Posts Tagged "Social Studies"

New Product Review: W. W. Norton America: A Narrative History

W.W. Norton's America: A Narrative HistoryLearning List has reviewed Norton’s America: A Narrative History, Tenth Edition. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) United States History courses. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction focuses on how political and economic developments have shaped the nation, with analyses of how these developments informed social change and discussions of key individuals and events. [Read more…]

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New Product Reviews: Texas Proclamation 2018 Special Topics in Social Studies Courses

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…]

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New Product Reviews: Glynlyon’s Odysseyware High School Social Studies Courses

Learning List has reviewed five of Glynlyon’s Odysseyware comprehensive social studies courses for Texas high schools. Each course addresses the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and supports instruction in self-paced and credit-recovery programs and blended learning environments. Content incorporates instructional videos, grade-appropriate texts, games, and interactive learning activities. A brief description of each course is provided below. [Read more…]

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New Product Review: Exploros

ExplorosExploros is an open-educational resource (OER) that provides supplemental products that support instruction in the core content areas.  Content is available online and facilitates instruction in 1:1 learning environments. Learning List recently reviewed social studies resources for Texas students in grades 6-8. Instruction addresses topics in world cultures, Texas history, and United States history using lessons that include whole group and small group learning experiences.[Read more…]

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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.


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