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Posted August 13, 2008
The text is a 1999 teacher¿s edition for grades K through 8. The program overview in the teacher¿s edition of the World History and Geography of Ancient Civilizations quotes Aristotle ¿All who have meditated on the art of governing human beings have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.¿'Armento, Nash, Slater, and Wixson, 1991'. The book emphasizes its goal as having focus on depth, knowledge, skills, and citizenship to form an integral program of study. The program is based on in-depth learning by having students practice skills in meaningful contexts to relate learning to the world in which they live. From the early grades insights into new communities and connections to a larger world are accomplished via variations in lesson formats to exploration of geographic, social and economic world aspects. The early grades are also given lessons on literature, biographies, and real families to learn about other people and events in different times and places 'Armento, et al., 1991'. In the upper grades in-depth study continues with the study of American history and geography from the American Indians to the Civil War era and Constitutional Convention to the 1900s. World Civilizations, European history, the Fall of Rome, and Enlightenment narrow the focus for more learning mastery 'Armento, et al., 1991'. Up to this point, the curriculum appears to be carefully sequenced to build upon previous learning from lower grade levels. The educators of this text take into account the reality of the students within the classroom and the expertise of the educators. Such things as combining awareness of economics and humanities, interweaving of multiple topics, inclusion of diverse sects of people, and how people interacted with the land helps to make this a reality.Integration to develop critical and useful decision making runs rampant through this text via the use of visuals of how ideas relate to one another, using literature and the arts, and providing teaching notes to educators as reference for a wide range of sources. Geographic themes are important for the environmental setting, climate and resources and the ¿character it provides to events which are studied.¿ 'Armento, et al., 1991 T16'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.