Easy reading in which I was totally surprised at what my youngest daughter (8 yo) remembers! I read aloud while referring as needed to the pronunciation key.
This was a great core History book for our past year of Ancient History focus. I liked the introduction to various civilizations of the same time period and then how the author later brings in the "Do you remember when . .. . or about . .. " a previous passage -> A built in review.
This isn't a "typical" History textbook, the title describes it exactly....its a story. It brings the dry data to life and enables the reader to put it into context which translates to improved retention. The reader learns about unique cultural practices, agriculture, geography, biographical data, etc. My kids (ages 4-8) can't wait to hear/read what happens next and look forward to History everyday! Thank you!
Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times "From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor" is authored by Susan Wise Bauer. She is a faculty member of the College of William and Mary, and co-author of "The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home."
Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times is the first volume of a four volume "Story of the World" book set. The book is divided into forty-two chapters which are comprised of the following:
Introduction: How Do We Know What Happened? What is History? What is Archaeology?
Ch. 1 The Earliest People: The First Nomads; The First Nomads Become Farmers
Ch. 2 Egyptians Lived on the Nile River: Two Kingdoms Become One; Gods of Ancient Egypt
Ch. 3 The First Writing
Ch. 4 The Old Kingdom of Egypt: Making Mummies; Egyptian Pyramids
Ch. 5 The First Sumerian Dictator
Ch. 6 The Jewish People: God Speaks to Abraham; Joseph Goes to Egypt
Ch. 7 Hammurabi and the Babylonians
Ch. 8 The Assyrians: Shamshi-Adad, King of the Whole World; The Story of Gilgamesh
Ch. 9 The First Cities of India: The River Road; The Mystery of Mohenjo-Daro
Ch. 10 The Fare East: Ancient China: Lei Zu and the Silkworm; The Pictograms of China;
Farming in Ancient China
Ch. 11 Ancient Africa: Ancient Peoples of West Africa; Anansi the Turtle; Anansi and the Make-Believe
Ch. 12 The Middle Kingdom of Egypt: Egypt Invades Nubia; The Hyksos Invade Egypt
Ch. 13 The New Kingdom of Egypt: The General and the Woman Pharaoh; Amenhotep and King Tut
Ch. 14 The Israelites Leave Egypt: The Baby Moses; The Exodus from Egypt
Ch. 15 The Phoenicians: Phoenician Traders; The Founding of Carthage
Ch. 16 The Return of Assyria: Ashurbanipal's Attack; The Library on Ninevah
Ch. 17 Babylon Takes Over Again: Nebuchadnezzar's Madness; The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Ch. 18 Life in Early Crete: Bull-jumpers and Sailors; King Minos and the Minotaur; The Mysterious End
of the Minoans
Ch. 19 The Early Greeks: The Mycenaeans; The Greek Dark Ages
Ch. 20 Greece Gets Civilized Again: Greece Gets and Alphabet; The Stories of Homer;
The First Olympic Games
Ch. 21 The Medes and the Persians: A New Empire; Cyrus the Great
Ch. 22 Sparta and Athens: Life in Sparta; Life in Athens
Ch. 23 The Greek Gods
Ch. 24 The Wars of the Greeks: Greece's War with Persia; The Greeks Fight Each Other
Ch. 25 Alexander the Great; Philip and His Son; Alexander's Invasions; The Death of Alexander
Ch. 26 The People of the Americas: The Nazca Drawings; The Head of the Olmecs;
Rabbit Shoots the Olmecs
Ch. 27 The Rise of Rome: Romulus and Remus; The Power of Rome
Ch. 28 The Roman Empire: The Roman Gods; The Roman Builders; The Roman Gladiators;
The Gladiator School
Ch. 29 Rome's War with Carthage
Ch. 30 The Aryans of India: Life on the Ganges River; The Castes of Ancient India; Shiddhartha
Ch. 31 The Mauryan Empire of India: The Empire United; The Jakata Tales
Ch. 32 China-Writing and the Qin: Calligraphy in China; Warring States;
The First Emperor and the Great Wall; The First Emperor's Grave
Ch. 33 Confucius
Ch. 34 The Rise of Julius Caesar: Caesar Kidnapped; The Consuls of Rome; Caesar and the Senate
Ch. 35 Caesar the Hero: Caesar Fights the Celts; Caesar Crosses the Rubicon; Caesar and Cleopatra;
The Death of Caesar
Ch. 36 The First Roman Prince
Ch. 37 The Beginning of Christianity: The Birth of Jesus; Jesus Crucified and Resurrected
Ch. 38 The End of the Ancient Jewish Nation
Ch. 39 Rome and the Christians: Nero, the Evil Emperor; Christians in the Catacombs;
The Emperor is a Christian!
Ch. 40 Rome Begins to Weaken: The British Rebellion; Rome Divided in Two
Ch. 41 The Attacking Barbarians: Attila the Hun; Stilicho, Roman and Barbarian;
The Coming of the Visigoths
Ch. 42 The End of Rome: The Last Roman Emperor; The Gifts of Rome
To round out your history curriculum I would highly recommend purchasing the activity books and test packets which accompany each volume. These resources are available in either paperback or PDF-download.
Based on our experience with this series and the content of the curriculum, I would recommend it for Grades 5-8. Overall we have been pleased with Ms. Bauer's approach to world history and look forward to Story of the World Volume 2 The Middle Ages "From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance."
Story of the World Activity Book 1 "From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor" is authored by Susan Wise Bauer. She is a faculty member of the College of William and Mary, and co-author of "The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home."
Story of the World Activity Book 1 is a companion to Bauer's "Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times "From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor." The resource is divided into forty-two chapters which correspond to those in "Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times."
Each chapter is broken down into the following components:
Encyclopedia Cross References
Additional History Reading
Corresponding Literature Selections
Activities (The activities are divided into the following categories: Writing, art, craft, historical, music and cooking.)
Map Answer Key
The author has included sections titled "How to Use This Activity Book" and "Pronunciation Guide for Reading Aloud" to guide the user through the resource. This resource is available in the formats of paperback or PDF-download.
Based on our experience with this series and the content of the curriculum I would recommend it for Grades 5-8. Overall we have been pleased with Ms. Bauer's approach to world history, and look forward to continuing our study with Story of the World Volume 2 The Middle Ages "From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance."
After looking it over I do believe this will work for History for my 2 middle girls that are just a grade apart( 5th and 6th next year). I also look forward to used the other Story of the World volumes.