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  1. Hi all, The "Study and Teaching Guide" for Susan Wise Bauer's "History of the Renaissance World" is now available in paperback or downloadable PDF versions. This book turns SWB's history book into a one-year high-school-level course, with map exercises, critical thinking prompts, identification of important people, events, and concepts, and review questions. The front half includes answers for the instructor, and the student pages are perforated for easy removal. I can answer any questions you have about this product or our related products. Justin from Well-Trained Mind Press
  2. "Crash Course World History Curriculum Now teachers and students can use current, accurate, and frequently updated learning materials to assist in their World History classes. Driven by the Crash Course World History videos, these materials can be used to introduce new topics and units, can be used in a flipped classroom model, and are great resources for review of content to check for understanding and application. You may use these lessons, activities, and video questions in your classroom today!" There are teacher and student PDFs http://thecrashcourse.com/curriculum.html
  3. Please help! :) My daughter will be starting high school in the next few months, and I am just not sure about what to do for our World History program. I have narrowed it down to 4...after researching just about every program out there. If you have any experience with these programs, please let me know what you loved and what you didn't like about them. We are doing Notgrass for middle school World History and my daughter enjoys it more than some other things we tried. She LOVES reading and writing, and so this is what I keep coming back to for her high school. I love the literature included and that each week she is to write an essay. I also like that it's a simple, one year world history program, and won't take years to do. History Revealed seems like my Ultimate History Program. I love the foundation of it, how it encourages the child to dig deep and study what they are interested in. I love that it's got lots of project ideas and that it covers each topic pretty in depth. I worry though that my daughter isn't a really motivated learner. She loves to read and write, but if she's not engaged in it, she will hand me garbage just to be done. I don't know if she will dive deep or just remain on the surface and do bare minimum to get done. If she approaches it that way, will the whole benefit of this program be lost on her??? I don't yet have any experience with the Classical Historian, other than it sounds great. Cathy Duffy rates it very highly, in her top 102 picks (Notgrass and History Revealed didn't make the list). I love the idea of starting a unit with a question and having her read and research in order to write an essay that makes her really analyze her answer. I also love the idea of doing Socratic Discussions as a main part of her history program. I am in process of learning how to do the Socratic Dialogue and think it's a fabulous way to learn. We LOVED Winter Promise for elementary US history, and so it is always in the back of my mind to try. Their Middle/High school level American History Programs look very intriguing to me (American Crossing and American Culture). I think we learned more in that elementary history class than any other program we have done....but there were many more books in that program than the high school ones. I just can't decide! Please share your experiences!!!! Thanks!
  4. ETA: We're strongly leaning toward Duiker and Spielvogel's World History. I'm looking at options for “World History: Medieval-Renaissance†next year for a 10th grader who's pretty academically focused. I'd really like to use Daileader's excellent 3-part Middle Ages in Western Europe audio lecture series, so I'm looking more for a complementary text with a global focus and any interesting primary-sources reading in world history for period ~A.D. 1000-1800. Some of the world history options for our spine are: Strayer, Ways of the World: A Brief Global World History With Sources. I have this, it has a global focus, it has some focus on primary sources and their interpretation, so it's definitely a candidate for us. I would like to hear others' experiences, however, to see if there's something that might be better for DS. Duiker and Spielvogel, World History. A lot of people refer to using or having used “Spielvogel,†but there seem to be several versions of World History and Western Civilization by him. This one seems to be the best fit, but I'm really not sure. I don't think we'd go with his Western Civ. Book. An interesting review of an earlier edition of Spielvogel's World History: A Human Odyssey is here. It appears that Duiker was added as a co-author, and lead author, somewhere along the way, but I'm not positive. ETA: a 2008 WTM thread discusses this text; there's also an interesting review by an AP World History teacher for 9th and 10th graders here with experiences using Duiker and Spielvogel in 2001-2002. Spielvogel, Glencoe World History. This book seems clear, and I really like the extensive use of primary sources. It seems to me, however, that it's intended for a one-year non-honors 9th grade world history class, written at about a 6th grade reading level. It really looks good for its intended purpose, but I think DS is beyond that point in background, reading level, familiarity with maps, etc. ETA: In an earlier WTM thread, another reviewer considered it pre-high school and written at a 5th grade reading level. If you can handle the distracting side-bars and the reading level and background is right, it looks like a good text, however. I have Noble's Western Civilization, which has worked well for DS, but using it means I'd need to supplement for the rest of the world, which I might do, though not ideal; we'll also be using the audio lectures of “Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition,†which is taught by Noble for the middle ages period, and it would be nice to get another perspective. SWB's History of the Medieval World. I have this, and it's a good book, but we started with her ancient book at the beginning of 9th and switched. I'd appreciate any feedback on your experiences on world history spines for the Medieval-Renaissance period (or useful primary sources to use). Thanks!
  5. I just recently got this for use next year and thought I'd post my initial impressions since I couldn't find a lot of reviews when I was doing my own research. I finally decided on it after months of looking at different options for world history, including BJU, Abeka, PAC, Spielvogel, and A Short History of Western Civilization. I had looked at Notgrass at conventions in the past, and it just didn't do anything for me. But I kind of felt crowded into it after ruling out the above options. Abeka and BJU just looked like very surface treatment and I worried about retention. Plus I was afraid they might have too much of a Baptist perspective. PAC looked too light, Spielvogel too dry. I actually ordered a cheap used copy of ASHoWC, but the copy came heavily highlighted (what's the point of having so MUCH highlighting?) and I didn't like the way they handled religion. Plus I was thinking maybe we should have some non-western info too. So back I went to Notgrass, figuring that since most of their reviews were positive, it couldn't be that bad. :) The text is in two big hardcover volumes, with one hardcover volume of original writings as a supplement. Volume one is ancients and medievals, volume two is Renaissance to modern times. It is divided up into 30 units, each one containing five daily lessons. The last of the five is always a Bible study. My thoughts: - The text itself isn't as . . . rich? rigorous? as I had hoped. I would be reluctant to use this above 10th grade. - The print is large, clear, and easy to read. Lots of color illustrations. No timelines - I was disappointed that such a large portion of volume one is biblical history. We are CC and believe biblical history is accurate but we are also well-versed in it due to years of books, Sunday School, etc., and I'd rather the time were spent on more unfamiliar cultures such as Egypt, Assyria, Greece, etc. For instance, only one lesson is spent on ancient Egypt, and maybe 15 lessons on biblical/Hebrew history. - The tone is definitely Christian, but not strongly one denomination. Every once in a while I would think, "wow, this is really getting preachy," but then I realized that was always in the Bible study chapters. You could always skip those chapters and use the program purely for history. I was going to skip them at first but then I realized DS does need some Bible study somewhere and we may as well kill two birds with one stone. - I like the output suggestions. There is Bible memory, supplementary reading in literature or the original sources book, and a choice of three projects for every unit, similar to Oak Meadow. One of the projects is always a writing assignment. The others may be art, research, volunteering, interviewing, making a video, etc. We are not using the Student Review book, which includes questions as well as literary analysis for the supplemental literature. We will use the lit for extra reading only, no formal follow-up. DS is taking a separate lit course. - I LOVE the original sources book, In Their Words, and how they weave the readings into the program. It is the same quality binding with clear print and color illustrations. It has a really nice selection of documents, speeches, poems, stories, and hymns. It would be worth getting even if you do not plan on using Notgrass. - The course is pretty Western civilization-ish. Other cultures are only touched on in the first volume, and take up only three or four out of the 15 units in the second. Maybe I can follow up with another review once we've used it for awhile.
  6. For those of you who have done this program, is it a true world history program, or is it more focused on American history? It is hard to tell from the posted Table of Contents, but a lot of the books seem to be geared to American history. We are currently doing Resurrection to Reformation, which is the only other HOD program I've done. I'm debating whether to continue on or look for another middle school world history program that covers this same time period -- Reformation to the beginning of the 20th century. I don't want a program that focuses on American history, or the world from the American viewpoint.
  7. What have you all found for relatively rigorous world history texts? I like the approach of WTM, with a Great Books literature conducted in parallel, but the same texts as a history course spine would seem to work without the accompanying Great Books literature course. In any case, I think it's important to spend a significant amount of time analyzing primary sources and writing essays on history (i.e., developing and practicing the rhetoric). BTW, we are running this as a 3-year cycle (9th grade; ancient, to ~ A.D. 476; 10th: medieval-early modern, to ~ 1850; and 11th: modern, since ~1850), and with a 3-year literature cycle, ancient literature, then medieval-early modern lit.; and modern literature. I'd love to get other perspectives on what would work for a relatively rigorous world history course. Here's what I've found: GLOBAL FOCUS, ACROSS ALL TIME PERIODS 1. Ways of the World: A Brief Global History With Sources by Robert Strayer (Vol 1: to 1500; Vol 2: Since 1500): I'm surprised that I don't see more about this on these boards, since it seems like it would work well for both a relatively rigorous course as well as something approaching a get er done course since it's brief and fairly easy to read. I have both volumes and we may switch to this as our spine, perhaps starting in 10th grade. Or, I may ask DS to read the two volumes as a review and “fill in the gaps†in 11th grade. WotW is very concise and does include some primary sources in the text. However, by being concise, it allows time for delving into select special topics along the way. 2. The History of the Ancient World (and then Medieval,and the Renaissance) by SWB. I bought the first two books, and DS started the first book, but neither of us were that enthusiastic. While I love SWB's Story of the World series for the “grammar stage,†the high school series doesn't seem to match the WTM as a spine for a rigorous course as well as or as easily as Ways of the World IMO. (IMO Ways of the World links more easily to primary sources, is broader in scope, and is more concise; HotAW focuses more on a Western perspective, and more on kings and wars than is my preference.) If your student likes the SWB style, by all means continue. 3. Although we haven't decided if DS will take the test, FYI there is an AP World History course and test. 4. Georgia Virtual schooling website, FYI, although I have not seriously reviewed it. GLOBAL FOCUS BUT ONLY LIMITED TIME PERIOD History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective, Great Courses videos, by Gregory Aldrete: My son and I like these lectures as they balance interest and rigor, although they are very accessible for a less rigorous course. WESTERN CIVILIZATION, ACROSS ALL TIME PERIODS Western Civilization by Noble, Strauss, Osheim, Neuschel, Cohen, and Roberts: We're using this, along with the Aldrete videos as our history spine this year. It strikes me as concise and scholarly, yet not boring. There is some use of primary sources and weighing the evidence. I feel confident that the text provides a sound treatment for a relatively rigorous course. The only downside IMO is that the focus on Western civilization means I need to complement it with a treatment of the rest of the world. Western Civilization by Jackson Spielvogel: I know that a lot of people use this on the boards. I came across the Noble, et al text first, and I couldn't see any reason to use Spielvogel instead – maybe others will chime in and give a reason!
  8. My son is going to be a senior in high school this year and has to/wants to take Contemporary World History. Does anyone have a recommendation for a great textbook? We have always followed a four year history rotation, and for his first 3 years of high school, we covered ancient, middle ages, and early modern. When he was younger, we used The Story of the World series, and absolutely loved it. In high school we have done the best we can to piece together from 2 sets of history curricula that are incomplete (SWB's History of the World, and History Odyssey Level 3), but find ourselves completely lost. Since I can't force SW Bauer to publish a history book for this era before this school year starts, does anyone have a suggestion for a book exactly like she would write? :) Ok, at least kind of like she would write?
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