Amazing Americans

Grade Levels: 4-8
This engaging series of leveled biographies brings history to life by profiling a diverse group of Americans in addition to the traditional heroes. By focusing on poignant moments as well as public triumphs, Amazing Americans makes paragons of American history feel accessible and real. Text features such as Counterpoint and Leap Back in Time encourage students to evaluate information, make comparisons, and apply higher-order thinking skills.

About the Program

Each book features:

  • 1500+ words
  • Nonfiction Text Access Features
  • Link to Social Studies Standards
  • Author’s Note
  • Historical Time Line
  • Engaging, strong beginning paragraph
  • “In their own words” quotes
  • Counterpoint Sidebar (opposing views)

Each book has an accompanying four-panel lesson plan that offers explicit reading instruction including:

  • Specific comprehension strategies
  • Identification of nonfiction organizational patterns and text features
  • Teacher think-alouds
  • Reproducible graphic organizers
  • Nonfiction writing activities

Program Components

  • Amazing Americans, Colonization and Settlement: Pocahontas (Level Q), 6-pack
    Amazing Americans, Colonization and Settlement: Pocahontas (Level Q), 6-pack
  • Amazing Americans, Post-War United States Era Kit (1945-1970)
    Amazing Americans, Post-War United States Era Kit (1945-1970)
  • Amazing Americans, Post-War United States: John F. Kennedy (Level Q), 6-pack
    Amazing Americans, Post-War United States: John F. Kennedy (Level Q), 6-pack
  • Amazing Americans, Post-War United States: Thurgood Marshall (Level T), 6-pack
    Amazing Americans, Post-War United States: Thurgood Marshall (Level T), 6-pack
  • Amazing Americans, Revolutionary Period: Phillis Wheatley (Level Q), 6-pack
    Amazing Americans, Revolutionary Period: Phillis Wheatley (Level Q), 6-pack
  • Amazing Americans, Rise of Industry: Andrew Carnegie (Level Q), 6-pack
    Amazing Americans, Rise of Industry: Andrew Carnegie (Level Q), 6-pack
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Sample Lessons


Revolutionary Period Era (1754-1790)

Civil War and Reconstruction Era (1850-1877)

The Rise of Industry Era (1870-1900)

The Great Depression and WWII Era (1929-1945)

Post-War United States Era (1945-1970)

Contemporary United States Era (1968-Present)