Algebra Textbooks Evaluation


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Authors:   Randall I. Charles, Alba González Thompson,
Trudy Hammal Garland, Stephen E. Moresh,
Kathy A. Ross
Publisher:   Addison-Wesley Longman
Edition:   1998
Subject Area:   Algebra
Grade Level/ Format:   This textbook is appropriate for students in grades
7-12. It consists of 10 chapters.
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 real-life 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 self-assessment problems. At the end of each chapter, students review concepts with applications and connections, and complete a self-evaluation and a test including a performance task.
Assessment:   Assessments include traditional and alternative
assessment. Traditional assessments include tests (chapter tests, mid-year and end-of-year 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 self-
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