American Literature and Geography

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50 States and Where to Find Them

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My primary intention behind writing 50 States and Where to Find Them was to teach my children all the states and capitals. This is accomplished by tackling the United States region by region. Children fill out a map of the region as they learn about each state. State lessons include historical information about the state and coloring pages of the state flower, state bird, and state flag. Each region wraps up with a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a bonus lesson pertaining to the region. Bonus lessons include topics such as heraldry, the Erie Canal, and the Underground Railroad.

Because I believe that literature makes all subjects better, reading suggestions are also included. Four of Holling C. Holling’s classic books travel each region with us, deepening our studies. F. N. Monjo’s The Drinking Gourd describes traveling cross country by watching the stars, and also provides an important lesson on civil disobedience.

This program is best for 3rd through 6th grades as children at these ages are both able to do the mapping exercises and often still enjoy coloring. However, younger children will enjoy the coloring pages, and older children can use the mapping exercises to learn the states and capitals.

The PDF workbook is only available through The main book is available both as a PDF through and as a print version through

American Literature: Essays, Short Stories, and Poetry

This anthology of American Literature includes all of the essays, short stories, and poetry suggested for grades six and seven in Andrew Campbell’s The Latin-Centered Curriculum, plus a few of my own personal favorite American short stories.

This would be an excellent addition to any study of American literature and history.

Table of Contents

Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hiawatha’s Childhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Children’s Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Scarlet Stockings by Louisa May Alcott

The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allan Poe

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

The Private History of a Campaign that Failed by Mark Twain

O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

The Gift of the Magi by O Henry

The Ransom of Red Chief by O Henry

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway

To Build a Fire by Jack London

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor