18-week course plan from U.S. Studies II, B Track: Artistic Pursuits; Artfully Teaching the Faith; The American Song Treasury; and Wee Sing America.



Basic information about the books and materials for this course follows; see your Academic Packet or STAA Study Guide for full ordering details and commentary about each resource.

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Semester 2: U.S. Studies IIB Study Guide

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Student study guides and course plans for the second semester of the U.S. Studies, B Track cycle. Designed to work in conjunction with STAA advisor support, our live classes, or the "Independent Study with Online Support" option, the STAA Study Guides include weekly reading plans, assignment directions, reflection topics, and gradebooks for the semester and help prepare students for the weekly, graded online quizzes. This guide includes multiple subjects. To further personalize your student's plan, single-subject study guides are available at

ARTistic Pursuits Elementary 4-5 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition (3rd edition)

  • Author: Brenda Ellis
  • Publisher/Copyright: Artistic Pursuits Inc., 2013. Print.
  • ISBN: 193939404X        978-1939394040
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource
Plastic Comb: 92 pages; 3rd edition (2013)

Artfully Teaching the Faith

  • Author: Steve Kellmeyer
  • Publisher/Copyright: Bridegroom Press, 2004. Print.
  • ISBN: 097181287X        978-0971812871
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64 pages; see for the artwork.

DOWNLOAD: Art-with-an-Active-Eye Notebook Worksheet

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 2002. PDF download.
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
Available as a download from the "Resource Library for Teaching-Parents" and the student course webpage.

The American Song Treasury: 100 Favorites (Dover Song Collections)

  • Author: Theodore Raph
  • Publisher/Copyright: Dover Publications, 1986. Print.
  • ISBN: 0486252221        978-0486252223
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406 pages; 6 sections; musical notation, lyrics, and history of each song; index of titles.

Wee Sing America Book and CD

  • Author: Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
  • Publisher/Copyright: Price Stern Sloan, Inc., 2007. Songbook and CD set.
  • ISBN: 0843112794        978-0843112795
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource
63 pages; 41 songs; simple musical notation and lyrics.

STAA Student Zone

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  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
There are online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, advisor support through the Q & A forum, occasional slide shows or videos, and more for this course. To activate your student's online access, 1) submit the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment, 2) register for the live class, or 3) register for the "Independent Study with Online Support Option." After completing one of the registration options, students (and teaching-parents) may use their usernames and passwords to sign into the member site. The STAA Student Zone is available each school year from August 1 to July 15.

Spring Live Class: Art Practice and Appreciation

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Small-group, advisor-led live online class for students in Grades 8 through 12 that meets every other academic week of the second semester. Advisor grading of assignments is also available for students registered for this live class.


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