A Buss from Lafayette Teacher's Guide

BQB Publishing Release Date April 1, 2018

Written by Dorothea Jensen, M.A., and Sienna Larson, M.S., this guide will soon be re-issued as a paperback book and e-book by BQB Publishing. This guide includes: bulletin board ideas, vocabulary exercises, varied handouts, puzzles and games, reading comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, individual and class project suggestions, cross-curricular activities (language arts, reading, social studies, mathematics, health and safety, art, music, dance, drama, recipes, and suggestions for real and virtual "field trips.")

Topics covered include the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in our fight for independence, Lafayette's Farewell Tour in 1824-5, and everyday life and customs in rural America in the 1820s.


"There is no more crucial time than now to teach our children about the history of their country. The need for teachers to find ways to make history interesting is crucial. A Buss from Lafayette will provide not only historic background of the revolutionary time. . .but also a story that all children can identify with. . . The teachers' guide also gives many wonderful suggestions of how to integrate subjects with the historical content of this novel. , , [and] suggests questions that challenge higher level thinking. I highly recommend this for teachers in grades 5-8." - Susan Elliott, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Quinnipiac University; Literacy and Curriculum Development.

"This document is fantastic and any middle school teacher would love to use it while expanding on the many aspects of this fiction/​non-fiction youth book." - G. Glover, Middle School Teacher and Principal

About the Authors

Dorothea Jensen is the author of A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, and seven other books. A former ESL, junior high and high school English teacher, she earned a BA in English at Carleton College and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico.

Sienna Larson has worked as an ESL teacher in Panama and in Ethiopia and as a homeschool teacher. She also researched and co-authored two books on international education and has created curricula for French and English language instruction for adults and children. She holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and an MS in Technology from Northern Kentucky University.

Dorothea Jensen (left) and Sienna Larson (right)

Fun Stuff &

Selected Works

Any time young readers draw pictures, make videos, or whatever about one of my books, I will post their work here!

Games,pictures of people/places/things, and recipes for historic food found in my historical Fiction.

Games, Pix, and More about the Izzy Elves!

Recordings of music etc. from my historical fiction.

Illustrated Christmas Stories in Verse

This Christmas tale in verse celebrates the power of children's imaginations and the magic of books.

What happens back at the North Pole when Blizzy discovers that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning?

Dizzy the elf, Tizzy's best friend, finds all the adventure he wants (and more) when he hides in the back of Santa's sleigh!

Frizzy tries to cure her S.A.D. (Seasonal Affection Distress) by making something new (and "yuck") that she won't miss when Santa takes it away for delivery on Christmas Eve.

Educational Material: Classroom Guide

A complete unit of lesson plans for using A Buss from Lafayette as a springboard for teaching about the American Revolution and Lafayette in 5-9 grade classrooms.

Historical Fiction for Young Readers

Sometimes a little kiss can change everything. . .especially a little kiss from a world famous hero of the American Revolution!

"The American Revolution comes alive... A wonderful book that melds both past and present together... "


An excerpt of a work-in-progress: amusing myself with history!

Regency Romantic Comedy

ôSplendid and sophisticated Regency romance...fun to read...fine characterization and period dialogue."

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