Self- Guided Course Tours: America's History, 8th Edition

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BFW Self-Guided Course Tours are designed with your schedule in mind - they're on-demand, self-paced, and provide you with everything you need to know to get started using BFW materials successfully in your classroom.

Each course contains short videos that review the AP® Exam (where applicable), the student edition, and teacher resources. The videos are all less than 3 minutes long, so they're easy to watch in-between classes, during prep, or whenever you need a refresher on your textbook program. At the end of the course, you'll receive a Program Guide to use as a reference of your materials, as well as a lesson planning guide to help you get started.

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America's History offers a thematic approach and skills-oriented pedagogy that helps students succeed in the redesigned AP® U.S. History course. Known for its attention to AP® themes and content, the new edition features a new nine part structure closely aligned with the chronology of the new AP® U.S. History course, an expanded documents program, and a wealth of supporting resources that give teachers and students the tools they need to master the course and the new exam. The eighth edition also rolls out Bedford/St. Martin's new digital history tools, including LearningCurve, an adaptive quizzing engine that garners over a 90% student satisfaction rate, and LaunchPad, the all new interactive e-book and course space that puts high quality easy-to-use assessment at your fingertips. Featuring video, additional primary sources, a wealth of adaptive and summative quizzing, and more, LaunchPad cements student understanding of the text while helping them make progress toward learning outcomes. It's the best content joined up with the best technology.


A big picture, analytical focus helps students to understand not just what happened, but why. With its hallmark interpretive voice and thoughtful analysis, America's History helps students make sense of the contextual and casual relationships between events. A variety of learning tools from the beginning to the end of each chapter support this "Big Idea" focus, which is in line with the new AP® exam’s emphasis on learning objectives.

A unique nine-part framework highlights key developments. America's History periodizes history into nine distinct eras, each characterized by major developments and an overarching theme. Each part features a Thematic Timeline that helps students identify the important forces shaping each period, make connections between chapters, and understand continuity and change over time.

A comprehensive document program offers students practice in document analysis. Three types of primary source features offer many opportunities for working with historical evidence and prepare students for the rigor of the DBQ: "American Voices," "America Compared," and "Thinking Like a Historian." At a low price when packaged, the all-new companion reader, Sources for America’s History, offers a wealth of additional documents.