Discovering the Past for GCSE series
By Greg Lacey and Keith Shephard. Hodder Murray. Price: pound;10.99. Tel: 01235 827720. www.hodderheadline.co.uk
This attractive book covers the main events and themes in detail. A particular strength is the way in which the authors have fixed on particular case studies to illuminate broader issues and developments. A case study of the town of Northeim, for example, gives a fascinating insight into the rise of Nazism. Each chapter is organised around significant enquiry questions and supporting questions are used to guide students through the enquiry. Contains a wealth of written and visual source material.
A wide range of stimulating tasks and activities will engage and motivate learners. Students are encouraged to transform information and to think for themselves. Many of the activities can be used as they stand, without the need for teacher adaptation and additional support. A Teacher's Book (pound;21.99) provides detailed guidance on planning and teaching as well as additional resources.
With its clear and attractive layout this will appeal to GCSE students. The enquiry structure provides a strong sense of purpose and the design features support this "structured enquiry" approach. A plethora of timelines, graphs, cartoons, diagrams, maps and summary charts help to communicate key points.
Low-attaining students may be overwhelmed by the 166 pages, but, for its detail, interest and support for learning, this is hard to beat.