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This unit study includes lessons and activities based on the book Klara’s New World by Jeanette Winter.
Leaving their drought-stricken farm in nineteenth-century Sweden behind them, Klara and her family set sail for America, embarking on a dangerous and exciting journey across the ocean.
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Klara’s New World Unit Study Lessons
Here is a sample of the lessons found in this Klara’s New World unit study:
Find Sweden on a map. Sweden is officially known as “the Kingdom of Sweden.” It is located in Northern Europe in the eastern part of the Scandinavian peninsula. Stockholm is the capital and largest city.
Most of the population speaks Swedish. The Evangelical Lutheran Church is the largest church in Sweden. Citizens enjoy a high level of education due to an excellent school system. The country is highly industrialized and has one of the highest living standards in the world. Sweden is known for its decorate and folk arts, glass ware, and steel cutlery.
History: Freedom of Religion and the Bill of Rights
Bertil also mentions freedom of worship. Why is this important? Until 1858 the government in Sweden was connected to the State Lutheran Church. Many Swedes were intolerant of countrymen who practiced another religion. So, many Swedes left their homeland during 1840-1860 to find religious freedom.
What other freedoms do we, as Americans, have? Discuss the Bill of Rights with your student. The Bill of Rights includes the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Talk about the basic freedoms available to United States citizens. If you want, assign your student a project– to design a poster of The Bill of Rights. Some of our freedoms in the Bill of Rights include:
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Assembly
To Keep and Bear Arms
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of the Press
Protection for those Accused of Crimes
Social Studies: Citizenship
Klara and her family do not want to visit in the USA and then return home to Sweden. They want to make a home in America. Explain to your student that living in a country is not the same as citizenship. Only citizens enjoy all the promises of the Constitution.
Steps to becoming a U.S. Citizen
1. Fill out an application form. The form asks background questions. The applicant is required to have a set of fingerprints taken.
2. Take a citizenship test which includes questions about American government and history.
3. Appear before a judge in a court. The judge listens to the person’s reasons for wanting to become a citizen and decides whether or not to grant the request.
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