I am going to be basing the review of this textbook on The War of 1812 found on page 310. The textbook does a good job explaining all of the main and important facts in the war such as, The Battle of Lake Erie, The Battle of the Thames, and the Creek War, but it doesn’t mention many specific numbers such as how many freights and vessels the U.S. Navy and British Navy contained at this time. The U.S. Navy contained 6 freights and 14 vessels, while the British Navy contained 34 frigates and 52 vessels. No, this isn’t important to the average 8th grader reading this textbook, but it does matter to someone who is doing a project and needs specific information. I know that if I wrote this textbook, I would have included specific numbers, but put those numbers in a separate, little box upon the page. Another thing that the book made more confusing than it already had to be, was on page 313 when it says that after killing around 2,000 British solders the Americans realized that the two sides had signed a peace treaty 2 weeks before. This makes the reader stop and think, “Well, if it was January 8th and the treaty was signed two weeks prior to this then…..” Wouldn’t it be easier to just put the exact date of when the treaty was signed instead of trying to make the sentence flow better? Other than that the book does a really great job explaining this section. One more thing. If I had to pick a new picture to fit in the book, I would put this one:
Some Britain troops attempting to capture Baltimore.