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.
Ways of the World is the ideal textbook for your redesigned AP® World History classroom. Like the AP® course it supports, Ways of the World focuses on significant historical trends, themes, and developments in world history. Authors Robert Strayer and Eric Nelson provide a thoughtful and insightful synthesis that helps students see the big picture. Each chapter then culminates with collections of primary sources organized around a particular theme, issue, or question, allowing students to consider the evidence the way historians do.
AP® Historical Thinking Skills: A Primer. This section provides tips on reading this college level text, suggestions for analyzing what you read, and recommendations for synthesizing the information and writing a cohesive argument—all skills students must demonstrate on the redesigned AP® exam.
The narrative — thematic, comparative, and truly global — focuses on the big picture. Brief by design, the narrative avoids the overwhelming details and instead emphasizes major developments. Broad themes include: empires in the second-wave era, global commerce and trade throughout history and into the twenty-first century, the emergence of global religions, industrialization, and the rise and fall of totalitarian systems.
Part-opening Big Picture essays set the stage for the chapters that follow and encourage students to make connections among the world's cultures. Narrative-ending Big Picture within the chapter review questions encourage student synthesis of the material and allow them to put their identification, analysis, and speculation skills to work.
Seeking the Main Point questions focus student attention on an important chapter theme.
Guided Reading Questions help students focus on what’s important and "comparison," "connection," and "change."
Snapshot boxes offer succinct glimpses of particular themes, regions, or time periods.
The Working with Evidence feature allows students to practice reading, thinking, and writing about primary documents at the end of each chapter. Introductory headnotes and comparative questions in Working with Evidence sections help students understand how the written documents and visual sources relate to each other and to the chapter narrative.
At the end of each chapter, a short Reflections section raises provocative, sometimes quasi-philosophical, questions about the craft of the historian and the unfolding of the human story.
The accompanying Strive for a 5 study and prep guide features tips for test preparation and two full length practice exams.
Features that save teachers time:
- The Docutext format is more than two books in one. The docutext is a textbook and source book combined that teaches historical thinking and analysis through the use of primary evidence in thoughtful collections of related written and visual sources.
- Written documents and visual sources collections in each chapter emphasize the theme or concept from the chapter. Introductory essays, headnotes, and comparative questions in the documents and visual sources sections help students understand how the written documents and visual sources relate to each another and to the chapter narrative.
- The Teacher's Edition was developed to be the ultimate teaching tool designed to provide support and guidance to help teachers teach a successful AP® World History course. Each chapter has Blue Pages with a listing of relevant resources, AP® course correlations, and Bell Ringer activities. For those short on time, the essential activity is the least teachers need to cover chapter content. On page tips have specific connections to the AP® course including support for teaching AP® Thematic Learning Objectives, AP® Historical Thinking Skills, and AP® Exam Tips. The teacher’s edition ties directly into additional resources with a TRM logo. The new TRM (Teacher's Resource Materials) is an electronic resource that will work hand-in-glove with the Teacher's Edition to offer lecture outlines, classroom strategies, activities, worksheets, organizers, and maps for classroom use. Many of these resources have a corresponding point-of-use entry in the Teacher's Edition.