Dorothy Mills history books
Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:06 AM
Im interested in hearing any opinions about these books. I can't find any info on the author or the publisher.
I think the books are pricey and before I make the investment Id like to hear from people who use them.
Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:24 AM
I looked through the Spring 2010 catalog, and in an article by Cheryl Lowe, it states that they use Ancient World, Ancient Greeks, and Ancient Romans by Mills in 7th and 8th, and that they are available from MP. They are not in the catalog that I have seen, but if you call, they may have them for sale. I know they are working on a lot of new things, so they may have lesson plans in beta also... Worth a call, anyway.
Edited by dsmith, 13 August 2010 - 10:46 AM.
Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:35 AM
Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:26 AM
Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:30 AM
Here are some samples from Google books to look through online:
Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:39 AM
Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:25 PM
The series is written in narrative form, much like SOTW, and has a very conversational feel. It focuses almost exclusively on Western Civilization though, which I find to be one of its only real flaws. Mills seems to be a protestant Christian, but she is fair and balanced in her viewpoints. I never find her to be preachy or pushy. She is also fair and inclusive of Catholics, which is not easy for me to find. I think these could be used very well secularly.
The series covers ancient times up until the Reformation. I think they work well in the logic stage, but they would also be strong enough to be used with primary sources for high school. I have used all of them except for the The People of Ancient Israel, which I haven't found it necessary to use. The Book of the Ancient World does cover the Israelites some, and that would probably be more than enough for a good introduction for secular coverage.
I just really like these books, and they are the main reason I can never go with a package and stick with it. They do dovetail nicely with History Odyssey and the Kingfisher, and I find they fill in a lot of details and social history that other books don't have. I don't like my history to go just from one war to the next, and Mills provides a really nice flow without overwhelming me.
Edited by Asenik, 13 August 2010 - 12:46 PM.