"It does a man no good to be free until he learns how to live." Born a prince in Africa, Amos Fortune believed he must live to serve his people. When Amos was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at an auction. Although he was captured and brought to the United States as a slave, Amos never forgot his high calling. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends. By the time he was sixty years old, Amos Fortune began to see those dreams come true. In spite of his circumstances, Amos lived his life as a testimony to freedom - the freedom that can only come from faith in God. Amos Fortune, Free Man is a Newbery Award winner that is based on a true story.
Young Truxton Pilcher roams the forests around the British colony of Williamsburg and delights in its birds. He rescues them from danger, mends their broken wings, and draws their graceful shapes in the dust of the foundry where he must work. Little does he know that the governor shares his interest, and it might prove vital to his father's life. As Truxton helps his father and brothers in the foundry one day, a pompous silversmith is severely burned by accident. Truxton's father is imprisoned and faces death for maiming. His only hope is a pardon that cannot be granted. Songbird is infused with suspense and shows well the love of a young boy for his father, whose fate depends solely on God.
Nannerl Mozart's twelfth birthday wish is to become a famous composer. She's already considered a brilliant musician, touring Europe with her little brother Wolfgang and playing the clavier for queens and kings in the great courts. But, Papa doesn't take her seriously as a composer and won't even teach her to play the violin or the organ. Mama usually has a list of household chores for her, and Wolfi always manages to steal everybody's attention. In this wonderful blend of fact and fiction, Barbara Nickel brings the eighteenth century world of a talented young Nannerl Mozart and her brother Wolfgang to life.
Accused of murder and called a pirate by the British, John Paul Jones overcame all obstacles to become the father of the American Navy. Readers will imagine themselves right beside the bold John Paul Jones, as he lures enemy craft into danger and engages them in close combat. Jones, a talented young captain, becomes an invaluable figure in America's fight for independence when he offers his sailing skills to the Continental Navy. In his barely seaworthy vessel, the Bonhomme Richard, he harasses British ships and commandeers their cargo, including desperately needed ammunition and uniforms. Newbery Medalist Armstrong Sperry tells the exciting story of the man who terrorized the Royal Navy, survived bloody battles, and shouted the iconic line, "I have just begun to fight!"
What did the American Revolution look like from the other side of the Atlantic? Find out in this exciting story by British author Constance Savery! In an interesting twist, this novel shares the story of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of a British family to whom an American prisoner of war has been entrusted. The Darrington children of White Priory want to become friends with a colonial prisoner of war - but can the young captive really be trusted? This story deftly weaves themes of trust and forgiveness into an interesting plot with likeable characters.
Until the time she is eleven years old, Marie Hamilton lives a peaceful life with her grandmother, parents, and younger brother on the family estate in England; however, her life changes dramatically when her family moves to France just before the start of the French Revolution. Marie's father is returning to France at the invitation of Louis XVI to reclaim his title and estates as the Comte de Grandville. The family arrives at the magnificent palace of Versailles and quickly becomes part of privileged court life. All is not well, though, in France and only months later the oppressed and starving French people rise up against the nobility. When the enraged mob storms through the palace, Marie and her family are rescued from grave danger by a strange twist of events, but Marie's story of courage, self-sacrifice and true nobility is not yet over!
Sometime in the summer of 1803, Meriwether Lewis paid the huge sum of $20 for a Newfoundland dog that he named Seaman. This animal participated in one of the great adventures in American history and became part of the written record of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He is mentioned nearly 30 times in the diaries of the two captains and even had a creek named after him. Based on facts gleaned from period journals, this historical novel dramatizes the story of the expedition through Seaman's eyes. Along the way, Seaman proved to be a valuable contributor to the happiness and success of the expedition. The appended author's note separates fact from fiction and tells what happened to the main characters after the events in the book took place. James Watling's many handsome, shaded-pencil drawings help readers visualize the setting, hardships, and dramatic moments of the story; and two maps enable them to follow the explorers' route. Once readers begin this fictional account of the dog's role in the expedition, they will be caught up in the drama and action and find it too good to put down.
Describing the life of the Cherokee Indians in Georgia before and after the U.S. government forcibly removed them from their land, this history of the Cherokees in Georgia brings both clarity and immediacy to a complicated story. The book concisely covers the period from centuries before the arrival of the first white man in 1540, to the removal of most traces of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia after 1837, through the Trail of Tears, a journey that took one life in four among those who attempted it. This edition is newly embellished by Rodanas's black-and-white drawings, which soberly present Cherokee artifacts in full pages preceding each brief chapter and make this slender work even more accessible.
Patience's life is changing all too fast. Her mama just died, and now her dad is taking her and her brother Thaddeus on a three year whaling trip around the world against her wishes. She just wants to stay in Nantucket and go to school to study math. Being only twelve, she has no choice but to submit to her father's wishes. At first, Patience desperately misses her Nantucket home, but she slowly grows accustomed to life at sea. Her voyage is full of adventure, as her brother goes overboard, she spots the first whale, and she learns how to navigate the ship. However, the biggest adventure of all is when three of the crew members mutiny and maroon the ship's crew on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific. Patience is kept onboard to help with the cooking, but she's determined to save her father and brother no matter what the cost. This exciting, fictional book by Heather Frederick will not only entertain, but it will also educate you about life aboard a whaling ship in the 1800's.
This is an inspiring story of Florence Nightingale from her earliest days as the privileged daughter of an English squire to her role as Angel of the Crimea. Even as a young girl her nursing talents were evident as she doctored her dolls and ministered to sickly animals. With the training she received at hospitals on the Continent, she was ready when the call to the Crimea came. Facing unspeakable filth and disorganization, she and her staff of nurses cared for thousands of sick and wounded soldiers, earning their undying gratitude, forever imprinting on history her role as "the lady with the lamp". This narrative biography focuses on Florence's growing up years, her heroic and patriotic service during the Crimean War, and her life of sacrifice and service thereafter.
Gabriel, 12, is a slave who dreams of becoming a famous jockey. His father, a free man married to a slave, is a trainer for Master Giles's stable of thoroughbreds. When Gabriel's father enlists in the Union Army to earn the money to buy his wife's freedom, Gabriel must adjust to a cruel new trainer. Although the war's impact in Kentucky is less dire than in other Southern states, marauding bands of Confederate raiders terrorize residents, seeking horses, food, and anything else they can steal. "One Arm Dan's" bunch raids Master Giles' farm, not for food, but for the horses that Gabriel is determined to protect. Outnumbered, his only choice is to take eight of the animals and run. Master Giles, a kind man, rewards the boy's cunning and bravery. Characters talk about the many faces of freedom, from actual emancipation, to being allowed to learn reading and writing, to realizing the dream of working at what you love. Gabriel's first-person, present-tense narrative brings close the thrill of horse racing-on the plantation, at the race course, and in the war-and the African American history in all its complexity. The author grounds this fast-paced tale in historical fact by providing a nonfiction epilogue. Readers will find this wonderful blend of history and horses appealing.
This is the true tale of a 14-year-old Japanese boy who, after being shipwrecked while fishing in 1841, was marooned for six months, rescued by an American whaling ship, educated in New England, and returned home to become an honored samurai. Reading more like the heroic adventures of a swashbuckler, this is instead the incredible story of Manjiro Nakahama, a Japanese boy who was essentially exiled from his own country due to a tragic shipwreck and the isolationist policy of Japan during the 1840's. After being rescued by an American whaling boat, Manjiro becomes the first Japanese person to ever enter the U.S. and eventually plays a key role in opening Japan's ports to American ships. This well-written work by author Rhoda Blumberg is also beautifully illustrated with Japanese ink drawings, giving a rare glimpse into a closed country in the mid-1800's.
As a child, Amy Carmichael was a brown-eyed bundle of energy. No one realized that this young British girl's spirit would one day be used by the Lord to care for thousands of Hindu children on the other side of the world. Unafraid of public criticism, Amy Carmichael revealed to the Western world the spiritual bondage of India as well as the suffering of thousands under the supposedly "benign" religion of Hinduism. She raised a plea for the little children who were being sold into lives of shame as slaves in Hindu temples. Never content to do things man's way, when the Lord was showing her a better way, Amy Carmichael was one of the first missionaries in India to adopt Indian dress. This wonderful biography of Amy Carmichael reveals her strong faith in God as she determines to rescue children from India's temples. Amid Christians who considered manual labor dishonorable, she cheerfully settled down to doing her share of the work with the Dohnavur children. But the qualities of Amy Carmichael that will stand out to the reader are her daring faith, her overcoming spirit, and her tender love for the children she sought to rescue. She was their beloved "Amma," or "Mother." Her family grew to almost a thousand children before her death in 1951. In Amy Carmichael's victories in India, we see the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of darkness.
Born to slave parents, young George was orphaned before he could walk. In his youth he fought poverty and throughout his life he battled prejudice. Yet George Washington Carver emerges as one of history's most remarkable men! How? "The Lord has guided me," Carver was heard often to say. "He has shown me the way, just as He will show everyone who turns to Him." Carver declared, "Without my Savior, I am nothing." With his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, George Washington Carver was greatly used by God to discover countless numbers of scientific wonders and to lead a life which has inspired millions of people everywhere. George Washington Carver's story is not to be missed as it shows young people how to humbly honor the Lord with their lives, regardless of their circumstances. Note: A derogatory term is used in reference to Carver's ethnicity several times in the final 25 pages of the book.
This novel, based in 1754 on the actual captivity of a pre-Revolutionary girl from Charlestown, New Hampshire, presents American history in an exciting and interesting way. In the year 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by the terrifying cries of an Indian raid. On a day that had promised new happiness, young Miriam Willard instead finds herself a captive on a forest trail, caught up in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War. In a harrowing march north, Miriam can only force herself to the next stopping place, the next small portion of food, and the next icy stream to be crossed. At the end of the trail waits a life of hard work and, perhaps, even a life of slavery. Mingled with her thoughts of Phineas Whitney on his way to Harvard, is the crying of her sister's baby, Captive, born on the trail. Miriam and her companions finally reach Montreal, a city of shifting loyalties filled with the intrigue of war. Here, by a sudden twist of fortune, Miriam meets the prominent Du Quesne family, who introduce her to a life she has never imagined. Based on an actual narrative diary published in 1807, Calico Captive skillfully reenacts an absorbing facet of history. Note: There is a kiss near the end of the story by a suitor who has proposed marriage.
This superb biography of the printer, statesman, author, reformer, inventor, and ambassador reveals a Benjamin Franklin who in his time lived more lives than many men put together. Benjamin Franklin lived in turbulent times and met those times head-on with passion and gusto. From his Quaker childhood to his early days as a printer's apprentice, to running away and being a stranger in the City of Brotherly Love, and to being labeled the "Water American" in London, Ben's youth was filled with adventures and challenges that taught him invaluable lessons about human nature. These lessons would serve him well when he grew to be a leader of the young colonies as they faced the tyranny of Britain. As a leader in the American Revolution he was indispensable, and as an ambassador to England and later to France he won the hearts of the nation by his simple Quaker wisdom and geniality. All these things were accomplished while he pursued his interests as a scientist, inventor, and prolific author. In everything he did, Franklin was always compelled by how he might best serve his fellow man. The brilliance and inexhaustible ingenuity of mind that fascinated his contemporaries continues to charm us now in Daugherty's work. Benjamin Franklin's life epitomizes his own quote from Poor Richard's Almanac, "Well done is better than well said." As with all of Daugherty's books, illustrations of two- and three-colors compliment the meaty text for the enjoyment of all.
Deserted by his father after his mother's death, thirteen-year old Nathaniel Dunn is relieved when Basil, a music teacher, takes him under his wing. The pair arrives in Williamsburg in 1774 where Nathaniel begins work for the local carriage maker. As the royal governor and the king's loyalists attempt to control the colonists more tightly, it becomes apparent that there will be no peaceful resolution to the tension. Through his friendship with the elderly schoolmaster Basil, Nathaniel is exposed to music, philosophy, and the political ideas of the day. While Nathaniel's inclination is to keep to himself and avoid trouble, he cannot help but be caught up in the events around him. In the end, Nathaniel must determine what he believes and act accordingly. The final scenes take place at the Battle of Great Bridge, where Nathaniel encounters people from his past as well as the British army. Elliott packs a great deal of historical detail into a well-researched novel already filled with action, well-drawn characters, a sympathetic understanding of many points of view, and an introduction to many of the renowned patriots of the period. A detailed timeline and a lengthy bibliography conclude this solid historical novel that portrays the period and the characters with equal care. Note: As students read higher level literature, there is more language to be aware of, and this particular book uses "Great God" and "Good God" in a way that is most likely not meant to be worshipful. Should you wish to use white out in these instances, the page numbers are noted for you within the Teacher's Guide.
It is 1777 and the American War for Independence is at an impasse. The struggling new nation's need for help sends Benjamin Franklin to Paris to seek an alliance with France. How can he convince the French that the American battle is worth joining? The surprising answer to his dilemma appears in the unlikely and unforgettable form of a fisherman named Peace of God Manly. Franklin puts Peace of God in command of the sloop of war The Hornet with orders to harass British ships in their own waters. Soon tales of the unique and daring exploits of this devout but fiery sea captain from Salem are buzzing in the government halls of both France and Britain. Note: While this book is Christian in content, you will likely wish to use white out on p. 90 for a word used to describe the captain in a negative way.
Set in Paris during the French Revolution. A young man struggles to free himself from his own prison of bitterness. The peaceful existence of young Jacques Chenier and his family is shattered as the anarchy and terror of the French Revolution begins. While the war rages throughout Paris, Jacques struggles to survive one calamity after another in a desperate attempt to free himself from the bitter memory of his father's murder. In the process he discovers the true meaning of honor and the freedom and forgiveness that can only come from knowing Christ.
Les Miserables has been called the most important novel of the 19th century. It's a tale of war and revolution, a touching love story, and a tale with some of the most memorable characters you'll find in any work of fiction. Most of all, it's a story about a desperate thief whose life is changed forever when a kind bishop, catching him in the act of stealing precious silver, forgives him. Accustomed to living only for himself, Jean Valjean becomes a kindhearted man who helps a dying woman, cares for her child as if she were his own...and puts his life on the line to help an innocent stranger. The story that has thrilled millions comes to life in a brand new way in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's Les Miserables. This audio drama beautifully portrays the redeeming power of forgiveness through an embittered convict whose life is changed by a single act of kindness. Recorded in London with some of England's finest actors, it will mesmerize adults and families alike as it tells of the triumph of good over evil, of love over hatred, and of mercy over the letter of the law.
In 1826 an undersized sixteen-year-old apprentice ran away from a saddle maker in Franklin, Missouri, to join one of the first wagon trains crossing the prairie on the Santa Fe Trail. Kit Carson (1809-68) wanted to be a mountain man, and he spent his next sixteen years learning the paths of the West, the ways of its Native inhabitants, and the habits of the beaver, becoming the most successful and respected fur trapper of his time. From 1842 to 1848 he guided John C. Frémont's mapping expeditions through the Rockies and was instrumental in the U.S. military conquest of California during the Mexican War. In 1853 he was appointed Indian agent at Taos, and later he helped negotiate the treaties with the Apaches, Kiowas, Comanches, Arapahos, Cheyennes, and Utes that finally brought peace to the southwestern frontier. Ralph Moody's biography of Kit Carson is a testament to the judgment and loyalty of the man who had perhaps more influence than any other on the history and development of the American West. As you read this true retelling of Kit Carson's life, you may find that his adventures almost seem to defy belief! Although western writer Ralph Moody does not spare the details of Carson the frontiersman's dangerous life, with a few details being a bit graphic, we think you'll find this to be a truly thrilling and inspiring biography.
Who can love the spread of canvas and the bend of the oak and not thrill to the names of the great clippers built by Donald McKay? Great Republic, Sovereign of the Seas, Lightening, Star of the Empire, and Westward Ho, these names ring from an era when the windships were the queens of the ocean and the sail was the king. But the most famous, the one that most securely captured the hearts and imaginations of the entire nation, was McKay's masterpiece, the Flying Cloud. Here is the story of Enoch Thacher, a boy whose father lost his fortune at sea, who McKay takes on during the lofting, building, and rigging of the Cloud, and who finally ships out on her for her maiden, record-breaking trip around the Horn. The race to get to California during the gold rush is real, as was the ship, so you feel grounded in reality while following the young man's exploits. Accompanied by Sperry's wonderfully vigorous drawings, this realistic and riveting narrative will keep even landlubbers pegged to their seats, while the rich sea-talk and vivid details make you feel like you're there! (A 1936 Newbery Honor book)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this book proves that statement true time and time again. Readers will get to know Abraham Lincoln as never before as they read through this delightful work. The text is informative, yet readable and presented chronologically through Lincoln's life, beginning with the log cabin days he is famous for, through his political ambition and career, election and presidency, the trials of the Civil War, and finally his assassination. Photographs, illustrations, documents, and political cartoons from the days of his presidency are generously distributed throughout the text, giving readers the opportunity to see what they are reading about, allowing for greater understanding of the times and this great President. This book won the Newbery Medal, the Jefferson Cup Award and the Golden Kite Honor Book Award, and earned a citation as School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.
From a Pulitzer Prize winning author comes the story of an unforgettable moment in American history: the historic meeting between General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant that ended the Civil War. MacKinlay Kantor captures all the emotions and the details of those few days: the aristocratic Lee's feeling of resignation; Grant's crippling headaches; and Lee's request-which Grant generously allowed-to permit his soldiers to keep their horses so they could plant crops for food. You will never look at the historic ending to the Civil War the same way again as this moment in history is captured through Kantor's stirring retelling. Note: On the final page of the text, an oath is uttered that you may wish to white out.
David Livingstone was one of the greatest explorers who ever lived. His exciting exploits in Africa tell a story of unsurpassed courage and determination. He left the comfortable missionary stations and lived with the African people. He learned their language, treated their sick, helped them build a better life for themselves, and told them about Jesus. Livingstone is remembered for exploring Africa, preaching the Gospel, and studying the scientific secrets of this great country. Read his exciting story!
This volume presents the life of Teddy Roosevelt, adventurer, journalist, rancher, legislator, governor, Vice-President and President of the United States, and an inspiration to people of his own time and of ours. It is wonderfully inspiring to read about a man involved in politics who held such high ideals for himself and his country. He challenged himself to excel in every facet of his life including his faithfulness, his family, and his political life. He took his weaknesses and turned them into his strengths. This look at his life and character marks Roosevelt as one of the most remarkable men of the 20th century.
We are excited to partner with EduMedia to recommend and offer to you Set 1 of The American Testimony series. Academically-rich and geared toward students at the high school / college level, history enthusiasts, and patriotic citizens, these 5 U.S. History DVDs bring America's story into perspective. These are NOT boring classroom lecture videos! They are visually-rich documentaries that use newsreel video and motion picture footage, archival photographs, illustrations of antiquity, and filmed reenactments to bring history to life. More than just a classroom or homeschool audiovisual tool, this series is also an excellent American History refresher course for those who have long been out of school. Corresponding DVD segments are scheduled within the Appendix of Revival to Revolution in coordination with the history readings in the guide to provide more in-depth coverage for older students. Using these DVD's, along with the rest of the Extension Pack, in conjunction with the other required books for Revival to Revolution raises the level of the history study to make it worthy of high school credit.
Disc 1 - Discovery and Colonization (1490 - 1763) (1 hour and 44 min.) Note: The first 6 segments on this disc will not be scheduled in our guide, as these segments are prior to the time period of Revival to Revolution. Click here for disc overview.
Disc 2 - Independence (1763 - 1787) (1 hour and 39 min.) Click here for disc overview.
Disc 3 - The New Nation and Its Constitution (1787 - 1824) (1 hour and 49 min.) Click here for disc overview.
Disc 4 - Westward Expansion and the Roots of Sectionalism (1824 - 1850) (1 hour and 48 min.) Click here for disc overview.
Disc 5 - Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction (1850 - 1877) (1 hour and 59 min.) Click here for disc overview.
History from Whose Perspective? The American Testimony and the Question of Worldview (Click here for an overview.)
Publisher's Note: We employ the latest mass duplication process with the very best materials to ensure broad compatibility with a wide range of DVD players. However, some older units cannot play DVD-R discs very well. If your player was manufactured prior to 2002, check your owner's manual for DVD-R compatibility. For this reason, these DVDs are best viewed on players manufactured after 2002.
This really is an "exciting" book about creative writing. Author Ruth McDaniel has written many short stories which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. She is an ideal person to create a book to help others follow in her footsteps. Consequently, this is a practical, meaty, interesting resource rather than a school exercise-oriented book, although, it does have a few exercises to review grammar and sentence construction essentials early in the book. The bulk of the book is creative writing lessons for prose and poetry, with major concentration on short stories. McDaniel includes numerous inspiring and instructive examples, so we get the feeling, "This isn't so difficult!"
She offers solid advice for figuring out what to say and how to say it for the greatest effectiveness. McDaniel views writing as a means of conveying the Gospel and Christian principles through stories that show rather than preach God's message. This perspective and guiding purpose is very evident throughout the lessons.
At the end are proofreading and evaluating guidelines, then information on critiques and copyrights, because students who complete this course are likely to be writing publishable pieces. Although the publisher recommends it for grades 7-9, it is appropriate for high school students and even aspiring adult authors. Students can complete some of the writing exercises within the book itself, but they will also need a separate notebook for lengthier writing assignments.
Topics covered include the tools needed for writing, review of sentence structures, poetry styles and techniques, writing dialogue, outlining a story, writing powerful beginnings and endings, rewriting and proofreading, manuscript preparation and critiques, copyrights, how to get published, and a Christian philosophy of writing. Engaging examples of writing from well-known authors are included to provide students with inspiration and guidance in their own writing.
Note: Lessons will be scheduled weekly in Revival to Revolution. We will omit chapters 3-4 of this text due to thorough coverage of these topics within Rod and Staff English.
Students should have a basic knowledge of arithmetic (basic arithmetic will be reviewed, but at a fast pace and while teaching problem-solving skills and a biblical worldview of math) and sufficient mental development to think through the concepts and examples given. Typically, anyone in sixth grade or higher should be prepared to begin. The focus of the course is actually learning math for life, not simply preparing to pass a test.
Math is a real-life tool that points us to God and helps us explore His creation, yet it often comes across as dry facts and meaningless rules. Here at last is a curriculum that has a biblical worldview integrated throughout the text and problems, not just added as an afterthought. In this workbook, a student is provided the practice sheets needed to master the skills learned in the main text.
What does this workbook include?
Worksheets, Quizzes, and Tests: These perforated, three-hole punched pages help provide practice on the principles taught in the main student textbook.
Answer Keys: The answers are included for the worksheets, quizzes, and tests found in this Student Workbook.
Schedule: A suggested calendar schedule is provided for completing the material in one year, though this can be adapted to meet individual student needs. There is also an accelerated schedule for completing the material in one semester.
Are there any prerequisites for this course?
This curriculum is aimed at grades 6-8, fitting into most math approaches the year or two years prior to starting high school algebra. If following traditional grade levels, Book 1 should be completed in grade 6 or 7, and Book 2 in grade 7 or 8.See sample pages in Student Textbook
[Book 1] Students should have a basic knowledge of arithmetic (basic arithmetic will be reviewed, but at a fast pace and while teaching problem-solving skills and a biblical worldview of math) and sufficient mental development to think through the concepts and examples given. Typically, anyone in sixth grade or higher should be prepared to begin. The focus of the course is actually learning math for life, not simply preparing to pass a test.
[Book 2] It is strongly recommended that students complete Book 1 course work before beginning Book 2 as math builds on itself. Students don't just learn how to manipulate numbers on paper, but starting with arithmetic and laying the groundwork for geometry and algebra (covered in Book 2), this curriculum both firms up the foundational concepts and prepares students for upper-level math in a logical, step-by-step way that helps students understand concepts, build problem-solving skills, and see how different aspects of math connect.