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#1 AdventuresinHomeschooling

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:14 PM

I usually do my own thing for history with a spine and literature.  We do fun crafts and projects to go along with it.  Last year, we did some essays and note booking for my fifth grader.  My oldest is entering 6th grade, and I'd like him to start owning his history more by thinking more about the whys and hows and not just the "what happened."  I have started to build in more writing assignments and maybe even some note booking and outlining.  We are studying modern history this year, mostly American, and we will start a timeline project next year when we start over with ancients.  We are doing an inventions notebook and a presidents timeline.

 

What are some of your favorite history outputs and projects that you have done with your logic stage student?  Looking to go beyond the crafts into more analysis and thought behind the projects.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:28 PM

This year we are studying the Ancients by culture using a version of GRAPES, PERSIAN, and INSPECT. We will use K12 Human Odyssey as a spine daily and create a timeline while studying ancient civilizations in depth. We will study a different attribute of the cultures using the above attributes weekly and require a written piece and outlining twice a week. At the conclusion of our study of the culture, she will be required to create a presentation based on the culture or some aspect she found interesting during our study. She can present it however she wants but must design the project completely on her own using guide questions I provide plus four of her own with progress check ins weekly. The only project I will dictate is "Create Your Own Civilization".


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:43 PM

We're doing a focused US history of 1950s-present this year, and I'm using the "Exploring America in..." series from Prufrock. It's not a standalone history series and each book is costly so I hesitate to suggest it. However, it does a great job of getting kids to evaluate music, literature, and art from the historical happenings of the decade. I've partnered it with American Odyssey, Hakim, Zinn, many documentaries, Crash Course, and a lot of other materials. It's taken me a ton of time to gather all the resources. But, the end of decade projects are pretty interesting and fun.

 

For example, the 1950s asks them to put together a guest list for an Ed Sullivan episode, complete with interview questions. The idea being that they've had enough exposure to historical and cultural happenings to make thoughtful choices. The 2000s has something like putting together Instagram posts of important/iconic things from the 2000s with appropriate hashtags and stuff. The 90s is a web page. 60s is pop art. I can't remember the 70s and 80s. But, it looks like a creative and thoughtful approach beyond more writing (which there is a fair bit of during the critical analysis work in each decade.)

 

ETA: You could easily just do one decade and just partner it with whatever history reading you've already planned.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 10:54 AM

Maybe a dumb question, but, what is this?: GRAPES, PERSIAN, and INSPECT


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 11:58 AM

We have done different things for different times. But sometimes we've done more research focused topics. Sometimes, I've started them on thesis papers where they have to write a traditional "five paragraph essay" with a thesis to defend. However, we've also done a few more creative things, like writing from different perspectives imagining that you're at a certain historical event. Reading books like Bull Run about the Civil War or Good Masters, Sweet Ladies about the Middle Ages are good to set the stage for doing that sort of a thing - where you build a character and imagine what their concerns would have been at the time. We've also done things like writing a newspaper article from the time or a letter to the newspaper at the time. And we've done book reviews - you can post them on Amazon or Goodreads - of books about the time period and that's output as well, obviously.

 

We're doing a focused US history of 1950s-present this year, and I'm using the "Exploring America in..." series from Prufrock. It's not a standalone history series and each book is costly so I hesitate to suggest it. However, it does a great job of getting kids to evaluate music, literature, and art from the historical happenings of the decade. I've partnered it with American Odyssey, Hakim, Zinn, many documentaries, Crash Course, and a lot of other materials. It's taken me a ton of time to gather all the resources. But, the end of decade projects are pretty interesting and fun.

 

For example, the 1950s asks them to put together a guest list for an Ed Sullivan episode, complete with interview questions. The idea being that they've had enough exposure to historical and cultural happenings to make thoughtful choices. The 2000s has something like putting together Instagram posts of important/iconic things from the 2000s with appropriate hashtags and stuff. The 90s is a web page. 60s is pop art. I can't remember the 70s and 80s. But, it looks like a creative and thoughtful approach beyond more writing (which there is a fair bit of during the critical analysis work in each decade.)

 

ETA: You could easily just do one decade and just partner it with whatever history reading you've already planned.

 

We're going to use that too and you weren't kidding about the readings and videos. I have a folder. Oy. I'm strangely excited about the Ed Sullivan thing though.

 

 


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 08:32 AM

 

We're going to use that too and you weren't kidding about the readings and videos. I have a folder. Oy. I'm strangely excited about the Ed Sullivan thing though.

 

Right?! So many! Plus, trying to match it up with the actual history reading, documentaries, etc. I hope it ends up being as interesting as it seems.

 

Oy! I think I'm biting off a lot trying to get through all of the books in one year, but we'll see. Which decades are you guys going to do? 



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Posted 15 August 2017 - 09:19 AM

Right?! So many! Plus, trying to match it up with the actual history reading, documentaries, etc. I hope it ends up being as interesting as it seems.

 

Oy! I think I'm biting off a lot trying to get through all of the books in one year, but we'll see. Which decades are you guys going to do? 

 

There were a handful of things I simply could not find, which was annoying. Everything else I need to print and bind still before we have box day. Which... eek... is soon once I remove our two upcoming trips.

 

BalletBoy is going to do the 50's and if he likes it, we'll do another - probably the 60's. I'm holding off to see what he thinks though, and see if it pushes him a little. He's a tricky kid. Smart, but he needs to work on really answering deeper questions, doing assignments that aren't completely his choice, and just finishing decent products. I'm hoping the big Ed Sullivan project will work for him and that the questions for analyzing images and videos and readings will push him a little. I'm excited about it, even if I got annoyed about gathering the materials!

 

ETA: So! Thank you! Because I'm pretty sure it was you who posted about these.


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:07 AM

Mine did a program at co-op one time where they had to invent a character from history and do a "living history" musuem. Their character was based on fact, but was fictional. They had to research what life was like for that person and dress and give a little speech, then answer questions. 

 

This year for middle ages they will do a similar type presentation. It includes making costumes and knowing about what or who they choose to research.

 

So mine chose to be a wife of an early photographer. She had to research photography at the time of statehood. Her husband was injured in an actual event that she researched, and she had to take over the business, which is why she had to take over the business. It was a lot of fun.  My other dd researched early statehood newspapers and journalism and did hers as a newspaper person. 

 

For a Shakespeare play we did an MP study guide once. It gave them options like creating a family tree of the characters and of writing and filming a news report/interview of the characters. Those could easily be done about history. 

 

We did CHOLL last year for logic stage ancients. She has very small ideas at the end of each lit unit (based around history.) So for Egypt my dd12 last year made a brochure for traveling to Egypt. That is less thinking and more researching and drawing, lol, but she did have to look into what is there now vs. just learning the history, so a good social studies type project for anywhere. 

 

 


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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:29 AM

Oh, a totally different suggestion - I'm pretty sure you can still do National History Day as an individual. It's a contest with lots of research and things you have to get done.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:56 PM

Maybe a dumb question, but, what is this?: GRAPES, PERSIAN, and INSPECT

 

Those are methods for evaluating cultures. They are all the same things just in different order.

 

GRAPES- Geography, Religion, Acheivements, Politics, Economics, and Social Structure

PERSIA- Political, Economic, Religion, Social, Intellectual/Arts, and Area/Geography

INSPECT- Ideas, Natural/Geographic, Social, Political, Economic, Cultural, and Technological/ Scientific