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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

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History, General

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!

WEB LINK: http://www.sonlight.com/2H22.html


Ancient & World History Enrichment Resource
By Carmo Learning

Nine units of ancient/world history, from Mesopotamia to World War I, enrichment for grades 6-10. Each unit has reading, language, mapping, and art tasks. Samples of materials are on the site.

WEB LINK: HTTP://www.CarmoLearning.com


Coordinating A Child's History of the World with The Story of the World
This webpage roughly correlates chapters in Hillyer's Child's History with S.W. Bauer's Story of the World. Its purpose is to facilitate simultaneous use of both texts.

WEB LINK: http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/chowsotw.htm


History & Social Studies Lesson Plans
By National Endowment for the Humanities

Subjects of the lesson plans include:
  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Civics

    Also, the link includes a tab to listings of websites related to historical events and various subjects. For all grade levels.

    WEB LINK: http://edsitement.neh.gov/tab_lesson.asp?subjectArea=3


  • History Bee & History Bowl
    This fairly new competition is a quiz-bowl style competition in history, played buzzer-beater style.
  • History Bee is for individuals
  • History Bowl is for groups.
  • A student can compete in up to three regional/state Bees to try to make it to nationals.

    Info for homeschoolers:
    http://hs.historybee.com/info-for-homeschoolers/
    http://www.historybowl.com/homeschoolers/


    WEB LINK: http://hs.historybee.com/


  • History Odyssey
    By Pandia Press

    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:
    http://www.pandiapress.com/index.htm

    WEB LINK: http://www.pandiapress.com/history_odyssey.htm


    History Scribe
    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.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.historyscribe.com


    Kings and Queens of England and Scotland
    By Platagenet Somerset Fry

    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.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0756617715?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=07566


    National History Day
    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, etc.).
  • 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.
  • Big emphasis on primary sources.

    WEB LINK: http://www.nhd.org/


  • 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.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/039305974X?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=03930


    The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
    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.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0753457849?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=07534


    The Story of the World: Volume 1
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    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.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933339004?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=19333


    The Story of the World: Volume 1 - Activity Book
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    This activity book is a companion to the Story of the World (Vol. 1) and offer outlines, activites, maps, additional reading suggestions and more!

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933339055?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=19333


    The Story of the World: Volume 1 - Audiobook
    By Susan Wise Bauer, read by Jim Weiss

    The Story of the World, Volume 1: The Ancients, read aloud by master storyteller, Jim Weiss.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933339047?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=19333


    The Story of the World: Volume 2
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    The Middle Ages

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0971412936?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09714


    The Story of the World: Volume 2 - Activity Book
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    This activity book is a companion to the Story of the World (Vol. 2) and offer outlines, activites, maps, additional reading suggestions and more!

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933339136?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=19333


    The Story of the World: Volume 2 - Audiobook
    By Susan Wise Bauer, read by Jim Weiss

    The Story of the World, Volume 2: Medieval Times, read aloud by master storyteller, Jim Weiss.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933339128?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=19333


    The Story of the World: Volume 3
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    Early Modern Times

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0971412995?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09714


    The Story of the World: Volume 3 - Activity Book
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    This activity book is a companion to the Story of the World (Vol. 3), and offer outlines, activites, maps, additional reading suggestions and more!

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0972860320?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09728


    The Story of the World: Volume 3 - Audiobook
    By Susan Wise Bauer, read by Jim Weiss

    The Story of the World, Volume 3: Early Modern Times, read aloud by master storyteller, Jim Weiss.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933339179?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=19333


    The Story of the World: Volume 4
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    The Modern Age

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0972860339?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09728


    The Story of the World: Volume 4 - Activity Book
    By Susan Wise Bauer

    This activity book is a companion to the Story of the World and offer outlines, activites, maps, additional reading suggestions and more!

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0972860355?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09728


    The Story of the World: Volume 4 - Audiobook
    By Susan Wise Bauer, read by Jim Weiss

    The Story of the World, Volume 4: Modern Times, read aloud by master storyteller, Jim Weiss.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933339039?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=19333


    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.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0746041683?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=07460


    Western Civilization
    By WGBH Boston

    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.

    WEB LINK: http://www.learner.org/resources/series58.html?pop=yes&pid=819#jump1


    World Digital Library
    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.

    WEB LINK: http://www.wdl.org/en/

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