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What to Expect From and Look For When Buying Comprehensive Materials

Comprehensive Materials Checklistcomprehensive material is designed to support students in learning all of the knowledge and skills for a grade and subject. Thus, a comprehensive resource should be highly aligned to the standards for the grade level and subject. It should provide both direct instruction and practice opportunities to support students in achieving the depth of knowledge and understanding the standards expect by the end of the grade level.

Comprehensive materials differ in their level of rigor, coherence, adaptions provided for special student populations and instructional resources included for students and teachers. For example, more robust comprehensive materials contain resources to support direct instruction, guided and independent practice, formative and summative assessment, re-teaching and progress monitoring. Teacher’s guides may include resources for planning differentiation and intervention. [Read more…]

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New Product Reviews: Glynlyon Odysseyware Mathematics 300-500 and Language Arts 300-500 Series

Odysseyware (Glynlyon)Learning List has reviewed Glynlyon’s Odysseyware products for mathematics and English language arts (ELA) for grades 3-5. Although neither product was created to address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) specifically, Learning List has conducted TEKS alignment verifications for each product at each grade level. Mathematics 300, 400, and 500 and Language Arts 300, 400, and 500 are year-long courses for students in grades 3, 4, and 5, respectively. [Read more…]

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New Review: Perfection Learning’s AP Calculus AB/BC, Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examinations

Perfection Learning's AP Calculus AB/BCLearning List has reviewed Perfection Learning’s AP Calculus AB/BC, Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examinations, which is a comprehensive product that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC courses. Content is available in print format. The text provides a review of the prerequisite concepts (e.g., functions) for calculus and focused reviews of the concepts that make up each of the Big Ideas for AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC.

Instruction begins with a set of six lessons that review prerequisite concepts, such as functions, inverses, and parametric equations, followed by an assessment of these concepts. Core content is organized in four “Main Ideas” that match the College Board’s Big Ideas for AP Calculus: (1) limits, (2) derivatives, (3) integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and (4) series (BC only). Each Main Idea is broken into a set of lessons that provide a focused review of key concepts (e.g., The Trapezoidal Rule, logistic change).  Main Idea lessons begin with a list of concepts and are broken into short sections that “Explain” each concept.

When students have completed each of the lessons in a Main Idea, they are presented with a “Summary Assessment” with questions that reflect that format of the AP exam. Each Summary Assessment includes a “Correlation Chart” that enables students to identify the concepts they have not mastered and redirects them to specific lessons in the Main Idea for further review. The text ends with four full-length comprehensive practice exams formatted to reflect the AP exams. Two exams are for Calculus AB and two exams are for Calculus BC.

About Perfection Learning*

For over 85 years, Perfection Learning has been a leader in literature and language arts programs for grades 6-12. These programs cover the complete range of language arts skills and course areas with both textbooks and supplemental programs. Innovative literature programs provide cost-effective solutions for teaching critical thinking skills and incorporating the new demands of the Common Core State Standards. K-8 reading/language arts solutions include hybrid print/digital handwriting and spelling programs, nonfiction reading, and intervention programs in reading and math.

In May 2013, Perfection Learning acquired AMSCO School Publications. For over 75 years, AMSCO has excelled in providing high-quality materials in world languages, science, language arts, ACT and SAT preparation, and more.

 

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Perfection Learning.

 

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New Review: Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) America’s History: For the AP Course, 8th Edition

BFW's America's History: For the AP course, 8eLearning List recently reviewed print materials for Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) America’s History: For the AP Course, 8th Edition. This comprehensive course supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) United States History courses.  Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online resources. Instruction provides a thematic exploration of U.S. history and provides explanations and analyses of political, social, cultural, and economic developments within and across historical periods.

 America’s History begins with a preface and an article titled “Historical Thinking, Reading, and Writing Skills for AP U.S. History.” The course’s core content is organized in nine chronological parts that are roughly aligned to the College Board’s periods for AP U.S. History (e.g., Part 4: Overlapping Revolutions, 1800-1860). Part openers include a detailed “Thematic Timeline” table that presents the period’s key events in terms of their related AP theme (horizontal row) and chronological decade (vertical column). For example, in Part 8, titled “The Modern State and the Age of Liberalism, 1945-1980,” the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) appears at the intersection of the theme “American & National Identity” and the 1950s.

Parts are made up of chapters that address smaller periods within the overarching period. Each chapter contains three features addressing the analysis of primary sources: “American Voices,” “America Compared,” and “Think Like a Historian,” and includes striking visual elements provide the context for written content and prompt student interest and engagement.

 America’s History has an ExamView® test bank that contains multiple-choice and stimulus-based multiple-choice questions that reflect those on the AP exam. Each question includes an explanation of the correct answer and why other selections are incorrect. Test items also reference the key concept(s) learning objective(s), and historical thinking skill(s) assessed by the question.

 

 About BFW*

 BFW believes that what happens in the classroom matters, and that a good class, a good teacher, and good content have the power to change the world—one student and one idea at a time. BFW products have long been best-sellers for AP courses. Now, in response to the needs of teachers across the country, BFW offers materials for Common Core, elective courses, and on-level programs aligned to NGSS.

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