Florida America: History of Our Nation Beginnings Through 1877 is the key to unlocking the exciting story of our nation’s history for all middle school students. Built around the Understanding by Design® model, this program focuses on the “why” of history – helping students make meaning of what happened long ago and why it remains important to us today.
Help students develop a deeper understanding of the content by making personal connections to history.
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Essential Questions introduce new concepts, topics, and ideas, and challenge students to gain a greater understanding of how enduring American history issues are relevant and still affect them today. Found at the beginning of each chapter, Essential Questions continuously reinforces the content while connecting what students are learning to their lives and the larger world around them.
Academic research, in particular the Understanding by Design research of author Grant Wiggins, has informed the Magruder’s instructional design and pedagogy. Understanding by Design® is a groundbreaking but commonsense approach to building curriculum, instruction, and assessment centered around Essential Questions and “big ideas.”
Pearson is committed to this approach and has entered into an exclusive partnership with Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, coauthors of Understanding by Design.
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PresentationeEXPRESS™ Premium offers a wide array of options to help students connect to the content: audio, video, and interactive resources can preview topics and give teachers options to delve deeper into key topics or issues.
With America: History of Our Nation, students have options at each stage of instruction to read about new concepts and content, engage in hands-on activities, and explore history through dynamic, interactive technology that bring the people, sights, and sounds of American history to life.
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The core components – Student Edition, the Student Guide, hands-on activities, and the digital course – are tied together through Understanding by Design® based Essential Questions so that they can be used in any combination depending on teacher preference. The NGSSS standards-based print textbook is supported with a host of digital and print resources that make teaching adaptable and flexible.
Students experience Florida state history with the unit-level Focus on Florida lessons where connections are made between Florida’s history and United States history.
The Historian Apprentice Learning System extends the exploration of the Essential Question beyond the textbook. Using the Apprentice Pack hands-on materials, online interactivities, and Web Quests, students can interact with Essential Questions while developing 21st Century skills.
The Historian’s Apprentice Activity Pack offers Essential Question-based inquiry to drive student comprehension. These hands-on packs contain the primary and secondary source materials students use to explore and enrich the topics covered in the Student Edition
Students have a variety of assessment task options that require them to transfer their knowledge. When they can successfully apply lesson content, they have achieved Enduring Understating of the content. America: History of Our Nation provides many opportunities for students to demonstrate what they've learned so you can assess for success!
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The Student Guide brings together the interactive reading and note taking guide with complete Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Test Preparation. This workbook allows for students to continuously reinforce their learning and prepare for high stakes FCAT tests.
The 21st Century Learning tutor on the online digital course at SuccessNet.com goes beyond traditional social studies skills such as map, graph, and critical thinking to feature instruction, practice, and application of 21st century skills and concepts including innovation, collaboration, media, and technology.
Success Tracker is an online, formative assessment and remediation management system correlated to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. It helps teachers provide personalized remediation for each student and provides you with powerful, disaggregated data analysis of student performance.
Students will take online assessments and be provided instant remediation on areas of weakness. Teachers will instantly receive feedback on test results, and get the reporting they need to evaluate students and classes on state standard performance.