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The Library of American Lives and Times™ Biographies For Grades 4-8 Correlated to the Curriculum Extend the learning through this new biography series. The Library of American Lives and Times use extensive primary resources as it brings American history to life for your students. Learn about some of the greatest players who helped in shaping America as it grew from a colony to a world super power. Through a chronological narrative, enriched with diary entries, letters, and other primary documents, students will learn about the various stages of our nation's development, as well as learning to think about history from the perspective of both individuals and society. By learning about history from a particular and unique biographical perspective, each student will learn about the following themes that form the framework for the social studies standards: Culture; People, Places, and Environments; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance; Production, Distribution, and Consumption; Global Connections: Civic Ideals and Practices. These books are comprehensive biographical treatments of important Americans, emphasizing not just their lives, but the times in which they lived. A politician, orator, and patriot, Patrick Henry summed up the greatest goal of his times with the words “Give me liberty or give me death.” In profession and oration, he committed himself to the cause of just and fair government first for the colonies, then the new nation. "These attractive titles serve not only as quality report sources but also as a general interest titles." - School Library Journal
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The Kuklas' careful research brings to life the man best known for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. They explore this very human Founding Father, who was one of the first, and most eloquent, defenders of freedom. Benjamin Becker narrates with passion and appropriate eloquence. His clear and concise delivery gives flesh and bone to a man of contradictions: This great believer in individual freedom abhorred slavery yet held 90 slaves. Notes, separated from the text by a tone and read by a different voice, and a timeline at the end of the book clarify its historical context. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 4–8—This title (Rosen, 2002) by Amy and John Kukla presents the details of Patrick Henry's life beginning with his childhood and early education, and spanning over the course of his lifetime, from his early businesses to his career as a politician. The focus, however, is on his role as governor of Virginia and the contributions he made toward the shaping and emergence of a new nation. This volume is arranged chronologically in 15 short chapters. In a few instances, the information presented feels a bit disjointed or difficult to follow because of a shifting back and forth between events or the insertion of a past event with what is currently under discussion. Benjamin Becker delivers an expressive and lively narration. Book notes are preceded by a series of tones and presented in a different voice. A timeline is included at the conclusion of the audiobook. An absorbing, brief introduction to one of our founding fathers.—Mary Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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