A Buss from Lafayette Teacher’s Guide

ISBN-10: 194544813X
ISBN-13: 978-1945448133
ASIN: B075J4SS93

(P.S. Available in paperback and e-book editions,
the Guide includes a link to download all
classroom handouts for easy printing!)

This complete  guide makes it super easy to use A Buss from Lafayette  as a “springboard” for helping students understand  1)  the American Revolution,  2)  the key role General Lafayette played in achieving independence,   3)  our nation’s “rock star” reception of the aging hero during his Farewell Tour of 1824-5, and,  4)  American life in the early 19th century.

It contains bulletin board ideas, vocabulary exercises, varied student handouts, puzzles, games, reading comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and both individual and class projects. Its cross-curricular activities include language arts/reading, social studies, mathematics, health/safety, art, music, dance, drama, recipes, and suggestions for real and virtual field trips. A full answer key is provided.

About the Guide Authors

Dorothea Jensen is the author of A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, and seven other books. A former ESL, junior high and high school English teacher, she earned a BA in English at Carleton College and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico.

Sienna Larson has worked as an ESL teacher in Panama and in Ethiopia and as a homeschool teacher. She also researched and co-authored two books on international education and has created curricula for French and English language instruction for adults and children. She holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and an MS in Technology from Northern Kentucky University.

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Check out these reviews of
A Buss from Lafayette Teacher’s Guide

“This is a great resource for a unit study of the revolutionary war. It includes a wide variety of activities in language arts, American history, mathematics and the arts. I really appreciate an organized and comprehensive study guide like this!” – B. Heikkinen, Homeschool Mom

“This document is fantastic and any middle school teacher would love to use it while expanding on the many aspects of this fiction/non-fiction youth book.” – Gene Glover, Middle School Teacher and Principal

“The need for teachers to find ways to make history interesting is crucial. A Buss from Lafayette will provide not only historic background of the revolutionary time. . .but also a story that all children can identify with. . . The teachers’ guide also gives many wonderful suggestions of how to integrate subjects with the historical content of this novel. , , [and] suggests questions that challenge higher level thinking. I highly recommend this for teachers in grades 5-8.” – Susan Elliott, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Quinnipiac University; Literacy and Curriculum Development.

I welcome art, video, audio, or other projects that students create as per this guide’s suggestions, as well as anything else relevant they come up with.  Please send these to me at:   jensendorothea@gmail.com.

I plan to post the best ones I receive on my websites!

Also, please share your thoughts, questions, or additional ideas for activities to engage readers of this book by e-mailing me at the above address.  (Online reviews are always welcome, too!)

Here we are celebrating the release of our teacher’s guide for my award-winning historical novel for young readers, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE. (Sienna is on the left, I am on the right.)