Second Edition   ©2015

LaunchPad for Understanding World Societies (Six Month Access)

A History

John P. McKay (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Patricia Buckley Ebrey (University of Washington) , Roger B. Beck (Eastern Illinois University) , Clare Haru Crowston (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) , Jerry Davila (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-00911-5; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-00911-3; Format: LaunchPad

The signature focus on social and cultural history and a readable, accessible narrative makes the past palpable for students.  Understanding World Societies uses vibrant social history to introduce students to the global past. The time-tested regional organization acquaints students with different parts of the world and helps them understand global connections.
 
A streamlined narrative focuses on the significant events of world history. Understanding World Societies is 30% shorter than the full-length text and easy to follow. The brief narrative and affordable price allow for flexibility for instructors who want to assign supplemental materials.
 
Chapter-wide pedagogical tools drive students to key developments. Chapter section headings, posed as questions, model how historians approach the past. Quick Review questions at the end of each section are answerable online in LaunchPad.
 
Innovative four-step chapter reviews help students build historical skills while retaining key content. In step one, students rehearse chapter content in LaunchPad with LearningCurve, an automatically graded adaptive learning tool. In step two, they identify the chapter’s key terms and explain their significance.  In step three, they work on understanding the connections among the chapter’s major ideas. Finally, in step four, students answer analytical, synthetic questions and complete an active recitation exercise. The chapter study guide can be completed online using LaunchPad.
 
Assignable and assessable map and visual activities help students with geographic knowledge and visual literacy.
These activities ask students to analyze the map or image and then make connections to the narrative content. Best of all, when assigned in LaunchPad, student work on these activities can be tracked and assessed in one convenient spot.
 
The most current scholarship shows students the dynamic and ongoing work of history. Drawing on their own research and that of numerous experts, the authors, including new author Jerry Dávila--all renowned scholars and veteran teachers--have incorporated the best and latest scholarship throughout.

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