The American Journey: Early Years, Student Edition © 2012
About the Program
The American Journey: Early Years immerses middle school students in the rich early history of their country. The program includes the finest scholarship and the most up-to-date maps from the world-renowned National Geographic Society.
Unique Reading Strategies Make History Accessible for Every Student
- Exclusive Foldables—student-made three-dimensional graphic organizers—are a unique strategy that helps students read effectively and also can be used as assessment or study tools. Students of any ability can create Foldables, and as they work with these manipulatives, they are fully involved in learning, studying, and reviewing important concepts.
- A Guide to Reading, Reading Checks, and a Summary in every chapter keep students on track as they learn to read for information and process what they’ve read.
- The extensive use of graphics, maps, and photography creates a visual/verbal approach that appeals to all your students.
Relevance in Every Lesson Every Day
- TIME Notebooks allow students to step into the past, learning about everyday life in various periods and the “hot topics” of different eras.
- Chapter-opening Why it Matters features show students the connections between life in early America and their lives today.
- What Life Was Like and Hands-On History fully engage students in learning and give them an understanding of parallels between earlier generations and their own.
The Unrivaled Expertise of National Geographic Enlivens Every Page
- Brand-new, colorful, easy-to-read maps help students understand the where and why of history.
- Geography and History features show students how geography and events intertwine to create the history of a location or nation.
Social Studies Skills Are Continually Developed
- The program emphasizes skill development—from reading maps to analyzing primary and secondary sources to exploring the connections between history and geography, economics, government, citizenship, and current events.
Help Your Students Demonstrate Proficiency
- Prepare your students for success in every testing situation. The American Journey: Early Years includes an array of in-text assessment opportunities to help you gauge students’ mastery of facts and concepts.
- Standardized Test Practice provides systematic, ongoing test preparation. As your students learn, they are simultaneously preparing to demonstrate their knowledge of American history in standardized test formats.
Additional Details & Resources
- Research Base for The American Journey
Research conducted on The American Journey in schools across the United States using quantitative and qualitative methods was collected and compiled to support the effectiveness of The American Journey in classrooms. Research methods used include focus groups, teacher discussion groups, and classroom visits. Summaries of this data are also included in this booklet. The section entitled Research on the Elements of an Effective Textbook includes independent research on reading, learning styles, and geography and cartography. The section entitled Research on the Effectiveness of Glencoe’s Social Studies Textbooks includes both quantitative and qualitative research based on independent studies conducted with classroom teachers.
- Research Base for The American Journey World War I series
Research conducted on The American Journey to World War I in schools across the United States using quantitative and qualitative methods was collected and compiled to support the effectiveness of The American Journey to World War I in classrooms. Research methods used include focus groups, teacher discussion groups, and classroom visits. Summaries of this data are also included in this booklet. The section entitled "Program Research"? includes independent research on reading, learning styles, and geography and cartography. The section entitled "Results and Validation"? both quantitative and qualitative research based on independent studies conducted with classroom teachers.