IEW Using US History |Grades: 6th-9th|


Teacher: Angela Matson


Travel back in time to early United States history! This theme-based writing curriculum allows students to delve into the excitement of explorers, battles, land expansion, famous ships, and founding fathers while learning to write with the Structure and Style writing method.

For students in 5th-9th grade. Students must be able to independently write full paragraphs.

Offering a full year of instruction, students will work through IEW Units 1- 9 as they learn to take notes, retail narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, summarize multiple references, write essays, and compose formal critiques. This curriculum is easily adjusted for older or younger students.If we have time at the end of class, we will add in Fix It Grammar Book 1, I highly suggest using it at home.

Please come to class with U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Student Book by Lori Verstegen (check Ebay for a used copy). The class involves a portion that will be taught in class and homework using what they learned in class. There are also literature suggestions that I highly encourage your student to read at home to go with the course. Check our local library system for these books or buy used off Ebay.

The books for the first term are as follows:

    • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
    • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
    • Night Journeys by Avi
    • Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
    • Give Me Liberty by L.M. Elliot
    • Tolliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady
    • Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit
    • By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman

The books for the second term are as follows:

    • Mr. Lincoln’s Drummer by G. Clifton Wisler
    • Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit
    • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
    • Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida
    • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey