Essay on Textbook Analysis: the American Journey

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TEXTBOOK ANALYSIS: THE AMERICAN JOURNEY

Textbook Analysis
The American Journey
Michele C. Bennett
Grand Canyon University: EED 465
January 22, 2011

Textbook Analysis: The American Journey Before using a social studies textbook, a deep analysis of its contents will be required. How the book covers the topics in comparison to the definition of, social studies bring forth the relevance of the book in effective planning and instruction. Whether or not the book conveys separate classroom activities for class participation and a chance to form a deeper understanding of the lesson is desirable. Furthermore, the book should integrate other subjects such as writing to incorporate a deeper interest in social studies. The textbook
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The textbook includes a reference atlas and a geography handbook which encourages learning geographic lessons in our American History. Reading skills are the main goal of the textbook’s author, which is apparent with the sections Reading Skills Handbook and the section referred to as Be an Active Reader.
The inclusion of art is included at the section two assessments as an Interdisciplinary Activity. On page 26, the activity requires putting together illustrations of ‘accomplishments of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca in the areas of communication, science, and math. Use your own drawings or use photographs from newspapers and magazines’ (Appleby, Brinkley, and McPherson, 2005). On the textbook online access, the integration of technology exists with interactive websites to enhance the learning experiences for social studies students. ‘The more accurately the K–12 social studies program addresses the contemporary conditions of real life and of academic scholarship, the more likely such a program is to help students develop a deeper understanding of how to know, how to apply what they know, and how to participate in building a future. It is within this context that these social studies standards were created. They pay attention to the specific contributions of history, the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, the natural sciences, and other disciplines,
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