This reading skill-builder is designed to enrich students study of English while also providing a general understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political forces that have shaped the United States. Written for intermediate-level students, American Roots includes articles written in a variety of styles. These readings describe major events, people, and trends within nine broad historical periods, and are designed to increase reading confidence while building knowledge of U.S. history and culture. Readings are accompanied by maps, photos, charts, and graphs, as well as follow-up exercises to strengthen reading skills, including: Previewing. Identifying main ideas and details. Separating fact from opinion. Summarizing. Understanding inferences, and more. In addition to building reading skills, American Roots also improves speaking, listening, and writing as students work through a variety of activities. www.longman.com/americanrootsBlanchard, Karen Lourie is the author of 'American Roots Readings on U. S. Cultural History', published 2000 under ISBN 9780201619959 and ISBN 0201619954.