The Core Skills: Social Studies book engages students with easy-to-understand passages, helping students to build a better understanding of the world around them. Interactive lessons encourage active participation with the text, including practice with maps, charts, and illustrations. Students are given many opportunities to reflect on the text through higher-level thinking questions. Addresses history, geography, culture, economics, civics, and government. Includes reference maps and a glossary of key terms. Correlates with social studies curriculum across the United States.