**GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT
Book Title: Grandpa's
Published by: Macmillan
Publishing, June 1993
Vanica L. Crane
Summary: Eleven-year old
Carrie has loved spending summers with her grandparents in the Blue
Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Their farm, with a country store and
lunchroom, is safe and far removed from the terrible Depression that
grips most of the nation. But this summer, the lives of all the
people who have called the mountains home for generations, will be
changed forever. The government is creating a national park and
buying or condemning anyone or thing that stands in its way. While
Grandma is secretly preparing for the worst, Grandpa is outraged, and
vows never to move. Carrie wants to believe in Grandpa and his faith
in his constitutional rights, but eventually, she knows she too will
have to prepare for the worst.
- 1) This book brings a new
perspective on important issues in social studies. Students
will be learning about yet another time in history when a
group of people had their lands taken for what was supposedly "the
good of the nation."
- 2) This book is set during the
Great Depression, a time of great economic stress for our
nation. Many young people today know little or nothing about this
time, and this book points out just a few of the difficulties
- 3) Grandpa believes firmly
that his constitutional right is to keep his land. This is
brought up often in the book, as well as different governmental
systems and positions.
- 4) This book illustrates
beautifully the various ways people deal with hard times and
change. Moral issues are touched: Should Grandpa give up his land,
or stay and fight? The psychological stress felt by the
characters is of utmost importance.
Grade Level: 5
Relationship to Social Studies
- 1) Students will create
individually, or in groups, one or more of the following:
newspapers, posters, poetry, interviews, surveys, letter writings,
diaries, or songs.
- 2) Students will evaluate with
other class members right and wrong actions, according to
universal standards, as being morally acceptable or
- 3) Students will analyze the
effects that the United States Constitution and Declaration of
Independence have on the lives of students.
- 4) Students will analyze how
the historical past of the Western Hemisphere influences the
- 5) Students will use maps to
explain the geographic setting of historical and current
- 6) Students will explain how
history is effected by patterns of buying and selling which relate
to economic choices and ultimately to available resources.
- 7) Students will explain the
scope and limits of freedom in a democratic society.
- 8) Students will identify
major values in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and
Bill of Rights.
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