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Advanced Art History by John Nici: Advanced Art History is the best handbook in print for beginning and experienced AP teachers looking for practical help and high-quality classroom materials. John Nici's publication includes syllabi, a pacing guide, daily lesson plans, class notes, assessments (with keys), a student activities workbook, state standards, and excellent practical advice . . . this book is the best handbook on which to build an AP Art History course that I have ever read, and I have read most of those published. There is no other such handbook in any medium currently in print that can be described as even remotely competitive with Advanced Art History. --Joy Sperling, Chief Reader-designate for AP Art History for the College Board. Read Full Review
Introduction to Journalism by Dianne Smith: This thorough curriculum could guide even someone totally unfamiliar with journalism to plan, teach and evaluate a worthwhile course; evaluate students fairly and significantly; and learn from the experience. The amount of material is overwhelming but any teacher working with the material could choose what to use, what to adapt to local circumstances and what could realistically be taken on by both teacher and students. The book does what it promises to do. It could prove vital to preserving journalism in secondary schools as they go wanting for experienced teachers in the field. The writing is clear, the information is current, I'm not aware of any book as exhaustive. --Wayne Brasler, Journalism Department Chair, University of Chicago Lab School; Author of The Newspaper Guide Book, published by the National Scholastic Press Association.
AP Environmental Science by Matthews and Weatherhead won the National 2010 TEXTY Award from Text and Academic Authors Association. This text is one of only 7 awarded nationally in any subject area for that year and the only one for the Physical Sciences. The Judge's commented that this text was an "Excellent work and certainly relevant! The student manual gives students the opportunity to see concepts in practice. This is probably the best material that I have seen on environmental science." Note: APES Co-Author Kathryn Weatherhead was the 2012 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Text and Academic Authors Association Textbook Excellence Award: Recognizing Current Textbooks and Learning Materials for Excellence. This text was awarded a "Textbook Excellence Award" from the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) the only association devoted solely to serving textbook and academic authors since 1987 (www.TAAonline.net). The "Textbook Excellence Award" recognizes works for their excellence in the areas of content, presentation, appeal, and teachability. These awards are given each year in several academic disciplines for both elementary and high school works and college titles. TAA's panel of judges are all noted textbook authors in these disciplines. Also authored by Carol Matthews are: Marine Biology and Oceanography (click title for link), Freshwater (Aquatic) Science (click for link), and Environmental Science (Regular or Honors version, click for link).
Scholastic Newspaper Production by Dianne Smith: Having edited my first newspaper in 1953, worked on my own high school newspaper since 1957 and advised a high school paper since 1964, I know what is involved. I worked in the start from a personal vision (still do) and enormous ambition and chewed my way through every source of help available. Nothing of this scope was available. Any beginner today would have a tremendous advantage with this feast spread before him or her to work from. Everything is presented clearly, at a down-to-earth level and with a realistic view of what can and cannot be achieved depending on local circumstances. This is the book many new advisers doubtlessly have hoped and prayed for. It is hefty but almost anything any newcomer would wonder about is here. It is crisp and current. I can't think of a book like this, or one so logically organized and presented. --Wayne Brasler, Journalism Department Chair, University of Chicago Lab School; Author of The Newspaper Guide Book, published by the National Scholastic Press Association.
Marine Biology and Oceanography written by Carol L. Matthews, M. Ed. Reviewed by Joel Teret, Pres., New York State Marine Education Assn., Reprint from Ripples Newsletter: "Carol Matthews has written an excellent laboratory manual for secondary school and early college level marine science classes that will complement all marine biology texts written for these levels. The exercises within this manual augment the disciplines of Marine Biology and Oceanography. Each investigation is written in a concise, clearly elucidated procedural format. Student observations are depicted through several means of expression: tables are available for students to record data; grids are provided for graph construction; and space is afforded for illustrations. Each experience also requires students to answer questions and/or complete statements in a Conclusion and a Discussion section. Clearly drawn and precise illustrations by Douglas L. Matthews serve as illuminating aids to student perceptions." Some of the titles in the 44 diversified labs and exercises are: Oceanic Model & Profile Map, Oceanic Contour Mapping, Tide Frequency and Range, Comparative Study of Sea Water, Oceanographic Field Techniques, Classification of Marine Organisms, Phytoplankton and Marine Algae, Comparative Study of Mollusks, Marine Ecological Relationships, Classification of Beach Sediment, Sea Urchin Embryology, and Bioluminescence. These laboratory investigations will enrich the student's class room recitations and textbook assignments."
Journalism by Olga Kokino: This book offers a thorough, deep repository of information teaching journalism, whatever that might mean in a specific school. It covers all the basics, offers numerous creative offshoots, is timely, is wise and there's no mistaking this author has been there and done that. Anyone could follow and use this book, from the true novice to a bit-unsure newcomer to the field or to a school. --Wayne Brasler, Journalism Department Chair, University of Chicago Lab School; Author of The Newspaper Guide Book, published by the National Scholastic Press Association.
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