Immerse yourself in the history of the United States. This book will take you on a journey through time to the Native Americans, who are forcibly expelled from their land on the grounds of “civilization”, and to the slaves, millions of whom toil in the fields of Southern plantations. What does it mean to be a slave? How does the political conflict over slavery escalate to civil war?
A multimedia history experience with films, picture galleries, and reading comprehension quizzes awaits you. It is perfect for all those who share in the excitement of history.
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Structure of the book
The module begins with an approximately 15-minute documentary film about the American Civil War, preceded by the territorial expansion of the West and the resulting genocide of Native Americans as well as the conflicts arising over the issue of slavery.
The film can be played in full or in individual sequences and is an unabridged version of module 3 from our DVD production “The History of the USA 1”.
The film page is followed by accompanying texts, contemporary sources, and interactive features. Reading comprehension questions and activities offer fun ways for you to check your knowledge.
Use in school
This book was tailored for teaching practice by experienced education experts. It includes films, photo galleries, and related tasks such as quizzes to regularly check your reading comprehension. Students can therefore independently engage with the teaching material and have fun while learning about history.
You can play the films in full or by chapter – so you can watch the 5-8 minute-long clips and follow them up within a school lesson.
Films and materials are self-contained and can be used individually to prioritize specific themes.
The tasks and skills pages can be used to work on the contents and to consolidate your knowledge.
There is also a German version of this book available for German lessons.
An accompanying course on iTunes U demonstrates practical teaching scenarios using the German version of our iBooks textbook The History of the USA 1.