Through Joan Sandin’s touching story of Swedish immigrants, students will learn:
Before-You-Read Activities: Mapping USA train route west, travel mapping, ancestry and immigration bulletin board or poster, American flag project, research westward expansion.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Word pictures, idioms, alphabetizing, compound words, punctuation, roots and suffixes.
Moral Lessons and Character Values, such as, we are all part of one body and each part/one of us is important, appreciating our differences, equality, loving your neighbor, hospitality to strangers.
Activities and Writing Assignments including wordsearch, climate geography, Mystery Word activity, cities and states, learn some Swedish, cost comparison, cooking center, creative art idiom poster, Home Sweet Home art project.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, A Long Way Westward!
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!
Features and Benefits of the Study Guide
Printed Workbook Format
- Large 8.5×11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
- Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s answers
- Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
- Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
- Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
- Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!