This guidebook provides librarians and teachers with a collection of resources that capture the excitement, danger, and wonder of Colonial America. In this book, Colonial America is defined as the years from 1607 when Jamestown was founded to 1776 when the American Revolution began, following the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The focus of the book is on the English settlements that fought for independence from England and became the United States of America. Packed with a wide array of materials that encourage students to pursue their interests, this resource will motivate them to become actively involved in learning about their past. The first seven chapters contain book annotations grouped by grade levels. These chapters include biographies, fiction, nonfiction, picture books, poetry and songs, reference books, and books for making connections. The appendices include professional resources, electronic resources, information on museums and other organizations, booktalks and classroom activities, and books for building core library collections. By carefully selecting materials for their students, teachers and librarians can turn the study of Colonial America into an exciting exploration of the past.
Joy L. Lowe is a former school and public librarian who has taught library science at Louisiana Tech University for 25 years. Kathryn I. Matthew has taught in elementary schools in Texas and Louisiana as a classroom teacher, English as a Second Language Specialist, and as Technology Specialist. At the university level, she has taught children's literature, reading, language arts, technology, and research.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. Biographies Chapter 3 2. Fiction Chapter 4 3. Nonfiction Chapter 5 4. Picture Books Chapter 6 5. Poetry and Songs Chapter 7 6. Reference Chapter 8 7. Making Connections Part 9 Appendices Chapter 10 A. Professional resources for Educators Chapter 11 B. Electronic Resources Chapter 12 C. Dictionary of Museums and Organizations Chapter 13 D. Booktalks and Classroom Activities Chapter 14 E. Building a Core Library Collection Part 15 Author Index Part 16 Title Index Part 17 Subject Index Part 18 About the Authors