I thought I could keep doing our American History Unit Study through the Life of Wyatt Earp that we started more than a month ago. I planned on it, but it didn’t happen.
American History Through the Life of Wyatt Earp
What was I thinking?
I had my first son move back to the states, a graduation party for Mr. Awesome 2015 and a trip back to the states. And I still thought I was going to keep on homeschooling Tiny? Insane!
I tout all the time about not being super mom and to slow down for life changing moments in homeschooling, but I still tried to go on as normal. What is normal anyway?
I’m back to reality and am ready to kick off our school year soon.
Because our unit study is a focus on key events from modern American history, I prepared two notebooking pages that Tiny will be using this next week to go along with the minibooks he has already done.
Though we had read about the life of Wyatt Earp in our history magazine, I guess it really wasn’t until we honed in on the year he was born, which was 1829 and when he died, which was 1929 that I realized what amazing events he must have witnessed.
The frontier was still wild and untamed while he was a boy.
Conflicts between the US Army and Native Americans were going on until the end of the 1800s.
He was a teenager when the American Civil War started and probably knew first hand the tragedy of all the lives lost.
Then the beginning of the 1900s ushered in the opening of the Panama Canal and the US going to war again, but now, it was a much more global war – World War I.
Wonder what he thought as the US forged ahead into the modern world?
Tiny will be doing some research on his own since the events I have on the notebooking pages are significant key events and there is plenty of information both in our encyclopedia and online for him to read.
I am not looking for him to write a research paper with the pages, but I am looking for him to imagine, wonder and step back into time to see events possibly through the eyes of Wyatt Earp.
Both notebooking pages have 4 key historical events on them.
Have your child research the event, write in the date and then add a few facts about that key event.
On the right margin of each page is a box where they can write about life during the 1800s and life during the 1900s, which will help them to focus about something that draws them in about this time in history.
I am finding this unit study to be quite helpful to help Tiny learn about sweeping events in modern American history and still learn about a person in history that captures his attention. Win-win.
Hugs and love ya,
If you missed any of the hands-on activities we did to kick off this unit study or free printables go here to Unit Study – Wyatt Earp.