Memoria Press US History (Review)

“When You Love What You’re Learning It Is Never A Chore.” 

History is the foundation of who we are.  It is the building block that define us today.  And through some very significant events, this nation was founded by principles that would be our modern guidelines.  This is the story of the Great Republic’ which became the turning point for a new colonization, as well as a ‘free’ world.  What an exciting time when ideas were formulating birthing a nation that would eventually become the United States of America.

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History set published by Memoria Press is an American history study that depicts an accurate account in the retelling of historical facts.  And creating a great love for our country.   

Even if your student is hesitant about history, they are sure to find H.A. Guerber’s book fascinating and easy to understand.  Simple 1-2 page chapters, as well as reinforcement questions to answer, it is designed with comprehension in mind.

Your student can spend more time acquiring historical knowledge instead of dreading it! 

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And additional components to the history books, are the 200 Questions About American History, teacher and student guide along with flashcards.

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60092704_10156920349411131_9120078709041135616_nThe Story Of The Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Book by H.A. Guerber Set:

  • This book serves as a reader or its story themes for daily exercises in dictation or composition.  The teacher can read the chapter on the first day, and then have the student read the chapter once or twice the following day.  In do so they often remember the information presented before them.
  • Retaining valuable facts into memory with daily reviews, the question cards are a method that reinforces what is being read in the reader.
  • There are eighty-five chapters in all, beginning with Our Country So Long Ago, and ending with The Spanish-American war.  Approximate halfway point includes The Surrender of Cornwallis.
  • Length of time to complete the reading approximately 10-minutes, for independent readers or for those being read to.
  • For visual learners a black and white picture has been included for each chapter.
  • One year American history study for the middle school years.

60317819_10156920349556131_1117340887425220608_nTeacher Guide:

  • Thirty-two complete lessons, including answers for each question.
  • Appendix contains: Maps, Thirteen Colonies Chart, Mayflower Compact, Paul Revere’s Ride, Letter From George To Martha Washington, Declaration of Independence, Excerpts From Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, United States Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, Daniel Webster’s Senate Speech of 1830, and a Timeline.
  • Four Tests that are comprised of matching, vocabulary, and comprehension questions.
  • Answer key for each test.

60338275_10156920349451131_4843316890350649344_nStudent Guide:

  • Thirty-two complete lessons, which incorporates: Facts To Know, Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions and Enrichment (Map, Timeline, Research).
  • Facts To Know- bolded key facts are paired with the definition of what made that fact so important.
  • Vocabulary– three to ten words are given with space for writing the definition.  Increasing the students vocabulary knowledge.
  • Comprehension Questions– seven to ten questions are asked, with some having more than one answer to explain.  With written explanations the student uses his/her critical thinking skills for describing the answer.
  • Enrichment (maps, timeline, research)– this section creates geographical awareness as the student locates each place on a map, the timelines assists in visually identifying the order that an event happened, and research is digging deeper into the actual story.  The student may be asked to write a few paragraphs for a report, research cultural places, living conditions, compare and contrast then versus now, write a journal entry from a certain perspective or point of view, create laws, compose a speech, read a specific appendix resource and discuss, write a eulogy, the use of propaganda, comprise a short story, memorize and recite, write a poem, and write a memoir.
  • The student guide is a great component for navigating through history, and parallels H.A. Guerber’s reader.
  • Approximate length of time for completing the first three sections is thirty minutes.  However, the enrichment section will take as long as needed to complete what is being asked of the student.  And some students may need to follow the reading with discussion, before beginning the lesson.

60098844_10156920349321131_2383755524144365568_n200 Questions About American History Set (Teacher Guide):

  • Recommended Texts– The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic by Guerber, Story of the World, Volume 4 by Susan Wise Bauer, and Everything You Need to Know About American History Homework by Anne Zeman and Kate Kelly. 
  • Comprised of thirty-four weeks, with five sections in each week (Reading Selections, Drill Questions, Timeline, Quotes, Presidents).
  • The weekly schedule organizes specific chapters read by the student, specific questions to answer, timeline fill-in, quotes and presidents if applicable.
  • Beginning with having the student read the chapters aloud.  Discussing further for understanding events and people, and completing the questions in the corresponding workbook.
  • Daily review is important for comprehension.     
  • Scheduled tests, in which there are five, for coordinating every third or fourth week.  Including an additional Presidents Test and History Final, totaling seven tests in all.
  • Answer Keys are provided for each set of drill questions, as well as answers for each test.
  • Additional resources- The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes, O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman.

60342129_10156920349266131_1674700167816675328_n200 Questions About American History Set (Student Guide):

  • Recommended texts and weekly schedule, depicting the reading selections, drill questions, timeline, quotes and presidents.
  • 150 corresponding drill questions.  Each question is referenced by which chapter the student can explore for attaining the answer.
  • A timeline of American history for filling in dates of specific events, chapter references are included also.
  • Notable quotes from historical figures, the student will identify who said it?
  • Presidents Of The United States fill-in, beginning with George Washington and ending with our current president in office.  The student will understand how each president affected our country, and the role they played in office during the time of each major event.
  • Additional resources: The Star-Spangled Banner, Old Ironsides, O Captain! My Captain!

200 Questions About American History Set (Flashcards):

  • Divided into sections for the student to comprehend a drill and retain method.
  • Sections include: 150 Drill Questions, 30 Timeline Dates (When did it happen?), 20 Notable Quotes (Who Said it?), and 44 U.S. Presidents (for putting them in order).
  • These flashcards are very basic questions, and can coordinate with any quality American history course.
  • With the information provided through these questions your student will gain historical knowledge that everyone should know about American history.

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~My 6th grade student finds history to be one of his greatest enjoyments in school, and excitedly worked through this curriculum.  We worked 3x’s a week between The Story Of The Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic guides and 200 Questions About American History guides.  Approximate time spent on each lesson was 30-minutes.

My independent reader found the chapters provided enough historical information and  details to answer the questions with thought and clarity.  The drill questions helped with reinforcement on what he knew already and knowledge he acquired.

And the enrichment section assisted in critical thinking with practical ways to apply the knowledge. 

For example:  In Virginia we have seven recognized indigenous tribes: the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Nansemond and Monacan.  We were familiar with the Chickahominy tribe, yet had no idea that the Nansemond and Rappahannock were Native Indian groups, as we knew them as rivers only.  Not being a native Virginians, we were able to learn a little more history about our great state.

This curriculum was a great fit for our family, and I highly recommend using it with any student who is reluctant about learning history or those who find history to be the gateway to exciting adventures!

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Finished Chapter 1

“Classical education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through the study of the liberal arts and the Great Books.”  ~Memoria Press

Incorporating high quality classical instruction into a students educational experience generates a well-rounded individual, who becomes a ‘free thinker.’

And The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History set by Memoria Press produces materials that provide long lasting results.  I am always willing to expose my students to a higher way of learning, knowing they will comprehend what they are studying.

Historical timelines are building blocks for teaching a deeper understanding, and appreciation for the very foundation on which this country was founded!

~~Simply Passionate~~ 

      

 

 

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