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An Interactive Adaptation for All Ages

Mark Wilensky

Format: Paperback, 216 pages
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1932714-36-4
eBook: 978-1-61121-028-6
On Sale: March 2008

Activities, glossary, answer key, original illustrations, photos, graphics, bibliography, and index

Mark selected as top 5 finalist for National History Teacher of the Year


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Praise for The Elementary Common Sense of Thomas Paine

". . . a wonderfully useful modern-day adaptation for classroom educators."

- Marjorie Hunter, The History Teacher

"Highly recommended!"

- Midwest Book Review

"The book was interesting and I think that people who want to learn more about the colonies and other historic events of that time may enjoy reading this book."

- Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 11) for Reader Views

"Mark Wilensky’s The Elementary Common Sense of Thomas Paine is absolutely fantastic, perfect for use inside and outside the classroom. We just ordered thirty additional copies for our new teachers. I highly recommend it."

- Marjorie Freyer, Coordinator, Teaching American History Program, The Tuscaloosa City and County Schools and The University of Alabama

"This book has the potential to encourage youth to become fiercely American in a way similar to that of the revolutionaries who founded this great country. This adaptation is a most readable text."

- Kate O’Mara,
Eclectic Homeschool Association

"The Elementary Common Sense of Thomas Paine is a wonderful teaching tool."

- Colleen Kinnear,
manager of the Pueblo, Colorado Barnes & Noble

"Wilensky, a fifth grade teacher, really knows his stuff. He makes material that is as dry as bone fun to read, and the information on the Web site adds extra depth. . . . anyone teaching American History, either in a classroom or as a home-schooling parent, will want this book on hand."

- Roxy Ekstrom,
Voice of Youth Advocates

". . . an excellent gift to a student, teacher or school library."

- Drumbeat,
General Society Sons of the Revolution

"(this) book is a welcome and needed medium for awakening young readers to a knowledge of our founding history as well as an interest in civic engagement. There isn't any book like it..."

- Martha Spiegelman,
Bulletin of Thomas Paine Friends

Mark Wilensky

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