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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

  • Author: Eric Donald Hirsch,Joseph F. Kett,James S. Trefil
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780618226474
  • Category: History
  • Page: 647
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Provides information on ideas concerning people, places, ideas, and events currently under discussion, including gene therapy, NAFTA, pheromones, and Kwanzaa.

Cultural Literacy

Cultural Literacy

What Every American Needs to Know

  • Author: E. D. Hirsch, Jr.,Joseph F. Kett,James S. Trefil
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0394758439
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 251
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Argues that American children are deprived of cultural literacy

The New First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

The New First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

What Your Child Needs to Know

  • Author: Eric Donald Hirsch,William G. Rowland,Michael Stanford
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780618408535
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 306
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Provides an outline of the knowledge that should be acquired by the end of sixth grade in twenty-one subject areas.

Test Your Cultural Literacy IQ

Test Your Cultural Literacy IQ

Updated & Revised

  • Author: Diane Zahler,Kathy A. Zahler
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9780743475785
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 448
  • View: 1956
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A practical handbook for students and trivia buffs utilizes a host of multiple-choice questions to test readers' knowledge of American and world history, geography, science, art and architecture, music, literature, myth and religion, quotations, current events, and other topics. Reprint.

Books to Build On

Books to Build On

A Grade-By-Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers

  • Author: E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
  • Publisher: Delta
  • ISBN: 0307567214
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 384
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A companion volume to the highly successful series of textbooks for grades one through six, Books to Build On lists books and other print resources--organized by topic--related to the material covered in the textbooks, designed to encourage further study.

Cultural Literacy for the Common Core

Cultural Literacy for the Common Core

Six Steps to Powerful Practical Instruction for All Learners

  • Author: Bonnie M. Davis
  • Publisher: Solution Tree Press
  • ISBN: 1936764423
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 160
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Build your cultural literacy while inspiring deep, thoughtful, unbiased thinking in students. Discover a six-step framework for becoming culturally literate that complements the Common Core and encourages students to be at the center of learning. Explore how to develop teacher-student relationships, engage in collaborative conversations, and encourage feedback to give voice to the increasingly diverse student body found in today’s classrooms

Religious Literacy

Religious Literacy

What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't

  • Author: Stephen Prothero
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061856215
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 384
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The United States is one of the most religious places on earth, but it is also a nation of shocking religious illiteracy. Only 10 percent of American teenagers can name all five major world religions and 15 percent cannot name any. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the Bible holds the answers to all or most of life's basic questions, yet only half of American adults can name even one of the four gospels and most Americans cannot name the first book of the Bible. Despite this lack of basic knowledge, politicians and pundits continue to root public policy arguments in religious rhetoric whose meanings are missed—or misinterpreted—by the vast majority of Americans. "We have a major civic problem on our hands," says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. He makes the provocative case that to remedy this problem, we should return to teaching religion in the public schools. Alongside "reading, writing, and arithmetic," religion ought to become the "Fourth R" of American education. Many believe that America's descent into religious illiteracy was the doing of activist judges and secularists hell-bent on banishing religion from the public square. Prothero reveals that this is a profound misunderstanding. "In one of the great ironies of American religious history," Prothero writes, "it was the nation's most fervent people of faith who steered us down the road to religious illiteracy. Just how that happened is one of the stories this book has to tell." Prothero avoids the trap of religious relativism by addressing both the core tenets of the world's major religions and the real differences among them. Complete with a dictionary of the key beliefs, characters, and stories of Christianity, Islam, and other religions, Religious Literacy reveals what every American needs to know in order to confront the domestic and foreign challenges facing this country today.

The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge

The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge

A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind

  • Author: The New York Times
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1429950854
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 1376
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A COMPLETE REVISION AND THOROUGH UPDATING OF THE ULTIMATE REFERENCE FROM THE NEWSPAPER OF RECORD. A comprehensive guide offering insight and clarity on a broad range of even more essential subjects. Whether you are researching the history of Western art, investigating an obscure medical test, following current environmental trends, studying Shakespeare, brushing up on your crossword and Sudoku skills, or simply looking for a deeper understanding of the world, this book is for you. An indispensable resource for every home, office, dorm room, and library, this new edition of The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge offers in-depth explorations of art, astronomy, biology, business, economics, the environment, film, geography, history, the Internet, literature, mathematics, music, mythology, philosophy, photography, sports, theater, film, and many other subjects. This one volume is designed to offer more information than any other book on the most important subjects, as well as provide easy-to-access data critical to everyday life. It is the only universal reference book to include authoritative and engaging essays from New York Times experts in almost every field of endeavor. The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge provides information with matchless accuracy and exceptional clarity. This new revised and expanded third edition covers major categories with an emphasis on depth and historical context, providing easy access to data vital for everyday living. Covering nearly 50 major categories, and providing an immediate grasp of complex topics with charts, sidebars, and maps, the third edition features 50 pages of new material, including new sections on * Atheism * Digital Media * Inventions and Discoveries * Endangered Species * Inflation * Musical Theater * Book Publishing *Wikileaks *The Financial Crisis *Nuclear Weapons *Energy *The Global Food Supply Every section has been thoroughly updated, making this third edition more useful and comprehensive than ever. It informs, educates, answers, illustrates and clarifies---it's the only one-volume reference book you need.

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know

Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning

  • Author: E. D. Hirsch
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN: 0345543734
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 448
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Updated with new material, this must-have guide, established by the Core Knowledge Foundation, outlines the elements a parent or educator should look for in a good kindergarten program and introduces activities that can help children take their first steps in learning to read and write. Original.

The Schools We Need

The Schools We Need

And Why We Don't Have Them

  • Author: E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 030757556X
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 336
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This paperback edition, with a new introduction, offers a powerful, compelling, and unassailable argument for reforming America's schooling methods and ideas--by one of America's most important educators, and author of the bestselling Cultural Literacy. For over fifty years, American schools have operated under the assumption that challenging children academically is unnatural for them, that teachers do not need to know the subjects they teach, that the learning "process" should be emphasized over the facts taught. All of this is tragically wrong. Renowned educator and author E. D. Hirsch, Jr., argues that, by disdaining content-based curricula while favoring abstract--and discredited--theories of how a child learns, the ideas uniformly taught by our schools have done terrible harm to America's students. Instead of preparing our children for the highly competitive, information-based economy in which we now live, our schools' practices have severely curtailed their ability, and desire, to learn. With an introduction that surveys developments in education since the hardcover edition was published, The Schools We Need is a passionate and thoughtful book that will appeal to the millions of people who can't understand why America's schools aren't educating our children.

What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know

What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know

Fundamentals of a Good Sixth-Grade Education, Revised Edition

  • Author: E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
  • Publisher: Delta
  • ISBN: 0804180415
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 416
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Grade by grade, these groundbreaking and successful books provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of a good education for first to sixth graders. B & W photographs, linecuts, and maps throughout; two-color printing.

The World Factbook

The World Factbook

  • Author: Central Intelligence Agency
  • Publisher: Masterlab
  • ISBN: 8379912136
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 3100
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The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The World Factbook is prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency. Comprehensive guide full of facts, maps, flags, and detailed information. A must for travellers, businessmen, politicians, and all who wants to know more about our fascinating world. -- We share these facts with the people of all nations in the belief that knowledge of the truth underpins the functioning of free societies (From official webpage). Tags: world, guide, facts, almanach

The Dictionary of Global Culture

The Dictionary of Global Culture

  • Author: Kwame Anthony Appiah
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780788197253
  • Category: History
  • Page: 717
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The esteemed scholars Appiah & Gates have compiled the first authoritative overview of global culture to emphasize the achievement of the non-Western world. Ranging from the Abakwa Society to zydeco music, the dictionary provides a vast survey of cultural subjects from all over the world -- East Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, & Australasia, as well as Europe & North America. There are more than 1,200 entries -- on writers, musicians, deities, rulers, philosophies, literary forms -- which have been prepared by a team of regional experts from every part of the world, including scholars from other cultures.

The Making of Americans

The Making of Americans

Democracy and Our Schools

  • Author: E. D. Hirsch
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 0300155859
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 256
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From the bestselling author of Cultural Literacy, a passionate and cogent argument for reforming the way we teach our children Why, after decades of commissions, reforms, and efforts at innovation, do our schools continue to disappoint us? In this comprehensive and thought-provoking book, educational theorist E. D. Hirsch, Jr. offers a masterful analysis of how American ideas about education have veered off course, what we must do to right them, and most importantly why. He argues that the core problem with American education is that educational theorists, especially in the early grades, have for the past sixty years rejected academic content in favor of “child-centered” and “how-to” learning theories that are at odds with how children really learn. The result is failing schools and widening inequality, as only children from content-rich (usually better-off) homes can take advantage of the schools’ educational methods. Hirsch unabashedly confronts the education establishment, arguing that a content-based curriculum is essential to addressing social and economic inequality. A nationwide, specific, grade-by-grade curriculum established in the early school grades can help fulfill one of America’s oldest and most compelling dreams: to give all children, regardless of language, religion, or origins, the opportunity to participate as equals and become competent citizens. Hirsch not only reminds us of these inspiring ideals, he offers an ambitious and specific plan for achieving them.

What Your Third Grader Needs to Know (Revised Edition)

What Your Third Grader Needs to Know (Revised Edition)

Fundamentals of a Good Third-Grade Education

  • Author: E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
  • Publisher: Delta
  • ISBN: 9780385336260
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 400
  • View: 9042
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Presents the opinions of educators on what every third-grade child should know, offering information on such subjects as history, fine arts, geography, math, science, and technology.

What Your First Grader Needs to Know (Revised and Updated)

What Your First Grader Needs to Know (Revised and Updated)

Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education

  • Author: E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN: 0553392395
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 512
  • View: 6901
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Give your child a smart start with the revised and updated What Your First Grader Needs to Know What will your child be expected to learn in the first grade? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American first graders. Featuring a new Introduction, filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering discussion, this first-grade volume of the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series presents the sort of knowledge and skills that should be at the core of a challenging first-grade education. Inside you’ll discover • Favorite poems—old and new, such as “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” and “Thirty Days Hath September” • Beloved stories—from many times and lands, including a selection of Aesop’s fables, “Hansel and Gretel,” “All Stories Are Anansi’s,” “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and more • Familiar sayings and phrases—such as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Practice makes perfect” • World and American history and geography—take a trip down the Nile with King Tut and learn about the early days of our country, including the story of Jamestown, the Pilgrims, and the American Revolution • Visual arts—fun activities plus full-color reproductions of masterworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others • Music—engaging introductions to great composers and music, including classical music, opera, and jazz, as well as a selection of favorite children’s songs • Math—a variety of activities to help your child learn to count, add and subtract, solve problems, recognize geometrical shapes and patterns, and learn about telling time • Science—interesting discussions of living things and their habitats, the human body, the states of matter, electricity, our solar system, and what’s inside the earth, plus stories of famous scientists such as Thomas Edison and Louis Pasteur From the Trade Paperback edition.

Realms of Gold

Realms of Gold

A Core Knowledge Reader

  • Author: Michael J. Marshall,E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781890517236
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 328
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The three volume Realms of Gold series brings together all the shorter literary works taught in the Core Knowledge Sequence for the middle school grades. Volume Two includes those for grade seven.

The Knowledge Deficit

The Knowledge Deficit

Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children

  • Author: E. D. Hirsch
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 9780547346960
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 192
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The Knowledge Deficit illuminates the real issue in education today -- without an effective curriculum, American students are losing the global education race. In this persuasive book, the esteemed education critic, activist, and best-selling author E.D. Hirsch, Jr., shows that although schools are teaching the mechanics of reading, they fail to convey the knowledge needed for the more complex and essential skill of reading comprehension. Hirsch corrects popular misconceptions about hot issues in education, such as standardized testing, and takes to task educators' claims that they are powerless to overcome class differences. Ultimately, this essential book gives parents and teachers specific tools for enhancing children's abilities to fully understand what they read.

Closing the Vocabulary Gap

Closing the Vocabulary Gap

  • Author: Alex Quigley
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351624539
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 204
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As teachers grapple with the challenge of a new, bigger and more challenging school curriculum, at every key stage and phase, success can feel beyond our reach. But what if there were 50,000 small solutions to help us bridge that gap? In Closing the Vocabulary Gap, Alex Quigley explores the increased demands of an academic curriculum and how closing the vocabulary gap between our ‘word poor’ and ‘word rich’ students could prove the vital difference between school failure and success. This must-read book presents the case for teacher-led efforts to develop students' vocabulary and provides practical solutions for teachers across the curriculum, incorporating easy-to-use tools, resources and classroom activities. Grounded in the very best available evidence into reading development and vocabulary acquisition, Closing the Vocabulary Gap sets out to: help teachers understand the vital role of vocabulary in all learning; share what every teacher needs to know about reading (but was afraid to ask); unveil the intriguing history of words and exactly how they work; reveal the elusive secrets to achieve spelling success; provide strategies for vocabulary development for all teachers of every subject and phase. With engaging anecdotes from the author’s extensive personal teaching experience woven throughout, as well as accessible summaries of relevant research, Alex Quigley has written an invaluable resource suitable for classroom teachers across all phases, literacy leaders and senior leadership teams who wish to close the vocabulary gap.