Everything You Need to Know to Ace American History -by Workman Publishing


Everything You Need to Know to Ace American History by Workman Publishing 

Paperback: 516 Pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing (August 9, 2016) 

ISBN-13: 978-0761160830

Synopsis: It’s the revolutionary American history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.
Everything You Need to Ace American History . . . covers Native Americans to the war in Iraq. There are units on Colonial America; the Revolutionary War and the founding of a new nation; Jefferson and the expansion west; the Civil War and Reconstruction; and all of the notable events of the 20th century—World Wars, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and much more.

The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in neon colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts in marker. Mnemonics for memorable shortcuts. And quizzes to recap it all.

The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.

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This has to be one of the cutest books I have ever seen! Formatted like a real notebook (equipped with; lines and doodles, and highlighted terms and important dates) this book covers American history from the county’s inception until the present day, divided into chapters by time periods.


While this book is meant for middle schoolers, I think it is so useful and adorable to anyone looking for a brief overview of American History (note the word brief – this isn’t an indepth look at American history, just an overview of all key events that helped to shape the country and that are studied in schools). Within this series there are also books available on the following topics: English, Math, Science, and World History.

The cute doodles, highlighting and colour coordination make this notebook visual attractive and it actually looks like a real notebook – just a very organized one! An added touch is that every chapter/section ends with a list of review questions (with the answers on the back of the page) to help test yourself. 


Not sure if your answers are correct? Don’t worry, the answers are on the next page to help you check your work!


I will be recommending this book to all the people I know studying any of these topics and looking for a brief overview.

Rating: 10/10

* This book was received from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for an honest review *

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