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A Buss from


Teacher's Guide


This guide is for A Buss From Lafayette, Dorothea Jensen's award-winning historical novel for young readers. It contains bulletin board ideas, vocabulary exercises, varied student handouts, puzzles, games, reading comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and both individual and class projects. A full answer key is provided.


Its cross-curricular activities include language arts/reading, social studies, mathematics, health/safety, art, music, dance, drama, recipes, and suggestions for real and virtual field trips. 


The main topics covered are the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in our War of Independence, Lafayette's Farewell Tour of America in 1824-5, and everyday life and customs in rural America in the 1820s.


(This teacher's guide includes a link to downloadable, printable handouts for use in the classroom.)




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Questions that Challenge

Higher Level Thinking

"This teacher's guide gives many wonderful suggestions of how to integrate subjects with the historical content of A Buss From Lafayette, and suggests questions that challenge higher level thinking." —Susan Elliott, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Quinnipiac University Literacy and Curriculum Development.

A Great Resource for a Unit Study

of the Revolutionary War

This is a great resource for a unit study of the revolutionary war. It includes a wide variety of activities in language arts, American history, mathematics and the arts. I really appreciate an organized and comprehensive study guide like this! 5 Stars—B. Heikkinen, Homeschool Mom 

Any Middle School Teacher would

 Love to Use

"A fantastic document any middle school teacher would love to use while expanding on the many aspects of this fiction/non-fiction youth book!"

 — Gene Glover, Middle School Teacher and Principal



Great for a Variety of Students!

This guide provides hours of helpful, inventive and appealing ideas for readers at different levels to understand better and appreciate the relationships and historical context of the novel. My ESL students enjoyed the playful and challenging games which added detail and insight to their reading.Well worth it, a guide with a practical difference! 5 Stars —G.R.A. Amazon Review