During the Middle Ages, the Islamic world experienced a time of remarkable expansion when scientific invention and artistic creation flourished. Your Guide to the Islamic Golden Age explores the important achievements and lasting legacy of this magnificent era.
Follow the trade route to the Middle Ages and witness the expansion of trade and commerce, made possible by the advancements in shipbuilding. Your Guide to Trade in the Middle Ages explores the effects of this expansion, including the growth of towns, the formation of guilds, the increasing demand for luxury items, and the famous travels to China of a merchant named Marco Polo.
This important title tackles the complex events that led up to the global financial crisis and recession of 2007 onward. Readers will weave their way through the differing causes and effects of the crisis and are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about global economic theories, the effects of globalization, and the income inequality between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. Using case studies, debate sidebars, and critical-thinking questions, Global Financial Crisis offers perspectives on past and current economic situations, ultimately addressing the question: Is the current economic climate fair and stable, or are the world's economies heading for another crash?
This timely and important title examines the motivations, events, and effects of the terrorist practice of taking hostages. From political bargaining throughout history to current activity by the terrorist group ISIS, readers will consider the reasons that groups engage in hostage taking and learn about the effects it has on victims and their larger communities. Taking the stance of a global citizen, readers will debate whether hostage takers should be negotiated with and how hostage taking could be prevented. Using case studies, debate sidebars, and critical thinking questions, Hostage Takers allows readers to critically explore the media’s coverage of terrorism and hostage situations, exposing them to differing perspectives on how best to deal with these threats now and in the future.
This fascinating title explores the significant global issues surrounding the politics, conflict, and violence of revolution and change in recent years in southwest Asia and North Africa. By going behind the media headlines, this important book examines the reasons why changes are taking place, who is involved in the changes, and what the public perceptions of these areas and their events are around the globe. From the “Arab Spring” to the Syrian refugee crisis, readers will look at the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa and their global effects. Critical thinking questions, case studies, and debate sidebars help readers understand different perspectives about the uprisings, consider the importance of the countries involved to the rest of the world, and ask what the future holds for the region and its inhabitants.
This important title examines exploitation and acts of violence against women and girls, from trafficking and murder to sexual and domestic abuse. Readers will study the reasons why women and girls are made the victims of violence on a global scale, and consider the ways that such violence can be combatted. Taken beyond coverage by the media, readers will see and understand the real lives affected by this violence—dispelling the idea that it only happens in certain areas or circumstances. Debate sidebars and critical thinking questions encourage understanding of different perspectives and encourage readers to examine violence against women in their own communities, nations, and the world.
This timely book offers a critical examination of issues in the headlines concerning racial bias, crime, and police violence. Race and Crime shines a light on biases and assumptions that link race with crime in the media, and encourages readers to reflect on these biases in the information they consume daily. Readers are asked to consider the roles that policing, prisons, immigration, and the media play in enforcing racism, and to examine their effects throughout history, which include hate crimes in the forms of slavery, genocide, and police violence. Through debate sidebars, critical thinking questions, and real-world case studies, this title goes beyond media headlines to encourage students to critically explore important issues surrounding race and crime in their communities, nations, and the world.
A samurai fights for honor and survival in a real-life Game of Thrones. Stirring narrative nonfiction recounts the rise of Minamoto Yoshitsune from seemingly doomed infant to immortal warrior-hero (and one of the most famous samurai in Japanese history). Acclaimed author Pamela S. Turner delivers all the drama, romance, and tragedy of the original story--with delightfully dry wit and a healthy dose of modern perspective. Gorgeous ink paintings by celebrated graphic-novelist Gareth Hinds complete this irresistible package.
This book relays the factual details of the dropping of the atomic bombs that took place during World War II. The narrative provides multiple accounts of the event, and readers learn details through the point of view of a Manhattan Project scientist, a witness in Hiroshima, and an aide to the US secretary of war. The text offers opportunities to compare and contrast various perspectives in the text while gathering and analyzing information about a historical event.
Every culture has their own traditions, customs, and festivals, but some are especially unique. From Christmas trees decorated with spider webs to a festival dedicated to a monkey’s delicious dinner, these really weird, totally true holidays and traditions will surprise and delight you!
Ever wondered what sort of silly things go on behind the White House doors? From alligators in the bathroom to sheep on the lawn, the United States presidents are full of surprising stories! Discover some of the wackiest, really weird, totally true presidential tales from throughout American history!
From the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Great Wall of China and beyond, the landmarks of the world’s ancient cultures still stand as impressive reminders of our past. But traces of these long-ago civilizations can also be found in more unusual places, including a fast-food restaurant!
Scientific and anecdotal information about each of the fifty states' official state bird.
Historical and anecdotal information about each of the fifty states' official state capitals.
Scientific and anecdotal information about each of the fifty states' official state tree and the processes used to select it.
Historical and anecdotal information about each of the fifty states' official state flags, including the inspiration of the design.
A look at the engineering processes that go into designing transportation methods.
Nestled within the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is one of two countries on the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic’s Spanish and African roots have come together to create a nation of rich culture and unique beauty. Explore exotic wildlife, some of the Americas’ oldest landmarks, and so much more in this title highlighting the Dominican Republic.
With two official languages and many different ethnic groups, Afghanistan is a diverse country with a rich and ancient history. Delicious food, thrilling sports, and festive celebrations are hallmarks of Afghani life, despite decades of war. This title introduces young readers to modern-day life and culture in this complex nation.
Vibrant colors, lively music, and welcoming smiles fill the streets of the beautiful country of Cuba. Despite a history of economic hardships, the people of Cuba have created a nation dedicated to warmth and culture. Young readers can explore the country few citizens of the United States have been able to visit in this lively title.
From the mounting heights of the Pyrenees down through the Meseta Central Plateau and into the Andalusian Plains along the Mediterranean, Spain is a nation whose culture is as diverse as the land. Deep-rooted Christianity sets the stage for vibrant festivals while day-to-day life incorporates tapas and siestas. This title will allow young readers to appreciate all there is to discover in Spain!
Among much of the conflict in the Middle East, Jordan has become a place of refuge for many seeking safety. This land of deserts along the Great Rift Valley is home to the ancient city of Petra and people wearing welcoming smiles. This title is the perfect trek through the culture, customs, and daily life in Jordan.
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The mention of Egypt immediately stirs up images of towering pyramids and powerful pharaohs, but there is so much more to discover! As young readers immerse themselves in this title, they will find a diverse land of deserts and fertile river plains, nomads and city-goers, and differing cultural norms and practices all while marveling over beautiful images of the people and landscape.
With the Battling the Elements: American Indians of the West e-Book, introduce your students to the diverse lifestyles of West Coast American Indians. Your class will learn about the different tribes in the Southwest, the Great Basin, the Plateau, the Pacific Northwest, and California. This e-Book also looks at other aspects of daily life including tools and building materials used, trade networks, and how life drastically changed for the American Indians once the European settlers arrived. This intriguing nonfiction reader breathes life into early US history with primary source documents that features images of Native American artifacts, maps, and other materials from that era. Build literacy and subject content knowledge with this high-interest e-Book that explores history, geography, and other social studies topics. American Indians of the West: Battling the Elements provides access to every type of learner with appropriately leveled content. The e-Book contains text features such as captions, bold print, glossary, and index to increase understanding and build academic vocabulary. Aligned to McREL, WIDA/TESOL, NCSS/C3 Framework and other state standards, this text readies students for college and career readiness.
This title examines an important historic event - the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the history of the Harlem neighborhood and issues around racism, Harlem's African-American community, cultural identity, and creative spirit - from jazz to dance to poetry, key influential figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Duke Ellington, and Alain Locke, and the effects of this event on society. Features include a table of contents, a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Events is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.