Self- Guided Course Tours: Principles of Life, 2nd 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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Principles of Life was the first book to reflect the changes occurring in the AP Biology redesign. This innovative text emphasizes biology’s major concepts and provides students with opportunities to apply those concepts through data analysis and active-learning.

Now Principles of Life returns in a thoroughly updated new edition that exemplifies the reform that is remaking the modern biology classroom. The new teacher’s edition – written for and by AP Biology instructors - is designed to support every AP Biology teacher using POL teach a successful course and prepare their students for the redesigned exam.


Opening Story. Chapters capture student attention from the outset with a story that sets up an interesting question in a recognizable real-world context (How does caffeine work at the cell membrane?) Students revisit this question and its answer at the end of the chapter, having learned the necessary information to comprehend it.

Key Concepts. Each chapter is organized into sections, each of which explores a single essential concept in light of established facts and relevant experimental evidence. The following features support this conceptual approach:

  • A Key Concepts list begins each chapter.
  • Do You Understand the Concept? questions conclude each section, progressing from simple recall questions to questions that require critical thinking at higher levels of Blooms Taxonomy.
  • Apply the Concept critical thinking exercises, embedded in the chapter, ask students to interpret data and draw conclusions. These exercises can be used in-class to stimulate class discussion or assigned as homework.

A Summary provides a thorough review of chapter content, including key figures, and directs students to relevant resources online.

  • Throughout Principles of Life, this feature focuses on techniques and quantitative methods scientists use to investigate biological systems.

Investigation figures describe a key experiments hypothesis, methods, results, and conclusion.

Analyze the Data are additional sections where students analyze real data from the experiments.

Working with Data exercises turn these figures into in-class inquiry problems, discussions, or homework assignments. They contain associated questions and expanded materials that are available online.

Links. These cross-references show students the integrative nature of biology by referring them to a more thorough discussion of a key term elsewhere in the book.

Frontiers. In each chapter, these real-world applications of important concepts introduce students to fascinating ongoing avenues of research.