Land That I Love: Her Young Students Learn New Facts and Decide What It Really Means To Be American

Written by Tony Gillen
Category: · History

Evelyn Jones loves America. She loves history, and she loves being a teacher.
Her mission is for her young students to: “Be Knowledgeable, Be Confident, and Become Exceptional.”
She uses American history to help them become exceptional. She knows that no other country in the world has a name that suits it as well as America’s name suits this country. She knows what the word “America” actually means, and she uses it to inspire her students, to excite them, and to motivate them to learn as much about their country as they can.

The results amazed her.

Emily is enthralled when she learns that her name means the same as “America.” She and her best friend, Marie, conclude that November 5th is America’s Name Day, and that every citizen should use it to decide how they can be better Americans.
John discovers that he is descended from Danish Vikings.
Leshawn discovers that Sir Walter Raleigh did not introduce tobacco to the Old World, but she knows who did; and she knows what happened to him.
Teneesha knows why we say “Tell it to The Marines.” She also discovered how many of Captain John Smith’s sayings we still use today.
Peter learned something from his gramps, and concludes that every encyclopedia in every school and every library will have to be rewritten.
Tom, the class mathlete, links Miss Jones’ teaching philosophy to the Theorem of Pythagoras, and he uses it to ‘prove’ how each of us can become a better person. He now knows we don’t just learn the famous theorem because it’s “cleaver geometry.”

Miss Jones’ goal is for her students to become knowledgeable, confident and exceptional. Now she hat to add another word: amazing!

“Land That I Love” is about America, and it is about Miss Jones’ students. It is set in a small classroom in a small town, like thousands of other classrooms. Miss Jones uses a simple process of learning and motivation that any teacher can follow. The characters in the book bring American history to life. They teach each other, not only about the five ways America’s name came about, but they fascinate each other with facts they discover. As well as the students already named, Aaron discovers Billy the Kid’s real name. No, it wasn’t William H. Bonney. He also knows what Billy’s friends called him. Jeremy discovers that General Doubleday had nothing to do with baseball, even if the Hall of Fame says different. Others discover that George Washington’s name is Anglo-Saxon, and that Abraham Lincoln’s name is both Celtic and Roman, and that history really does tie us all together.
A very bright light goes on in Julio’s head, and he ties everyone’s discoveries together to show how special his classmates, his teacher, the town librarian, and “America” really are!

I am very grateful to all of my readers, and especially to two who wrote the following after they read “Land That I Love:”

“Greatest history book I have ever read. Every parent, every teacher, everyone should read this book so that they really understand America. Reading this book will help my children become exceptional”

“Not only is this an inspiring book that every American should read, every teacher could learn from this book.”

Thank you.


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