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Catholic Review of: From Sea To Shining Sea Student Text

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This item received 5 stars overall. (06/16/2010)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Intermediate

 Jennifer MacDonaldBy Jennifer MacDonald (IN) - See all my reviews


Fantastic American history textbook for junior high students.

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From Sea To Shining Sea Student Text The Story Of America is a FANTASTIC American history text from the Catholic Textbook Project!! I KNOW it's expensive, but this book has been truly worth the cost!
Overview :
  • 20 Chapters covering 462 pages fully indexed
  • Covers the time periods in American History from Brendan the Navigator and the Vikings landing in North America to Dorothy Day in the early 20th century.
  • Full color pictures on glossy thick paper means it is nice for the eye and the hand.
  • Vocabulary is bolded within the text and defined in the margins.
  • Maps throughout of voyages, land acquisition, etc.
  • Chapters end  in a "Summary," "Checkpoints," which are questions for retention and comprehension on the events of the story.
  • 2 "Chapter Activities" like research colonist' eating habits or memorize the Gettysburg Address as well as "The American Larder" with a paragraph on food of the time.
When I first got my hands on this book I ended up reading it almost cover to cover (before I realized it was 2 a.m. and I should be sleeping.)  We read almost exclusively living books in our homeschool and I rearranged our curriculum so my children could have such an excellent book as part of their schooling.
The introduction on page ix states, "As this volume shows, it (Catholic Textbook Project) will be a series which on the one hand honors the Catholic faith and on the other is not afraid to be honest and comprehensive in its treatment of the past."   I have found this statement to be absolutely true in this textbook.
If I weren't Catholic, I'd like this book.  The full color maps and pictures, along with the interesting insets and the well-balanced, age appropriate text all work together to make From Sea To Shining Sea Student Text The Story Of America THE BEST AMERICAN HISTORY TEXT for junior high ages on the market!
You can purchase this book here.

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