Saturday, November 21, 2009

TOS Crew Review: American Heritage Foundation

We received a CD of the K-12 National curriculum from the American Heritage Education Foundation to review for the TOS Crew.

The Mission of the American Heritage Foundation as it states on its website is:


AHEF is a non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America's factual and philosophical heritage to promote constructive citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens.

AHEF accomplishes this patriotic mission by writing, producing, and distributing FREE K-12 lesson plans to teachers, students, and families in all 50 states and through additional initiatives, programs, and partnerships.

They offer the curriculum for FREE on their website. All you need to do is request it. You can view each level of curriculum below.
Some examples of topics included at the various levels include:
  • American Heritage Themes
  • Colonial America: Causes of the American Revolution
  • Declaration of Independence
  • A Famous Signature
  • George Washington- our First President
  • The US Presidents
  • The Great Seal
  • History of Thanksgiving Day
  • The United States Flag
  • The Star-Spangled Banner
  • The National Motto

As I complete this review, I notice a very timely item in the History of Thanksgiving Day lesson for middle schoolers. What a purposeful way to reflect on what Thanksgiving meant long ago and how it was celebrated and what it means for us today and how it's celebrated.

Plus, in the middle school level there is a whole chapter on The Gettysburg Address which we touched on this week on November 19 from This Day in History at History.com. Such a wonderful addition to our unit on the Civil War.

This curriculum provides a thorough outline of the important themes for us as American citizens and best of all it is FREE. Go and request your CD today!

1 comment:

School for Us said...

Thanks for this review. I wish I would have seen the Statue of Liberty lesson before we went to NYC. But, I'm bookmarking it to do soon!