The Story of the World Volume 2
The Middle Ages - Revised Edition
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From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance
The Middle Ages covers the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 AD. Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the Giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land? A read-aloud history for the whole family!
About The Story of the World series:
Easy-to-Implement, Captivating Chronological History
This captivating read-aloud series will introduce your children to the marvelous history of the world presented chronologically from the beginning of time. Each volume of The Story of the World includes the details of battles, kingdoms, cultures, and customs from every continent and major people group woven together into a story that children will find mesmerizing. With short chapters, many less than seven pages, The Story of the World presents history in small, easily-digestible chunks. Of particular appeal to children will be the occasional story about a hypothetical child in the culture of that time and fictional stories that were popular during that time.
The Best History Books Available for 1st-6th Grade!
The Story of the World is intended to be a read-aloud program for first through sixth grade, but it can work equally well as independent reading by an older child. Don't restrict your scope of history to just American history. These are what we consider the best world history books for this age group. If you have ever found history to be dull and humdrum, these books might just change that opinion!
Combine with the Hands-On Student Activity Book for a Full Curriculum
The Curriculum/Activity Guide offers parents and teachers a complete history curriculum for use with The Story of the World. In addition to extensive reading lists and cross-references to the most common illustrated encyclopedias, the Activity Book contains comprehension questions, sample narrations, maps, coloring pages, and activities for each chapter in The Story of the World. Children and parent-teachers love the activities, which range from coloring pages and games to mummifying a chicken!
Attempts to Include All Significant Historical and Cultural Accounts
Note: Please do not consider this series a Providential view of history which recognizes God's hand in history. It is first and foremost a history text that attempts to include all significant historical and cultural accounts. If you are a conservative Christian, you may want to opt out of a couple of activities. And where you find details with Biblical references that are inaccurate because of sparseness, use this opportunity to interject more of His story. Bible history is best taught with a Bible so we encourage your family to read through the Bible every year. These are very minor issues that are easily addressed and shouldn't keep you from this overall excellent program.
Author: Susan Wise Bauer
Copyright: 2007, 2nd edition
Publisher: Well-Trained Mind Press
Made in: USA
Awards and Endorsements:
The Old Schoolhouse 2013 Excellence in Education Winner
I fully admit history was my weakest subject, so having a book I can read to the children is good. Maybe some of this will stick better for me, too! As well as giving some still-time for them, listening to the lesson before we go on to do the activities in the companion work book.
These are enjoyable read-alouds!
This is a great program. I can't say it enough. It helps to keep history fun and interesting. It is also easy to use for multiple age ranges.
I truly want to like this book. And maybe it's because this is our first year, so we've missed prior volumes. I'm just not in love with the part of the curriculum. My daughter isn't at a reading level advanced enough to read this on her own, and I'm not thrilled about it. There are other books that we read that are much more fun.
History is a story and should be told in order. That's why Story of the World is our favorite history curriculum. In Volume Two, you'll be reading from the Fall of Rome to the Early Renaissance. I appreciate how well this book rolls together history from all different areas and cultures at one time period. You'll learn about Medieval Britain and then about the Eastern cultures living in the same time. This grants students a view of the world as a whole, and their proper place in things. I'm a Susan Wise Bauer fan, and these are some of my favorite books by her, worth every penny.