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Perfect for HS literature classes, with a focus on authors, literary terms, world literature, and historic important works.
Authors of the Medieval and Renaissance Eras
As Europe’s religious, social, economic, and cultural identity began to take more definite shape in the medieval and Renaissance eras, so too did its literary identity. By capturing in ink the spirit of these transformative periods, such literary giants as Geoffrey Chaucer, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, and John Milton laid the foundations for literature, drama, and poetry today. Readers will be introduced to these and other notable figures from around the world whose works have had an equally enduring impact on the global literary canon.
Great Authors of Nonfiction
Of the many millions of books written over the course of history, only a relatively small percentage have been deemed classics. Authors of classic literature are those who have penned works definitive of a style, movement, era, or ethos. Their works are timeless in message and scope. This essential volume chronicles the lives of many literary luminaries—including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, and Virginia Woolf—examining their early histories, journeys to success, and greatest tomes.
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).
Greek Gods & Goddesses
Giving Western literature and art many of its most enduring themes and archetypes, Greek mythology and the gods and goddesses at its core are a fundamental part of the popular imagination. At the heart of Greek mythology are exciting stories of drama, action, and adventure featuring gods and goddesses, who, while physically superior to humans, share many of their weaknesses. Readers will be introduced to the many figures once believed to populate Mount Olympus as well as related concepts and facts about the Greek mythological tradition.
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.
From biographies of war to country guides and biographies, the Encyclopaedia Britannica HS social studies collections has information your students need.
France’s cultural and historical legacies are numerous and diverse. It has long played a dominant role on the world stage, and as one of the largest countries of the European Union, its global influence shows no signs of dying down. But despite its cultural, economic, governmental, and historical achievements, France has experienced trials and tribulations, perhaps most memorably during the French Revolution, but throughout history as well. This comprehensive volume surveys France’s assorted regions, its renowned traditions, the individuals and peoples that have led it to greatness, and the struggles and successes of its past and present.
Top 101 World Leaders
Political leaders have the power to effect great change and unite disparate peoples. Unfortunately, as Lord Acton and others have noted, power also can corrupt those who wield it. Throughout time, the world has witnessed the reigns of both benevolent and brutal leaders, some guiding nations to greatness and others perpetrating unspeakable atrocities. This inclusive volume examines the lives of some of history’s most notable and notorious leaders from around the globe. Readers are invited to consider the nature of governance and the qualities that define true leadership.
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.
Explorers of Antiquity
Crossing geographic and cultural boundaries at a time when much of the world remained uncharted was a challenge faced by ancient explorers. Long before the Golden Age of Exploration, an assortment of travellers ventured into the unknown, uncovering untapped riches of land and resources in the process. Readers will become familiar with the lives and journeys of these early explorers, whose number included dauntless leaders—Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Genghis Khan—who sought to establish vast empires and enterprising merchants such as Marco Polo.
The United Kingdom: England
Despite its comparatively small size, England has been a nation of considerable stature on the international stage for much of its history. As the home of parliamentary government, William Shakespeare, and the English language, England has been an influential player in the political and cultural development of nations the world over. The story of England is captured in this compelling volume, which provides an overview of its rich past, remarkable present, and promising future.
Help students learn critical concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. These titles include beginner information as well as highly advanced concepts.
Renewable and Alternative Energy
With growing populations across the world consuming Earth’s limited oil and natural gas reserves, the environmental and economic toll of energy dependence becomes an increasingly global concern. The development of renewable forms of energy—solar, wind, water, and geothermal, to name a few—offers alternatives to fossil fuels. Consumers are embracing these new modes of energy delivery and use. This extensive volume examines the possibility of a cleaner and more energy efficient future by detailing the historic and emerging technologies behind some the most promising alternative resources.
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!
From lemurs to apes to human beings, primates are unique among mammals—for example, our brains are large compared to our size. Our complex interactions, intricate social structures, and extensive range of emotions allow us to adapt and thrive in diverse habitats around the globe. In this volume, readers are invited into the many domains of these extraordinary creatures to discover the incredible diversity of primate species. Readers will also learn about the long history of human beings, from our earliest ancestors, the australopiths, to the homo sapiens of today.
The Britannica Guide to Electricity and Magnetism
From our television sets to the magnets that dot our refrigerators, electricity and magnetism are ever-present in our everyday lives. Even aside from our modern technology, electrical charges can be found throughout nature—the most significant example being Earth’s magnetic field. This incisive volume includes extensive discussions of electrical and magnetic fields, as well as biographies of the physicists whose work has led to our greater understanding of them.
How Plant and Animal Cells Differ
It’s usually pretty easy to tell if an organism is an animal or a plant at a single glance. Interestingly enough, plant and animal cells are also easy to tell apart. Readers will learn the organelles—cell parts—that are particular to animal or plant cells. They will be exposed to the wide variety of plant and animal cells, as well as the characteristics that makes specialized cells so perfectly suited to their functions. Special attention is paid to photosynthesis and cellular respiration, including the complementary nature of the two processes.
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.
Lionel Messi: Soccer's Top Scorer
Between his time playing for Spain’s FC Barcelona team and his role on the Argentine national team, it’s surprising Lionel Messi has a life off the pitch. Yet, the most popular soccer legend of our time keeps a busy schedule that far exceeds his notable accomplishments on the field. Readers will find all the details of Messi’s life, including his early struggles with a growth hormone deficiency, his intense years of training as a teenager, and his launch into superstardom as a World Cup star. In addition to his career, the text also covers Messi’s family life, multimillion-dollar endorsements, and admirable charity work.
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.
As leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope is the most visible spiritual leader in the world. The first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,200 years, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope in 2013. Taking the name Francis, the new pope has captivated the world with messages of justice, tolerance, and concern for the poor. This accessible biography tells Pope Francis’s life story, tracing his path to this important role in the church and on the world stage. It discusses his compassionate acts and efforts to bring about change, which have created excitement about the church’s future.
Rising out of poverty to become the third female and first Hispanic associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor truly embodies the American dream. Her journey from a housing project to the Ivy League and then through all three levels of the federal court system has inspired countless individuals across the country. Even in the midst of her successes, Sotomayor has made time to reach out to various communities to help ensure that all have equal opportunities for success. Readers will learn about her incredible life story and her contributions to both the legal system and the world outside of the courts.
Kevin Durant in the Community
Raised in a poor area of Washington, D.C., Kevin Durant is a true example of how studying and working hard can lead to great success in sports. As a role model for basketball fans nationwide, Durant works with several charities and manages the Kevin Durant Family Foundation, which works with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and single-parent families. This book, complete with “Star Stats” and a timeline of achievements, celebrates Durant’s charitable activities and basketball success.
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Our body’s interpretation of hot and cold instinctively alerts us to the existence of temperature differences and gives us some sense of the concept of heat. Heat—the energy that is transferred from one object to another because of a difference in temperature—is a critical part of our lives even when we are not aware of it, from the melting of ice to the functioning of an engine. This comprehensive volume examines heat and the related concepts of temperature, thermal energy, and thermodynamics and introduces readers to some of the great minds that furthered our understanding of this fundamental area of physics.
What Is a Social Network and How Do I Use It?
With the continued growth of social networking as a pervasive presence in our day-to-day lives, the need is greater than ever for a guide for young readers that helps them understand their engagement with this key medium of online communication. This book breaks down the basics of social media, its benefits, and its dangers for Internet users today. By explaining the concept of networking—both on and offline—readers will learn the importance of social interaction and meaningful relationships, as well as how to safely use online communities to interact with friends and avoid cyberbullies, or “trolls.” Sidebars shed light on navigating the various social media websites mentioned within the text.
Investigating Earth's Oceans
Contained in the immensity and depths of the Earth’s oceans, many of the planet’s species and resources thrive far away from the reaches of human civilization. With expanses that have yet to be discovered and enormous reservoirs of untapped potential, oceans provide fodder for all manners of research. This informative volume describes the features and properties of the bodies of water that make up 70 percent of the world’s surface as well as the various branches of oceanography dedicated to studying all aspects of the ocean and its life forms.
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.
The Science of Physics
As the foundation for other natural sciences, physics helps us interpret both our most basic and complex observations of the natural world. Physics encompasses such topics as mechanics, relativity, thermodynamics, and electricity, among others, all of which elucidate the nature of matter, its motion, and its relationship to force and energy. This engaging volume surveys some of the major branches of physics, the laws, and theories significant to each. Also chronicled are some of the historical milestones in the field by such great minds as Galileo and Isaac Newton.
The Science Encyclopaedia is offered with both English & Spanish titles for middle school students. No audio included.
Space Exploration, 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.
Human Body I
The Human Body I, 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.
Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Volcanoes and Earthquakes 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.
Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate 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.
Universo 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.