Language Arts Correlations Teachers' Notes Look Inside Few issues are more hotly contestedboth here and abroadthan the role of the United States armed forces. Do we fight for freedom? Are we the world police? What makes a problem half a world away a matter of national security? Our Military explores the shifting role of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines through more than two centuries of conflict, stopping at key moments along the way to check in on the Great Debates that have altered the course of world history. Young readers will discover that disagreements over the size, strength, purpose, and cost of our armed forces are nothing new. They have sparked controversy since the Revolutionary War. Our Military engages young readers and provides them with the context and history needed to join the debate on these issues... and ultimately issues the challenge to Find Your Voice. Aligns with Common Core Language Arts Anchor Standards for Reading Informational Text and Speaking and Listening. Text contains critical thinking components in regards to social issues and history.
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Part of the Great Debates series, this introduces the gun-control issue by framing questions. An overarching question, such as “Are background checks an invasion of privacy?” is followed by related questions and opposing points of view. Attractive, colorful graphics, sidebars, and photographs comprise half of each chapter. The chapters run six pages or less, presenting facts, history, and viewpoints in a compact format. With more questions than background, this entry will work best as a springboard for prompting the kind of inquiry-based discussion that's so emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. Back matter includes a glossary and a list of other resources.
Booklist, October 2013
This series asks readers to consider contemporary and historical debates in America, from immigration to the use of firearms to the relationship between church and state. The authors craft both sides of their arguments with care. Chapters are introduced as questions, such as “Is the freedom of others worth fighting for?” The “Affirmative” and “Negative” sides of the debate are presented in boxes at the bottom of the page. Questions set apart in bold font throughout the texts encourage critical thinking...
Series Made Simple, November 2013
This is part of a series of books called Great Debates: Tough Questions/Smart History. Each chapter is posed as a question, such as “Can the U.S. pass a law aimed at people from one country?” Within each chapter critical thinking is encouraged as readers can join the debate by reading about the “Affirmative Side” or the “Negative Side.” A special section of each chapter called “Make Your Case” uses quotes from prominent Americans and allows readers the opportunity to analyze the speaker’s point of view and challenges them to form an opinion of their own. Each chapter concludes with a “Now consider this…” Readers are asked to use heir newly formed opinions and apply them to other situations. This book is well organized and a great way to help students become critical thinkers and form opinions for themselves. A glossary, list of primary sources, other resources and an index are included at the end. Highly Recommended.
Arlington ISD, June 2014