Fourth President of the United States
James Madison was born in Virginia. He had eleven younger brothers and sisters. He was sick a lot when he was a child and the family hired a private tutor * to teach him until he was 11. Then he went to a boarding school which was 70 miles from his home. There he spent five years studying Latin, Greek, French, Italian,
algebra * , geometry * and geography.
When he was 18 he entered college. He studied hard and finished college in two years instead of three.
After he graduated, he didn't know what he wanted to do. He could go back to the family plantation and farm, or he could become a minister. He thought about becoming a lawyer. He would just keep studying.
Constitution of the United States
He was elected president in 1809. His wife Dolley enjoyed entertaining in the White House. It is said she had a smile and a pleasant word for everyone.
After he retired from being the president, he and Dolley returned to Montpelier, the family estate. He died there in 1836. His wife then returned to Washington and lived there for the last 13 years of her life.
This biography by Patsy Stevens, a retired teacher, was written in 2001.
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(Pronunciation note: the schwa sound is shown by ə)
: a person who has the responsibility of instructing and guiding another...
: a branch of mathematics that explores the relationships between numbers and the operations used to work with them and that uses letters or other symbols to represent them ...
: a branch of mathematics that deals with points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids...
a : the basic beliefs and laws of a nation, state, or social group that establish the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it
b : a document containing a constitution ...
James Madison Reader
By Carole Marsh / Gallopade International
Delve into the lives of some of the most famous and influential people to come out of the 50 States of America. This activity book is concise and informative summary of James Madison's life, and contains a variety of activities, including crosswords, fill in the blanks, scrambled words, codes, connect the dots, and more that help you learn about the "Father of the Constitution." A glossary and pop quiz are included as well. 12 pages, paperback.
U.S. Constitution, Thematic Unit
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Thematic Units from Teacher Created Materials are literature based, cross-curricular, and ready to use. They provide activities, many of them hands-on, for all areas of the curriculum, including math, science, language arts, social studies, physical education, art, and music. Each book offers two or more literature-based units and lesson plans plus cross-curricular activities and worksheets, a culminating activity, management ideas, and a bibliography. The books used in this unit (that need to be purchased or borrowed) are: Shh!We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz, We the People by Peter Spier, and The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz. Complete and comprehensive, these reproducible units are designed with student interest and teacher usability in mind. The planning is complete.
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The Faith of America's First Ladies
By Jane Hampton Cook / Amg Publishers
Modern-day pressures for supermodel beauty, high-powered careers, and perfect families place a spotlight on a woman's achievements instead of her worth. This book, using stories from numerous First Ladies, shows how they triumphed while experiencing intense pressure. By using their stories, along with a Hebrew proverb and biblical principles, Jane Cook explains that God is the true source of value and worth.
Women will be encouraged to view their roles, talents, and responsibilities as opportunities to allow God to shine through them. Highlights include:
- Abigail Adams' commitment to serving as the primary caretaker for her family during the Revolution shows the worth of working with eager hands, (Proverbs 31:13).
- Laura Bush's heart of compassion shows the significance of extending hands to the poor and needy in times of crisis, (Proverbs 31:20).
- Louisa Adams' remarkable solo journey to Paris under siege by Napoleon shows the value of steadfastness during a time of terror threats, (Proverbs 31:21).
- Barbara Bush's wit and quips reveal the splendor of celebrating joy in life, (Proverbs 31:25).
- Martha Washington's willingness to knit shirts and socks for soldiers during the Revolution shows the value of leading by example, (Proverbs 31:19).
- Anna Harrison's words of wisdom and prayers for her children and grandchildren deliver a family legacy of faith and leadership. (Proverbs 31:26).
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Memoirs and Letters of Dolly Madison
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Father of the Constitution: A Story About James Madison
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How to Draw the Life and Times of James Madison
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James Madison, easy biography
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James Madison, Patriot, Politician, and President
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A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison
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James Madison, Presidential Leaders
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James Madison, Profiles of the Presidents
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James Madison, Presidents and Their Times
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James Madison Fourth President of the United States
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Dolly Madison Saves History
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