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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.

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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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New Review: Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3rd Edition

BFW's Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3eLearning List has reviewed print materials for Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources, 3rd Edition. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) World History courses.  Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online resources. Instruction addresses the major developments in world history, including the emergence of global religions, industrialization, and the rise and fall of totalitarian systems.

 Ways of the World opens with a set of articles to help students use the text and its resources. Core content is organized in six chronological parts that match the historical periods in the College Board’s course framework for AP World History: (1) First Things First: Beginnings in History, to 600 B.C.E., (2) Second-Wave Civilizations in World History, 600 B.C.E. – 600 C.E., (3) An Age of Accelerating Connections, 600 C.E. – 1450, (4) The Early Modern World, 1450 – 1750, (5) The European Moment in World History, 1750 – 1900, and (6) The Most Recent Century, 1900 – present.

 Parts are made up of chapters that emphasize broad themes that connect periods and cultures (e.g., global trade).  Each chapter begins with an individual’s perspective (e.g., Nelson Mandela), an outline of content, and a “Map of Time” chronology. The instructional narrative is written at an advanced level and includes a variety of reading supports. Chapter openers include a “Seeking the Main Point” question that helps focus students on an important theme addressed by instruction (e.g., “In what ways did the Industrial Revolution mark a sharp break with the past?”).  Margin notes contain “Guided Reading Questions,” “AP Exam Tips” (e.g., “Effects of the Atlantic Revolutions on women’s rights are ‘must know’ information for the AP exam.”), and “Practicing AP Historical Thinking” notes that provide point-of-use guidance in applying historical thinking skills. Chapters end with a “Reflections” essay, review activities, and a “Working With Evidence” source analysis activity.

 

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: Cengage Learning’s Making America: A History of the United States (Berkin) 7th Edition

CengageCengage Learning Learning’s Making America: A History of the United States (Berkin), 7th Edition, is a comprehensive resource that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History courses. Content is available in print and digital formats, with additional online components.  Learning List recently reviewed Making America’s print resources.

Instruction provides a thematic examination of U.S. history that considers the social, economic, cultural, and political forces that have shaped the country. Content is organized chronologically and integrates five key themes: (1) the nation’s political development, (2) diverse national citizenship, (3) the importance of regional subcultures and economies, (4) the influence of social movements (e.g., Post-World War II youth culture), and (5) America’s relationships with other nations.

Chapters begin with an “American Choices” feature that provides a profile of an individual whose experiences reflect the themes of the period and end with an “Individual Voices” feature that provides a primary source document related to the individual. For example, chapter 12 “Responses to Expansion and Change, 1828-1848” opens with a profile of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the suffragist, abolitionist, and early women’s rights activist and ends with Stanton’s “Declaration of Sentiments” statement on the conditions of women that was presented at the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in 1848.

About Cengage Learning*

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K–12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience.

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

 

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New Review: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning’s Voyages in World History

Cengage VoyagesLearning List has reviewed National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning’s Voyages in World History. This comprehensive resource supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) European History courses.  Materials are available in print and eBook formats and include additional online components. The course incorporates the theme of movement, including the travels of individuals, the trade of goods, and cultural shifts.

Voyages in World History covers the periods from the first “modern human behavior” (ca 150,000 B.C.E.) to contemporary events in 32 chapters structured by the unifying theme of movement and travel. Instruction addresses the role of religion in shaping political, social, and cultural history. While Voyages is a world history text, it includes material related to European history.

The text provides the following essays with discussion questions to help students connect themes and develop historical thinking skills:

  • Movement of Ideas Through Primary Sources compares two original sources presenting different perspectives of the same ideas.
  • Visual Evidence in Primary Sources examines a historical artifact, work of art, or image to shed light on what cultures valued and to discover information about people’s everyday lives.
  • World History in Today’s World considers how the events of the past shape our world and why history is relevant to students’ lives.

About Cengage Learning*

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K–12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience.

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