Introduces and provides practice in key social studies skills and practices, including
—gathering, interpreting, and using evidence;
—comparison and contextualization;
Unit Essential Questions and chapter Compelling Questions focus reading and research on large topics and themes of American history and the Constitution.
Activities presented in the sidebar prompt students to engage with concepts, events, and primary sources.
Includes letters, political cartoons, editorials, and other primary source documents.
Inquiry activities—ranging from structured to student-directed—provide ample opportunities to engage in the real work of historians.
Chapter and unit reviews include Key Terms by Theme, stimulus-based questions, multiple-choice questions, document-based questions, and thematic essays.
Enhanced coverage of landmark cases of the United States Supreme Court.
The four-color design provides strong text and image structure, improves usability, and enhances meaning.
The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are provided in the Appendix.