

Background
Information
TITLE 
Focus
on Algebra 


Authors: 
Randall
I. Charles, Alba González Thompson, Trudy Hammal Garland, Stephen
E. Moresh, Kathy A. Ross. 


Publisher: 
Addison
Wesley Longman 


Edition: 
1998 


OVERVIEW 



Subject
Area: 
Algebra 


Grade
Level/Format: 
This
textbook is appropriate for students in grades 712. It consists
of 10 chapters. 


Time
Frame: 
This
textbook is designed as a oneyear comprehensive course or a oneyear
core course taking 170 days to complete, as a core block course
taking 85 days to complete, or as a twoyear standard course taking
340 days to complete. 


CONTENT 



Main
Topics: 
 Data and Relationships
 Patterns, Change,
and Expressions
 Introducing Functions
 Solving Linear Equations
and Inequalities
 Analyzing Linear
Functions and Their Graphs
 Systems of Equations
and Inequalities
 Lines and Distance
 Polynomials
 Quadratic Functions
and Equations
 Functions and the
Structure of Algebra



Activities: 
In
a typical chapter, students begin by reading probing questions related
to the topic of the chapter. They also read a biographical note
in which an individual describes how math has affected his or her
career. Next the students read what they will learn in the different
sections of the chapter and answer questions related to each section
in an activity called Getting Ready. In each section (referred to
as a Superlesson), students (1) read about a reallife situation
that relates to the math topic; (2) read a Connect statement that
gives insight into what knowledge students should have been exposed
to in this area and what activities to expect in the present lesson
along with supporting commentary and explanations; (3) complete
the Explore section of the lesson, which includes demonstrations,
discussion questions, examples, Try It questions (problems relating
to concepts or skills), and reflect questions (questions that allow
students the opportunity to explain the concept or skill presently
being introduced); (4) apply the new concepts/skills in exercise
problems; and (5) complete selfassessment problems. At the end
of each chapter, students review concepts with applications and
connections, and complete a selfevaluation and a test including
a performance task. 


OPERATION 



Assessment: 
Assessments
include traditional and alternative assessment. Traditional assessments
include tests (chapter tests, midyear and endofyear tests, and
standardized formats), practice exercises, quizzes, chapter assessments,
AWSMTest software, and challenging questions in Try It sections.
Alternative assessments include embedded, performance, portfolio,
and selfassessment. 


Cost: 
Student
edition: 
$47.47 

Teacher's
edition: 
$67.47 


CREDIBILITY 
Following
are references for reports on Focus on Algebra. Please check
the web site for further information about additional evaluations
and reviews. 


NCTM
Standards Analysis: 
American
Association for the Advancement of Science. (2000). Algebra
textbooks: A standardsbased evaluation. Washington, D.C.:
Author. 


WEB
SITE: 
Not
available 
