Explanation of Activities
Vocabulary: Students should define each of the
words. If they know the word, they should define it in their own words.
If they do not know the word, they should use a dictionary to search for
its meaning. Many of the words chosen are presented in a secondary or
archaic usage. Students should define the word in the context of its
usage in the book.
Short Answer: Students should answer these questions in complete sentences. Most of them can be answered in three sentences or less.
Long Answer: These questions are essentially the
same as short-answer questions but are broader in scope and require a
longer answer, though not long enough to be considered an essay.
Students should answer these questions in paragraph form, and they will
often take more than a single paragraph to completely answer.
Bonus Activities to Explore More: Each chapter will
contain one or more optional bonus activities. Most of these activities
require further research and may also require materials beyond the books
and the PLP. Select the activities that are best suited for your
It is recommended that the student complete a four-page research
paper each semester of the course. In semester one, the student should
choose a president other than Washington or Jackson and research his
Christian faith and how it affected his actions. (John Quincy Adams,
Abraham Lincoln, and James Garfield would all make interesting
subjects.) Similarly, in the second semester students should choose a
reformer other than Knox or Luther and research his Christian faith and
how it affected his actions. (John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, John
Wycliffe, and Jan Hus would all make interesting subjects.)