *

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harnes *

America and Vietnam: The Elephant and the Tiger by Albert Marrin *

America's Wars by Steve Wilkins, Doug Wilson, and Tom Garfield * (8 lectures on CD)

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank *

Basher Five-Two by Captain Scott O'Grady *

Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen *

The Boy in the Alamo by Margaret Cousins *

Bud & Me: The True Adventure of the Abernathy Boys by Alta Abernathy *

Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee by J. Stephen Wilkins *

Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt by George Grant *

Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins *

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

A Child's Story of America by Michael McHugh *

Children of the Covered Wagon by Mary Jane Carr *

Cowboys of the Wild West by Russell Freedman *

Daily Life in a Covered Wagon by Paul Erickson *

Davy Crockett: His Own Story by David Crockett *

Destination: Moon by James Irwin *

Early History Readers:

D-Day Landings by Richard Platt *

The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad *

Dust for Dinner by Ann Turner *

Eat My Dust! Henry Ford's First Race by Monica Kulling *

First Flight by Caryn Jenner *

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz *

The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin *

Moonwalk by Judy Donnelly *

Pearl Harbor by Stephen Krensky *

Sitting Bull by Lucille Recht Penner *

The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac *

Wagon Train by Sydelle Kramer *

Escape From Warsaw by Ian Serraillier *

A Father's Promise by Donna Lynn Hess *

Geography Songs: States and Capitals *

Geography Flashcards: USA Edition *

George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life by Elizabeth MacLeod *

Gettysburg by Mackinlay Kantor *

The Good Fight: How WWII Was Won by Stephen Ambrose *

The Great Civil War Debate by Rev. Peter Marshall vs. Rev. Steve Wilkins * (DVD)

Hey, Mac! by William F. McMurdie *

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom *

Hiroshima by John Hersey *

History of U.S. Series by Joy Hakim:

Vol. 4 The New Nation *

Vol. 5 Liberty for All? *

Vol. 6 War Terrible War *

Vol. 7 Reconstructing America *

Vol. 8 Age of Extremes *

Vol. 9 War, Peace, and All That Jazz *

Vol. 10. All the People *

Vol. 11 Sourcebook *

History Pockets: Moving West * (Evan-Moor Pub.)

If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim *

If You ... Series:

If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine *

If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War by Kay Moore *

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by E. Levine *

If You Traveled West on a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine *

Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman *

Iron Scouts of the Confederacy by Lee McGiffin *

It Began With a Parachute by William R. Rang *

Journey to America by Sonia Levitin *

Journey Through the Night by Anne De Vries *

Kingfisher History Encyclopedia *

Land of the Morning by Jean McAnlis McMurdie *

Landmark Events in American History:

America in World War I by Richard Worth *

America in World War II by Michael Burgan *

Arriving at Ellis Island by Dale Anderson *

The Atom Bomb Project by Dale Anderson *

The Battle of Gettysburg by Dale Anderson *

The Battle of the Little Bighorn by Michael V. Uschan *

The Bombing of Pearl Harbor by Michael V. Uschan *

The California Gold Rush by Michael V. Uschan *

The Civil War by Deborah DeFord *

Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan by Robin Doak *

Dawn of the Space Age by Robin Kerrod *

Famous Wagon Trails by Christy Steele *

The First Moon Landing by Dale Anderson *

Fort Sumter: The Civil War Begins by Michael V. Uschan *

The Korean War by Robin Doak *

The Oregon Trail by Michael V. Uschan *

The Siege of the Alamo by Janet Riehecky *

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Scott Ingram *

The Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 by D. Anderson *

The Trail of Tears by D. J. Birchfield *

The Transcontinental Railroad by Michael V. Uschan *

The Vietnam War by Michael Burgan *

The Last Rail by Darice Bailer *

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven *

Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time by James Bowman *

Picture That! The Trail West by Ellen Galforf *

Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death by Sharon Linnea *

The Revolutions That Never Were by Doug Wilson and Steve Wilkins * (6 Lectures on CD)

Robert E. Lee by John J. Dwyer *

Safe at Home by Bob Muzikowksi *

Sergeant York and the Great War by Alvin York and Tom Skeyhill *

The Shadow Series by Piet Prins:

Vol. 1 The Lonely Sentinel *

Vol. 2 Hideout in the Swamp *

Vol. 3 The Grim Reaper *

Vol. 4 The Partisans *

Vol. 5 Sabotage *

The Small War of Sergeant Donkey by Maureen Daly *

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan *

Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Cornelia Cornelissen *

The Spy Who Came in From the Sea by Peggy Nolan *

Stalin: Russia's Man of Steel by Albert Marrin *

Stonewall by John J. Dwyer *

Story of the Confederate States by Joseph T. Derry *

The Story of Inventions by Michael J. McHugh and Frank P. Bachman *

The Story of the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp *

Streams of Civilization Vol. 2 *

That Girl of Pierre's by Robert Davis *

They're Off! The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness *

Thomas Edison: The Great American Inventor by L. Egan *

Twenty and Ten by William Pene Du Bois *

United States History for Christian Schools *

War Stories: True Stories from the First and Second World Wars by Paul Dowswell *

With Lee in Virginia by G. A. Henty *

Witness to War by Michael Leapman *

World War II for Kids by Richard Panchyk *

The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds *

The Yanks are Coming by Albert Marrin *


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