Unit 20: Life in the New Nation

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Unit 20 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Reformation and Revolutions
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
English and American
A Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens

Old South ChurchUnit Description

“The great characteristic of the American people was their power of organization. They were organizing business, and preparing to make use of coming conveniences of intercourse; they were building highways, accumulating capital, and opening up the unrivaled treasure-house of the West. Above all they were organizing towns, counties, and states — if they could also organize a strong national government, nothing could stay their progress as a nation. As an observer said, ‘The American is a new man who acts upon new principles; he must, therefore, entertain new ideas, and form new opinions’… ” – Albert Bushnell

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • God’s providential hand governs and times all events and provides for His Creation according to His plan and purposes.
    • The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.- Acts 17: 24 – 27

Unit 20 Resources: High School

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Lesson 1: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions and vocabulary, then read the article: The American People from 1780 to 1800, pages 6-13.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Define the vocabulary words in the context of the reading and put the word and its definition in the vocabulary section of your history notebook.
  • Please remember that today’s article was written in the early 1900’s.
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Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • Take each of the headings in today’s reading (newspapers, the postal service, stage coaches, fires, Sundays, ministers and churches, doctors, schools, everyday home life), and make a bullet point outline for each heading showing the important points given in the article. Describe the main difference between newspapers during the time described in today’s article, and modern newspapers.
  • Describe the differences between how we currently view Sundays and how Sundays were viewed during the early days of our country.
Lesson 2: History

Lesson Two Assignments:

  • Make a chart comparing and contrasting life as described in yesterday’s article and life today.
  • Choose Native Americans, women, or African Americans, and research their everyday life during and immediately following the Revolutionary War. Try to use original documents for your research in order to avoid any misinformation.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Literature and Composition

  • Read the information about characterization in the assignment background.
  • Read “Book the Second,” Chapters 1 – 13 in A Tale of Two Cities.
  • Complete the characterization worksheet from Read, Write, Think in the resources section of the website.
  • Using character cards you made in Unit 19, on the back of the cards, write a brief description of each character. In your description, be sure to note if Dickens used direct or indirect characterization to reveal the character. Also note the type of character. (Refer to Unit 19 for a list of the types of characters).

Unit 20 Extra Resources: High School