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U.S. History Shorts: Books and Audios

Brief US history lessons for students reading below grade level
Item # Product Description Photo Price


Reading Level 3 - 4.5
Interest Level 5 - 12

Product Description

U.S. History Shorts are fun, "bite-sized" history lessons for students reading below grade level. These engaging programs were designed for students of all ages who need help learning the basic concepts covered in world history classes. The low reading level and age-appropriate illustrations make the short, high-interest passages and activities appealing to struggling readers and students with learning differences.

Book Contents

Each 8.5 x 11 in, bound softcover book includes one-page stories, or shorts, that focus on key historical concepts (Shorts 1: 196 pages, 28 stories, ©2003 and Shorts 2: 217 pages, 30 stories, ©2004). Featured in 14-point font for easier readability, the shorts can be used as introductory lessons or taught in greater depth with additional resources. They also serve as an overview for topics that teachers wish to cover quickly.

Features of Activity Sheets

Following each short are four activity sheets and a quiz. For each short, a one-page quiz assesses students' understanding of the most important information. Students practice reading-comprehension skills and answer content-area recall questions; interpret maps, charts, and graphs; research significant historical people, places, and events; and express opinions through writing.

The activity sheets include multiple-choice, short-answer, and extension questions as well as crossword puzzles. Each short also includes a visual activity which consists of a map, chart, or graph. Quizzes include questions written in standardized test format. Answer keys are also provided.

Features of Audio CDs

Two sets of audio CDs feature recordings of each of the shorts in the corresponding books. This audio component helps improve comprehension for struggling learners and supports students with diverse learning styles. Two CDs are included in each set for U. S. History Shorts 1 and for U. S. History Shorts 2.

Available separately or as a set.

Product Contents

2 reproducible books (also available separately or as a set) plus 2 Sets of Audio CDs (also available separately or in a set).


Topics Covered in U.S. History Shorts

  • Pre-Colonization Through Reconstruction
  • Early Native Americans
  • U.S. Geography
  • European Explorers
  • Colonization
  • French and Indian War
  • American Revolution
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis and Clark's Expedition
  • Technological Advances
  • Cotton Kingdom
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction, and more
  • Mid-1800s Through the Present
  • Native Americans
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Immigrant Life
  • Spanish-American War
  • Panama Canal
  • World War I
  • Great Depression
  • New Deal
  • World War II
  • Cold War
  • Korean War
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Vietnam War
  • 9/11 Terrorist Attacks ...

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Purchase Options

U.S. History Shorts Part 1: Pre-Colonization - Reconstruction

U.S. History Shorts 1 Book with activity sheets, quizzes, and answer keys, 20679, $57.00
U.S. History Shorts 1 Audio CD, 20682, $25.00
U.S. History Shorts 1 Book and Audio CD with activity sheets, quizzes, and answer keys, 20676, $78.00

U.S. History Shorts 2: Mid-1800s - Present

U.S. History Shorts 2 Book with activity sheets, quizzes, and answer keys, 20680, $57.00
U.S. History Shorts 2 Audio CD, 20683, $27.00
U.S. History Shorts 2 Book and Audio CD with activity sheets, quizzes, and answer keys, 20677, $78.00

U.S. History Shorts 1 & 2 Books and Audio CDs

With activity sheets, quizzes, and answer keys, 20675, $147.00

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