Materials covering multiple periods and regions - plus curricula and reference books designed around the trivium's 4-year cycle
A Child's History of the World
By Virgil M. Hillyer
Originally published in 1924, this book is available at a reasonable price only through Sonlight curriculum (see the link below). In this book Hillyer invites even the youngest children to come on a lovely, chronological journey from pre-history through early 20th Century. Read it aloud!
History Odyssey is a literature approach to history. Level One is for elementary ages, Level Two for middle school, and Level Three for high school. Many families switch to this program from The Story of the World for the upper grades. The literature is well chosen and the sequencing of materials makes very good sense. The curriculum includes a timeline and stickers, although you can make your own timeline if you prefer.
For books lists, sample lessons, and the table of
contents for each level use site below.
Pandia Press also has a try-before-you-buy feature that allows you to download a pdf file with the first portion of the program.
You can find the trial material here:
History Scribe is a support system that helps to encourage your children to write and draw about different historical events. This collection -- over 27 books covering history from Ancient Egypt to Modern American History as well as Biography -- is perfect for working with any history cirriculum that you use. Their motto: Write and Draw to Learn.
They have an entire collection of printouts on many subjects. They have History Scribe for younger children; History Scholar for High Schoolers; Geography Scribe; Bible Scribe; Boy Scribe and a Time Line Book.
How the system works: if you purchase the Geography Scribe, it lists all the countries. Each country then has pages that you could print from your printer and use as a basis for study.
They even have pages for studying just geography terms--archipelago, lagoon, tundra, etc.
Illustrated biographies of monarchs through the ages in England and Scotland, from the Viking invasions and early Saxon kings through the Plantagenet, Stuart, and Tudor lines all the way to modern times. An invaluable resource when studying medieval histroy, Elizabethan times, and European history.
This competition has three levels (district, state, and national) and a variety of project
types (individual and group documentary, paper, individual & group
exhibit, individual & group performance, individual & group website,
Very open-ended theme that can be tied in to a variety of history
studies. 2012's theme is Turning Points.
Each state sends two entries in each division (middle school/high
school) in each project category to nationals. So, there's a good shot
at making nationals.
The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
By Susan Wise Bauer
SWB does it again this time writing for older middle-schoolers, high-schoolers and adults. A great history text. Less narrative than the Story of the World, more detailed for those passing through the history cycle a second or third time.
Grade 5 Up-A broad, illustrated look at the history of humanity. The book is divided into 10 sections, each representing a different time period from 40,000 B.C.E. to the present. More detailed than the Usborne encyclopedia. A must-have resource.
The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the the world's civilizations.
Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia Of World History
By Jane Bingham, Fiona Chandler, Sam Taplin, and Jane Chisholm
This book is a comprehensive survey of history from the creation of the Earth to the begining of the Millenium.It is divided into 4 sections:Pre-History, Ancient World, Medieval World, and the Last 500 years. It is a very visual book, with lots of photographs and illustrations to complement the concise text...But what makes it an INCREDIBLE resource is that it is internet-linked. There are hundreds of websites listed in the book that expand on the information presented. The research team at Usborne books has come up with age-appropriate websites from extremely reputable universities, museums, and institutions throughout the world to complement what is in their encylopedia. A great encyclopedia to use on your first pass through the sweep of history.
A series of 52 videos on western civilization, from the dawn of history and ancient times through modern times. The videos are available on the Annenberg Learner Site and are free. For high school and college levels.
A great source of primary source materials: Yale University Library has joined with UNESCO, the Library of
Congress, and 30 other international institutions to launch the World
Digital Library, a website that features unique cultural materials
from libraries and archives around the world. The site provides free, unrestricted public access to manuscripts, maps, rare
books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs. Yale has
contributed a number of important works, including William Clark's
1810 map of North America and one of three manuscript copies of
Ferdinand Magellan's journal from his voyage around the world in
1522. More content will be added from digital collections across the
University, reflecting the international strength of Yale's holdings.
This collaboration is yet another step in Yale's initiative to make
more of its treasures accessible to the public.
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