Level 6

( Grade 6 – Age 11-13 )

Build Your Library: Level 6 - American History, Part 2Continuing your journey through American History begun in Level 5, this year you will complete your study of American History from the Civil War through the modern day. You will use a variety of diverse non-fiction, like An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young PeopleHeart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, and A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America. Witness the tumultuous Civil War, discover what it is like to immigrate to America, learn about the World Wars of the 20th century, and join the protests during women’s suffrage and the Civil Rights movement.  You will continue your study of the 50 states, in order of their statehood. In the final six weeks, your child will use the provided Research Report Guide to write a research report.

You will enjoy an array of captivating literature selections together, and learn the story of America through the eyes and voices of children of diverse backgrounds.  Learn to appreciate what it means to really study history in The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody,  learn about life in a small town in the Dakotas in Prairie Lotus, and explore the history of Harlem in The Harlem Charade.

Along with your study of history, we’ll delve into the arts, studying American artists and poets.  You will complete a variety of art projects using the book Great American Artists for Kids and study poetry written by great American poets like Edgar Allan Poe and Maya Angelou.

The science focus this year is earth and space, using Real Science Odyssey Astronomy 2 and Blair Lee’s Climate Change unit — both paired with great living books like George and the Big Bang and World Without Fish.

My lesson plans guide you through the school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on important things, like teaching your children.

The 324 page PDF lesson plans include:

  • a daily and weekly schedule for 36 weeks of study
  • reading list
  • a set of 10+ narration cards
  • vocabulary words, discussion questions, and dictation passages tied to the literature reading
  • memory work projects
  • timeline figures
  • 17 activity pages (including map work)
  • research projects
  • a full 14-page research report guide
  • art projects
  • a 3 day per week schedule for secular Earth and Space science

You can see a sample week here: 

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DK American History: A Visual Encyclopedia (Spine 5/6) – Bookshop.org
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the US (FYP) (Spine 5/6) – Bookshop.org
A Different Mirror (FYP) (Spine 5/6) – Bookshop.org
Words that Built a Nation (Spine 5/6) – Bookshop.org
We Were There Too! Young People in US History (Spine 5/6) – Bookshop.org
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Spine 5/6) – Bookshop.org
Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency (Spine 5/6) – Bookshop.org
What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal (Spine 5/6) – Bookshop.org
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your School Books Didn’t Tell You About the Civil War (Week 1) – Bookshop.org
Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender (Week 8) – Bookshop.org
Which Way to the Wild West? (Week 9) – Bookshop.org
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration(Week 13) – Bookshop.org
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (Week 18) – Bookshop.org
The Great American Dust Bowl (Week 26) – Bookshop.org
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Week 28) – Bookshop.org
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (Week 32) – Bookshop.org


The Giver (Week 1) – Bookshop.org
The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody (Week 3) – Bookshop.org
Sugar (Week 6) – Bookshop.org
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse (Week 9) – Bookshop.org
Prairie Lotus (Week 11) – Bookshop.org
Chasing Secrets (Week 14) – Bookshop.org
When You Reach Me (Week 17) – Bookshop.org
Hattie Big Sky (Week 19) – Bookshop.org
The Harlem Charade (Week 22) – Bookshop.org
Esperanza Rising (Week 25) – Bookshop.org
Farewell to Manzanar (Week 28) – Bookshop.org
One Crazy Summer (Week 31) – Bookshop.org
Ghost Boys (Week 34) – Bookshop.org


Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe (Week 1) – Bookshop.org
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes (Week 12) – Bookshop.org
Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou (Week 25) – Bookshop.org


Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor (Week 1) – Bookshop.org
Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story(Week 3) – Bookshop.org
March Toward Thunder (Week 5) – Bookshop.org
The Prairie Thief (Week 8) – Bookshop.org
Dragon’s Gate (Week 10) – Bookshop.org
Chickadee (Week 12) – Bookshop.org
Stargazing (Week 14) – Bookshop.org
Letters from Rifka (Week 16) – Bookshop.org
Immigrant Kids (Week 18) – Bookshop.org
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights (Week 19) – Bookshop.org
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (Week 21) – Bookshop.org
Finding Langston (Week 23) – Bookshop.org
Darby (Week 24) – Bookshop.org
Stella By Starlight (Week 26) – Bookshop.org
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb (Week 28) – Bookshop.org
The Length of a String (Week 30) – Bookshop.org
90 Miles to Havana (Week 33) – Bookshop.org
A Galaxy of Sea Stars (Week 35) – Bookshop.org

Real Science Odyssey Astronomy 2
George and the Big BangBookshop.org
A Black Hole is Not a HoleBookshop.org
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and OpportunityBookshop.org
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 On the MoonBookshop.org
Weather! (Week 16) – Bookshop.org
The Science of Climate Change (Week 21)
World Without Fish (Week 22) – Bookshop.org
Tracking Trash (Week 27) – Bookshop.org

Literary Earth Science Project:  (Weeks 33 – 36)

The Boy Who Harnessed the WindBookshop.org
Out of the DustBookshop.org
The Thing About JellyfishBookshop.org
George’s Secret Key to the UniverseBookshop.org


Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (Bright Ideas for Learning)Bookshop.org

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