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SUGGESTIONS TO TEACHERS
THE PURITAN TWINS will admirably supplement the study of
American history and geography in grades 6 and 7. The nation-wide
revival of interest in all that concerns the Pilgrim Fathers, begun at
the time of the Tercentenary in 1920, will continue for many years.
Whether children are able to trace their ancestry back to the little
band that crossed the Atlantic in the Mayflower, or whether they trace
it to voyagers of a less remote period—and the other volumes in the
Twins Series are closely linked with many of these later ones—their
interest in the days of the forefathers of our country should be the
same; for these early settlers gave to America the spirit of liberty,
a respect for law and organized government, and a standard of clean
living and right thinking which it is our duty to preserve and to pass
on to coming generations.
The best suggestions to teachers consist of brief and helpful
references to authoritative books that will give an accurate picture
of the early days of our country in the making and of the Pilgrim
country as it is to-day. Properly presented to pupils, the material
gleaned from these books will help them to form a more definite idea
of what every American should do to preserve intact the national peace
and prosperity which is their heritage.
In the following list, titles marked with an asterisk contain material
which can be understandingly read by the pupils themselves. It will be
better to have the teacher read to the class from the others.
READINGS IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT
*Tappan's Elementary History of Our Country, Chapters 4 to 9
inclusive. These deal with the whole period of colonization.
Thwaites and Kendall's History of the United States for Schools.
Chapters 3 to 9 inclusive. This is a more advanced book which
amplifies the story. There are valuable suggestions for reading in
Guitteau's Preparing for Citizenship. Chapter 19 is of great
*Webster's Americanization and Citizenship. The following paragraphs
set forth American ideals in their origin and development: 44, 52, 53,
54, 55, 63, 73, 117-121.
*Tappan's Our European Ancestors. Chapters 16-20 inclusive. These
describe the European rivalries which influenced the colonization of
*Tappan's Little Book of Our Flag. Particularly chapters 1 and 2
respectively, "The Flags that Brought the Colonists," and "The Pine
Tree Flag and Others."
Griffis's Young People's History of the Pilgrims. The conditions
which led to the sailing of the Pilgrims are clearly sketched and
emphasis is laid on the viewpoint of the Pilgrim boys and girls.
*Griffis's The Pilgrims in Their Three Homes: England, Holland, and
America. The life of the Pilgrims in church and school, at work and
play, including their flight and refuge, is fully described.
*Tappan's American Hero Stories. Five stories center around the
colonists, of whom, of course, Miles Standish is one.
*Tappan's Letters from Colonial Children. These letters give an idea
of life in representative American colonies seen through a child's
eyes. They present a vivid and historically accurate picture of the
*Hawthorne's Grandfather's Chair. These stories have never grown old
or tiresome to children—and probably never will. No stories ever
gave a better introduction to our history from the settlement of New
England to the War for Independence.
*Deming and Bemis's Stories of Patriotism. A series of stirring
tales of patriotic deeds by Americans from the time of the Colonists
to the present.
*Bemis's The Patriotic Reader. The selections cover the history of
our country from the discovery of America to our entrance into the
Great War. They give one a familiarity with literature—new and
old—that presents the highest ideals of freedom and justice.
*Longfellow's Courtship of Miles Standish. A well annotated edition
is published in the Riverside Literature Series.
Jane G. Austin's The Old Colony Stories. These novels, dealing with
the early settlers of Plymouth, have taken their place among the
American classics, and their combination of romantic interest, real
literary quality, and historical accuracy has won for them wide
popularity. The titles alone bring before the mind a vision of the
most famous colonists: Betty Alden, A Nameless Nobleman, Standish
of Standish, Dr. LeBaron and his Daughters, David Alden's Daughter
and Other Stories.
Fiske's The Beginnings of New England. This is one of the most
readable of the authoritative histories.
READINGS IN GEOGRAPHY
Edwards's The Old Coast Road. The South Shore road from Boston to
Plymouth is one of the most historic roads in the country. Starting
from Boston, Miss Edwards guides her readers through Dorchester
Heights, Milton and the Blue Hills, Quincy with its Shipbuilding,
Weymouth, Hingham, Cohasset, the Scituate Shore, Marshfield, the
Home of Daniel Webster, Duxbury and Kingston. She concludes with an
informing chapter on Plymouth.
Edwards's Cape Cod, New and Old. Delightful essays on the
Cape—brief, entertaining, and containing precisely those facts which
every reader wants to know.
*Longfellow's Courtship of Miles Standish. Dramatized. This is
equipped with suggestions for stage settings, properties and costumes.
*Austin's Standish of Standish. Dramatized. Historically true
portrayals of character and atmosphere. There are suggestions for
costumes and other details of acting.
Baker's The Pilgrim Spirit. This book contains the words spoken
by the characters in the various episodes comprising the Pageant
presented at Plymouth, Massachusetts, during the summer of 1921. It
re-creates in masterly fashion the atmosphere of old colony times.