American History

American History – Walter Raliegh

This year Caleb is going to begin covering American History. You can read this post if you want the extensive long list of everything I hope to accomplish with him. One of the first explorers we started with is Sir Walter Raleigh.

We watched this video to give an introduction to his life. The run-time is 8:11. It is one of those videos that shows a magic marker writing quickly to make scenes. (I apologize I don’t know the proper name for that). The video is set to the song “All of Me” by John Legend. Personally, I didn’t think the song really fit what the video was trying to convey. However, it did a good job giving us a general overview of Sir Walter Raleigh’s life. That was what I was going for.

We then read the book, Walter Raleigh by Susan Korman. This is a long chapter book. It went into great detail about all areas of Sir Walter’s life. In this unit study, I usually do the reading of library books and Caleb takes notes. To be honest, I lost him a few times. If you have a kiddo that enjoys a tougher read, however, I do recommend this book.

After reading we watched a DVD, Great Adventurers: Sir Walter Raleigh and the Orinoco Disaster. The video was 50 minutes and the acting was extremely cheesy.  Overall, the layout and story telling of the DVD was good. Caleb was able to take great notes from it and he said he enjoyed it.

Great Adventurers: Sir Walter Raleigh and the Orinoco Disaster

To end our unit, Caleb had to write one paragraph giving me a general overview of Sir Walter Raleigh’s life. He also needed to draw a face of him onto our timeline and be able to provide 3 quick highlights of his life.

To be honest, this wasn’t a very exciting unit. It did give us opportunity, however, to practice note-taking and paragraph writing.

Happy Learning Everyone!

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