Uncle Sam and You Curriculum Package
A good civics course will teach your child about how laws are made, enforced, modified, and amended, and about his rights and duties as a citizen. A great civics course goes even further. Uncle Sam and You not only covers the basics but also delves into national symbols, international relations, national security, national holidays, and much, much more. Replete with images, Uncle Sam and You highlights both modern and historical photographs and illustrations.
Great for independent learning - there is no separate Teacher's Manual – the simple instructions in Uncle Sam and You are directed to your child. Every week a new unit is introduced with four daily lessons, each with four to six optional activities. Some activities included are creative writing, vocabulary usage, instructions to draw a picture or take a photograph, and reading assignments from The Citizen’s Handbook. The readings from The Citizen’s Handbook are a diverse collection of speeches, personal memoirs, newspaper articles and advertisements, historical writings, excerpts from the Constitution, and much more. In addition, one of the suggested activities is to read two to three chapters daily from eight optional books to give your child a richer perspective on the various topics studied. These titles (listed in the publisher’s information below) are ones that you may already have or can easily obtain from your local library. If you have a voracious reader this is a good choice.
Uncle Sam and You also includes thirty optional lessons on America's patriotic holidays that can be used once a week. A special corresponding multi-age family activity such as craft and art projects or themed meals is assigned to each holiday lesson.
The Uncle Sam and You Answer Key provides answers for the end-of-lesson assignments, student workbook (optional, sold separately), and lesson review (optional, sold separately).
Curriculum Package Includes:
Uncle Sam and You Part 1
Uncle Sam and You Part 2
The Citizen's Handbook
Uncle Sam and You Answer Key
The publisher considers the Student Workbook & Lesson Review optional, and are available separately.
Suggested literature titles, not included:
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Units 5-6)
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young (Units 10-11)
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (Units 12-14)
Basher Five-Two by Scott O'Grady (Units 16-17)
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (Units 18-19)
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Units 22-24)
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman (Units 25-26)
Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler (Units 29-30)
Download PDF Sample Pages:
Part 1 Sample Unit
Part 2 Sample Unit
The Citizen's Handbook
Awards and Endorsements:
The Old Schoolhouse Review Blue Ribbon Award 2013
review by So Every Day
”I think my eighth-grader has learned a lot and has a much better working vocabulary about our government and its basic workings than she had before she started this guide.”Read the Review
review by Natural Beach Living
”Courses like this, change the way we homeschool because my kids get excited about learning.”Read the Review
My daughters, age 11 and 13, did this course last year. I found myself also being drawn into reading the textbook as well. Very informative and well written. They did the Lesson Review book as well and read the all the supplemental literature books.
We found this to be very thorough and interesting
My two middle school students love the format and the content of this curriculum. They enjoy all the assignments and activities at the end of each lesson. It promotes a lot of conversation, especially with what is going on currently. Highly Recommend!
This is a great civics type course. It provides a history of our country, how it’s runs, and other things that generally aren’t included or are barely touched on in other elementary/junior high courses.
Not a fan. The lessons are long and not very interesting for my child. Wish it was more interactive.