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review 2018-09-14 11:09
not for me
The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible - David Sehat

Everyone trusted George Washington but not everyone trusted one another. Not everyone trusted in the government created by the Constitution. George Washington used his  first inaugural to soothe anxiety about the new government. The Founders had different ideas.

This was to dry and boring for me. I could get past the first couple of pages but just gave up after that. Just didn’t hold my attention at all. I know someone else will enjoy this. I just didn’t. This just wasn’t for me.

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review 2018-04-21 04:05
The U.S. Constitution and Other Key American Writings - Founding Fathers

 

 

This is a hard book to write a review for because it’s just a collection of writings. 

 

The overall selection of writings was pretty good. Although I did find that the rules of baseball was an odd pick to include. I love baseball and all (it’s my favorite sport) but I don’t think it’s that important. Baseball isn’t that groundbreaking. I would have also loved to have seen more Supreme Court rulings since there was only one (Brown v. Board of Education). However, that’s just a personal preference because I love reading the Supreme Court Justices’ opinions. 

 

One of my favorite writings was the Susan B. Anthony one. There were few female writings in here so it was nice to see Susan B. Anthony included. 

 

My least favorite by far was the Social Security Act. That was a total snooze fest. It was over 40 pages and so dry. I also felt that it could have been replaced by a few, more interesting writings.

 

All in all, this is a really solid collection of fundamental American writings. I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a comprehensive collection of American documents and speeches. 

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text 2018-04-18 21:08
Reading progress update: I've read 355 out of 434 pages.
The U.S. Constitution and Other Key American Writings - Founding Fathers
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text 2018-04-02 06:06
Reading progress update: I've read 319 out of 434 pages.
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review 2016-03-13 15:39
"Those rebels, John and Tom" by Barbara Kerley
Those Rebels, John and Tom - Barbara Kerley,Edwin Fotheringham

An informational children's book that compares and contrasts the founding fathers, John Adams and Tomas Jefferson. These two had very different lives, personalities, and childhoods but did have the same love for the american colonies. This could be used as an integrated history and reading lesson. Students can do a study on John Adams and Tomas Jefferson. They could make a venn diagram of the two and list similarities and differences. 

 

Interest Level

Grades 2 - 6

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 6.3

Lexile® Measure:AD960L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R

Genre

  • Autobiography and Biography

 This link is to an excellent teaching blog. The picture is of a venn diagram that compares two students in the class. You could also do this and have the students compare two characters from a story! I also like how this incorporates art into language arts. -Maggie Smith 2/18/13:

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