civics56 Dr. Wootten
Peabody Middle School 7th Grade Civics teacher
 
LESSONS FROM HISTORY
using the
Virginia Standards of Learning


Dr. Charles A. Wootten
Peabody Middle School, Petersburg, VA.
7th grade Civics and Social Studies Teacher
e-mail: chawoott@pen.k12.va.us
BBS: 590-2161


Learning about history is a wonderful way to be introduced to life. History is a platform for analyzing the lives of famous people, seeing what life decisions they made and what consequences they faced. In this we can relate to and learn from the lives of the people we are going to study. Historical figures come alive and we can see they are people just like us, with fear and courage and love and loneliness.

The purpose of this reading list is to give your child that very opportunity to become involved in life. Your child will learn history, mathematics, science, geography, writing, arts and crafts, and more through the pages of these books.

This is a REQUIRED READING LIST. Your child is expected to report on one of these books every other Thursday (or 4th class day) and complete the required project. The required projects will be kept simple because of the short time span. There is an alternative report that can be done in the event the books cannot be found. Your child is required to do either a book report or a report, not both, but still come in with two completed items every 2nd Thursday. Don’t be concerned if you cannot find the exact books I have listed. Use what is available. Don’t overlook the encyclopedia; it is a great place to start. The first report is due as shown and the date for subsequent reports follow on separate pages every other week. Your child will be given a separate outline of how the one page book report is to be constructed. Oral reports will be given on occasion. These projects and reports can count up to one-third of your child’s grade. Please monitor your child’s activity on the World Wide Web. Access to the Internet is NOT a requirement for this course.

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO ACCOMPLISH THESE ASSIGNMENTS. READ AHEAD AND BE PREPARED!

THIS READING LIST IS THE PROPERTY OF:


Your Name:

Parent’s Signature__________________________________________


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DUE 23 SEPTEMBER 1999

Colonial Days (meets or exceeds SOL 5.2c; 5.3a; 5.3c; 5.3d; 6.10 )

• If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern
• The Courage of Sarah Nobel by Alice Dalgliesh
• Felicity: An American Girl
• A Lion To Guard Us by Clyde Bulla
• Justin Morgan Had A Horse by Marguerite Henry
• The Story of the Thirteen Colonies by Clifford Lindsey Alderman
• Calico Bush by Rachel Field
• The World of Captain John Smith by Genevieve Foster
• The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmunds
• Colonial Living by Edwin Tunis
• Slumps, Grunts, and Snickerdoodles: What Colonial America Ate and Why by Lila Perl
• Home and Child Life in Colonial Days by Shirley Glubok
• Peter Stuyvesant of Old New York by Anna Crouse
• Colonial Living by Edwin Tunis
• Early Settlers in America by Helene Hanff
• The Story of the Thirteen Colonies by Clifford Alderman
• Everything You Need to Know About American History Homework by Anne Zeman
• Book of the American Colonies by Howard Egger-Bovet
• Any book in the Juvenile Section about the topic.

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• Liberty Bell
• 3 Spanish Explorers
• Forts
• 3 French Explorers
• Plantations
• 3 Portuguese Explorers
• Matchlock guns
• 3 English Explorers
• Candle making
• Fur trade
• Wigmakers
• John Smith
• Blackbeard the Pirate

World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required.

www.libertynet.org
www.nps.gov/inde
www.richmond.edu/~ed344/98/explorers
www.acs.ucalgary.ca/HIST/tutor/eurvoya/vasco.html
www.cidadevirtual.pt/mosteiro-jeronimos/vascogamaing.html
ansel.his.duq.edu/~doughert/CANDLE.HTM
www.xmission.com/~drudy/amm.html
www.makeup-fx.com/Perukeng.html
blackbeardthepirate.com/blackbeard1.htm


A Required Project: Make a game to identify the 13 colonies. Draw a map leaving the names off. See if you can name them all. To increase difficulty you could try to name the first town settled in that colony or name the main people groups that came first. Included in your project should be reasons why the colonies were founded (such as escape from religious persecution, economic opportunity, release from prison, and military adventure).

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DUE 7 OCTOBER 1999

Industrial Revolution in England (1750 - 1850) (meets or exceeds SOL 5.3d)

• The Ages of Revolutions by Usborne
• Industrial Revolution: Living History Series by Clare
• The Industrial Revolution in American History by Anita Louise McCormick
• Any book in the Juvenile Section of the Library on this topic

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• Coal Mining
• Factories
• Trade Unions
• Spinning and Weaving
• Spinning Jenny and Spinning Mule
• Steam Engine
• Cast Iron Bridges


World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required.

tqjunior.advanced.org/4132/index.htm
www.dfmg.com.tw/history/textile/sj1770f.htm
homepages.go.com/~wdevera/study1.htm
www.history.rochester.edu/steam/
www.canaljunction.com/engbrid.htm


A Required Project: (choose one)

? Find out about a machine that was invented during this time period. Draw diagrams explaining how the machine works. What machines today do that job?
? Or, try weaving. Use some yarn and a shoe box for a loom. Cut slits in the side of the box, and string on the weft. The weave in the warp threads. Use a hair pick for pushing the warp threads together.

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DUE 21 OCTOBER 1999

The American Revolution (meets or exceeds SOL 5.3e; 5.3f; 5.3g; 5.8; 6.10)

• Any book by Jean Fritz
• The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
• American Revolution,1760-1783 by Bruce Bliven Jr
• Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Bradley
• Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson
• Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell
• My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
• Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
• Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit
• The Boston Massacre by Alice Dickinson
• Revolution and Constitution by G. Bruce Woodin
• An Album of the American Revolution by Leonard W. Ingraham
• The Signers of the Constitution of the United States by C. Edward Quinn
• First Book of the American Revolution by Richard B. Morris
• We the People by Peter Spier
• If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy
• The Constitution of the United States by Karen Judson

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• Paul Revere
• Deborah Sampson
• Benedict Arnold
• George Washington
• General (Lord) Cornwallis
• King George
• Lord North
• John Adams
• Samuel Adams
• Patrick Henry
• Thomas Paine
• Minutemen
• Frostbite
• The slogan “Give me liberty or give me death!”

World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than these few that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.paulreverehouse.org/justforkids/index.html
www.netsrg.com/~dbois/sampson.html
www.libertynet.org/iha/valleyforge/served/arnold.html
libertyonline.hypermall.com/henry-liberty.html

A Required Project: Make a chart listing the 20 battles of the Revolutionary War. Show the name of the battle, location (Northern colonies, Middle colonies, Southern colonies, or Western colonies), the name of the English general, the name of the American general, who won or whether it was a draw, and the date of the battle.

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DUE 4 NOVEMBER 1999

Thomas Jefferson (meets or exceeds SOL 5.5;)

• Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett
• Thomas Jefferson Father of Our Democracy by David A. Adler
• SHH! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
• Or any other book on this particular time period in the Juvenile Section of the Library

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• Constitution
• Bill of Rights (counts as one report)
? freedom of speech
? freedom of press
? freedom of religion
• Declaration of Independence
• How conflicts between Jefferson and Hamilton led to two political parties
• Democracy
• Three branches of government

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.whitehouse.gov/WH/glimpse/presidents/html/tj3.html/

A Required Project: Memorize the beginning of the Declaration of Rights from the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

A Required Project: Memorize The American’s Creed: (adopted 3 April 1918)

“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and freedom.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

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DUE 17 NOVEMBER 1999

Benjamin Franklin (meets or exceeds SOL 5.3c;)

• What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin by Jean Fritz
• Benjamin Franklin by d’Aulaire
• Ben and Me by Lawson (see also Disney movie by the same name)
• Ben Franklin’s Glass Armonica by Byrna Stevens
• “Mr. Meant-to” a poem by Ben Franklin, Book of Virtues p. 364

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.
• Printing
• Postmaster General
• Journalism
• Diplomacy
• Electricity
• Lightning
• Lightning Rods
• Franklin Stove

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

sln.fi.edu/franklin/rotten.html

A Required Project: (choose one)

? Print one issue of a family newspaper. Use the basic questions of journalism (who, what, when, where, how) to cover current events. You can illustrate it yourself. Maybe each member could have their own column: advice from big brother or sister, business report by Dad, cooking section by Mom, etc. Limit to one page.

? Write several witty proverbs like the ones Franklin included in his Poor Richard’s Almanac. Examples of Franklin’s proverbs:
? Early to bed, early to rise make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise;
? Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
? At the working man’s house, hunger looks in but dares not enter.

? Study lightning and what causes it.

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DUE 2 DECEMBER 1999

The Louisiana Purchase (meets or exceeds SOL 5.6a; 6.10)

• The Story of the Louisiana Purchase by Mary Kay Phelan
• Sacajewea by Jerry Seibert
• Any book on the Lewis and Clark expedition, or this topic, in the Juvenile section

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.
• Topography of the United States
• Mountains of the United States
• Sacagewea
• Prairie Dog
• Peace Pipes
• Grizzly Bears
• Buffalo

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.gatewayno.com/History/LaPurchase.html

A Required Project: (choose one)

? Make an outline of the United States. Fill in: Mississippi River, the Colorado River, the Missouri River, the Red River in Texas, the Appalachian Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, and Pike’s Peak. Why was the Louisiana Territory shaped the way it was?

? Make a relief map of the United States showing mountain ranges and major rivers. You may use papier-mache or similar construction techniques.

? As an extra credit project: How did Florida, Texas, Oregon, and California become part of the United States? Please be brief. Do not write more than one page on each state.


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DUE 16 DECEMBER 1999

The War of 1812 (meets or exceeds SOL 5.6c)

• 1812: The War Nobody Won by Albert Marrin
• The Story of the Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier
• Any book on these topics in the Juvenile Section of the Library is acceptable

If these books are not available, a two-page report on the following will be acceptable.

? Flag Etiquette and the purpose of flags.

World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

members.aol.com/ckckside/reports/war1812/w1812a.htm
www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/starflag.htm
www.legion.org/flagtoc.htm
odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1801-1825/jmdoc.htm


A Required Project:

Read the entire poem, The Star Spangled Banner. Illustrate different phrases from the Star Spangled Banner, using watercolors, crayon, colored pencils, glitter, or collage. For example,
? “the dawn’s early light”
? “the twilight’s last gleaming”
? “o’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming”
? “the rockets’ red glare”
? “the bombs bursting in air”
? “land of the free and the home of the brave”

? Extra Credit - Write a one page report concerning the Monroe Doctrine to include why it helped the United States to become a world power.

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DUE 6 JANUARY 2000

Davy Crockett, Cowboys, Louis Braille, Samuel Morse (meets or exceeds SOL 5.6c; 5.6d; 5.8)

• Books about Davy Crockett in the Juvenile Section
• Books about Cowboys in the Juvenile Section
• The Black Cowboys by Gina de Angelis
• Stephen Austin of Texas by Carol Hoff
• Samuel F. B. Morse - Sower Series by John H. Tiner
• Samuel F. B. Morse by Jean Lee Latham
• Louis Braille - Teacher of the Blind by Jennifer Fisher Bryant
• Marconi - Pioneer of Radio by Douglas Coe

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• The Alamo (include the slogan, “Remember the Alamo!”)
• The Bowie Knife
• Frederic Remington
• Cowboy equipment
? include: outfit, saddle, bed roll, and chuck wagon
• Morse Code
• Braille
• Telegraph

World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.lsjunction.com/people2/crockett.htm
www.lsjunction.com/events/alamo.htm
www.lsjunction.com/people2/bowie.htm
www.linecamp.com/museums/americanwest/western_names/bowie_jim/bowie_jim.html
www.gms.ocps.k12.fl.us/biopage/h-m/morse.html
www.his.com/~pshapiro/braille.html

A Required Project: (do them all and report on their success)

? Have a cowboy lunch: beef-jerky, biscuits, dried fruit, beans, and a drink in a coffee mug. Build a “fire” (a pile of sticks or blocks will do). Sit around in a circle and sing cowboy songs.
? Eat lunch blindfolded to get a feel for what blindness might be like.


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DUE 20 JANUARY 2000

Statehood (Meets or exceeds SOL 5.3; 6.10)

The 1800's were a time for expansion and settlement for the United States. Land was acquired through purchase or war, territories were established, and settlers united to form state governments and join the Union. Take this opportunity to study the history of Virginia.

• Books about Virginia as found in the J917 series in the library
• Any book in the America the Beautiful Series
• Any book that covers the period 1800-1850

In the event these books are not available, a two-page report accompanied by illustrations on any of the following will be acceptable.

• The Virginia State Flag
• The Virginia State Bird and other animals
• The Virginia State Flower and Tree

World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.history.org
www.apva.org
www.stratfordhall.org
www.history.org/other/teaching/tchcrvar.htm
www.gc.net/wol/wol.html
www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Way/9301/HistoryDay.html
www.wwbt.com
dit1.state.va.us
www.gateway-va.com

A Required Project:

? Describe the four main regions of Virginia. Accompany your report with a drawing on a map of Virginia clearly identifying these regions.
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DUE 3 FEBRUARY 2000

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad (Meets or exceeds SOL 5.7a,b,c; 5.9c; 6.10)

• Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
• Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
• The Drinking Gourd by F. .N. Monjo
• Brady by Jean Fritz
• Lucretia Mott - Foe of Slavery by Doris Faber
• Harriet Tubman by Megan McClard
• Any book on the Underground Railroad and Slave Trade in the Juvenile Section

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• North Star
• Underground Railroad
• Cotton Gin
• Slave ships
• Slave trade
• Emancipation Proclamation
• Frederick Douglass
• Abraham Lincoln
• Ulysses S. Grant
• Jefferson Davis
• Robert E. Lee
• William Lloyd Garrison
• Daniel Webster
• John C. Calhoun

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad

A Required Project:

? Make a map of the United States in the mid-1800s. Use colors to show which states permitted slavery and which did not. Include major bodies of water.
? Identify those states known as Yankee (North) states and those states known as Rebel (Southern) or Confederate states.

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DUE 17 FEBRUARY 2000

The Civil War (Meets or exceeds SOL5.7)

• The Civil War by Fletcher Pratt
• The Perilous Road by William Steele
• Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
• This Hallowed Ground by Bruce Catton
• Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
• Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
• Harriet Beecher Stowe by Mable Cleveland Widdemer
• Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (for advanced readers only)

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• The Emancipation Proclamation
• The Gettysburg Address
• Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
• Monitor and Merrimac — ironclad warships
• Flags of the Civil War
• Confederate currency
• Julia Ward Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
• Why the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments had great impact on the United States

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.rochester.k12.mn.us/john-
marshall/overton/cwproj/groupb/b7.html



A Required Project:

? There were eighteen major battles of the Civil War. Make a chart listing fifteen of those battles showing (1) the name of the battle, (2) where it was fought, (3) and which side won that particular battle.


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DUE 2 MARCH 2000

American Indians Through the 1800's (Meets or exceeds SOL 5.1a,b,c)

• Indians by Edwin Tunis
• Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell
• The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie (adult fiction)
• If You Lived with the Sioux Indians by Anne McGovern
• Trouble River by Betsy Rodgers
• The American Indians by Roland W. Force
• Any book on this topic in the Juvenile Section in the Library

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• Indian Reservations
• Indian Life (at any period up to 1860)
? crafts
? clothing
? transportation
? housing
? religion
• Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph
• Inuit (Eskimo), Anasazi, Northwest Indians (Kwakiutl), Plains Indians, Mound Builders, Indians of the Eastern Forests (Iroquois, etc.) (a brief paragraph on each is satisfactory)
• Effects of climate and geography influencing how the Indians lived
• How Native Americans arrived on the North American continent

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.anthro.mankato.msus.edu/prehistory/settlements/index.shtml

A Required Project: (choose one)

? Make moccasins
? Do some Indian beadwork
? Make a teepee, drum, or wampum belt
? Weave a basket or make some snowshoes

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DUE 16 MARCH 2000

George Washington Carver (Meets or exceeds SOL 5.10; 6.1; 6.10b)

• George Washington Carver - Plant Doctor by Mirna Benitz
• George Washington Carver by Sam Wellman
• A Pocketful of Goobers, a Story about George Washington Carver by Barbara Mitchell

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.
• Differences between seeds and bulbs
• Plant food
• Synthetics
• Peanuts
• Composting
• Helpful insects
• Boll Weevil
• Crop rotation

World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

library.advanced.org/10320/Carver.htm
www.hcsps.nexus.edu.au/Projects/recycling/DanielB.htm

A Required Project: (choose one)

? Make peanut butter - bring in a sample and your recipe
? Make a list (as much as you can) of the over 300 products Mr Carver made from peanuts
? Draw a picture of a peanut plant showing how the peanuts grow on shoots underground
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DUE 30 MARCH 2000

Henry Ford (Meets or exceeds SOL 6.2e; 6.10d)

• We’ll Race You Henry by Barbara Mitchell
• Along Came the Model T! How Henry Ford put the World on Wheels by Richard Quackenbush
• Any biography of Henry Ford

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.
• A short history of automobiles
• Parts of the car
• Assembly lines
• Mass production
• Quality control
• How a gas engine works


World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.camelmiddle.org/students/math/jonny/index.htm
www.modelt.org/kidintro.html

A Required Project: (choose one)

? Using Richard Quackenbush’s book (above) make a model of a Tin Lizzie from styrofoam egg cartons (or use your imagination!).

? Visit a factory in our area that uses assembly lines. Write about your visit. Make sure you enclose your “thank you for this visit” card with your report.


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DUE 13 APRIL 2000

Immigration (Meets or exceeds SOL 6.1b; 6.1c)

• The Way We Lived by Martin W. Sandler
• An Album of Puerto Ricans in the United States by Stuart J. Brahs
• The Germans Helpled Build America by Kathlyn Gay
• Chicanos - The Story of Mexican Americans by Patricia de Garza
• Gypsies by Howard Greenfield
• The Greeks in America by Jayne Clark Jones
• The Irish Helped Build America by Virginia B. McDonnell
• The Jews Helped Build America by Arlene Harris Kurtis
• The Irish Americans by J. F. Watts
• The Czech Americans by Stephanie Saxon-Ford
• The German Americans by Anne Galicich
• The Japanese Americans by Harry Kitano
• The Arab Americans by Alixa Naff
• The Greek Americans by Dimitris Monos

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.

• Ellis Island
• Ethnic neighborhoods
• Tenement apartments
• Public bath houses
• Newsies
• Boot blacks
• Green card
• Illegal aliens

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.ellisisland.org

A Required Project: (choose one)

? Make a model of the Statue of Liberty. Use your imagination!

? Find out what is involved in becoming a citizen of the United States. Could you pass the test?


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DUE 27 APRIL 2000

World War I (Meets or exceeds SOL 6.3d; 6.3e)

World War I spans almost five years, involved thirty countries, and was fought on land, at sea, and in the air. Choose your section carefully, concentrating on the involvement of the United States, so that you are not overwhelmed by the terrific amount of information. The War started in August 1914, but the United States did not enter the War until April 1917.

• An Album of World War I by Dorothy Hoobler
• The Daring Regiments by The Army Times
• The United States in World War I by Don Lawson
• An encyclopedia will give a brief overview of the War
• Any other book in the Juvenile Section that deals with this topic

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable.
• Geography of Europe before & after World War I
• Lawrence of Arabia
• Zeppelins and hydrogen
• World War I flying aces and dogfights
• Liberty Bonds
• League of Nations
• Propaganda
• Treaties relating to World War I
• Anton Fokker

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.mrdowling.com/706wars.html

A Required Project: (choose 2 of the 3)

? “Lighter than air” ships were used to drop bombs on London. Find out which gases are lighter than air and why helium balloons float up.

? Read and report on some poetry about World War I. An example would be “In Flanders Field,” by John McCrae.

? What kind of propaganda was used in World War I? Did it have any effect?


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DUE 11 MAY 2000

The 1920's and the Great Depression (Meets or exceeds SOL 6.4 & 6.5)

After World War I Americans wanted to have fun and live in peace and prosperity. Mass production made it possible to the middle class to own a home, a refrigerator, a radio, a car, and other luxuries. Americans turned to new music (jazz), new dances (the Lindy and the Charleston), and entertainment (films and radio). But trouble was brewing on the horizon. The 1920's ended with the crash of the stock market (Black Thursday) in 1929 that brought on the 1930's and the Great Depression.

• Jazz by Langston Hughes
• Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
• Any other book in the Juvenile Section concerning the topics

In the event these books are not available, a two-page report on any two of the following will be acceptable. (Several may be combined into one report if you can show relationship.)

• Prohibition
• Al Capone
• President Harding
• Charles Lindbergh
• Rudolph Valentino
• Amelia Earhart
• “Shoeless” Joe Jackson
• The Harlem Renaissance
• Dance marathons
• Will Rogers
• Charlie Chaplin
• The dust bowl
• Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
• Works Progress Administration (WPA)

World Wide Web Sites
You may access these sites for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.usgennet.org/~alhnilus/alhn1920.html
165.29.91.7/classes/humanities/amstud/97-98/harren/HARREN.HTM

A Required Project: (choose one)
? The intent of prohibition was to rid America of the ills associated with alcohol consumption. How did prohibition actually increase the crime rate?

? What should be our attitude toward work, and toward the poor? Should the government be responsible to help the poor? What advantages or disadvantages does the government have in administering charity, as opposed to private individuals?


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DUE 25 MAY 2000

Space and Science (Meets or exceeds SOL 6.10)

• Isaac Asimov by Ellen Erlanger
• Christa McAuliffe by Charlene Billings
• Sir Isaac Newton by Colin A. Ronan
• America’s Fist Woman Astronomer by Rachel Baker
• Probing the Unknown by Mary Kay Phelan
• Florence Sabin by Janet Kronstadt
• The Polio Man by John Rowland
• Albert Schweitzer by James Bentley
• From Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
• Around the Moon by Jules Verne
• The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
• First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
• The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

If these books are not available, a report on any two of the following will be acceptable. (Several may be combined into one report.)

• gravity and G-force
• escape velocity and orbital velocity
• space suits
• lunar rover
• solar wind
• life support
• Skylab

World Wide Web Sites
You may access this site for further information, but, like the books, you may not copy the information just to hand in. Do your own work. All WWW addresses are preceeded by http:// and all addresses are in lower case unless otherwise indicated. Get your parent’s permission before accessing the Internet. This part is not required. There are many more sites than this one that cover this topic. If you find others, you may use them.

www.space-station.com/index.html
www.nasa.gov.kids.html
Gives great plans for constructing your very own model of the Cassini and Galileo spacecraft!
www.math.technion.ac.il/~rl/JulesVerne/
www.bath.ac.uk/~lisjpo/wellsian.html

A Required Project:

? Plan an exploratory trip to Mars to determine the viability of establishing a colony. What experiments will you conduct? Plan how you will maintain life support while studying on Mars (how is Martian atmosphere different from Earth’s atmosphere?) Your report should cover at least three pages.
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