U.S. History Shorts COMBO (Both Books & Both Audio CD Sets)

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MPN 20675
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Reading Level 3 - 4.5Interest Level 5 - 12

U.S. History Shorts are fun, bite-sized history lessons for students reading below grade level. These engaging programs were designed for students of all ages who need help learning the basic concepts covered in world history classes. The low reading level and age-appropriate illustrations make the short, high-interest passages and activities appealing to struggling readers and students with learning differences.

The Shorts

Each 210-page book includes between 28 and 30 one-page stories, or shorts, that focus on key historical concepts. Featured in 14-point font for easier readability, the shorts can be used as introductory lessons or taught in greater depth with additional resources. They also serve as an overview for topics that teachers wish to cover quickly.

Activity Sheets

Following each short are four activity sheets and a quiz. For each short, a one-page quiz assesses students' understanding of the most important information. Students practice reading-comprehension skills and answer content-area recall questions; interpret maps, charts, and graphs; research significant historical people, places, and events; and express opinions through writing.

The activity sheets include multiple-choice, short-answer, and extension questions as well as crossword puzzles. Each short also includes a visual activity which consists of a map, chart, or graph. Quizzes include questions written in standardized test format. Answer keys are also provided.

Audio CDs (also available separately or as a set)

Two sets of audio CDs feature recordings of each of the shorts in the corresponding books. This audio component helps improve comprehension for struggling learners and supports students with diverse learning styles. Two CDs are included in each set for U. S. History Shorts 1 and for U. S. History Shorts 2.

U.S. History Shorts: Pre-Colonization Through Reconstruction units include:

  • Early Native Americans
  • U.S. Geography
  • European Explorers
  • Colonization
  • The French and Indian War
  • The American Revolution
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis and Clark's Expedition
  • Technological Advances
  • The Cotton Kingdom
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction, and more

U. S. History Shorts 2: Mid-1800s through the Present units include:

  • Native Americans
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Immigrant Life
  • The Spanish-American War
  • The Panama Canal
  • World War I
  • The Great Depression
  • The New Deal
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • The Korean War
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Terrorist Attacks of 9/11/01, and more

U.S. History Shorts COMBO of Both Books and Both Audio CDs Includes: 2 reproducible books (also available separately or as a set) plus 2 Sets of Audio CDs (also available separately or in a set).

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