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Teach Dear America

Students can travel back in time to discover the America of yesteryears, from the Colonial Period in the 1600s to World War II.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities
  • Book Resources

Scholastic’s “Dear America” activities offer students a glimpse of life in our country from when the Pilgrims settled here up to the end of World War II. In addition to reading articles about various historical periods, students can also read “diaries” from girls during those eras and browse the fictional scrapbooks of the diaries “authors.” 

Learning Objectives

Scholastic's Online Activities are designed to support the teaching of standards-based skills. While participating in the Dear America project, students will:

  • Use Web technology to access time periods in American history
  • Conduct research by gathering information about the culture of a time period by reading background material, journal entries, historical fiction, and by viewing online video dramatizations of people's lives
  • Evaluate journals as historical artifacts, especially the concept of firsthand account vs. history text
  • Study the people of the past by completing an arts and craft activity that connects students, hands-on, to the culture of a past era
  • Communicate their discoveries about the time period by presenting their completed arts and craft activity
  • Use Flash technology to enhance learning and promote creativity by appropriately furnishing a period room
  • Synthesize information about American history and past culture to write a journal entry from the point of view of someone from that era
  • Use Web technology to publish American history journal entries online

Susan Cheyney

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