Geoffrey Chaucer was a British poet during the Middle ages and is still considered one of the greatest English writers of all time. Through this intriguing biography, readers will learn about Chaucer's life as he took part in the Hundred Years War, worked for King Edward III, and went on to write the well-known collection, "The Canterbury Tales". Featuring lively illustrations, fascinating facts and sidebars, easy to read text, an accommodating glossary, and helpful index, this book will have readers excited and eager to learn more about this influential author.
Elementary readers learn about famous pirates and pirate history in this interesting and informative nonfiction reader. Through colorful images, fascinating facts, informational text, and compelling stories, children will learn about famous pirates such as Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Black Bart, Edward Low, Lady Mary Killigrew, and Mrs. Cheng.
Robbery, gunfights, murder--outlaws ran rampant all across the Wild West! Readers will be introduced to some of the most famous robbers and outlaws of the Wild West in this enthralling nonficton title. With vivid images, informational text, and incredible facts and stories about such well-known figures as Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and Jesse James, readers will be engaged from cover to cover!
Introduce readers to some of the most well-known criminals and tyrants of the past with this fascinating nonfiction book! Featuring intriguing facts and theories, colorful images, and informational text in conjunction with a glossary of terms, a bibliography, and a list of helpful websites with more information, readers will want to learn all they can about ancient history and the bad guys and gals from the past.
Nelson Mandela helped create a new world for South Africa in his fight against apartheid. Readers will learn about Mandela's fight for peace and equality and how he used peaceful protests to make his way from a political prisoner to the first South African President of Africa in this nonfiction biography. Featuring colorful images, informational text, timelines, a glossary of terms, and an index, readers are sure to be inspired by Mandela's amazing life.
Anne Frank's diary has become one of the most widely read books in the world. Readers will learn about Anne as she went into hiding from the Nazi Party in this nonficiton title. Through vibrant images, informational text, timelines, and a glossary of terms, readers will discover the hardships Anne and her family went through in order to avoid being sent to a concentration camp. This inspiring biography enables children to look up to Anne and find hope in every situation, just as she did.
In this inspiring biography, readers will learn about the incredible journey of Helen Keller. Using informational text and expressive images and photos, readers will discover the undeniable determination that Keller had as a young deaf and blind girl and how her teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her to read, write, speak, and graduate from college. With a timeline, a bibliography, and a glossary of terms, children are given the tools they need to expand their knowledge about this fascinating and inspiring woman.
Uncover the fascinating facts that led to the murder of Alexander Hamilton in the book, Aaron Burr. This primary source reader informs students about what made these two historical men enemies and how Burr worked both the Federalist and the Republican parties to become Vice President of the United States. Included are letters, photographs, newspaper articles, maps, and other primary sources that will captivate students while building their critical-literacy skills.
Discover captivating historical facts in this informational text that focuses on the life and times of George Washington and his partnership with his secretary and “right-hand man,” Alexander Hamilton. This nonfiction reader includes letters, photographs, newspaper articles, maps, and other primary sources that will captivate middle school students while building their critical-literacy skills.
Marie Curie was one of the greatest scientists the world has ever known. This biography details the fascinating life of the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Learn all about this 20th century superstar with this high-interest book! The intriguing sidebars feature fun facts that challenge students to think more deeply about the topics and develop higher-order thinking. Informational text features include a table of contents, captions, bold font, an extensive glossary, and a detailed index to deepen understanding and build academic vocabulary. The Try It! culminating activity requires students to connect back to the text, and the Reader's Guide provides opportunities for additional language-development activities. Aligned with McREL, WIDA/TESOL, and state standards, this title readies students for college and career.
Many people know that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. In this captivating biography, readers learn the role he played in colonial America. Through easy-to-read text, fascinating facts, and engaging images, children will discover the amazing life Franklin had and learn how he made his way from being an apprentice at his brother's printshop to an international diplomat. Readers will be engaged and eager to learn about the impact he made on early America through his contribution to the First Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence.
Moctezuma was the most famous leader of the powerful Aztec empire. The Aztecs were expert warriors. Most of central Mexico was under their rule at one time. Moctezuma was elected as the ruler of the empire. He was a fair leader who believed in strictly following the laws. He ruled for 17 years until the fall of the Aztec empire.
Mansa Musa was the king of Mali. Located in western Africa, Mali became one of the largest empires during Musa's reign. He helped his empire grow in size and culture by encouraging arts, literature, and architecture. He improved trade with the Arab and opened up other trade routes. During Musa's reign, he made Mali a powerful and wealthy state.
Hammurabi was a king of Babylon, but he wanted to rule the entire area of Mesopotamia. After only five years of being king, Hammurabi reached his goal. During his reign, Hammurabi did many things to improve and influence both the culture and government of Mesopotamia.
Confucius was a philosopher who devoted his life to relieving the suffering he saw. His philosophy stressed the natural order of a moral, just, society. After his death, his followers shared his teachings, influencing future generations.
Socrates was an ancient Greek philosopher who helped shape Greek beliefs. Socrates believed his purpose in life was to gain wisdom and find the truth by asking questions. Socrates made many people over his methods of teaching. He was arrested and sentenced to death. But, many of Socrates's ideas and beliefs can still be found today.
Siddhartha Gautama was born to the king of a tribe in Northern India. An astrologer told his father that Gautama would either become a king or he would leave his riches behind to save humanity. His father sheltered him from all of the poverty in the streets. When Gautama finally left his palace he saw the suffering of people and wanted to change the world. He started the religion called Buddhism.
Abigail lived during times which were much more difficult for women than today. Despite this fact, Abigail Adams traveled, believed in women's rights, and experienced the American Revolution. A devoted wife, mother, and American patriot, Abigail influenced history by helping her husband, John, make important decisions.
Christopher Columbus set out on August 3, 1492, to find the East by sailing west. Over the course of a few years, he convinced the king and queen of Spain to pay for his trip, promising them fame and riches in return. Columbus discovered more than he bargained forâ€”he had found a new continent.
Phillis Wheatley was the first black person in America to have a book published, opening the door for other black writers and female authors. She was kidnapped and brought to the colonies as a child and served as a slave to a family in Boston. Phillis learned to read and write at a young age.
In this appealing biography, the life of Pocahontas is detailed through colorful images, interesting facts, and easy to read text. Readers will be enthralled as they learn about the Indian princess, her father, Chief Powhatan, her rescue of Captain John Smith, and her marriage to John Rolfe. A glossary and table of contents are provided to aid readers to easily map their way through the book and further understand the content.
This inviting biography explores the life of Thomas Jefferson. Readers will discover the impact he made on early America as he took roles as governor, vice president, and President of the United States. The detailed images, fascinating facts, and easy-to-read text reveal that Jefferson played a major part in many early American events such as the Second Continental Congress, the Committees of Correspondence, and the Declaration of Independence. The accessible glossary and table of contents assist in further understanding of the content and vocabulary.
Readers can learn all about the first president of the United States in this inspirational and fascinating biography. This book features many engaging images, supportive text, and appealing sidebars to detail accounts of George Washington's life, including the First and Second Continental Congress, his marriage to Martha Custis, his home at Mount Vernon, and infamous battles like the Battle of Yorktown. The glossary and table of contents allows readers to better understand the vocabulary and content as they move through from cover to cover.
John Jay served in all three branches of the government. Once the Constitution was written, he was a staunch supporter of the document, joining some other men in anonymously writing "The Federalist Papers", which explained to the public why the Constitution should be ratified. Soon after, he was made chief justice of the Supreme Court, and he was given the position of declaring laws unconstitutional for the very first time.
This adventurous biography highlights the expeditions made by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Readers will be able to explore the amazing accomplishments that these two men, Sacagawea, and the rest of the Corps of Discovery made. The incredible journey of these surveyors and mountaineers are explained through vivid images, easy-to-read text, fascinating facts, and a supporting glossary and table of contents. Readers will be sure to be enthralled from beginning to end!