Each chapter in the student text is introduced with an "Essential Question," interesting "MyStory" passage, and a timeline to put the era in perspective. The chapter is divided into sections that center upon specific concepts; each section includes "key ideas" and "key terms," plenty of photographs, highlighted important terms, maps with map skill questions, "reading check" questions, and charts. Each section concludes with assessment questions on the key terms & ideas, critical thinking questions, and the essential question. Chapter assessments include comprehensive questions on the key terms/ideas, critical thinking questions, a visual-analysis question, 21st learning internet-based question or activity, a chapter activity, and document-based questions. 1084 pages, hardcover.
The accompanying Student Journal is organized by chapter and section to easily correlate activities and worksheets. Worksheets, writing exercises, graphic organizers, chapter support, and a two-page writing exercises are included. The "Essential Question" preview asks students to find ways to relate the issues and principles of the question to their own lives, while the "connect to the chapter" page invites students to chart predictions on how the essential question relates to the countries in the chapter. "Word Wise" exercises emphasize vocabulary through games, word maps, and crossword puzzles. "Take Notes" graphic organizers will help students synthesize concepts and create a visual study guide. The "Essential Question Writers Workshop" provides an end-of-chapter opportunity to show understanding of the chapter, and "sum it up" activities provide map exercises and timeline activities. 400 pages, softcover.
The student journal answer key provides suggestions for assessment, guidance for working with essential questions, and answers for all student journal activities. 110 pages, newspaper print.
This course includes 36-40 weeks of material. Middle School, Grades 7 or 8.
Please Note: This course teaches a full chapter on the origins of humanity from a fully evolutionary perspective; millions/billions of years, primitive ancestors, and other evolution-based ideas are endorsed. Please also note that this curriculum references an online component; the access code for this online site is NOT incuded with this kit, nor does the publisher intend to make it available to homeschoolers at this time.
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