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Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Documenting United States History: Themes, Concepts, and Skills for the AP Course

BFW's Documenting US HistoryLearning List has reviewed Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Documenting United States History: Themes, Concepts, and Skills for the AP Course. This is a supplemental product to support instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History courses. Content is available in print format. The text is a primary source reader and includes a diverse range of primary source documents from each of the periods identified in the AP course framework. Instruction focuses on developing historical thinking skills. Students learn to read critically, to synthesize information, and to craft and express original arguments in written formats.

Documenting United States History opens with a preface that provides an overview of content and explains how to use the text’s resources to develop historical thinking skills and writing skills. Subsequent content is organized in nine chronological periods that match the historical periods in the College Board’s course framework for AP U.S. History (e.g., Period Six: 1865-1898). Periods are broken into chapters that address particular themes and concepts in the period (e.g., assimilation, industrialization).

Each chapter is broken into a set of “topics” that address themes from the period. Each topic presents textual and visual primary source documents related to the topic in rough chronological order. Instruction addresses writing strategies and the incorporation of primary and secondary sources in developing written argumentation. Content is scaffolded and builds from basic skills, such as prewriting and comparison, to more complex tasks, such as synthesizing information from sources with contrasting points of view.

 

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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New Review: Perfection Learning’s Of the People, A History of the United States, 3rd Edition

Learning List has reviewed Perfection Learning’s Of the People, A History of the United StatesPerfection Learning's Of the People, A History of the United States, 3rd Edition, 3rd Edition. This two-volume resource supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) United States History courses. Content is available in print and eBook formats with additional online resources. Instruction focuses on the centrality of democracy to the American way of life, including the struggle to create and preserve the American democracy and how democracy shapes American social and political understandings.

Core content for Volume 1 is organized in 13 chapters that address specific periods in American history from 1450 to 1877. Volume 2 is made up of 15 chapters that address specific periods from 1865 to 2014.  Each chapter opens with a striking visual (e.g., painting), an outline of content, a set of “Common Threads” questions that focus students on the chapter’s key themes, and an “American Portrait” feature that provides a short biography of an individual(s) whose experiences embody the period’s themes.

Each chapter includes a “Struggles for Democracy” feature that discusses issues that prompted controversy and debate in the period. Some chapters also have “American Landscape” and “America and the World” features.  American Landscape details a particular place and moment in which issues of power come into clear focus (e.g., the growing lifestyle differences between the wealthy and the poor in Philadelphia, 1780-1790). America in the World helps frame events in American history in the larger global context.

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.

 

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s American History: Connecting with the Past (Brinkley), Updated AP Edition

McGraw-Hill's AP American History: Connecting with the Past-AP Edition (Brinkley)Learning List has reviewed McGraw Hill’s American History: Connecting with the Past (Brinkley), Updated AP Edition. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) United States History courses. Content is available in print and digital formats with additional online components. Instruction provides an engaging survey of American history with a particular emphasis on the development of students’ historical thinking skills.

The text’s core content is presented in 32 chapters that cover native civilizations prior to European contact through the 2012 election and Affordable Care Act. Content is closely linked to the College Board’s course framework for AP U.S. History.  Chapters open with “AP Focus” and “AP Connecting Concepts” features. AP Focus describes the historical thinking skills covered in the chapter and links content to the key concepts and thematic learning objectives of the College Board’s course framework. AP Connecting Concepts provides a short introduction to content followed by a list of important concepts addressed by instruction. Chapters end with a “Connecting the Themes” summary of the primary AP themes addressed by instruction and a set of “AP Test Practice” items that include multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions formatted to reflect the AP exam.

American History includes a test bank for each historical period and historical thinking skill identified in the College Board’s course framework. Test banks contain questions that mirror the format of the AP U.S. History exam, including multiple choice, short answer, document-based, and essay questions. The test bank identifies the “Targeted Skills” (e.g., synthesis, causation, periodization) and references the key concepts and thematic learning objectives addressed by questions.

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New Review: Perfection Learning’s United States History, Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination

Perfection Learning's United States History, Preparing for the Advanced Placement ExaminationLearning List has reviewed Perfection Learning’s United States History, Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. This comprehensive print product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History courses. The text also may be used to supplement core instruction and as a test preparation resource. Instruction provides concise discussions of historical events, issues, and developments, and focuses on teaching students to analyze primary and secondary source resources and use evidence to support written arguments.

Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination begins with an introduction that provides an overview of the AP exam, a guide to using the text to support preparation for the exam, a summary of the course’s historical thinking skills and thematic learning objectives, and strategies for responding to the different types of questions students will see on the exam (e.g., multiple choice, short answer, document-based). Core content is presented in nine chronological periods that match the periods identified in the College Board’s course framework for AP U.S. History (e.g., Period 4: 1800-1848).

Each period is broken into chapters that cover smaller time spans within the overarching period (e.g. “The Age of Jefferson, 1800-1816”).  The instructional narrative is written simply and succinctly and will be accessible to AP students as well as other students, including struggling readers and ELLs. Each chapter ends with sets of stimulus-based multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions formatted to reflect the AP exam. The text ends with a full practice exam that reflects the AP U.S. History Exam in length and format.

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.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from BFW.

 

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