U.S. History Detective Book 1
U.S. History Detective® can be used as a stand-alone textbook, a resource of supplemental activities to enrich another textbook, or as a review course for older students. The vocabulary and content skills are based on common state social studies standards for Grade 8.
What makes U.S. History Detective® different from other American history books is the integration of critical thinking into the content lessons. The questions in this book require deeper analysis and frequently ask for supporting evidence from the lesson. This in-depth analysis produces greater understanding, which results in better grades and higher test scores. Over time, students who practice critical thinking learn to apply it throughout their education and lives. This book also develops reading comprehension and writing skills, and challenges students to learn new vocabulary.
U.S. History Detective® Book 1 focuses on American history from the time of the first European explorers interacting with Native Americans through the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. This textbook has both primary and secondary source information. Each lesson provides a passage students must read, followed by a series of questions. Questions are multiple choice, short answer, or short essay questions. Students are frequently asked to identify sentence evidence from the lesson that best supports the answer. Sample answers are provided which identify key points for the essays. In addition there are section review activities and some bonus activities.
In this book, students will:
* Supply supporting evidence for many of their answers
* Supply essay evidence to support their conclusions by drawing on specific information from the lesson
* Draw inferences and conclusions based on their evaluation of the evidence
* Distinguish between facts and opinions
* Analyze historical chronology to see history as a series of interrelated events
* Acquire new vocabulary
* Learn to interpret and draw information from geographical maps, political cartoons, and charts
Continuing the successful "detective" series from The Critical Thinking Company, the U.S. History Detective books can be used as a supplement to any history program, as a review course, or as a stand-alone text. The goal of these texts is to encourage and develop critical thinking, analysis, and reading comprehension through the study of U.S. history. Book One covers the span from Colonial Times to the Reconstruction after the Civil War. Book Two covers the Gilded Age (late 1800s) until 2016. Each lesson includes an informative text where each sentence is clearly numbered for easy reference. Colorful pictures, maps and timelines illustrate the text throughout. The question section in each lesson requires students to support their answers with specific references back to the text (hence the numbered sentences). This helps students get into the practice of providing supporting evidence for answers rather than relying simply on recall information. The various questions in each lesson will give students the opportunity to make inferences and draw conclusions based on their evaluation of the text, distinguish between fact and opinion, understand historical chronology, expand their vocabulary, link history with geography, and practice answering analytical essay questions. There are 65 lessons grouped into 9 sections. There are also more than 20 reviews throughout the book and answers to all lessons and reviews are included. This is a consumable book and permission is given to make copies for home or classroom use. ~ Zach
However, for my daughter, we are doing the first book and using it to help prep for the US History 1 CLEP. It is a well rounded book and seems to follow an AP class pretty closely.
I like that it’s focused on facts rather than eliciting emotion.
My daughter picked this out herself from a number of potential options.
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