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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 19th Century
From Romanticism to Realism, the 19th century saw a flourishing of literary movements, as well as the arrival of several now-revered luminaries on the literary scene. Authors experimented with new styles that elevated the novel as a significant literary form, while new techniques and themes were also introduced into poetry and drama. These compelling profiles examine the lives of some of the 19th century’s greatest writers—Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy, to name just a few—and reveal the remarkable stories behind the works they crafted.
English Literature from the Old English Period Through the Renaissance
Retaining the thrill and tone of oral storytelling as the written word became increasingly widespread was the charge of early English writing. Beginning in the Old English period and continuing through the Medieval and Renaissance periods, writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare began to elevate the place of literature in society. This volume details the evolution of early English literature and the enduring works that have withstood centuries of linguistic and cultural change.
Great Authors of Popular Fiction
While a number of genres—including mystery, romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, literary fiction, and thrillers, among others—comprise the broader category of fiction, few authors in those genres can claim popular crossover appeal. Culled from a variety of these genres, the authors profiled in this appealing volume have penned books that have done just that. Readers will be introduced to the lives and works of such writers as Judy Blume, Michael Chabon, Suzanne Collins, Dave Eggers, Yann Martel, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut, learning how they achieved widespread acclaim and transcended literary conventions.
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.
From biographies of war to country guides and biographies, the Encyclopaedia Britannica HS social studies collections has information your students need.
It is almost impossible to think about Italy without recalling its Renaissance art masterpieces, its spectacular landscapes, or its widely loved cuisine. Although these combined elements hint at a united Italian culture, Italy is truly a country comprised of individual regions, each with their own identities, histories, and traditions. Readers will follow Italy’s trajectory from a land of disparate barbarian kingdoms to a republic, discovering along the way the glories of the Medici period, the factors influencing Italy’s development into one of the world’s most industrialized countries, and the diverse society that makes up its population.
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.
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.
From Columbus to Colonial America: 1492 to 1763
The New World, as the land that comprises the United States was once known, held the promise of opportunity and changing fortunes for those who discovered and colonized it. Even before becoming an independent nation, the land proved to be a bounteous yet challenging home. This lively volume recounts the early history of America, using a diverse selection of the era’s personal and historic documents as guideposts.
Musicians of the Renaissance
The score of Western music was writ large during the Renaissance. Secular music rivaled church music for prominence, harmonic lines intertwined and changed music forever with the emergence of polyphony, and, in general, musical composition was taken to new heights. The composers and musicians who provided the soundtrack to this remarkable period are the subject of this comprehensive volume, which also takes an in-depth look at instruments of the day.
Help students learn critical concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. These titles include beginner information as well as highly advanced concepts.
Since the early 20th century, when Hans Spemann first twinned salamander embryos, scientists have made astounding progress in the science and technology of cloning. They have now developed the means to apply cloning in research, agriculture, and medicine. With advancements in cloning techniques for stem cell research, scientists have been able to explore human diseases at a cellular level, attempting to better understand the cellular mechanisms involved in disease. Readers explore the history, science, applications, and ethical issues of cloning. Sidebars profile pioneers in the field, including John Bertrand Gurdon, Ian Wilmut, Shinya Yamanaka, and James Thomson.
The Science and Technology Behind the Human Genome Project
This comprehensive resource teaches readers about the fundamental science behind the Human Genome Project, the aim of which was to identify and map all of the genes in the human genome. Readers will learn the basics of DNA, genetics, and the human genome; important areas and the history of genetic research; and how our world has changed since the project. Further, readers will learn about the project itself, including its timeline, ambitions, and achievements, and what we’ve learned. Satisfying the biology component of the Core Curriculum, this book is a great introduction into genetics research.
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.
Sharp-toothed and quick-footed, carnivorous mammals are primed for the hunt. Far from ruthless, however, carnivores—hunters by nature and necessity—are integral to maintaining ecological balance. While predatory behavior often seems grisly, many carnivores are actually omnivorous and many can even be domesticated. This striking volume journeys from secluded forest habitats to our own homes to survey the unique features and behaviors of various species of carnivore. Vivid color photographs accompany the text and provide a detailed look at these amazing creatures.
The Britannica Guide to Matter
The study of matter is the study of all material things, as well as their ability to transform from one state to another. All matter assumes one of several basic states—solid, liquid, gas, and plasma being the most common. Under varying conditions, each state can be altered to form new substances or adopt new characteristics. This insightful book covers the various structures and elements of different types of matter, while examining the physical and chemical properties that allow for permutation and change.
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.
David Ortiz: World Series Champion
Red Sox fans fill Fenway Park in Boston to see the living legend David Ortiz play. Known as "Big Papi," the designated hitter Ortiz has astonished baseball fans with huge hits and a big smile. In this fact-filled biography, readers discover that Ortiz learned about baseball from his father in the Dominican Republic. They follow Ortiz's path from high school to his first professional contract with the Seattle Mariners, his trade to the Minnesota Twins, and then his outstanding hitting and World Series triumphs with the Red Sox. A timeline and list of other living legends of baseball are included.
Biographies of the New American Nation
In the wake of the American Revolution, the United States of America was faced with the task of evolving into an independent republic This move was facilitated by a number of visionaries who rose to the challenge of crafting what would become America’s national ethos. Readers will be absorbed as this volume surveys the lives of the individuals responsible for some of the nation’s earliest political, social, and cultural achievements.
The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson is often remembered for his “firsts”; he was the first leader from west of the Appalachians and the first to win office by directly appealing to the American people, rather than relying on association with a political party. A military hero during the War of 1812, Jackson brought the same determination and strength of character he showed on the battlefield to the presidency. Lively text recounts the life and presidency of this complex—and contentious—figure in American history.
As skilled at architecture and inventing as he was at politics, Thomas Jefferson was a man of many talents who was invaluable to the founding of the United States. After loaning his expertise to writing the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson went on to serve as the third U.S. president, nearly doubling the size of the United States during his term. Jefferson’s extraordinary life and accomplishments are recounted in this engaging volume.
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.
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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.
Our visual experience of the world and our ability to perceive the objects and people around us would be impossible without light and the many roles it plays in our daily lives. In addition to facilitating our perception, light sustains life on earth by providing energy to plants and heating the atmosphere. The fundamentals of light—including how it is measured, its interaction with matter, and the particle and wave theories of light—are covered in this detailed volume.
Investigating Earth’s Weather
From the food available at the local store to the clothes we choose to wear every day, weather determines many of the major decisions we make and the actions we pursue. While we may not be able to control the weather, understanding the factors that cause a hurricane or allow us to plant certain crops, for example, can help us better prepare for both natural disasters and our daily lives. Detailed illustrations and photographs, interesting sidebars, and the topical narrative of this volume examine the conditions associated with different types of weather and the methods used to measure and forecast weather data.
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 the World of Weather and Climatology
Sometimes fickle and often devastating in its most extreme forms, the weather can seem inscrutable. Yet our understanding of weather systems and climate has improved greatly over the years due to the work of scientists dedicated to studying the planet’s meteorological conditions. This absorbing volume introduces readers to individuals who have stood at the forefront of deciphering weather-related phenomena and advanced the science of climatology.
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.
Sistema solar 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.
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.
Environment is one title in the Britannica Illustrated Science Library Series. It does not take an expert in environmental science to realize that the world is changing. Is it getting warmer? It depends on where you live. Global warming does not necessarily mean that where you live it will be warmer. For most of the people on the planet, the changes to the climate are virtually imperceptible. That is not the case for many plants and animals, however. These are some of the topics covered by this book. The purpose of this book is to make you aware of various environmental challenges and their possible solutions. Once we begin to understand a given environmental issue, each one of us can begin to evaluate our own actions and change them if necessary to protect life on this planet.