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Aaron Burr: More Than a Villain

Brian McGrath (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781425863654

Uncover the fascinating facts that led to the murder of Alexander Hamilton in the book, Aaron Burr. This primary source reader informs students about what made these two historical men enemies and how Burr worked both the Federalist and the Republican parties to become Vice President of the United States. Included are letters, photographs, newspaper articles, maps, and other primary sources that will captivate students while building their critical-literacy skills. This book includes: text features such as captions, bold print, a glossary, and an index increase understanding and build academic vocabulary; a “Your Turn!” activity challenges students to connect to a primary source through a writing activity. Full of amazing details, this engaging book is sure to deepen students' understanding social studies content and challenge them to analyze multiple perspectives through the use of primary source images, a primary source activity, and a document-based assessment.

The Schuyler Sisters

Monika Davies (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781425863623

In The Schuyler Sisters, readers will learn about the fascinating lives of Eliza and Angelica Schuyler, their influence on Alexander Hamilton and United States history, and the roles of women in the 1700s-1800s. Through the use of dynamic primary sources like maps and letters, middle school students will be engaged as they read about history and build their literacy skills. Supporting today's social studies standards, this full-color text includes intriguing images, interesting sidebars, a glossary, and other important text features to support learning and strengthen key comprehension skills. Challenging activities require students to use text evidence to connect back to what they've read.

Marquis de Lafayette and the French

Christine Dugan (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781425863630

This intriguing story highlights Marquis de Lafayette's strong desire to help America by joining their forces despite the King of France's order. Students will get pulled into this informational text that focuses on the extraordinary life of the Marquis de Lafayette, his relationship with George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, and his influence on the Revolutionary War. It includes letters, photographs, newspaper articles, maps, and other primary sources that will captivate middle school students while building their critical-literacy skills. This book includes: text features such as captions, bold print, a glossary, and an index increase understanding and build academic vocabulary; a “Your Turn!” activity challenges students to connect to a primary source through a writing activity. A must-read, this engaging book is sure to deepen students' understanding social studies content and challenge them to analyze multiple perspectives through the use of primary source images, a primary source activity, and a document-based assessment.

Fantastic Kids: George Washington Carver

Michelle Jovin (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781425853358

Known as the "Peanut Man" and the "Plant Doctor," George Washington Carver was born into slavery and became a successful scientist, botanist, agriculturist, and inventor. Featuring TIME For Kids content, this nonfiction reader introduces students to the fascinating life of George Washington Carver. This high-interest title includes detailed photos, stimulating facts, and clear, informational text to engage students as they build their critical literacy skills. The book includes text features such as bold font, captions, a table of contents, a glossary, and sidebars to increase understanding, improve academic vocabulary, and prompt critical thinking. This text prepares students for college and career and is aligned with state and national standards. Keep grade 2 students engaged from cover to cover with this exciting reader.

Benjamin Franklin

Wendy Conklin

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987554

Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents. His mind was constantly working to make things better for the colonists both before and after independence. Franklin was also a great writer, and he contributed to both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Early America: Abigail Adams

Jill K. Mulhall

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987868

Abigail lived during times which were much more difficult for women than today. Despite this fact, Abigail Adams traveled, believed in women's rights, and experienced the American Revolution. A devoted wife, mother, and American patriot, Abigail influenced history by helping her husband, John, make important decisions.

Early America: Christopher Columbus

Wendy Conklin

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987417

Christopher Columbus set out on August 3, 1492, to find the East by sailing west. Over the course of a few years, he convinced the king and queen of Spain to pay for his trip, promising them fame and riches in return. Columbus discovered more than he bargained for—he had found a new continent.

Early America: Phillis Wheatley

Emily R. Smith

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987431

Phillis Wheatley was the first black person in America to have a book published, opening the door for other black writers and female authors. She was kidnapped and brought to the colonies as a child and served as a slave to a family in Boston. Phillis learned to read and write at a young age.

Early America: Pocahontas

Marie Patterson

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987455

Pocahontas was the daughter of the great Chief Powhatan. Pocahontas was instrumental in helping Jamestown settlers survive a difficult winter and literally keeping peace between two diverse cultures.

Early America: Thomas Jefferson

Jill K. Mulhall

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987479

Thomas Jefferson was a gifted writer whose words helped form the country. Although at one time he wanted to be a great speaker, he found comfort and ease in writing. Not only was he a great writer, but also an architect, inventor, surveyor, scientist, and a brilliant politician. He wanted to make life better for all people.

Early America: George Washington

Christi E. Parker

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987493

George Washington helped form the United States into what it is today by making wise decisions. After becoming a war hero in the French and Indian War, he went on to lead a fight against the British in the American Revolution. He continued his legacy by becoming the first president of the United States.

John Jay

Roben Alarcon

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743987844

John Jay served in all three branches of the government. Once the Constitution was written, he was a staunch supporter of the document, joining some other men in anonymously writing “The Federalist Papers,” which explained to the public why the Constitution should be ratified. Soon after, he was made chief justice of the Supreme Court, and he was given the position of declaring laws unconstitutional for the very first time.

Lewis & Clark

Jill K. Mulhall

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743989060

Lewis and Clark were commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to find a water route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. The men were also asked to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. They never found a water route, but they successfully documented information about the new lands.

James Madison

Jill K. Mulhall

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743989084

James Madison made great contributions to the United States. During his presidency, he declared war on Great Britain. Not all of his decisions met public approval, but he was well respected throughout his lifetime and one of the most influential founding fathers.

Harriet Tubman

Marie Patterson

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433316036

Harriet Tubman was a slave who dreamed of freedom from a very young age. After her escape at 29, she did everything she could to help and rescue other slaves. In her later years, she built a home to take care of elderly African Americans with no place to live and encouraged women to stand together for their rights.

Sitting Bull

Roben Alarcon

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743989145

Sitting Bull was a powerful Hunkpapa Lakota Indian Chief who—along with the Lakota Indians and other nearby tribes—was involved in brutal battles with the United States over land issues. All tribes that were fighting to avoid the reservation eventually surrendered, and the Lakota people were no exception.

Abraham Lincoln

Christi E. Parker

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743989169

Abraham Lincoln was president during one of the most unique times in history. With a country on the brink of war, his ultimate goal was to keep the Union together. When Lincoln freed the slaves, he angered many Southerners, including his assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

Ulysses S. Grant

Wendy Conklin

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743989206

Ulysses S. Grant was a warrior, hero, and a compassionate soldier. Grant led the Union army to victory during the Civil War. The North thought of him as a hero for ending the Civil War and elected him president of the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Wendy Conklin

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743906715

Martin Luther King Jr. grew up knowing that there needed to be a change in the way that African Americans were treated, and he held a dream from the time he was a young boy that he would help make that change happen. Unlike most of the activists in the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. was committed to nonviolence.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Wendy Conklin

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743906678

Eleanor Roosevelt lived during an exciting time. Women had just gained the right to vote. As a first lady, she made her own agenda and gave her husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, plenty of advice. She stood up for the weak and advocated for equal rights regardless of gender or skin color.