The People, Places, and Principles of America (US History): Chapter 1 Activities from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum


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The activity book includes fill-in-the-blank, true/false, multiple choice questions, and matching type questions that test the student’s knowledge of the concepts and the Life Principle taught in the chapter text.


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 ObamaThis first-year course extends to the start of the Civil War.

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.


  • Native Americans
    • Food
    • Families
    • Government
    • Communication
    • Sports
    • Transportation
    • Dwellings
  • Columbus
  • Horses and cattle introduced
  • Jamestown
  • John Smith
  • Pocahontas
  • Slavery introduced
  • The Mayflower Compact
  • The Bay Psalm Book

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.

Teach your students the importance and relevance of our history from a non-revisionist worldview with The People, Places, and Principles of Americafrom Paradigm Accelerated CurriculumOrder today from Curriculum Express!

Essential academic elements are aligned with standards normally expected for grades eight through high school, either for essential elements or for state exit exams. Some states require graduating students to know about the Founding Fathers and important national documents; this course covers these topics in chapters 3-6. *America’s Founding Fathers, Events and Documents is a stand-alone unit study of 15 pertinent topics extrapolated from chapters. 1-6 of the People, Places and Principles of America, and is suitable as an adjunct to other history, government or civics courses and more.

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Benefits of a Correspondence Format

With Paradigm, students receive essential instruction in a correspondence format that requires little teacher interaction. In addition, the Paradigm correspondence format allows students to move through the curriculum as rapidly or as slowly as needed to ensure mastery.

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Each course is broken down into manageable lessons that are designed to teach not only the academic concepts, but also character, confidence, and competency. Each course is designed for individualized learning and allows the homeschool student to advance as rapidly as desired or as slowly as necessary to master the material. Using conversational teaching and vignettes of various historical figures and events, Paradigm courses engage students, enabling them to relate to the instruction while building knowledge and developing key skills.

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