- Written in easy-to-understand language and uses consistently familiar vocabulary to encourage reluctant readers.
- Fact boxes and sidebars highlight key information.
- Includes glossary, index, and resources list.
National Social Studies Standards, Grades 5-8
- Individual Development & Identity: IV
- Relate personal changes to social, cultural, and historical contexts
- Identify and describe ways regional, ethnic, and national cultures influence individuals' daily lives
- Production, Distribution, & Consumption: VII
- Explain and illustrate how values and beliefs influence different economic decisions
- Culture: I
- Explain and give examples of how language, literature, the arts, architecture, other artifacts, traditions, beliefs, values, and behaviors contribute to the development and transmission of culture
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