Prentice Hall World History ©2009

Prentice Hall World History ©2009
 
 

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the reading level for the textbook?
Is the textbook available on CD?
What sorts of skills instruction does the program provide?
Is there an emphasis on writing?
How does the program support vocabulary development?
What sorts of differentiated instruction does the program provide?
The role of culture is also becoming increasingly important. How do we cover that topic?
Are there lecture notes available for the teacher?
Does the program contain videos, and how long are they?
What map support is available with the program? Transparencies? Black line masters? Online?
How is note taking supported in the program?
What political cartoon support is available?

 

 

What is the reading level for the textbook?
The reading level for World History is appropriate for high school learners. The formal Lexile score is 1050.

To facilitate point-of-use reading support we designed the text around making the content accessible to all levels of learners. As such, the text is laid out in an easy-to-read outline format with only two levels of headlines that break the content into easy to read "chunks" of text that are followed by Checkpoint questions that provide students with a natural, reflective reading strategy. Each section highlights a specific reading skill coupled with a graphic organizer that students use as they work their way through the text. The Reading and Note Taking Study Guides provide graphic organizers and summaries written several grade levels below the text to aid struggling readers.

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Is the textbook available on CD?
The entire narrative for the World History program is read aloud and is available online as MP3 files. In addition, we also provide Spanish summaries online.

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What sorts of skills instruction does the program provide?
The Skills Handbook (pp. SH1-SH41) provides instruction and examples for Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking, Geography, and Speaking and Listening skills.

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Is there an emphasis on writing?
At Prentice Hall we provide both scaffolded writing instruction, and on-going opportunities to practice the writing process throughout the course. This process begins with writing instruction in the Skills Handbook that introduces core social studies writing skills. These are developed in the "Writing About History: Quick Write" area of each section assessment, which consist of prompts that build and review basic writing skills - note that just because these are short they are not necessarily "simple". Chapter assessments practice skills from the section level in a more complex fashion, and prepare students for thematic essays and high-stakes assessments. Finally, Concept Connector reviews require students to respond in writing to multiple types of open response prompts that built on the skills students have been practicing.

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How does the program support vocabulary development?
World History teaches not only key social studies terms, but also the high-use academic words that students encounter in most textbooks. For extra practice, these vocabulary terms are online and on worksheets in the Teacher Resources.

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What sorts of differentiated instruction does the program provide?
Student Edition:
World History was designed with today's learners in mind. In addition to providing point-of-use extensions into the content using multiple forms of media throughout the text (video, audio, internet), the photos, illustrations, infographics, maps charts, and graphs were designed to reinforce the big ideas and complex topics that students will encounter.

Teacher's Edition:
We provide differentiated instruction options to teachers in 3 ways:

  1. The Chapter Planner (pages A & B) has a column for each section titled Differentiated Instruction that identifies resources by ability level.
  2. Each Chapter Planner also has a 2-page Professional Development spread (pages C & D) that contains background notes and "how to" suggestions for both Differentiated Instruction and Modeling Reading and Writing Skills.
  3. The Teacher's Edition wrap references resources and their difficulty level, as well as provides differentiated instruction options throughout the book at point-of-use.

Print Ancillaries:
Look for the Reading and Note Taking Study Guides (3 levels), as well as the reading skill and vocabulary worksheets found in the Teaching Resources.

Technology:
The book is read aloud online, as are chapter summaries in Spanish.

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The role of culture is also becoming increasingly important. How do we cover that topic?
World History provides a wide variety of instructional options and activities to challenge all students, such as:

  • Extension activities in the Teaching Resources provide several enrichment and worksheet options for each chapter in the text.
  • Chapter assessments provide a major focus on higher order thinking skills, ask a wide variety of open-response questions, require a formal writing project, and provide multiple sources for Document-Based analysis.
  • The Concept Connector features throughout the text provides a discussion/debate opportunity based on the big ideas and issues in the chapter. The worksheets that support this feature provide individual and group-based activities that require students to think critically.

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The role of culture is also becoming increasingly important. How do we cover that topic?
This is a big issue in both state standards and classrooms across the country today. In addition to widespread narrative coverage in the Student Edition, you will find content for this category in the following places:

  • Witness History chapter and section stories in the text
  • Witness History stories on audio (speeches, music, literature, etc)
  • In-text primary sources
  • Humanities features
  • Witness History DVD
  • Core worksheets that include: Literature, biographies, primary sources, viewpoints.
  • Color Transparencies with Note Taking Graphic Organizers
  • World Studies Literature Library
  • Humanities Pack

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Are there lecture notes available for the teacher?
The Presentation Express CD-ROM will provide an outline of each chapter and section in PowerPoint™ format that provides an on-screen "main idea" statement for each b-head (these are the red headlines). These will be reinforced by providing the following items at point-of-use for teachers:

  • Transparencies (note taking, color (fine art, geography, etc), and progress monitoring)
  • Maps/charts/graphs
  • Geography Interactive features (multimedia maps, audio guided tours)
  • History Interactive features (student-focused multimedia explorations of big issues and ideas in history)

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Does the program contain videos, and how long are they?
There is a video segment from Discovery School™ for every chapter in the text, and each is between 4-13 minutes.

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What map support is available with the program? Transparencies? Black line masters? Online?
The treatment of geography is a strong differentiator for this program. Not only does World History have more maps than any other program, all of our maps have either a multimedia or audio guided tour component available at phschool.com via web code. (These are also on the StudentExpress CD-ROM, and the Presentation Express) Teachers will also have the following access to maps:

  • The Color Transparencies with Note Taking Graphic Organizer books have full page maps on transparency
  • The all-in-one resource booklets contain outline maps and geography worksheets for every chapter
  • The StudentExpress CD-ROM has all of the maps from the textbook, as well as the Geography Interactive multimedia/audio maps
  • The TeacherExpress CD-ROM has .pdf versions of all the maps in the text
  • Available in the Teaching Resources are both the Nystrom Atlas of World History, and the World History Historical Outline Map Book
  • The companion website will have the atlas from the program in .pdf format, a link to the World Desk Reference site that has many maps, and links to thousands of historic and current maps via infoplease.

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How is note taking supported in the program?
This is a major differentiator for our program.

  • Each section of the text begins with a note taking graphic organizer. Many sections contain more than one graphic organizer to help students organize content visually as they read the section, creating a mental map of the content. All of the graphic organizers are available in the Reading and Note Taking Study Guides at full size, and are available online via web code by chapter.
  • The Concept Connector feature/strand is a structured note taking system that is focused 18 key themes in world history. We review these issues on a chapter-by-chapter basis, and provide worksheets at the end of the Reading and Note Taking Study Guide booklets for each of the concepts investigated - see page xxx in the text for an overview of this note taking system.

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What political cartoon support is available?
Political cartoons are found in the Student Edition (throughout the book but look also in the Document-Based Assessment page in every Chapter Assessment area), Teaching Resource books, Document-Based Assessment book, TeacherExpress, StudentExpress, PresentationExpress and CD-ROM.

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