The First Americans: Prehistory-1600 (A History of US Series #1)

The First Americans: Prehistory-1600 (A History of US Series #1)

by Joy Hakim

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Overview

Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text.

Thousands of years—way before Christopher Columbus set sail—wandering tribes of hunters made their way from Asia across the Bering land bridge to North America. They didn't know it, but they had discovered a New World. The First Americans is a fascinating re-creation of pre-Columbian Native American life, and it's an adventure of a lifetime! Hunt seals with the Inuit; harvest corn on a cliff-top mesa; hunt the mighty buffalo; and set sail with Leif Erickson, Columbus, and all the early great explorers—Cabot, Balboa, Ponce de Leon, Cortes, Henry the Navigator, and more—in this brilliantly told story of America before it was America.

About the Series:
Master storyteller Joy Hakim has excited millions of young minds with the great drama of American history in her award-winning series A History of US. Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text, A History of US weaves together exciting stories that bring American history to life. Hailed by reviewers, historians, educators, and parents for its exciting, thought-provoking narrative, the books have been recognized as a break-through tool in teaching history and critical reading skills to young people. In ten books that span from Prehistory to the 21st century, young people will never think of American history as boring again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195327151
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: History of US Series , #1
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 114,352
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Joy Hakim, a former teacher, editor, and writer won the prestigious James Michener Prize for her series, A History of US, which has sold over 4 million copies nationwide. A graduate of Smith College and Goucher College she spent years teaching students from elementary school up to the college level. She also served as an Associate Editor at Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot, and was an Assistant Editor at McGraw-Hill's World News.

Table of Contents

History? Why?
11(3)
Away with Time
14(2)
In the Beginning
16(5)
Feature: Old Mysteries and New Discoveries
18(3)
How the First Americans Became Indians
21(5)
Feature: Some Thoughts on Dinosaurs and the Earth
24(2)
Put On Your Earmuffs
26(5)
Feature: Life in the Far North
28(3)
Cliff Dwellers and Others
31(4)
The Show-Offs
35(5)
Feature: Life on the Northwest Coast
38(2)
Taking a Tour
40(4)
Plains Indians Are Not Plain at All
44(5)
Feature: Life on the Great Plains
47(1)
Feature: How Did They Say "Mom"?
48(1)
Mound for Mound, Those Are Heavy Hills
49(5)
Feature: Digging Up Dirt on the Mound Builders
53(1)
Indians of the Eastern Forests
54(4)
People of the Long House
58(4)
Let's Turn North
62(7)
Feature: The Vikings at L'anse Aux Meadows
66(1)
Feature: How Do You Know What You Know?
67(1)
Feature: Navigation Instruments
68(1)
The Power of the Press
69(3)
A Boy Named Christopher Has a Dream
72(5)
A New Land is "Discovered"
77(5)
Feature: From Columbus's Pen
81(1)
The Next Voyage
82(5)
Stowaways: Worms and a Dog
87(3)
Sailing Around the World
90(5)
What's in a Name?
95(4)
Feature: The First Map to Include "America"
96(3)
About Beliefs and Ideas
99(4)
Feature: Stories of How the World Began
102(1)
New Spain
103(10)
Feature: Ways of Reading and Writing
109(1)
Feature: Life among the Maya and Aztec
110(2)
Feature: Tenochtitlan
112(1)
Ponce de Leon, Pizarro, and Spanish Colonies
113(3)
Gloom, Doom, and a Bit of Cheer
116(2)
North of New Spain
118(4)
Being a Conquistador with Coronado
122(4)
Conquistadors: California to Florida
126(5)
A Place Called Santa Fe
131(2)
Las Casas Cares
133(5)
The Big Picture
138(2)
From Spain to England to France
140(2)
France in America: Pirates and Adventurers
142(4)
Rain, Ambush, and Murder
146(3)
New France
149(5)
Feature: Traveling by Canoe and Portage
152(2)
Elizabeth and Friends
154(2)
Utopia in America
156(3)
Lost: A Colony
159(5)
Feature: From John White's Log
163(1)
An Armada Is a Fleet of Ships
164(2)
The End: Keep Reading
166(2)
Chronology of Events 168(2)
More Books to Read 170(2)
Picture Credits 172(1)
Index 173(4)
A Note from the Author 177

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