This article is in collaboration with Our Land Publications.
One of the keys to helping students truly learn history is to make the events come alive to them. To make historical people and events enjoyable for students, Our Land Publications has turned traditional textbook material into an engaging newspaper format. Told in chronological order, the stories of the people, places, and events are broken down into small segments – headlines, articles, fact boxes, and suggestions for projects, activities, and discussions.
The informal style and “as it happens” format keeps students’ interest, and the short articles don’t overwhelm students the way long blocks of text can. Just like in a real newspaper, the articles are accompanied by photos to enhance the information.
All Our Land Publications programs come with a teacher’s manual that contains maps, quizzes and other sheets that can be copied for student use, and suggestions for further study. The teacher’s manual gives instruction for daily use of the student newspapers in a classroom or home setting, though the newspapers can easily be used for independent study as well.
With 26-33 newspaper issues per set, each Our Land Publications program can be used for a full year of study. They are geared toward upper elementary students and cover the complete history of America, including its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic heritage and geographical diversity.
Crew members had the opportunity to review Our Land of Liberty, which covers America’s history from before the arrival of Europeans to modern times, or one of the state-specific studies, My Texas or My California. Our Land Publications also offers My Illinois and My Indiana.
Please click on the links below to read what the members of the TOS Crew had to say about their experiences with Our Land Publications – Our Land of Liberty, My Texas, and My California.
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Special thanks to First Mate Cindy from Fenced in Family for writing this article.