Get to Know BP Lesson Plans Plus
(formerly the Family Guide)

Lesson Plans Plus is where BP blends history with literature. To really understand the past, students must read literature that takes them back to the past. BP finds the best literature for every era, and then tells you where it fits into our program.

Click the steps below to learn more.

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It all starts with resource lists. Lesson Plans Plus has four annotated resource lists per unit of study, one for each of four grade levels: K – 2, 3 – 5, 5 – 8 and 8 – 12. When you begin a new unit, use your knowledge of your student or students to decide how much extra literature to assign. Then use the annotations in the lists to choose your actual books. If all that sounds like too much work, then just choose the “quick picks” marked by thumbs-up signs. Either way, you can use our lists to custom-design the perfect program for each student.

Besides all the annotated resource lists, Lesson Plans Plus also has straight lists with no notes to serve as shopping or wish lists.

After the resource lists come the lesson plans. Lesson Plans Plus has one 2-page spread of resources for each week of study, telling you exactly what to read and when.
  1. First come the history readings. The top of each spread is divided into three columns for three lessons per week. The first two rows tell which sections of Remember the Days or Consider the Years / Companion to read each day. The rest tell how to align other popular “spines,” or main history texts, with BP.
  2. Next comes the literature. This section tells you which extra books to read every week, divided by grade level. There is one column each for grades K – 2, 3-5, 5-8 and 8-12.
  3. Then come writing assignments for each week, divided by stage of development: Young Writer, Grammar or Logic. Use Cool History for Advanced for rhetoric stage students.
  4. Then comes a list of BP supplements for the week, followed by optional resources and activities.
LPP Sample
Great literature is just the first resource BP suggests, not the only one. We also suggest videos, audios, crafts and other activities. Check the end of each lesson plan to see which ones you might like to add.

Click the covers to see Lesson Plans Plus sample pages:

Year One,
Year Two,
Year Three,
Early Modern

Year Four,

FAQ about BP Lesson Plans Plus

No. Because Lesson Plans Plus suggests resources for all grade levels, you need just one per family or classroom.