New Curriculum Reviews: National Geographic/Cengage Biology and Chemistry

National Geographic/Cengage’s Biology and World of Chemistry are comprehensive curricula for high school science courses. Learning List reviewed the version of each material submitted for state review under Proclamation 2024 in Texas. Biology focuses on enabling students to build fundamental knowledge of biology through phenomena-based lessons, while World of Chemistry focuses on enabling students to understand chemistry for themselves.

In both materials, phenomena, scientific and engineering practices, and recurring themes are integrated throughout each chapter and lesson. Scientific investigations, simulations, case studies, and videos are provided in all chapters. Lessons include numerous open-ended questions and opportunities for students to act like scientists.

Both materials provide ongoing, consistent support for special populations, including Emerging Bilinguals, at point-of-use. Content is provided in English. World of Chemistry includes a separate Spanish glossary. Biology includes an ELL workbook, which provides supplemental activities to support student learning in each chapter.

The materials are available in print and digital format. Digital components are accessible to students and teachers from National Geographic Learning/Cengage’s interactive digital platform, MindTap, which includes multiple ancillary resources and monitoring tools. The material on the platform is provided at two reading levels. The on-level version of the text matches the printed textbook. Students can also access a modified version of the text written at a middle-school level.

Read Learning List’s Spec Sheet and Editorial Review to learn more about the rigor and complexity of the content, the assessments, and the teacher resources available in each of these materials.

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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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