Monday, September 28, 2009

Podcast #201 - Using David McCullough's 1776, The Illustrated Edition in the Classroom

Hello. In today's podcast I want to recommend a great resource for your classroom if you teach the American Revolution. David McCullough's 1776 is an amazing book which every history teacher should read but there is another edition which should be in each classroom in America - 1776, The Illustrated Edition. The edition has over 130 beautiful illustrations with an abridged version of the text. Most impressive, though, are the 37 facsimile documents scattered throughout the book in pouches which allow you to take them out and pass them around the classroom.

Please listen to the podcast and if you have any ideas on using this resource in your classroom please leave a comment on this blog post. Thanks.

1776: The Illustrated Edition

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  1. Anonymous8:40 PM

    I'd just like to piggy-back on this post and say that this is well worth the price. Especially right now that you can get 30% off at Borders with your teacher ID - otherwise Amazon has it 33% off with free shipping. So, so cool.

    As for classroom use - simply being able to bring in some of the letters to show and pass around will add a lot of realism to the subject. Washington's letters are great - and so are the maps.

  2. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Very nice site! I really enjoyed your podcast and the noticeable enthusiasm you have for history...
    Do you find it difficult to get children who are "not" excited about history, interested in the illustrated version of this book?


  3. Anonymous1:23 PM

    I would definitely consider using this illustrated book (or other similar books) in my classroom. Again, more than likely a very good way to introduce social studies and map-related lessons as well. I also like the blog author's attempt to summarize the book via podcast and it made me think...I believe that children would enjoy interacting with "homework" that was assigned and made accessible online.


  4. Like the McCullough book, I am impressed with the "Museum in a Book" series by Rod Gragg. He authored several books on American history and each is filled with primary source images and artifacts. Like with the McCullough book, the Gragg books allow users to take items out of the book to review at full size. An added bonus is that the books are quite inexpensive (~$20 each). I use the following books:

    --The Declaration of Independence: The Story Behind America's Founding Document and the Men Who Created It (Museum in a Book)
    --Lewis and Clark on the Trail of Discovery: An Interactive History with Removable Artifacts (Museum in a Book)

    There are several books in the series that were not written by Gragg, but I've not reviewed these.