United States History Power Basic Single

United States History Power Basic Single

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Item #: 041179
ISBN: 9780825161254
Grades: 6-12

Category Description for United States History Power Basics:

Four Units: Birth of Nation, Development of Nation I, Development of Nation II, Twentieth-Century America & Beyond, 239 pgs.




Category Description for Social Studies Power Basics:

This second edition of the useful Power Basics series is stronger and more user-friendly. Targeting a student audience that is typically daunted by the length and complexity of traditional textbooks, this series provides the essentials of a junior or senior high curriculum (on-level content) with below-level readability (4th grade). Learners build literacy and critical-thinking skills as they interpret, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize scientific information. They likewise apply these skills in their daily lives. The step-by-step lessons are manageable with clearly defined examples. Workbook activities provide frequent practice and review while supporting different learning styles.

Traditional textbooks typically are written for an above-average reader, cover a wide range of content and are filled with photographs, illustrations, and other visual elements. For some students the amount of material is overpowering, the visual elements are distracting and the rapid pace is unnerving. Power Basics has streamlined the textbook approach while presenting essential content (adhering to NSE standards) allowing students to succeed.

The program has four components: student book, workbook, teacher's guide, and test packet. Single Packs, which contain all four components for a slightly discounted price are also available. Repeating, recognizable icons are used throughout the series.

Each Student Book (of varying lengths) is divided into units each of which has a series of lessons on related topics with one lesson for each topic. Each lesson begins with a clear, student-centered goal and a list of Words to Know introduced in the lessons. (Vocabulary word definitions are included in the glossary found in both the teacher's guide and the student book.) There is a brief introduction to the topic followed by instructional text that presents essential information in short, easy-to-understand sections. This is followed by a practice activity (set of questions) that lets students apply what they've just learned. Each unit concludes with a review (multiple choice questions) and several application activities. The student text has several special features: Think About It - asking students to use critical-thinking skills, Tip - useful hints to help remember specific pieces of information, and Real-Life which shows how the material connects to their own lives. Although sparing, illustrations & charts are interspersed throughout the text which also employs an accent color. A summary of rules and other important information, a glossary with pronunciation guide, and an index make up the reference section accompanying each student text. Some examples of the application activities from the World Geography text: reading maps in newspapers; learning European customs, languages, phrases; scanning newspapers and news reports for one week for stories about Russia, Central Asia, and Middle East; or pretending you are on a panel to decide if Antarctica should be considered a continent.

For each lesson the consumable Workbook provides a variety of practice and extension activities especially geared for different learning styles. Answers are provided in a separate key. Some of the activities from the World Geography series: learn location & time zones, read passage and complete diagram about changes over time, do a crossword puzzle (a frequent activity) on political division in Europe, read chart and answer questions, read tour description and write song, research Volga River and some cities that it flows through, choose one city and creating an advertising poster, create a climograph by plotting precipitation and temperature from chart and then answer questions.

The Teacher Guide gives an overview of each unit with suggestions for extension activities as well as a complete answer key to all the practice activities & unit reviews. Also provided is a chart showing how to correlate the textbook material with the workbook activities. The guide includes duplicates of the glossary and appendices from the student text. Reproducible graphic organizers (information web, Venn diagrams, and a comparison matrix) are useful homeschool tools but the Record-Keeper is more oriented to the classroom. I particularly liked the generic grading rubric for application activities. Determining how to grade projects always seemed to derail me. Some examples of extension activities from World Geography include: search internet to find out about sports in South and East Asia, read general article about aspect of African life and write report to share with class, study weather maps and consider how geography affects weather.

The Test Packet includes a pre-test and post-test as well as unit test for each unit in the student text. This packet also includes suggestions for testing students who do not test well along with test-taking strategies for both the Power Basics series and standardized testing. Out of curiosity I took the pre-test provided with the Geography series scoring 90%. It did show a hole in my knowledge - almost all of my misses were from the Eastern Europe area.

This series fills a need within the homeschool community. While not as strong or as challenging as some of our literature-based history studies or our textbook courses, those courses tend to be from Christian publishers and incorporate a biblical worldview. This series from a secular publisher provides a complete course that can be strengthened for a grade-level reader by adding appropriate reading and research projects while using the course as a study framework. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
6
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780825161254
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Walch Publishing
Weight
2.1 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.5" x 8.5" x 1.25"
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I need an easy to read American History to complete my high school credits.
CORRINA M on Aug 1, 2022
To see if my 9 th grader can be more independent
Nickie D on Dec 15, 2021
I need an easy to read American History to complete my high school credits.
CORRINA M on Aug 1, 2022
I chose this because my child is Autistic and his reading/understanding level is not quite what a Neurotypical student would be processing at for Highschool level work. This allows me to work with my child at a much more comfortable level for him and meet the requirements that my state requires as a full credit for US History.
Melanie L on Jun 26, 2022
To see if my 9 th grader can be more independent
Nickie D on Dec 15, 2021
My kids liked their science curriculum, so we thought we'd try their history.
Denise V on Jul 29, 2021
Homeschool curriculum
brandy l on Jun 5, 2020
HS student who reads at a 5th grade level. Unlike most history books, this one is easier for him to understand.
Gladys E on Aug 29, 2019
I'm placing order for teacher.
Carol L on Jul 9, 2019
For my high school students.
Christina L on May 5, 2017
Previous use
David S on Feb 25, 2017
This curriculum covers everything a regular curriculum covers but it eliminates the unnecessary flair that many other curriculums use.
Brenna C on Oct 24, 2016
nice price
Tammala H on Sep 2, 2016
The format is very accessible and easy to comprehend with important facts, but not overwhelming: While I can appreciate more lengthy or wordy texts, this is just the right of information given for retention for many years, as opposed to the short run.
Dale H on May 11, 2016
recommended by advisor on Rainbow Chat.
Dale L on Apr 23, 2016
Needed a history curriculum that would be easier for me to teach, and easier for my sons to follow.
Christine O on Jan 4, 2016
easy to read, will not take much time but still supply the basics
Elaine V on Nov 18, 2015
I chose this because my child is Autistic and his reading/understanding level is not quite what a Neurotypical student would be processing at for Highschool level work. This allows me to work with my child at a much more comfortable level for him and meet the requirements that my state requires as a full credit for US History.
Melanie L on Jun 26, 2022
My kids liked their science curriculum, so we thought we'd try their history.
Denise V on Jul 29, 2021
Is this a full year curriculum?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is everything you need for an entire year or credit in high school. You can purchase extra student workbooks if you have another student.
Is there a place to find the answers for the student textbook practice questions?
(Not the workbook answers)
User on Nov 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The Teacher Guide provides a complete answer key to all the practice activities & unit reviews.
Where are the answers for the activity book?
A shopper on Dec 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The answers for the workbook are in the papers that are stapled together. The answer key looks just like regular computer paper all stapled together. I hope that answered your question!
Is this US History secular?
User on Feb 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it's secular.
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