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The Critical Thinking Co. : World History Detective


The captivating lessons and activities in this 352-page book can be used as a standards-based, stand-alone textbook, a resource of supplemental activities to enrich another textbook, or as a review course for older students. What makes World History Detective® different from other world history books is the integration of critical thinking into the content lessons. The questions in this book require deeper analysis and frequently ask for supporting evidence from the lesson. This in-depth analysis produces greater understanding, which results in better grades and higher test scores. Over time, students who practice critical thinking learn to apply it throughout their education and life. This book also develops reading comprehension and writing skills.

Students begin by analyzing a lesson. Next, they apply critical thinking skills to answer multiple choice and short essay questions. Finally, students support their answers by identifying evidence learned from the lesson. World History Detective® includes geographical maps, timelines, and concept maps. It develops critical thinking skills in lessons that teach the roles that technology, power, institutions, ideas, and trade played in shaping history.

Word History Detective® studies ancient, medieval, and Early American civilizations. These are the lessons that are covered:

     •  The Fertile Crescent
     •  Mesopotamia
     •  Sumerians
     •  Babylonians
     •  Hittites
     •  Phoenicians
     •  Hebrews
     •  Assyrians
     •  Babylonian
     •  Persia
     •  Egypt
     •  Celts
     •  India
     •  Buddhism
     •  Hinduism
     •  China
     •  Classical Greece
     •  Roman Republic
     •  Christianity
     •  Roman Empire
     •  Byzantine Empire     •  Founding of Western Europe
     •  Islamic Dynasties
     •  Russia
     •  Europe, Renaissance
     •  The Crusades
     •  China
     •  Japan India
     •  Korea
     •  Southeast Asia
     •  Africa
     •  East Africa
     •  Zimbabwe
     •  West Africa
     •  Mesoamerica
     •  Mayas
     •  Incas
     •  Aztecs
     •  Northeast Woodland Tribes
     •  Plains Tribes
     •  Southwest Tribes
     •  Inuit

Teaching Support
Teacher and student introductions, list of historical topics, a lesson on identifying evidence, answers, and grade level standards.

Critical Thinking Skills
Identify evidence • Evaluate evidence • Draw inferences and conclusions.