This title offers a comprehensive and detailed overview of the 44 presidents of the United States. The president of the United States is a highly visible public figure, a bearer of immense responsibility, and the subject of intense scrutiny. He is accountable for war, economic depression, domestic strife, national security, partisan politics, and overseas conflict. Presidents, Third Edition closely examines the hopes and disappointments, the victories and defeats, and the integrity and perfidy of the men who have held this office. Featuring up-to-date information, including the January 2009 inauguration, this new edition is an expertly written, detailed reference that narrates and explains the lives and careers of America’s presidents. It is an essential guide for anyone seeking a complete understanding of the development and workings of the United States government, as well as a great read for those who are fascinated by the interplay of politics, power, career, and legacy. Comprehensive and accessible, Presidents, Third Edition contains biographies and portraits of all presidents, a detailed chronology of the political history of the United States from the Revolution to the present, and suggested further reading about each president.


Strategies that Work

Teaches techniques designed to improve reading skills, covering how children can learn by making connections, asking questions, visualization, inferring answers, extracting ideas, and synthesizing information.


Teaching for Deep Comprehension

Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos describe the process of comprehension as a reflection of the mind–a window into the reader’s thoughts. In Teaching for Deep Comprehension they discuss comprehension from a socio-cognitive perspective — specifically, how teachers can use the social context of reading workshop to promote deep comprehension. The book is framed around three guiding questions:

  • Can comprehension be taught?
  • How does a model become a barrier to comprehension?
  • When does a tool become the reason for reading?

Linda and Carla mesh complex theories of comprehension with everyday practical examples in such a way as to help teachers develop a better understanding of what it means to comprehend while reading. The book’s appendix contains a wealth of reproducible materials, including text maps, graphic organizers, book lists, and resource charts. Supporting the text is a DVD containing eighty-five minutes of video from a first-grade reading workshop (shared reading, author studies, share time), an adult book discussion, a fourth-grade reading workshop (mini-lesson and literature discussion groups), and other settings.