AQS Developed Materials

A Long Hard Journey: Debating Issues In African-American History

This book presents key issues and questions pertaining to African-American history and presents two conflicting interpretations of each issue. Students are asked to analyze the two approaches and decide which one is most accurate and then defend their choice.


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The History Detective: Solving Problems in American History

This book uses the teaching strategy known as Problem-Based Learning. Various historical problems in American History are presented and students are asked to work individually or preferably in teams to solve the problem. The emphasis is on analysis, critical thinking, and the use of primary and secondary sources to solve the specific problem.


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Trial and Triumph

This is a book of historical profiles of famous American leaders during periods of their lives when they faced defeat, rejection, betrayal and failure. The book looks at these episodes in the lives of Americans such as Thomas Edison, John Quincy Adams, Horace Mann, Robert E. Lee, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Each episode discusses the trial these individuals faced and how they overcame the challenge to find triumph in their lives.


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A Country of Heroes

An Inspiring story of courage over Adversity: A Country of Heroes – A Novel of the Greek Resistance in WWII, brings the reader into the lives of three young men who each follow different paths as they deal with the horrors of Italian and German occupation, famine, and mass killings.


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Doing What’s Right: Case Studies in Character Education

This book is unique in that it’s comprised of twenty virtue and problem-based case studies for fifth and sixth grade students that get to discuss and analyze using the case study method. The book looks at the virtues of honesty, courage, citizenship, trust, tactfulness, honor, fairness, and respect for others and for self.  It touches on peer pressure, discrimination and prejudice. Through the case study method, students are able to explore and discuss moral and ethical issues and answers.


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Hooty Learns What’s Right

This storybook is an introduction to character education written for children in grades preK-2nd grade.  The animated owl, Hooty, and his family and friends present a colorful, energized way to teach early elementary children about Caring, Citizenship, Fairness, Trustworthiness, Respect and Responsibility for the very first time.


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The History Sleuth

This is a high school history book which is structured to have students understand that history is much more than a boring recitation of dates, treaties, and events. Individual "problems" of all periods and geographic areas of World History are presented for students to research, analyze, debate, and reach conclusions as if they were operating in the same manner as a professional historian. Most "problems" are presented in historical chronological order, while others  transcend particular periods. And every problem is connected to the contemporary world in which students live.


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The Achilles Heel

This book deals with one of the most important and troubling problems in American education, the persistent academic achievement gap between African-American and other students. The book carefully explores each of the supposed reasons for this disparity, and carefully analyzes the pros and cons of each position. The book concludes with a sobering assessment of why past approaches have failed and offers a number of important suggestions as to how we can close this achievement differential.


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For The Next Generation

This book is a personal memoir of Dr. Michael J. Bakalis who has had a career in education and politics in Illinois. Mr. Bakalis was elected as the youngest state superintendent of education in Illinois, elected as Illinois State Comptroller, and was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1978.  Mr. Bakalis has taught at every level of education, served as an administrator of at Northern Illinois University, as Deputy Undersecretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education, as Dean of Education at Loyola University, and as President of Triton College. Bakalis has served on the faculties of Northern Illinois University, Loyola University, and at Northwestern University. 

In the book Dr. Bakalis not only recounts his professional experiences, but also addresses contemporary politics and education based on his half-century career. 


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Choices: Case Studies in Character Education

This book is comprised of twenty virtue and problem based case studies for seventh and eighth grade students to discuss and analyze using the case study method. The book examines issues adolescents face as they approach high school.  The book looks at the virtues of honesty, courage, citizenship, trust, tactfulness, honor, fairness, and respect for others and for self. It covers peer pressure and prejudice as well as social networking sites and the loss of a friend. Through the case study method, students are able to explore and discuss moral and ethical issues and answers.  


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Pathways to Character

This book is comprised of twenty problem based case studies and current event articles that cover the virtues of trust, fairness, respect, citizenship, caring, and responsibility that affect high school students. It covers a number of topics that affect teenagers at the most basic as well as most abstract levels of thought and emotion. Through the use of the case study method, students are able to explore and discuss moral and ethical issues and answers.  


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