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Perfect for HS literature classes, with a focus on authors, literary terms, world literature, and historic important works.
Poetry and Drama: Literary Terms and Concepts
Verse and drama have provided outlets for emotive expression and the creative impulse for centuries. Poignant, inspiring, and thought-provoking, plays and poems spoken or written in any language help reinterpret reality and evoke some of humanity’s most profound truths. The terms culled in this volume describe many of the most potent elements of language—those that venture beyond the realm of prose and invoke the power of cadence, lyricism, and drama to recount all aspects of the human condition.
Gods & Goddesses of Ancient China
This authoritative volume examines the two main faiths, Confucianism and Daoism, that developed before China had meaningful contact with the rest of the world. Aspects of Buddhism later joined features of these faiths to form elements of Chinese ideology and, with the beliefs in immortals and the worship of ancestors, they led to a popular religion. The narrative describes the gods and goddesses that dominated China's mythology and folk culture, roughly from the 3rd millennium to 221 BCE, including the Baxian (Eight Immortals), Chang'e (moon goddess), Guandi (god of war), the Men Shen (door spirits), and Pan Gu (first man).
Authors of the Early to mid-20th Century
Starting at the dawn of the 20th century, writers began experimenting with literary styles as never before. As perhaps the most far-reaching movement, Modernism swept across both the United States and Europe and has been embodied in the works of such writers as Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and T.S. Eliot. The existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett’s absurdist writings, and the range of literary output from around the world also reflect the spirit of the period. The lives and works of these and other authors from across the globe are surveyed in this absorbing volume.
Roman Gods & Goddesses
While the ancient Roman pantheon in many ways resembles that of ancient Greece, there is much that sets apart Roman mythology. Romans also borrowed from the religions of ancient Egypt, Asia Minor, and the Middle East, and legendary figures such as Romulus and Remus, tied closely to the history of Rome, feature prominently in ancient stories. The major and lesser figures of Roman mythology are presented in this vibrant volume with sidebars spotlighting related facts and concepts about Roman mythology and religion.
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.
From biographies of war to country guides and biographies, the Encyclopaedia Britannica HS social studies collections has information your students need.
The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance
Away from the bustling nightlife of 1920s Harlem, a literary and cultural rebirth was taking place among African American writers, artists, and performers. Producing works that reflected the racial realities of the era between the end of the Civil War and the beginnings of the civil rights movement, these cultural luminaries helped define a new black consciousness. Readers will learn how the Great Migration and changing opportunities for African Americans informed the vibrant creative period known as the Harlem Renaissance. Bridging social and literary history, this volume provides an interdisciplinary overview and serves as a companion to multiple subject areas.
Top 101 Athletes
Major sports stars share many traits, among them self-discipline through regimented training, competition at the highest level, and mastery of their respective sports. Embedded in the public's consciousness, these individuals can't help but make an impact on the lives of fans the world over—whether they're reaching for glory, achieving the pinnacle of success, or falling out of favor because of controversy. This exciting volume introduces readers to 101 remarkable athletes from a variety of sports, including David Beckham, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Jackie Robinson, and Venus and Serena Williams.
The American Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850 to 1890
While the United States represents freedom to many, much of its history tragically includes the enslavement of a large portion of its population. When the fight for emancipation came to an epic head, civil war ensued and the country was divided as never before. Inflamed passions on both sides of the slavery debate inspired fervent rhetoric, much of which is reflected in the primary source documents interspersed with the text in this thought-provoking volume, which chronicles the events of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction period that followed.
Top 101 Philosophers
Although their methodologies, areas of focus, and conclusions may diverge greatly, all philosophers in some form or another pose questions about universal truths. These individuals have elevated discourse and changed the way we interpret the world around us. Profiles of 101 of the most noteworthy individuals in the field introduce readers to the various philosophical schools of thought, as well as the ongoing questions and debates that have occupied philosophers and non-philosophers alike for centuries.
Top 101 Remarkable Women
Women have faced oppression and gender inequality throughout history. Yet despite overwhelming odds stacked against them, there have always been a brave few who challenged the status quo and wound up making great strides in a wide variety of fields. From ancient times to the present day, women have broken down barriers and emerged as influential and important political leaders, activists, scientists, writers, artists, athletes, performers, and more. This volume chronicles the lives of many ground-breaking individuals—Cleopatra, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman, and Oprah Winfrey among them—as well as the challenges they faced as they sought to improve the human condition.
Help students learn critical concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. These titles include beginner information as well as highly advanced concepts.
Biology: Understanding Living Matter
The study of living matter is an important part of biology. Being able to recognize living matter and differentiate it from nonliving matter is a key component of the science curriculum. This volume is a straightforward, comprehensive guide to the study of living matter: what it is composed of, how it reproduces, how it reacts to the environment around it, and how it evolves. Readers will enjoy the bright photos and engaging information while learning an important part of the study of biology.
Lakes and Wetlands
Lakes and wetlands are significant ecosystems that nourish, sustain, and house many of the planet’s plant and animal species. Though both of these regions are defined by water—both fresh and saline—each lake and particular type of wetland also has characteristics all its own. This detailed volume considers the formation, composition, and maintenance of these intricate ecological units and the various life forms they support. Dramatic full-color photographs and in-depth profiles of Earth’s major lakes highlight the beauty and complexity of these regions.
This examination of elementary algebra begins with the essential first step: explaining how algebra is relevant to real life. After that, readers will be taken on a journey through the highlights of algebra, from its basic principles through real numbers and the application of algebra’s fundamental concepts. Diagrams and equations, as well as repetition and building on concepts, help make difficult concepts clear. Sidebars highlighting important historical figures in the field of algebra bring a human element to the discussion. After reading this book, students will no longer be intimidated by the thought of algebra!
Geometry and Trigonometry
This stimulating volume offers a broad collection of the principles of geometry and trigonometry and contains colorful diagrams to bring mathematical principles to life. Subjects are enriched by references to famous mathematicians and their ideas, and the stories are presented in a very comprehensible way. Readers investigate the relationships of points, lines, surfaces, and solids. They study construction methods for drawing figures, a wealth of facts about these figures, and above all, methods to prove the facts. They learn about triangle measure for circular motion, sine and cosine, tangent and secant, and trigonometric functions that are applied to right triangles.
Primeval jungles, mountain ranges, and the cover of deep forests are not the only domains of meat-eating creatures. Carnivores also can be found stalking prey from the air, in ocean depths, and marshy swamps. Raptors, sharks, and crocodiles are among the most predominant non-mammalian meat-eaters that rely on hunting or scavenging for survival. This volume examines the various species in this select grouping, investigating the physical characteristics and traits that help these unique animals be successful predators.
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.
John F. Kennedy
Though he had less than three years in office, John F. Kennedy made a lasting and profound mark as U.S. president. Deftly handling the Cuban Missile Crisis and supporting civil rights laws and the space race, Kennedy represented the promise for a better future. Readers examine the life of the accomplished and charismatic 35th president whose life and term were tragically ended too soon.
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.
Biographies of the American Revolution
Rejecting British authority and profoundly committed to the principles of liberty and justice as well as the land they called home, American colonists from all walks of life answered the resounding cry for independence and gave voice to the ideals in which they so passionately believed. The agents of the American Revolution included soldiers and generals who fought on the frontlines, statesmen who fought behind the scenes, and ordinary individuals who contributed what they could to the cause of freedom. Readers discover some of the notable military and political leaders of Revolution as well as some of the lesser-known figures instrumental to securing the country’s future.
Discovering Ancient Greece
It would be difficult to decide if the ancient Greeks are best known for their literature or mythology, for their philosophy or their government. On all fronts, ancient Greece paved the way for civilizations to come, making momentous contributions to humanity unmatched by other societies. This authoritative, upper elementary volume covers all aspects of Greek society, including daily life, deities and legends, and the political systems of Greek city-states. Important writers and thinkers receive equal treatment, with profiles of Sophocles, Plato, and Homer presented, among others—all amounting to an exploration sure to inspire awe of the might of ancient Greece.
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Investigating Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes
Some of the planet’s most destructive forces—including earthquakes and volcanic activity—are caused by the same factors that helped shape much of the Earth as it is today. Plate tectonics, or movement of the Earth’s outer layers, can occur in a number of different ways and produce a range of results, some minor and others far more considerable or devastating. Distinct maps, interesting sidebars, and annotated illustrations of the Earth’s layers are included in this volume, which details the motion of the planet and the nature and study of both earthquakes and volcanoes.
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.
Pioneers in Medicine: From the Classical World to Today
Battling disease, championing new techniques, recommending necessary medications, and offering comfort and guidance to those in need are just some of the many responsibilities with which healers over time have been charged. Even as the field of medical science rapidly evolves, doctors, researchers, and other medical professionals serve as significant reminders of the human element that has sustained the craft of healing for millennia. Readers discover surveys of the lives of many of those who have persevered in their pioneering quest for new and improved ways to treat a variety of ailments and conditions.
What Is a Wiki and How Do I Use It?
This lively guide to the wiki phenomenon narrates the history of wikis, explains how they work, and projects the future of these collaborative, content-driven sites based on developments already under way. With lists of the most popular wikis, biographies of the key figures of the wiki movement, and a timeline of feature developments integrated into wikis today, readers will finish this book feeling confident in their ability to understand, use, and create a wiki on any subject. Also explained are the dangers of hacking, “edit wars,” and ways to stay protected from cyber-vandalism.
Energy Sources examines our reliance on fossil fuels and their impact on the environment; the pros and cons of nuclear energy; the debate about biofuels; harnessing energy from the Sun, wind, and water; and energy in the future, from hydrogen fuel cells to solar power from space.
The Science Encyclopaedia is offered with both English & Spanish titles for middle school students. No audio included.
Energy and Movement
Energy and Movement, 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. 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.
Plantas 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.
The Universe 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.
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.