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7th Gr. US History Textbook Recommendations
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Can anyone recommend a good US History textbook for 7th graders that shows a balanced, people's perspective? Something James W. Loewen would be proud of!
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to "please" Loewen. While Loewen makes some great points about not "hiding" the realities of American history (albeit any country's history), be aware that he is a socialist with some ideals and agenda which are anti-American.

As a teacher of American history, I hope we are all on the same page to preserve the ideologies which make America unique and which America was built on: democracy, free enterprise, hard work ethic, sacrifice, independence, and free choice.

While no one is perfect, past or present, there is much to learn from the character, choices, and mistakes of those who came before us. Today, our choices create a legacy for the future.

Many middle school's like History Alive! Glencoe's "American Journey" has a lot of online resources in both the student center and teacher center. I use Pearson's "The American Nation" which has a great online link for student resources (and online text). Mostly, I've taught with video (DVD/CD ROM and Unitedstreaming or other online videos), discussion, reinactments, and online activities. There are great activities and handouts from the online text site and teacher's CD resources. I most often use the text for guided reading and vocab search.
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I use both History Alive and Pearson's "The American Nation" and also ancient copies of several other books. But I ALWAYS have the kids determine the bias, form their own opinions, and defend them. That way, I never have to worry about the source, we can examine lots of different versions of the same material and decide what's being left out, what's being included, and why. They LOVE it when they can identify an author's obvious bias and then attack it.
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Our state determines the textbooks from which we may choose.

The state dept of ed separates the texts into "high recommended," "recommended," and "recommended with reservations."
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