Growing a Nation

About Growing a Nation

Use Growing a Nation in the Classroom

Growing a Nation's chronological presentation of significant historical events focuses on the important role agriculture has played in America's development. Students gain an appreciation of our agricultural history and how agricultural events have affected our lives in America today. Statistical data are supplied to analyze trends or allow students a look into the future. The programs' resources can be further enhanced by using the Growing a Nation Instructional Unit. The website provides educators with classroom resources and activities including: primary sources, assessment options, an easily navigated timeline, photo gallery, and the national standards met by this program. Your comments via the website are appreciated.

Growing a Nation has been designed as a flexible resource for secondary United States history courses. The "Story of American Agriculture" has been broken into four lessons:

  • Lesson 1: 1600—1929, Seeds of Change
  • Lesson 2: 1930—1949, From Defeat to Victory
  • Lesson 3: 1950—1969, Prosperity & Challenges
  • Lesson 4: 1970—Present, Into a New Millennium.

This interactive program is a useful resource for U.S. history teachers and their students. The CD is not designed to be used as a student tutorial or to be viewed as a full-featured movie. It is recommended that screens from particular historical time periods be used throughout the year. Growing a Nation works seamlessly with textbooks as screens have been designed to "stand alone" and mesh with historical content. The program should be used throughout the course as time periods and events are discussed. The multimedia program is intended as a teaching tool to aid teacher-led discussions or to facilitate learning in small cooperative learning groups.

Each lesson includes several screens that, with the use of multimedia, engage students in the story. Growing a Nation features a total of 44 screens of historical content, told as the story of American agriculture, and 246 embedded resources. Each slide contains embedded resources that add content and meaningful questions that foster group dialogue and interaction. The program can be employed in a variety of ways to suit specific educational goals: by turning the audio off, isolating screens for a particular time period, or selecting only the embedded resources. The audio narration can be turned off to access embedded resources more quickly. Screen narration can be accessed by clicking on the dropdown arrow in the upper left hand corner of each screen. The "Menu" button will navigate the user through the lessons while the "Index" button will display the screen titles in each lesson. Screens can be launched in any order from the Index menu. The screen icons are used in the program as navigation tools.

The Instructional Unit contains all of the Growing a Nation narratives and Embedded Resource texts, images, and questions. The Embedded Resource Cards also identify U.S. History Standards content. Like the Growing a Nation CD, the Instructional Unit has been divided into four lessons. Each lesson uses the Embedded Resources with a variety of suggested teaching strategies to enhance historical understanding. Embedded Resource activities and other activities included in the lessons can be used independently from the Growing a Nation CD. Additional classroom resources can be found on the Growing a Nation website.