I was very happy to discover that EMC, the publisher of my new textbooks, has a decent website with pdf files of the table of contents of each book. After browsing through the contents, I feel pretty good about this book. During my student teaching, I observed the teachers go through the book selection process, and everyone pretty much felt enthusiastic about this series compared to those of Holt and Prentice Hall. If you follow these links, you can click on the contents for each book to download the pdf file.
I like that the units develop around themes rather than regions because I'd love to highlight commonalities instead of just what sets us apart. Also, the themes aren't as infantile as I've seen in other books. Selections represent the ancient world and the modern. There's some Kafka for my friend Hoffman, Bessie Head for my dear Mary, Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott for me and some Wordsworth and Pope to keep criticism at bay.
Now, if only the book would arrive.
Anyone have general comments on the quality of this book, or favorite selections from it?