America's Story has a unique approach to history that includes interactive online activities, hands-on projects and recommendations for additional reading. The full course (Volumes I & II) provides a full year look at American History from Christopher Columbus to America in the 1990s. Recommended for grades three and up, America's Story is written at a 3rd to 4th grade level with essential instruction that meets standards through middle school. As a result, it is an ideal choice for struggling readers in middle school as well as for your elementary American History course. Filled with notebook activities, critical thinking exercises, vocabulary instruction, writing assignments and hands-on activities, America's Story is quickly becoming a favorite interactive history course. Its full color illustrations and real life photographs help bring history to life. Steck Vaughn has provided innovative and effective learning solutions that meet the needs of each individual learner in elementary, middle school and high school for 70 years. Steck Vaughn books are designed to engage, motivate and accelerate students to a higher level of learning while also preparing them to excel on standardized tests.