BookLearning List has reviewed both of the comprehensive products submitted for state-adoption in response to Texas’ Proclamation 2018 for “Special Topics in Social Studies” courses. These products include:

Kendall Hunt’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) Toolkit.  The course emphasizes the experiences of Mexican Americans in Texas, particularly in the Houston area, and focuses heavily on how racism and bias have influenced Mexican American lives. Instruction addresses contemporary issues affecting Mexican Americans (e.g., Arizona’s 2012 ban on ethnic studies).

Discussion prompts and collaborative learning activities are interspersed throughout the text.

Content is available in print and eBook formats.

Tanglewood Publishing’s Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz. Instruction focuses on using a memoir of the Holocaust as the basis for a book study that explores themes related to perseverance, love, and forgiveness. Although the text deals with disturbing subject matter, it does so in a manner that is appropriate for young adults. The memoir eschews gruesome detail and emphasizes the themes of perseverance through unimaginable hardship, commitment to family, and, ultimately, the importance of forgiveness. Content is available in print format and includes an Educator’s Guide. [Read more…]

About the Publishers*

 Kendall Hunt Publishing

 Since 1994, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company has been a stand-alone company and the only part of the original William C. Brown Publishing Company to remain under the ownership of the Brown family. With more than 6,000 titles in print we serve both the higher education and PreK-12 markets and offer traditional and non-traditional publishing solutions in both markets.

The mission of Kendall Hunt is to be a dynamic provider of quality educational products and services. The company strives to meet the specific needs of the marketplace in a unique and progressive manner, and is committed to excellence and employee growth and development.

Tanglewood Publishing

The legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, said she published “good books for bad children.” Rather than books oriented toward adult mores, she looked for books with authentic characters whose speech and spirit and experiences reflected the real world and issues of young readers.

Tanglewood Publishing strives to do the same. With a focus on inspiring readers to pick up a book for the pleasure of reading, Tanglewood’s list features titles with strong sales and critical acclaim, often by authors and illustrators who may have been overlooked by others.

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