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SOTW 3 & 4 with Howard Zinn history.


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9 hours ago, WendyAndMilo said:

It doesn't contain all the source material, the font is bigger, there are more pictures, and it's an easier read.  But it's the same story - you can use them simultaneously with the teacher working from the original, helping the student understand what they've read in the YP version.

Thank you! I just requested it from the library. 

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21 hours ago, Little Green Leaves said:

I looked at reviews of the Zinn book but I saw that it was aimed at older kids -- middle school and high school, I think. SOTW 3 and 4 are aimed at 3rd and 4th graders

I know. DD is 8th grade, but she really struggles with reading. SOTW 3 and 4 are at a level she is good with reading independently now. I am adding the Zinn and she will be outlining and keeping a notebook like in the logic stage of TWTM at the 8th grade level. 

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30 minutes ago, WendyAndMilo said:

I think it's a really good combo 🙂

Thank you. If you know of any readers that are more interesting for an 8th grade student, but at more of a 5th grade level that would be good to read along with the time period, I would sure love some help.

 

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23 hours ago, WendyAndMilo said:

So my DS is going into 8th grade this year and I've decided to use History as the vehicle to teach a variety of note-taking skills, quick summaries, etc.  I didn't want to challenge him on all fronts so the actual history sources are a little lighter that 8th grade level.  So I would suggest to keep SOTW and Zinn the way they are and you can use the questions at the back of SOTW or elsewhere to go deeper/more interesting if you think your DD can work with that.  I personally think it's easier to build up on the fly than it is to take away stuff.

That makes a lot of sense. I am feeling similar, I want her to get the content, but more than that I want her to learn how to take notes and do outlines from history. It just really seems like the best subject to do that with. I already know I love SOTW, This will be her 2nd time through and my son also went through it once. Are you using anything specific, or just what TWTM suggests and mom brain?

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