The New Americans: Picture Book

What is most appreciative about the book is the way in which it builds on student’s prior knowledge. Rather than jumping into the content of the time period the book connects previous major events starting with the voyage of Christopher Columbus. The book also does an excellent job of giving detailed reasons for the expansion into the New World. The desire for wealth sets the stage for European and Spanish migration into these new parts of the world. As part of the introduction to the novel the book touches on misconceptions that many of these settlers had when exploring into the New World. The allure for gold and other jewels brought many explorers but they soon found that the New World was much more profitable for other natural resources. This is an excellent introduction for a colonial lesson because it reinforces ideas that students have previously learned about.

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