The New First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Your Child Needs to Know

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 306 pages
Fully updated for the twenty-first century, The New First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy gathers together all of the essential facts that youngsters should have at their fingertips for school success. The child education expert E. D. Hirsch, Jr., cuts through the wealth of information available today to highlight those terms that a child should be familiar with by the end of sixth grade. With nearly 3,000 concise definitions, including 250 new entries (Harry Potter, centaurs, northern lights, and World Series, to name a few), this popular sourcebook makes finding information easy. Here is everything your child needs to know to be culturally literate in 21 different subject areas, from mythology to literature to U.S. history to science and technology, and much more.
 

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Contents

Maps
To Parents and Teachers
How to Use This Dictionary
Pronunciation System
Proverbs
1
Idioms
6
English
12
Literature
18
Politics and Economics
135
World History to 1600
144
World History Since 1600
158
United States Geography
169
World Geography
187
Mathematics
214
Physical Sciences
228
Earth Sciences and Weather
240

Mythology
44
Music Art and Architecture
54
The Bible
75
Religion and Philosophy
87
United States History to 1865
99
United States History Since 1865
117
Life Sciences
251
Medicine and the Human Body
261
Technology
276
Illustration Credits
287
Index of Entries
289
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About the author (2004)

E.D. Hirsch, Jr. is the Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and the author of Cultural Literacy, The First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, and The Core Knowledge Series. Dr. Hirsch is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is president of the Core Knowledge Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to educational reform.

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