The material in this edition of IB History of the Americas has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the IBO 2008 History of the Americas curriculum (first examinations 2010). This curriculum deals with the information required in all 12 sections of the Americas regional option so that teachers can pick and choose the material they want to emphasize. Teachers who either want to, or who are required to, teach a survey of U.S. or Canadian history while teaching IB® history can use the included material that will not be on the IB exam to help them do so. Material that is required by IBO for its exam is clearly delineated. In addition to the Americas regional option, this curriculum also focuses on all three of the IB® 20 th century world history prescribed subjects and the following 20 th century world history topics: Topic 1—“Causes, practices and effects of war,” and Topic 5—“The Cold War.”
The Student Activity Book includes the essential elements of each lesson in an outline format to help students take notes and to ensure they have accurate material for exam review. The homework and classroom assignments that are included are specifically designed to help teach students the skills and knowledge necessary to score well on all three parts of the IB® history exam. Practice Paper 1 exams and Unit essay questions are based on past IB® exam questions. While there are no multiple choice questions on the IB® history exams, multiple choice questions for each Unit are included so that teachers can use them for classroom quizzes and/or review questions. The grading rubric and suggested answers are based on the latest IB® model. PowerPoint's and overheads that are included with the curriculum are integrated with the teacher lesson plans.
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IB History of the Americas,
American School of Tegucigalpa
“IB History of the Americas is a comprehensive, well-researched guide to the content currently included on the International Baccalaureate History (HL) examination. Mr. Burson successfully achieves his purpose of providing a consensus view of American and 20th century history. The guide will prove itself valuable to the new teacher and the teacher new to the IB History course. Students will understand the interpretive nature of the subject. The guide is a valuable addition to the rapidly growing need for IB preparation materials. The writing is excellent. State-of-the-field literature is included. The visual material included in the guide is outstanding. Maps, charts, tables, newspapers, posters, and illustrations are well-chosen and will easily motivate student discussion. The accumulated material far surpasses the visual content found in a single textbook. Organization is clear and allows the teacher flexibility in decisions regarding how much time to be given each lesson. Further, as the first guide of its kind in the IB field, teachers will be encouraged with its basic ideas to formulate their own and create additional instructional and testing methods.” --Frank Bunton, IB History of the Americas Teacher, Stanton College Preparatory High School, Jacksonville, Florida
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