Software to Help Your Students Achieve
Content Mastery in U.S. History While Improving
Reading, Writing, and Reasoning Skills

Part I - Interactive History
of the United States:
The Story of Our Nation

for grades 6 - 9

Part I -- Interactive History of the United States, a unique interactive textbook, is a text reconstruction program for achieving content mastery, and for improving reading, writing, and reasoning skills.

This new instructional software includes the TRAC Structures for Learning (TRAC SL) system from New Intelligence Inc., developed for Windows-compatible computers running Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Windows 98. Emphasizing simple point-and-click operations by students using the program, the TRAC SL system software also includes powerful, easy-to-use central student management, performance analysis, and reporting functions.

Interactive History of the United States capitalizes on the power of the computer and the TRAC SL system to make the student an active learner, with feedback on the accuracy of his or her comprehension of the content, as well as active immersion in standard written English. In contrast to traditional textbooks, student interaction is central to Interactive History of the United States. Students must actively and continuously respond in a unique approach called "Managed Engagement" that engages the student in carefully and thoughtfully reading the content, and manages each student's progression through the material. This helps students focus their attention on the material, improving content mastery.  In addition, the approach builds reading, writing, and reasoning skills.

Part I of Interactive History of the United States begins with the earliest migration of humans to North America and continues through the Civil War and Reconstruction.  (Part II is scheduled for publication in early Spring, 2001, and continues the series through current events.)

Dr. Myra Linden, one of the authors, explains that when a student is given a reading assignment, the student's attention often wanders, or the student can skim the content without reading carefully, because no active response is required. The student's failure to carefully read the material may not be identified until a test is given days or weeks later. With the Interactive History of the United States instructional software, and its Managed Engagement approach, the student cannot progress unless the student reads and understands the material presented.

A comprehensive data collection and analysis system, easily assessable by the teacher, provides continuous information on student progress.

A separate, optional student incentive system is also available at the teacher's option, for additional student motivation.

The material is in the Split-TRAC format and is designed for grades 6 through 9. This carefully researched series is suitable for a stand-alone computer-based course in American history, and can also be an excellent supplemental learning resource for use with traditional materials.

Computer System Requirements: 

    Windows-based PC running Windows 95, 98,
         ME, NT, 2000,  XP, or Vista

    Memory:  64 k minimum;
          128 k recommended

    VGA or SVGA color monitor

    CD-ROM drive

    Mouse or pointing device

    Requires approx. 7 mb hard drive space