Self Guided Tour:  Henretta, America's History, 8e

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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 brief, so they're easy to watch in-between classes, during prep, or whenever you need a refresher on your textbook program.



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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 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 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.


Emphasis on developing historical thinking skills. Students will gain proficiency in AP historical thinking skills via marginal review questions that ask students to:


  • Identify Causes
  • Explain Consequences
  • Trace Change over Time
  • Understand Points of View
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Place Events in ContextNew "Making Connections" and "Key Turning Point" questions ask students to consider broader historical developments and periodization. 


    New nine-part structure makes the transition to the redesigned exam seamless. Closely aligned with the new course, each part opener features three AP key concepts, a unique timeline organized by AP themes, and a "Thematic Understanding" question that prompts students to consider continuities and change over time.


    New document features prepare students for the rigor of the DBQ. "Thinking Like a Historian" offers AP skill-building in a DBQ-like environment. Each feature asks students to analyze 5-8 brief sources and then synthesize the evidence to create an argument. Also new, "America Compared" features situate U.S. history in its global context, while giving students practice in comparison, analyzing evidence, and data analysis.


    Now integrated with LearningCurve, an assignable adaptive learning tool. LearningCurve allows you to check that students have read the chapter and rehearsed the content before class. Available with every book, game-like activities adapt to what students already know and help them practice what they need to learn. Each activity includes some source-based prompts that model the types of questions that students will encounter on the new exam.


    An expanded suite of AP supplements, rethought for the AP redesign. See what support looks like with the best AP supplements package available. Written by AP workshop leaders and veteran teachers who have first-hand familiarity with the redesign, all of the book’s supplements have been designed to make your transition to the new course as smooth as possible. Resources include an Annotated Teacher’s Edition, Strive for a 5student test prep guide, an AP Test Bank with source-based questions, and more.


    Digital options save you time and help students learn. America’s History is available in several formats, including LaunchPad for America’s History, which includes an interactive e-book that fully integrates the companion reader, LearningCurve adaptive quizzing, author videos on the "Big Idea" of each chapter, reading guides, and assessment tools that can be auto-graded to measure student comprehension.