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New Textbooks Build Rigor for Honors World History Students
New Textbooks Build Rigor for Honors World History Students
Al Wood
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New Textbooks Build Rigor for Honors World History Students

By Al Wood

Last month, the Ash Fork JUSD Governing Board approved the purchase of a new textbook for my honors world history class.  This completes my goal of having a set of AP-approved, high-rigor textbooks for my college-prep students to use in each of my high school honors social studies classes.  Unlike teachers in other schools, I do not often ask students to read chapters out of the textbook.  Rather, I use textbooks for their “activities,” such as maps, short secondary-source readings, and data sets.  I specifically chose a textbook that presents a lot of visuals for students to analyze as well as high-rigor questions that students can use to think deeply about the material.  With this investment, I have one more tool to help students think about history at a college level while still in the comfort of a high school environment.