(University of Utah)
Robert O. Self
James A. Henretta
(University of Maryland)
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A big picture, analytical focus helps students understand not just what happened, but why. With its hallmark interpretive voice and thoughtful analysis, America's History helps students make sense of the past so they're never left wondering what's important. A variety of learning tools from the beginning to the end of each chapter support this "Big Idea" focus, while fostering critical thinking and guiding students in their reading.
A unique nine-part framework highlights key developments. America's History's periodizes history into nine distinct eras, each characterized by major developments and an overarching theme. Each part features a Thematic Timeline with a "Thematic Understanding" question that helps students identify the important forces shaping each period, to make connections between chapters, and to understand continuity and change over time.
A comprehensive document program offers students practice in document analysis. Three types of primary source features in every chapter offer many opportunities for assignment and discussion: "Analyzing Voices," compares primary-source texts written or spoken from two or more perspectives; "America in Global Context" gives students practice in comparison and data analysis using primary sources and data to situate U.S. history in a global context; and "Thinking Like a Historian" asks students to analyze a group of documents and use the evidence to create an argument. Free when packaged, the new edition of the companion reader, Sources of America’s History, offers a wealth of additional documents.
An author team of leading scholars and veteran teachers make the best of the new scholarship accessible and relevant. Rebecca Edwards, and Robert Self, and Eric Hinderaker bring fresh perspectives, new scholarship, and in particular, an increased attention to native peoples and emphasis on global context.
Emphasis on developing historical thinking skills. Students will gain proficiency in historical thinking skills via marginal review questions that ask students to "Identify Causes," "Trace Change over Time," and "Understand Points of View." "Making Connections" and "Turning Point" questions in the chapter review section ask students to consider broader historical issues, developments, and periodization. LaunchPad helps you do more than you can with print alone. Free when packaged with the book, LaunchPad course space and interactive e-book is ready to use as is, or can be edited and customized with your own material and assigned right away. Developed with extensive feedback from history instructors and students, LaunchPad includes the complete narrative e-book, as well as abundant primary documents, maps, images, assignments and activities. The aims of key learning outcomes are addressed via formative and summative assessment, short answer and essay questions, multiple choice quizzing, and LearningCurve, an adaptive learning tool designed to get students to read before they come to class. Available with training and support, LaunchPad can help you take your teaching into a new era.
LearningCurve ensures students come to class prepared. Tired of your students not reading the textbook? Would you like to know what they read and how much they understood—BEFORE they come to class? Assign LearningCurve, the adaptive learning tool created for your survey textbook in LaunchPad, and the system’s analytics will show how your students are doing with the reading so that you can adapt your class as needed. Each chapter-based LearningCurve activity gives students multiple chances to understand key concepts, return to the narrative textbook if they need to reread, and answer questions correctly. Over 90% of students report satisfaction with LearningCurve’s fun and accessible game-like interface. LearningCurve appeals to students so that they engage with the textbook, and it helps you to know what they know before class begins.
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