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Perfect for HS literature classes, with a focus on authors, literary terms, world literature, and historic important works.
Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations
Sharing many common beliefs, deities, and rituals, the religion of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca was rooted in both the earth and the sky, the rhythms of the seasons, and the movements of the sun, moon, and stars. Readers will meet rain and sun gods, corn gods and fertility gods, earth mothers who are both creators and destroyers, and even a feathered serpent. Lavish primary-source images of arts and artifacts are paired with text that is both information-packed and enthralling. Readers who enter this pantheon are in for an awe-inspiring cultural journey through the divine mysteries of time and space.
Great Authors of Mystery, Horror & Thrillers
Mysteries, horror stories, and thrillers keep readers' hearts pounding and their bodies firmly planted on the edge of their seats. The authors who have provided some of the greatest literary adrenaline rushes in history are profiled in this book. These individuals challenge readers to solve crimes, delve into the supernatural, and face their deepest fears—all in the name of entertainment and edification. By examining the lives of many of the writers behind these popular works—including Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, John Grisham, Stephanie Meyer, and Bram Stoker—readers will also learn about the evolution of these genres, as well as the impetus behind the creation of many best-selling titles therein.
Native American Spirit Beings
Native American spirituality is as rich and varied as the cultures wherein it is practiced. Unlike the ancient Greeks and Romans, who worshipped divine gods and goddesses, the indigenous people of North America revere a variety of non-deity spirit beings, which are entities with mystical powers. The crux of Native American spirituality and detailed entries regarding some of the most intriguing spirit beings are discussed in this book. Detailed material on Native American religious traditions, beliefs by culture area, and a complete chapter on nature worship are included in this informative package.
English Literature from the Restoration through the Romantic Period
Both the form and content of literature today owe much to the developments that took place in England between the Restoration and Romantic periods. The emergence of the novel triggered the creation of new genres and accompanied a rise in literacy throughout the country. This volume examines the English writers who helped shape the social, political, and religious climate of the age, and immerses students in the history of narratives that continue to enchant audiences today.
American Literature from 1945 Through Today
Perhaps the most defining characteristic of American literature composed after World War II is the rejection of conventional form and structure with its increasingly uninhibited and experimental style. Embracing works from previously marginalized groups like African Americans and women and ushering in new genres, contemporary American literature has progressively begun to mirror the American population in diversity and versatility. In this volume, readers are invited to think critically about the social issues and ideas that are as much a part of modern American life as they are of modern American literature.
From biographies of war to country guides and biographies, the Encyclopaedia Britannica HS social studies collections has information your students need.
Explorers of the Late Renaissance and the Enlightenment
As the Age of Exploration came to a close, the world seemed to be a significantly smaller place than it once was, with more major landmasses identified on the global map. Yet questions and unknowns remained and details had yet to be filled in. Armed with greater knowledge and better equipment than their predecessors, explorers in the late Renaissance and Enlightenment eras took up the reins, with some discovering new routes and lands still while others carefully surveyed or settled lands already known. This lively volume details the lives of such individuals as Henry Hudson, Vitus Bering, James Cook, and Daniel Boone, among many others, as well as the explorations and discoveries of which they were a part.
American Indians of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest
The geographically distinct American territories of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest have long sustained a variety of indigenous peoples, including the Miwok, Comanche, and Navajo, respectively. An examination of each of these culture areas yields rich histories filled with steadfast traditions and religious practices, subsistence patterns dictated by geographic location, and social interactions within and between tribes. This absorbing volume surveys the history of the various groups that form these culture areas as well as the spiritual, cultural, and social practices that distinguish each tribe.
Dictatorship, Fascism, and Totalitarianism
Gaining momentum in the early decades of the 20th century, a number of fascist and other authoritarian regimes could be found around the world by the 1950s. Many persist into the present day. Often led by oppressive dictators, these regimes share many characteristics, though each differ in various ways as well. This volume examines the historical trajectory of dictatorship, fascism, and totalitarianism; their characteristics; where they intersected and how they differed; and some of the individuals—including Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, among many others—infamous for violently imposing their often extreme agendas.
Explorers of the Renaissance
The allure of far-off lands, the promise of untapped resources, and a hunger for building global empires prompted Renaissance explorers to journey into the unknown. Battling harsh seafaring conditions, disease, and any number of unknown threats to their health and safety, the individuals profiled in this volume shaped the world map, setting the stage for future voyagers along the way.
Denmark, Finland, and Sweden
The Nordic region of northern Europe is indelibly linked in the minds of many with the Viking cultures that populated the area eons ago. Yet, as this intricate study of Denmark, Finland, and Sweden attests, there’s so much more to the story than that. These nations have emerged from the long shadow of their early days in the Viking era to become vibrant societies with proud traditions, distinct customs, and promising futures. Readers will learn about the land, people, governments, and economies of these fascinating countries, and examine the historical paths each took to achieve the successes they enjoy in the modern age.
Help students learn critical concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. These titles include beginner information as well as highly advanced concepts.
The Number System and Common and Decimal Fractions
This engrossing guide to the number system and fractions combines the history of math with its practical applications, making the story of math engaging for all readers. Both the number system and computations with fractions constitute important elements of the Common Core mathematical standards for grades 6–8, and in this text, theory and practice combine, giving students an excellent approach to both fields. Sample problems are couched in the stories of the mathematicians and great societies that developed these areas of study—proving riveting for even those who typically shy away from math.
Chemistry: Understanding Substance and Matter
Without chemistry, bread would not rise, cleaners would not clean, and life itself would not exist. Chemistry is the study of matter and the chemical changes that matter undergoes. The discovery of the atom and how atoms interact with one another has transformed the world. In this illuminating volume, readers learn about the history of chemistry and the concepts they might encounter in an introductory chemistry course, including chemical and volumetric analysis, atomic theory, gravitation, elements and the periodic table, chemical reactions and formulas, and organic and inorganic compounds and bonds. Sidebars highlight key chemists and scientific principles.
Climate and Climate Change
As a fixture in recent headlines, the Earth’s climate has commanded much attention. While environmental and atmospheric conditions in large part determine the climate of a region, the impact of human activity has increasingly become a significant factor as well. This is especially true concerning significant climate changes, commonly known as global warming. New technologies and an ever-expanding population have contributed to worldwide climate shifts in ways that are harmful to the planet. The factors affecting climate, the various climate classification systems, and international responses to global warming are all carefully considered in this volume.
Biopharmaceuticals represent an exciting frontier in the application of biotechnology and a rapidly developing sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Biopharmaceuticals are distinct from synthetic drugs in that they are derived from biological sources and manufactured using biotechnology. Biopharmaceutical research has already led to the development of therapies for various life-threatening illnesses, including skin cancer and leukemia, among others, and has the potential to yield new breakthroughs for many more. This introductory volume examines the history of biopharmaceuticals, the ins and outs of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, and the future of the field.
Anyone who has marveled at the glimmer of a perfectly cut diamond, tended a garden, or consumed a nutritious meal has appreciated some of the many roles that minerals play in our lives. Present in many natural substances, minerals are highly structured entities, each with a unique chemical composition and set of properties. Accompanied by detailed tables, diagrams, and sidebars, this informative volume examines the various types of minerals and their structures and classifications, as well as the physical and chemical attributes that separate one mineral from another.
Discover the world and note-worthy biographies with this collection for MS students. Popular sports figures, past presidents, and influential people make up the biographies, while ancient civilizations, and current world hot-spots are featured places.
In Iran, you will learn that Iran, formerly known as Persia, is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Since the revolution in 1979, Iran has been governed as an Islamic Republic with an ayatollah, or Shia religious leader, as its supreme ruler. This has led to profound changes and tensions in Iranian society.
In Pakistan, you will learn that Pakistan occupies a very important strategic position on the world map and has been shaped by its relations with its neighbors and other powerful nations. It is a country where extremism competes with moderation in terms of climate, geography, religion, politics, wealth, and poverty.
Discovering Ancient Mesoamerican Civilizations
This fascinating narrative introduces young readers to the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica. Evolving from their primitive ways to complex societies, these ancient peoples left records for archaeologists to piece together to glean what these peoples were really like more than 3,000 years ago. Among the civilizations examined are the Olmec, Zapotec, Aztec, and Maya. Lands, cultures, religions, and daily life activities are considered, as well as the colossal rock heads of the Olmec that still exist, the maguey plant that the Zapotec grew and used for making houses, and the temple at Chichén Itzá, among other remarkable facts and achievements.
Miguel Cabrera: Triple Crown Winner
This captivating book charts the upbringing, career development, and living legend status of one of the greatest baseball players today. After coming from humble beginnings in his native Venezuela, Cabrera signed with the Florida Marlins when he was just sixteen and made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at age twenty. He was twice named Most Valuable Player and twice played in the World Series. Finally, in 2014, he signed with the Detroit Tigers for a record $292 million. With an abundance of stats, this chronicle of one of today’s greatest athletes will grab the attention of any baseball enthusiast.
LeBron James: NBA Champion
Details of James's life as a young man struggling in his home life to his rise to fame and fortune on the basketball court are illustrated in full-color photos in this biography. Fans get an inside look into the events that made him a star, how he keeps himself grounded amid media attention, and the sometimes negative fan reactions to his decisions. This glimpse of the person behind the athlete reveals a person dedicated to programs that benefit children who, like him, may have had a rough start in life, actions that make him a legend both on and off the court.
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Who Discovered Natural Selection?
Who Discovered Natural Selection? explains how scientists worked out the way in which living things evolve.
What Is a Website and How Do I Use It?
Almost every day of our lives we go online and connect to websites for the news, research, or simply to socialize, but many of us may not know the history of the Internet and how web pages are made. This enlightening book takes the broad concept of the World Wide Web and makes it understandable for any reader, explaining HyperText Markup Language (HTML) tagging, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and the other design elements necessary to build and design a website. It is also packed with links to online tutorials to help any reader get started on creating their very own website.
Sound has the power to soothe, excite, warn, protect, and inform. Indeed, the transmission and reception of audio signals pervade our daily lives. Readers will examine the mechanics and properties of sound, and Sound provides an overview of the “interdisciplinary science called acoustics.” Also covered are functions and diseases of the human ear.
Pioneers in Astronomy and Space Exploration
The pioneers of astronomy and space exploration have advanced humankind’s understanding of the universe. These individuals include earthbound theorists such as Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Galileo, as well as those who put their lives on the line travelling into the great unknown. Readers chronicle the lives of individuals positioned at the vanguard of astronomical discovery, laying the groundwork for space exploration past, present, and yet to come.
The Science Encyclopaedia is offered with both English & Spanish titles for middle school students. No audio included.
Aves is one book in the Spanish-language Gran Atlas de la Ciencia series that covers today's most popular science topics, from digital TV to microchips to touchscreens and beyond. Perennial subjects in earth science, life science, and physical science are all explored in detail. Amazing graphics—more than 1,000 per title—combined with concise summaries help students understand complex subjects. Correlated to the science curriculum in grades 5-9, each title also contains a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary.
Volcanes is one book in the Spanish-language Gran Atlas de la Ciencia series that covers today's most popular science topics, from digital TV to microchips to touchscreens and beyond. Perennial subjects in earth science, life science, and physical science are all explored in detail. Amazing graphics—more than 1,000 per title—combined with concise summaries help students understand complex subjects. Correlated to the science curriculum in grades 5-9, each title also contains a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary.
Rocks and Minerals
Rocks and Minerals is one book in the Britannica Illustrated Science Library Series that covers today's most popular science topics, from digital TV to microchips to touchscreens and beyond.
Inventos is one book in the Spanish-language Gran Atlas de la Ciencia series that covers today's most popular science topics, from digital TV to microchips to touchscreens and beyond. Perennial subjects in earth science, life science, and physical science are all explored in detail. Amazing graphics—more than 1,000 per title—combined with concise summaries help students understand complex subjects. Correlated to the science curriculum in grades 5-9, each title also contains a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary.
Terremotos y tsunamis
Terremotos y tsunamis is one book in the Spanish-language Gran Atlas de la Ciencia series that covers today's most popular science topics, from digital TV to microchips to touchscreens and beyond. Perennial subjects in earth science, life science, and physical science are all explored in detail. Amazing graphics—more than 1,000 per title—combined with concise summaries help students understand complex subjects. Correlated to the science curriculum in grades 5-9, each title also contains a glossary with full definitions for vocabulary.