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Part 1: Building a Nation

Part 1

Building a Nation

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Paul Revere's Ride
A historic event in poetic form

ACTIVITY

Before you read a nonfiction selection, discuss with a partner what you know about the topic, period, or event of the piece. Use a chart to jot down what you know about the subject and what you would like to know. After reading the selection, complete the chart by adding what you learned.

Stephen E. Ambrose

from Undaunted Courage
Lewis and Clark enter Indian country.

Vachel Lindsay

LITERARY LINK
The Flower-Fed Buffaloes

 

REAL WORLD LINK
Bike a Historic Trail

Louis L'Amour

War Party
One woman's courage

Roberto Félix Salazar

LITERARY LINK
The Other Pioneers
In praise of those who settled the West

Ann Petry

from Harriet Tubman: Conductor
on the Underground Railroad 

A former slave who led others to freedom.

Frederick Douglass

LITERARY LINK
Letter to Harriet Tubman

Russell Freedman

from Lincoln: A Photobiography
Lincoln's humanity and greatness

Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain!
A poetic tribute to a fallen president

Louisa May Alcott

ON YOUR OWN
Civil War Journal

Mark Twain

AUTHOR STUDY
from Roughing It
A hilarious account of a first job

A Fable
It's hard to see beyond yourself.

Mark Twain's Comedy Knight
Life in sixth-century Britain