Wednesday, May 31, 2017

YWAM ~ A Review

My daughter enjoyed reading about Meriwether Lewis part of the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing . Along with the book we were given access to a study guide  was provided via an e-mailed downloadable, pdf version.  

Who exactly was Meriwether Lewis? 
You may recognize him more by the reference Lewis & Clark. Meriwether Lewis was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Territory purchased from France in 1803.  Meriwether asked his longtime friend William Clark to join him on this expedition. Together they would explore the lands west of the Mississippi. Jefferson charged them with gathering information about the land, plants that grew in territory, animals that inhabited the area, and people that called the territory home. Their adventures were greatly aided by Sacagawea who would provide the help they would need communicating with the people as well navigating the territory. After completing the expedition Lewis would later be named the governor of the Louisiana Territory. 

The day cold and fair with a high easterly wind: we were visited by two Indians who gave us an account of the country and people near the Rocky mountains where they had been.
~Meriwether Lewis~

The book Meriwether Lewis: Off the Edge of the Map is 231 pages in length. 

There are 4 questions related to each of the 18 chapters in Meriwether Lewis: Off the Edge of the Map:
  1. vocabulary questions drawn from the text
  2. factual questions from the text
  3. comprehension questions
  4. open-ended questions
How We Used The Material
We have a growing collection of the Christian Hero Books by YWAM Publishing, and have enjoyed each book that we have read. The book on Meriwether Lewis was another great read. The books are written in a way that both children and adults can appreciate. 

One of my favorite aspects of the Unit Study Curriculum Guide is that there are activities for all learning styles. Some examples of activities include:
  • creating a display (maps, flags, navigation equipment, articles, books, models, photos)
  • creative writing
  • written essays (for students in upper grades)
  • dioramas
  • research projects 
Your child can use the map provided in the unit study print-outs to trace the path that Lewis and Clark took. They can learn about rivers, their sources, and courses. Your student can identify the major geographical regions and mountain ranges. As they trace Lewis and Clarks journey they can learn about some of the tools that were used to help them navigate. My daughter had fun using a compass to help her find a given destination. She learned that precision as well as ones surrounding is very important. 

One of the questions for further exploration that I found to be particularly interesting was, "Find three Native American tribes listed in Meriwether Lewis: Off the Edge of the Map. Do these tribes still exist? If so, where do they live today? How does the population of the tribe today compare to that of the tribe in 1804? Why?"

The Related Themes Web gives students the ability to go beyond the book and explore other avenues of interest in more depth. Areas of exploration include but are not limited to:
  • Math
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Current Events
In the Social Studies section students will learn about:
  • places of significance talked about in the book
  • journey taken
  • terms/vocabulary 
  • geographical characteristics
  • timeline plotting historical events during this time period
  • conceptional questions (more in depth discussion questions for upper level students)
For younger students you can make a paper machie canoe. You can create an Indian headdress or a beaded necklace. 

My daughter said, "This book on Meriwether Lewis was not the first book that I have read in the YWAM collection. I have enjoyed reading lots of them. I didn't really know too much about Meriwether Lewis before reading this book. I learned so much and found his expedition to be very exciting. I think that Lewis and Clark made a great team. They encountered lots of challenges but in the end they completed their expedition. I enjoyed doing some of the fun activities in the study guide. My least favorite part of the guide where the chapter questions."

In addition to the Heroes of History there is also a series of book on Christian Heroes: Then & Now. We have a small but growing collection of titles from both of these collections. I would highly recommend these books to others. 

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