7th Grade U. S. History Historical Fiction and NonFiction Tie-ins Native American Culture


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7th Grade U.S. History

Historical Fiction and NonFiction Tie-ins

Native American Culture

& Dorris, Michael. Sees behind trees. 1999. A Native American boy with a special gift to "see" beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty. Pre-colonial period. Grades 4-7, F&P-T, RL 5.2

& Freedman, Russell. Who was first?: discovering the Americas. 2007. Was Christopher Columbus the first person to discover the Americas? This expertly researched book traces the history of human presence in the Americas, touching on Columbus, Zheng He, Leif Eriksson, the Aztecs, the Incas and the Mayas. Nonfiction - 970.01 FRE Grades 5-8, F&P-V, RL 11.8
& Mann, Charles C. Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491. 2009. Author Mann paints a vivid picture of Native American life before their “discovery” by Christopher Columbus and his crew. Nonfiction - 970.01 MAN Grades 6-10, F&P-, RL 9.2
& Matcheck, Diane. Sacrifice. 2003. When her father's death leaves her orphaned and an outcast among her Apsaalooka people, a fifteen-year-old sets out to avenge his death and prove that she, not her dead twin brother, is destined to be the Great One. Great Plains, 1700s. Grades 6-9, F&P-, RL 6.5

Age of Exploration / Age of Columbus (1492-1700)

Armstrong, Alan. Raleigh’s Page. 2007. In the late 16th century, fifteen-year-old Andrew leaves school in England and must prove himself as a page to Sir Walter Raleigh before embarking for Virginia, where he helps to establish relations with the Indians. Virginia. 1584. Grades 5-7, F&P-, RL 5.1

 Bogaert, Harmen Meyndertsz van den. Journey into Mohawk County. 2006. An illustrated children's version of the journal of a young Dutch trader, Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, who journeyed into the land of the Iroquois Indians, a Mohawk tribe that controlled the trade routes in the area, in 1634, seeking to bolster the Dutch trade in what is now New York State. New York. 1634-1635. Nonfiction - 917.47 BOG Grades 4-8, F&P-, RL 5.3
Bruchac, Joseph. Pocahontas. 2003. Told from the viewpoints of Pocahontas and John Smith, describes their lives in the context of the encounter between the Powhatan Indians and the English colonists of 17th century Jamestown, Virginia. Jamestown, Virginia. 1607. Grades 6-12, F&P-Y, RL 7.3
Butler, Amy. Virginia Bound. 2003. Thirteen-year-old orphaned beggar Rob Brackett is kidnapped from the streets of London and taken to the New World for a cruel tobacco farmer master, who also owns a Pamunkey Native American girl named Mattoume. Virginia, 1627. Grades 5-8, F&P-U, RL 5.6

 Carbone, Elisa Lynn. Blood on the River: James Town, 1607. 2006. Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of James Town, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe. Virginia, 1607. Grades 5-7, F&P-W, RL 5.3

Conrad, Pam. Pedro’s Journal: A voyage with Christopher Columbus. 1991. Written as a diary by Columbus's cabin boy, presents a personal view of the first trip across the Atlantic and his discovery of America. Santa Maria ship, 1492. Grades 3-6, F&P-Q, RL 5.5
 Duble, Kathleen Benner. The sacrifice. 2005. Two sisters aged ten and twelve, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom. Massachusetts, 1692. Grades 5-8, F&P-T, RL 4.6
Fleischman, Paul. Saturnalia. 1990. In 1681 in Boston, fourteen-year-old William, a Narraganset Indian captured in a raid six years earlier, leads a productive and contented life as a printer's apprentice but is increasingly anxious to make some connection with his Indian past. Naraggansett. Boston, MA, 1681. Grades 7-12, F&P-W, RL 7.1

 Karr, Kathleen. Worlds apart. 2005. In 1670, soon after arriving in the Carolinas with a group of colonists from England, fifteen-year-old Christopher West befriends a young Sewee Indian, Asha-po, and learns some hard lessons about survival, slavery, and friendship. Carolinas, 1670. Grades 5-8, F&P-, RL 5.4

Kirkpatrick, Katherine. Trouble’s Daughter: The story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive. 1998. When her family is massacred by Lenape Indians in 1643, nine-year-old Susanna, daughter of Anne Hutchinson, is captured and raised as a Lenape. Massachusetts, 1643. Grades 5-8, F&P-, RL 4.8

Lasky, Kathryn. Beyond the burning time. 1994. When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in her small New England village, twelve-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution. Massachusetts, 1691. Grades 7-12, F&P-T, RL 5.3
Latham, Jean Lee. Carry on Mr. Bowditch. 1956. A fictionalized biography of the mathematician and astronomer who realized his childhood desire to become a ship's captain and authored "The American Practical Navigator." Salem, MA, 1700s. Grades 5-8, F&P-Y, RL 5.1
Lawton, Wendy. Almost home: a story based on the life of the Mayflower’s Mary Chilton. 2003. While making the pilgrimage from Holland to America in 1620 with other English Separatists, teenaged Mary Chilton endures many hardships that test her faith in God. 1630. Grades , F&P-, RL 5.8
Levitin, Sonia. Roanoke: a novel of the lost colony. 1973. An English youth and an Indian girl are caught up in the events leading to the mysterious disappearance of the colony at Roanoke Island. Virginia, 1585+. Grades 7-12 , F&P-, RL
 Rees, Celia. Witch Child. 2002. In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts. Massachusetts, 1659. Grades 8-12, F&P-, RL 8.1

 Rinaldi, Ann. The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, a Pilgrim boy. 2000. A fourteen-year-old indentured servant keeps a journal of his experiences on the Mayflower and during the building of Plymouth Plantation in 1620 and 1621. Massachusetts, 1620. Grades 5-8, F&P-S, RL 6.1, 6.5

 Schanzer, Rosalyn. Witches!: The absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem. 2011. An illustrated history of the witch hunts that took place in colonial-era Salem, Massachusetts, featuring primary source accounts, and describing the victims, accused witches, corrupt officials, and impact of the events on society. Salem, MA, 17th Century. Nonfiction – 133.43 SCH Grades 7-9, F&P-, RL 10.8
 Speare, Elizabeth George. Witch of Blackbird Pond. 1958. 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft. Connecticut, 1687. Grades 4-6, F&P-W, RL 7.2
 Waldman, Stuart. Magellan’s World. 2007. Details the story of the first circumnavigation of the world by Ferdinand Magellan in the early sixteenth century. 16th Century. Nonfiction – 910.41 WAL Grades 4-7, F&P-, RL 6.6

 Walker, Sally M. Written in bone: buried lives in Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. 2009. Reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s; and uncovers the lives of a teenage boy, a ship's captain, a colonial officer, an African slave girl, and others. Virginia & Maryland, 1600s-1700s. Nonfiction - 614 WAL Grades 6-9, F&P-X, RL 11.4
Yolen, Jane. Encounter. 1992. A Taino Indian boy on the island of San Salvador recounts the landing of Columbus and his men in 1492. San Salvador, 1492. Grades 3-6, F&P-N, RL 4.9

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