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  Fasttrack to America's Past
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What is Fasttrack to America's Past?

   Fasttrack to America's Past is a 240 page interactive learning guide / survey of U.S. history, supported by a matching Internet site.  It was created by a veteran classroom teacher, and includes the topics typically covered in secondary level classes.  Over 70,000 copies have been used by students in the U.S., as well as in places as diverse as Switzerland and Sri Lanka.  Many adults also enjoy it, just from their own interest in revisiting America's story.

 
The graphics-rich, workbook style format engages its users.  For example, there are pages with maps, charts, graphs, and timelines to complete.  The interesting, brief primary source reading selections in each section are another feature.

   Fasttrack to America's Past has won the highest praise possible: students often ask to keep their copy when the last pages are done! 
 

Tell me more -

   Fasttrack to America's Past encourages its users to explore topics widely, while still providing a common framework of essential historical knowledge.  For example:  
  • Key vocabulary terms, people, and events of each time period are explained in graphics-rich topic summary pages and timelines.
  • Students read and analyze brief selections from primary sources drawn from a diverse group of historical figures.
  • Students work with statistics to create charts and graphs of historical patterns, then draw conclusions based on their analysis of real data.
  • Students complete maps - 20 in all - to help them connect geography to historical events.

Where can I see what's inside?

   All the pages are shown on this title's Internet support site - click here to go there now.  Just click on the link for any section.  Then look for the Teacher Key links to the pages in that section.  The pages, including the maps and charts, are shown as they will look when completed.  You can also find the links that students should use to complete the map pages and check their work on the charts and graphs, as well as links to many other resources.


What grade levels is this for?
   
   Fasttrack to America's Past is most widely used at the high school level.  It has also been used in summer enrichment / college prep classes, and in classes for adult learners.  Some middle school teachers have used it with selected classes.  The format makes it very adaptable, just as a travelers' guidebook can help first-time tourists and more experienced travelers.

   The map below shows schools and programs around the country that have used Fasttrack to America's Past.


 

 - Over 70,000 copies sold in all editions -

Teacher feedback:

"Easy to understand and very well organized."

"Like a road map and tour guide for U.S. history!"

"Extremely useful"     "Very complete"     "I love the maps"

"My students felt successful using this book!"



An invitation - free downloads to use with your students

   You can download and begin using right now the historical reading selections from primary sources that are a unique feature of this book.  It is our gift to teachers and students everywhere, and an invitation to look further at all the resources in Fasttrack to America's Past.  Please see the link on the home page for this title.

   Thank you for all you do to teach America's story and its values to the next generation!


What support is available for teachers and students using this?

   The Fasttrack to America's Past Internet support site has a full Teacher Key, showing the maps, charts, and other pages as they should look when students complete them successfully.  The web site also has many additional resources to use with the workbook.  These include unit review questions, links to web pages for interesting historical places and topics, and more. 

Click here to see our brochure for teachers
"Getting Started with Fasttrack to America's Past"



What about the cost?

    Our goal is to make Fasttrack to America's Past widely available at the lowest possible cost.  It is both very affordable and very engaging to students.  It is read, highlighted, worked on, written in, and enjoyed - unlike many expensive textbooks that sit unused at the bottom of a locker.

   By providing an affordable and comprehensive set of teaching and learning resources, Fasttrack to America's Past can actually save money in curriculum development and textbook updating costs.

   Please see the Prices and Ordering link on the Information Page for this title for more details.


May we buy just one copy, and photocopy pages for students in our school?

   If you prefer making photocopies of the pages to use with students, rather than issuing the printed workbooks, please contact us about obtaining a school site license and a binder of the Fasttrack to America's Past pages.  For more information about this option, see the Prices and Ordering section of the Information Page for this title.

  
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How can I get more information?

   
Please contact our office in Springfield, Virginia, by phone at:  (703) 644 - 4612, or by email at:  ftm.contact@verizon.net