American Heroes
Age 7-9: Concept 2 - Change: Unit 3

In this unit your child will read biographical sketches about some amazing people who have shaped our nation. He will learn what made these people heroes and how they tried to make the world a better place.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the science and social studies unit People Change the World.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Heroes
  • Lesson 2: Early American Heroes
  • Lesson 3: Heroes of Freedom
  • Lesson 4: Hard Times
  • Lesson 5: Recent Heroes
  • Lesson 6: African-American Heroes
  • Lesson 7: Female Heroes
  • Lesson 8: Heroes of Science and Invention
  • Lesson 9: Book of Heroes
  • Final Project: My Life Story

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Compose first drafts using an appropriate writing process. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss appropriate use of punctuation. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts within and across texts. (Language Arts)
  • Edit to check for mistakes in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use adjectives in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use contractions in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Identify parts of a book. (Language Arts)
  • Read and comprehend text by locating information for specific purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Read expository materials for answers to specific questions. (Language Arts)
  • Recall main idea, facts, and details from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Record knowledge on an idea or topic by drawing pictures, making a list, or showing connections among ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Use media and technology to enhance the presentation of information. (Language Arts)
  • Use personal experiences and knowledge to interpret written and oral messages. (Language Arts)
  • Use published pieces as models for writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use text for a variety of functions, including literary, informational, and practical. (Language Arts)
  • Write in different forms for different purposes such as lists to record, letters to invite or thank, and stories or poems to entertain. (Language Arts)
  • Write structured, informative presentations and narratives when given help with organization. (Language Arts)
  • Write to communicate with a variety of audiences. (Language Arts)
  • Write to discover, develop, and refine ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Write to record ideas and reflections. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze and evaluate the effects of responsible citizenship in the school, community, and other social environments. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the effects of change in communities and predict future changes. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze, evaluate the effects of, and demonstrate responsible citizenship in the school, community, and other social environments. (Social Studies)
  • Create and interpret timelines. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how science and technology have changed communication, transportation, and recreation (Social Studies)
  • Explain how science and technology have changed the ways in which people meet basic needs. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and describe attributes of responsible citizenship. (Social Studies)
  • Identify contributions of historical figures who influenced their communities and the nation. (Social Studies)
  • Identify historical figures who have exemplified good citizenship. (Social Studies)
  • Identify individuals of diverse cultures and describe their contributions to society. (Social Studies)
  • Identify patriotic symbols and songs. (Social Studies)
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