- The big picture, analytical focus of America’s History helps students 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 causal 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 comprehensive document program offers students practice in document analysis. Four types of source features offer many opportunities for working with historical evidence and prepare students for the rigor of the
DBQ: "AP® Interpreting the Past," "AP® Analyzing Voices," "AP® America in the World," and "Thinking Like a Historian."
- Nine-part framework of the textbook highlights key developments throughout history.
- AP® Concept Connections appear in every Part Opener and connect striking images to the important AP® history concepts that students will explore in each part.
- AP® Thematic Understanding timelines orient students to major developments and AP® themes of the period.
- AP® Analyzing Voices, a two-page feature in each chapter, helpS students learn to think critically and develop key AP® comparison skills by juxtaposing primary source texts written or spoken from two or more perspectives.
- AP® America in the World feature uses primary sources and data to situate U.S. history in a global context giving students practice in comparison and data analysis key to success on the AP® exam.
- An AP® Thinking like a Historian feature in every chapter includes five to eight brief primary sources organized around a central theme that helps students learn to work with evidence and build the critical habits of mind key to success on the DBQ on the AP® exam.
NEW TO THIS EDITION
- New AP® Practice Questions follow every chapter, including multiple-choice and short answer after every chapter, and long essays and document-based questions after every part, to build deep familiarity with the tasks and format of AP® exam items.
- New AP® Learning Focus questions guide student reading and focus their attention on key historical themes in the chapter by focusing students on not just what happened, but why.
- AP® Exam Tips highlight important concepts and questions that students should focus on to prepare for the AP® exam.
- AP® Practices & Skills margin notes identify key historical disciplinary practices and reasoning skills that students will need to hone to perform well on the AP® exam.
- AP® Interpreting the Past feature brings historical argumentation directly into each chapter, helping students understand how to work with secondary sources.
- Full-length AP® Practice Exam created by experienced AP® teachers sits at the back of the book, giving students a chance to practice a full exam before the big day.
- Glossary/Glosario of Historical and Academic Terms gives students a handy guide to important historical content, such as events, movements, court cases, and more; while also providing helpful definitions for terms useful in thinking about history—terms that help describe causes, define trends or identify contexts. The side-by-side glossario is available for students who would benefit from Spanish-language support for their reading.