Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

In the Spotlight

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

In the Spotlight

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THE PRODUCT:

Holt World History: Human Legacy

THE COMPANY:

Holt, Rinehart and Winston

10801 N. Mopac Expressway

Building 3

Austin, Texas 78759

Phone: (800) 479-9799

Internet: www.hrw.com

Holt expands its high school social studies offerings with an online edition of Holt World History: Human Legacy, an interactive product with a print counterpart.

Human Legacy emphasizes document-based investigation and teaches students to read like historians, analyzing source documents to create an understanding of historical figures and societies.

The online edition provides Web links and research tools embedded at points of use and in the program's Resource tabs. Students can choose to "read" the textbook by downloading an MP3 file of the narrated content.

A total of 65 interactive features are offered, including Geography Starting Points maps, videos, artwork, literature, and Web-based activities. A World Almanac and Book of Facts section provides data that is updated continually.

The Holt Researcher feature helps students examine various elements of historic events, such as the French Revolution, in terms of the sociology, economics, government, or even the industry of a particular time period or country.

While studying the French Revolution and Napoleon, for example, students can read about the inequities that angered French workers and drove them to riots and plundering. After reading, students may be asked to analyze paintings, period cartoons, and literature selections and then record their comments in a notebook that can be viewed by the teacher. …

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