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Achieving Scientific Literacy

Achieving Scientific Literacy offers a broad vision for improving science education that is at times historical and philosophical and also concrete and practical. Bybee’s book addresses the critical challenge of transforming national standards into individual classroom practices, with the aim being to develop greater coherence and consistency in science education.


Algebra is an elementary algebra text from one of the leading mathematicians of the world — a major contribution to the teaching of the very first high school level course in a centuries old topic — refreshed by the author’s inimitable pedagogical style and deep understanding of mathematics and how it is taught and learned. This book is about algebra. The main part of the book is made up of problems. The best way to deal with them is: Solve the problem by yourself, compare your solution with the solution in the book (if it exists), and then go to the next problem.

Algebra for Dummies

This easy-to-understand reference explains algebra in terms you can understand. It also gives you the necessary tools to solve complex problems.

The American Pageant: A History of the Republic

Supported by colorful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and its trademark wit, The American Pageant is one of the most readable, popular, and effective American history textbooks available. Pedagogy includes chapter-ending chronologies, numerous interesting quotes from historical figures, and incisive part openers that contextualize six major periods in American history.

The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation

The American Reader is a stirring and memorable anthology that captures the many facets of American culture and history in prose and verse. The 200 poems, speeches, songs, essays, letters, and documents were chosen both for their readability and for their significance. They reflect the part that all Americans—black and white, native born and immigrant, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American, poor and wealthy—have played in creating the nation’s character.

American Government

A good text for an introductory course in American government. The authors pack a surprising amount of information into each of their 15 chapters that are dedicated to different facets of American government and its foundation.

American History the Easy Way

This book presents a chronological review of key men, women, and events, from the time of the first North American settlers to the twenty-first century. It includes maps, illustrations, and review questions with answers.

Astronomy for Dummies

From asteroids to black holes, quasars to white dwarfs, Astronomy For Dummies takes you on a tour of the universe. This test text features star maps, charts, full-color photographs, and easy-to-follow explanations.

Concise Atlas of World History

This overview of human history, with 450 maps and 160 illustrations, begins with the emergence of Homo sapiens and culminates with the post-WWII era, moving among various regions of the globe in chronological order. It’s divided into sections on ancient, medieval, early modern, Enlightenment and 20th century history.

Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print

Beginning to Read reconciles the debate that has divided theorists for decades over the “right” way to help children learn to read. Drawing on a rich array of research on the nature and development of reading proficiency, Adams shows educators that they need not remain trapped in the phonics versus teaching-for-meaning dilemma. She proposes that phonics can work together with the whole language approach to teaching reading and provides an integrated treatment of the knowledge and process involved in skillful reading, the issues surrounding their acquisition, and the implications for reading instruction.

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