New Curriculum Review for Anatomy and Physiology: Cengage’s Body Structures and Functions

National Geographic/Cengage’s Body Structures and Functions (National Geographic Anatomy) is a comprehensive science program for high school Anatomy and Physiology. The program focuses on introducing students to the organization, structures, and functions of the body to help them understand how body systems work. The materials are available in print and digital format. Digital components are accessible to students and teachers from National Geographic Learning/Cengage’s interactive MindTap platform.

Learning List has reviewed the version of the material submitted for state adoption in Texas under Proclamation 2024. While the Texas version contains some content specifically tailored to meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards, the Texas version is generally organized in the same manner and provides the same instructional features and functionality as the national version, which according to the publisher’s website is “aligned to National Healthcare Foundation Standards as well as NGSS Next Generation Science Standards.” Thus, the information contained in our editorial review (i.e., instructional quality review) will be helpful to districts in any state.  

National Geographic Anatomy organizes learning in chapters based on major concepts of anatomy and physiology. Two introductory chapters, (1) Scientific Foundations and Lab Practices, and (2) Introduction to the Structural Units, provide background information that students need to be successful in scientific study and in an anatomy and physiology course. Chapters are structured consistently. Lessons include reading material, videos, Medical Highlights, Case Studies, and Career Profile(s), which enable students to connect what they are learning to the real world. Numerous figures and illustrations throughout the lessons demonstrate key concepts and terminology. Labs and open-ended questions at the end of each chapter allow students to apply what they have learned.

All of the materials for students are provided on the MindTap platform. Teacher resources are linked on a companion site, nglsync. The teacher edition mirrors the student edition and includes an Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint lectures, a variety of formative and summative assessments, and a test item bank. Teachers can create and customize summative assessments using the item banks.

The material is provided in English only. Read Learning List’s editorial review to learn about the rigor of the material and supports for Emerging Bilingual students and other special student populations.  

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About National Geographic/Cengage*

National Geographic Learning, a part of Cengage Learning, is a leading educational publisher of PreK–12 School and English Language Teaching. At National Geographic Learning, we believe that an engaged and motivated learner will be a successful one, and we design our materials with a highly interactive storytelling approach which is a great way to invoke these connections.

*Content in this section is adapted from National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning

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