The People, Places, and Principles of America (US History): Chapter 8 Activities from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum


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The People, Places, and Principles of America, from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum, this is a comprehensive study of American history from the Civil War to 2012. This is the second-year course, chapters 7-12. American curriculum books, American history workbook, US history workbook


Does American history sound dry and dusty? Is it hard to see the relevance to life today?

The People, Places, and Principles of America, from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum, is a comprehensive study of American history from pre-Columbus through the election of President Obama.

Content of each chapter of the entire course is based on the 15 major components of culture:

  • Families
  • Agriculture
  • Media
  • Military
  • Government
  • Religion
  • Education
  • Discoveries
  • Industry
  • Communication
  • Leaders
  • Light/energy
  • Art
  • Sports
  • Transportation

Each lesson incorporates a narrative carefully designed to engage the students emotionally and academically.


Railroads; Civil War fashions; The Compromise of 1812; Abraham Lincoln and the rise of the Republican Party to oppose slavery; Secession; Ft. Sumter; Generals of the Civil War; Gettysburg Address; Crosby, Dickerson, and Moody; Frances Willard’s crusade against alcohol; Baseball, football, and horse racing; A ship full of women; Wagon trains; The lure of gold and land; Western territories become states; Carnegie’s railroad and “iron horses”; The Washington Monument; Alexander G. Bell’s telephone; George Washington Carver.

Theme art, time lines, maps and charts illustrate each lesson to “pull the student’s mind” into the text and clarify content. This course has been called “real history” because it ties the fifteen major cultural components to real peopleplaces and principles which distinguish America. It is not revisionist history.

The vocabulary level is applicable for students from eighth through twelfth grade. The content is designed to raise students’ aspirations for noble and honorable lifestyles of the American Dream.

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