World History Detective
World History Detective rises above the simple read-and-regurgitate workbook questions by asking your student to discern which statements in a set of four are fact and which are opinion; or which of these phrases can be inferred from the lesson, and which sentences best support that theory. World History Detective is written for the young teen student who is looking for a no-frills, independent approach to learning ancient and medieval history. No mess, no preparation, and no stress, just open the book and suss out the varied reasons why an event happened as it did. With today’s raging episodes of fake news, World History Detective’s types of questions will help your child to grasp that those telling the story always interpret history.
Note: World History Detective includes occasional evolutionary assumptions, particularly in the few lessons pertaining to prehistory. Families will likely appreciate the non-dogmatic attitude in which these statements are presented, but as always, will want to be prepared to dialogue with their students about these issues.
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Pages: 368, perforated
Activities: 65 critical thinking related skills and concepts
Black & White: Yes
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Printed In: USA
Awards and Endorsements:
Creative Child Magazine 2013 Book of the Year Award, Classroom Book Category
Homeschooling Parent's 2013 Seal of Approval
Tillywig Brain Child Award
I am reading aloud Story of the World ancient times to my youngest, and we use this for my older son to dive deeper into the content he hears from SOTW. They correlate nicely.
I like this history book for my 7th grader because it is not overwhelming, as some history can be. for each lesson, the student basically reads a passage that is a couple pages long and then answers the question and notes the sentences that they found the answers.
My 12 year old son was having a hard time using Mystery of History. We decided to give this a try and it has done wonders! He actually enjoys reading it, doing the assignment. It's like a "Cliffs notes" of history and it is so easy to use. We really like it!
I am using World History Detective as a supplement to our study of ancient history. It is an excellent reading comprehension builder with challenging activities that really require my kids to think. It's very easy to use, and the articles in it dovetail very nicely with Story of the World. Because we study history mostly by just reading good books, I like History Detective because it gives me exercises upon which I can base an "objective" grade for each of my kids. I am using this book with a 7th grader and a 10th grader, and both find it challenging. It is also a great review of the information we are reading in our main history books.