I have just finished reading The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World.
From Columbus in 1492 to Drake in 1586, the Age of Exploration is outline and explained. This informational text is full of the brilliance we expect from Marc Aronson, but in a bite-size format. Additionally, it is well-organized into three sections: CAUSES of the Age of Exploration, WHAT HAPPENED (execution), and CONSEQUENCES. Reading the book is a complex thinking experience you’ll want your students to have. It is also rich with timelines and reproduced art and maps that offer additional thinking and interpretation.
If you do not have this impressive and insightful book in your middle school or high school collection, order it today. If you own it and have not read it, read it this week. If your students are not reading it as part of any social studies/history course that examines the Age of Exploration, insist that these teachers read the book and they will surely incorporate it into their courses. 40 pages Ages 10 and up
Toni Buzzeo, MA, MLIS, Librarian and Author, Maine USA