Algebra Textbooks Evaluation
Algebra 1: Explorations and Applications 

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Authors:  Miriam A. Leiva, Richard G. Brown, Loring Coes III, Shirley
Frazier Cooper, Joan FerriniMundy, Amy T. Herman, Patick W. Hopfensperger,
Celia Lazarski, Stuart J. Murphy, Anthony Scott, Marvin S. Weingarden 

Publisher:  McDougal Littell Inc.  
Edition:  1998  
Subject Area:  Algebra  
Grade Level/ Format:  This textbook is appropriate for grades 810. The text consists of 12 chapters. 

Activities:  In a typical chapter, students read an interview about an individual who uses mathematics in his or her daily career, then answer questions regarding the interview. In each lesson/section, students (1) read about mathematical situations that relate to the interview, which include modeling examples of the concept/skills; and (2) review their ideas about the lesson's objective(s) by answering questions related to the key concepts/skills of the lesson and completing a set of problems. Some lessons/sections may also include at least one or all of the following question sections: Think and Communicate (probes students thinking), Cooperative Learning (a group activity), and Connection (an activity that applies the math to realworld contexts). Each chapter ends with a portfolio project, chapter review, and chapter assessment. 

Assessment:  Assessments include cooperative learning activities, openended problems, journal writing, portfolio projects, and self assessment tasks. Chapters include chapter assessments that include vocabulary questions, sets of problems, and performance tasks. The text has cumulative assessments covering several chapters. The teacher's Assessment Book consists of chapter tests, short quizzes, cumulative tests, and performancebased tasks. 

Web Site(s):  http://www.mcdougallittell.com 
Continued: Algebra 1: Integration, Applications, Connections