May 25, 2014

The "All-in-One" History Book!

How often do you spend time looking for historical short stories to use for small group instruction, work stations, or close reads?  This book has it all!  500 years of American History through the eyes of those that saw it happen.

This compilation of short narratives has something to address every topic in history no matter what you are studying.  From "Columbus Meets the Native Americans" to "Getting Wired: An Email from Bill Gates," this book touches every part of our nation's history and tells the stories from a few perspectives you might not have heard before.  Other interesting titles include, "America's First Steam Engine Races a Horse", "The First Telegraph Message", and "Dropping the Atomic Bomb."

Yes, it is written for adults.  I'm also the teacher that encourages picture books in upper grades (see post here), so why not adult books in lower grades, as long as they are appropriate, of course. :)  I pull the short stories, adapt to lower levels if necessary, credit the author and the editor, and use these stories in all sorts of ways!  Perhaps best of kiddos get excited when they realize they are reading really grown-ups stories from a grown-up book!

Lots of great history and lots of great reading, just waiting to be used by social studies teachers!

Check it out and see what short stories you can borrow from this fabulous resource!

Click over and visit Collaboration Cuties and find a few other great Social Studies Mentor Texts you can use in your classroom!

If you are out for the summer, have a wonderful week.  If you are still in your classroom, enjoy your kiddos!

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  1. What a great idea! I have used adult science books on the environment - mostly for the pictures I must admit : )
    This sounds like a great resource - especially since it is from the point of view of those that were there!

  2. This looks like a great book! Maybe my husband would like a copy for Father's Day....and then I could "borrow" it. :) Have a great week, Brandee!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. Oooooo this looks great!! We teach about 400 years of history in our 4th grade curriculum so this book would be perfect! Do you retype the stories? I am going to have to check this out! Thanks for linking up friend! I hope you've had a great weekend!!
    Collaboration Cuties

  4. This looks like a great book!


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