This is my year to adopt a new text for world history. I am happy with my text, World History: Perspectives on the Past by Steve Jantzen, Larry Krieger, and Kenneth Neill and published by D.C. Heath and Company. I don't feel a need to replace it but I hate to loose all of that purchasing power. I decided not to order a class set of 50 textbooks at $40.00 per book. Instead I have $2000.00 to buy what I need and want. I ordered 40 copies of Rand McNally's Atlas of World History at $19.00 each and 20 copies of Makers of World History, Volumes 1 & 2, J. Kelley Sowards, ed., published by St. Martin's Press; one copy of Teaching World History, Heidi Roupp ed., published by M.E. Sharpe; and one copy of Bring History Alive: World published by the National Center for History in the Schools at U.C.L.A.. So I got what I wanted and saved the district about $400.00.
What world history texts and/or supporting materials do you use? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these materials in helping students learn world history? What kinds of materials would you like to have? Please send your responses to Heidi Roupp, email@example.com.