Third Edition   ©2016

LaunchPad for Ways of the World (Twelve Month Access)

Robert W. Strayer , Eric W. Nelson

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-01846-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-01846-7; Format: LaunchPad

The thematic, comparative, and truly global narrative focuses on the big picture. Brief by design, the narrative avoids the overwhelming detail of many textbooks and emphasizes major developments. Broad themes include global commerce and trade, the emergence of global religions, industrialization, and the rise and fall of totalitarian systems. Part-opening essays set the stage for the chapters that follow and encourage students to make connections among the world's cultures.

The “docutext” format is more than two books in one. The docutext is a textbook and source book combined that teaches historical thinking and analysis through the use of related written and visual primary evidence.  Located at the end of the chapter, each collection is organized around a particular theme, issue, or question, such as "State Building in the Early Modern Era"; “Perceptions of Outsiders in the Ancient World”; and "Faces of Globalization."

Each chapter employs a variety of learning tools to help students understand the big picture.
     • Seeking the Main Point questions and chapter chronologies A Map of Time help students focus on the main theme of the chapter.
     • Summing up So Far questions invite students to reflect on what they have learned to that point in the chapter.
     • Margin review questions emphasize "comparison," "connection," and "change."
     • At the end of each chapter, a short Reflections section raises provocative, sometimes quasi-philosophical, questions about the craft of the historian and the unfolding of the human story.
     • Narrative-ending Big Picture questions encourage student synthesis of the material.
     • Introductory headnotes and comparative questions in the Working with Evidence sections help students understand how the written documents and visual sources relate to each another and to the chapter narrative.

A thoughtful and reflective approach to history. Robert W. Strayer, a pioneer in the field of world history, and Eric W. Nelson, an innovative teacher, muse on the multiple meanings of history and the historian's craft. Students experience first-hand the process of reading historical evidence and making historical arguments.

LaunchPad helps you do more than you can with print alone. Free when packaged with the book, LaunchPad's course space and interactive e-book is ready to use as is, or can be edited and customized with your own material, and assigned right away. Developed with extensive feedback from history instructors and students, LaunchPad includes the complete narrative e-book, as well as abundant primary documents, maps, images, assignments and activities. The aims of key learning outcomes are addressed via formative and summative assessment, short answer and essay questions, multiple choice quizzing, and LearningCurve, an adaptive learning tool designed to get students to read before they come to class. Available with training and support, LaunchPad can help you take your teaching into a new era.

LearningCurve ensures students come to class prepared. Tired of your students not reading the textbook? Would you like to know what they read and how much they understood—BEFORE they come to class?  Assign LearningCurve, the adaptive learning tool created for your survey textbook in LaunchPad, and the system’s analytics will show how your students are doing with the reading so that you can adapt your class as needed.  Each chapter-based LearningCurve activity gives students multiple chances to understand key concepts, return to the narrative textbook if they need to reread, and answer questions correctly.  Over 90% of students report satisfaction with LearningCurve's fun and accessible game-like interface.  LearningCurve appeals to students so that they engage with the textbook, and it helps you to know what they know before class begins.

A range of options offers convenience and value. In addition to the standard bound textbook, this edition is also available in convenient, discount-priced loose-leaf and PDF formats and in an interactive e-book format in the text’s dedicated version of LaunchPad, with all accompanying study resources fully integrated. LaunchPad is a complete course’s worth of material in a course space that makes everything assignable and assessable—and all for free when packaged with the textbook.  The textbook is also available in an edition without sources, Ways of the World: A Brief Global History.