Take the Journey

Teaching American History Through Place-Based Learning

In Take the Journey, author, historian, and educator James Percoco invites you and your students to the places where many events in American history happened. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile National Heritage area encompassing such historic sites as the Gettysburg battlefield and Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

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In Take the Journey, author, historian, and educator James Percoco invites you and your students to the places where many events in American history happened. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile National Heritage area encompassing such historic sites as the Gettysburg battlefield and Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Though it might prove difficult to visit these particular sites with your students, Percoco argues that every community has a story that can be connecte...read more

The 180-mile stretch of America between the Gettysburg battle site in Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia—the well-named Journey Through Hallowed Ground—teems with history. In this valuable book, James Percoco shows teachers how to bring that history alive within their classrooms, whether they’re located along the route or in some other part of the nation. A wonderful resource.

 

Ken Burns
Documentary Filmmaker

About the Author(s)

James A. Percoco is a nationally recognized history educator with over thirty-three years of classroom experience teaching grades 6-12. He served as a member of the National Parks Service Centennial Committee and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2011. He continues to teach middle and high school history in Northern Virginia.

Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Foreword by Milton Chen
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Invoking the Spirit of History
  • Chapter 1: We Are Still Here—The Research Road Trip
  • Chapter 2: The M and Ms of the Journey—Montpelier and Monticello, Madison and Jefferson
  • Chapter 3: Harpers Ferry: A Confluence of History
  • Chapter 4: Battle Cries of Freedom—Where Brothers Fought Brothers
  • Chapter 5: Quiet on the Set! It's Dwight David Eisenhower
  • Chapter 6: Historic Preservation and Justified Optimism
  • Epilogue: Playing Well in Peoria
  • Afterword by Cathy Gorn
  • Appendixes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

Product Details

Grade Range: 5-12
Media: 266 pp/paper
Year: 2017
Item No: 1143Item No: 1144Item No: 1B43
ISBN: 978-162531-143-6ISBN: 978-162531-144-3ISBN: 978-162531-B43-6
Hashtag: #TakeJourney

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