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The Declaration of Independence

 
Cover: The Declaration of Independence Spread: The Declaration of Independence
 
 
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Learn about the key role of the Declaration of Independencein our nation's past and its continued importance to Americans today.Additional features to aid comprehension include fact-filled captions and sidebars, detailed photographs, informational diagrams, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research,an index, and an introduction to the author.

Table of Contents

  • The American Colonies
  • Writing the Declaration
  • News of the Declaration
  • From the Signing to Today
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Index
  • About the Author

Details

Specifications

  • Dewey: 973.3
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs, Historical photographs
  • Reinforced book (9781503809017): 8 x 9.5, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Hosted ebook (9781503815148): 8 x 9.5, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Subject: Social Studies
  • Series: How America Works

Leveling

  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 4
  • Guided Reading Level: V
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.6
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 184083
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Reviews

A Review of "How America Works" in School Library Connection

This social studies series for juveniles gives insight into the foundations of the U.S. and the workings of our government. Each book has the same format, featuring four chapters, vocabulary words highlighted in the text, and a ‘To Learn More’ page at the end of the book. Each of the three branches of government is explored in depth, and important documents are examined. The large font, wide line spacing, and generous margins contribute to the visual appeal. The historical photographs, illustrations, sidebars, and infographics will also appeal to students. This series would be a great addition to a library or classroom or as textbooks for a remedial reader group in junior to senior high school levels. Additional Resources. Glossary. Index. Table of Contents. Websites

A Review of "How America Works" in School Library Journal

With 24 pages per book, these titles are brief. Even so, elegant design and substantive content make them strong contenders. Each one tackles a specific component of U.S. government and describes, in brief, the influences and other formative issues surrounding it. For instance, in How the Government Works, the author explains that even though the original 13 colonies technically rebelled against Great Britain, they still borrowed ideas from the British government when forming their own. Contemporary aspects of each subject are described as well, such as the ongoing debate about the merits and demerits of the electoral college in How Elections Work. The nature of how the U.S. government is structured means that some content overlaps (the need for a constitutional convention is described in The Bill of Rights and The U.S. Constitution), but not so much that one title can be overlooked when ordering. The illustrations are a solid balance of archival paintings, maps, photographs, and graphics. VERDICT Just in time for the election season, a great primer for U.S. government classes.

Contributors

Author: Mary Meinking

Mary Meinking has written more than 30 children's books. The topics of her books include history, arts and crafts, extreme jobs, animals, pop stars, and travel. When not working or writing, Meinking enjoys spending time with family, making crafts, baking, and traveling. She lives in Iowa.

 

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