Honors u. S. History

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OUTSIDE READING FOR UNITS 1 & 2: 1870 through World War I
You must choose one of the books below to purchase and read during the first quarter of the year.

  • You must bring in your copy of your chosen book on Monday, September 8, 2008 (5pts)

  • Get reading immediately:

    • As you read, mark up the book and/or keep your own notes

      • This is to be done independently

      • You are encouraged to talk about the book with other students but ALL work you produce must be your own.

      • This is important because your own insights are a key part of this assignment

Kids on Strike, Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Lyddie, Katherine Paterson

The Great Adventure: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America, Albert Marrin

Titan, Ron Chernow

  • Story of John D. Rockefeller’s rise to economic giant

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown

  • Native American’s struggles to remain free in the late 19th century U.S.

The Jungle, Upton Sinclair

My Antonia, Willa Cather

  • Fiction – tells story of a young immigration and her family on the American frontier

Twenty Years at Hull House, Jane Addams

  • The autobiography of the reformer who fought to improve the lives of immigrants

Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington

  • The autobiography of an African-American leader who fought for civil right at the turn of the 20th century

Iron-Jawed Angels, Linda G. Ford

  • The story of the final fight in the early 20th century for a woman’s right to vote.


  • All written work must be typed, double-spaced, 12 point font

  • We will use Turnitin.com for all out of class writing assignments.


  1. BOOK BASICS QUIZ – (15 points)

  • Completion of graphic organizer covering basics of your chosen book

  • Friday, September 26, 2008



DUE DATE: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Choose any three (3) of the following four essential questions to answer:

  • What does it mean to be an American?

  • How have the concepts of progress and expansion shaped U.S. history?

  • How has conflict, both internal and external, influenced the course of U.S. history?

  • What is the role for the U.S. government in the lives of Americans?

Ask yourself, “How would the author or the main character respond to these questions?”

    • Each question should be answered separately by critically analyzing the reading

    • You must cite passages from your book that support your argument

    • Be prepared to present and explain your answers in small group discussions

    • See rubric for details on assessment.


    • You will participate in small group “book club” discussions on your book

    • In the discussion you will complete a summary of what other participants have written and compare/contrast the various responses to the questions.

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