Indeed one of the books in the book baskets is even titled Age of Extremes–an apt title for a book about such a varied era as the “Gilded Age” at the close of the 1800’s.
We’ll be studying more about child labor, strikes, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and Andrew Carnegie. We’ll dig a little deeper into our study of the Impressionistic painters and then head across the ocean to China and India through the lenses of Lottie Moon and Mary Slessor.
Immigration is another theme this unit. Through our reading we’ll experience the wonder, uncertainty, hopes and hardships of those who crossed the sea to Ellis Island and other entry points.
Last, but absolutely not least, we have a feast of literature! There’s a magic to the children’s fiction of this era, and my PrairieFrogs are already engrossed in the rich delights of Heidi, The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, Treasure Island, the Jungle Book and a few other great classics.
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