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Thirty-four chapters each include five daily lessons which take approximately 20-30 minutes each. A short reading is followed by critical thinking questions; an exam is given on the last day of the week. Background information, Bloom's Taxonomy-based questions, concepts, biographical sketches, historical debate updates, worldview notes, and history overview components work together to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of historiographical material from a Christian perspective.
Lessons are one-page and easy-to-read with black-and-white photographs integrated throughout; critical thinking assignments are given in the bottom corner. This student book contains only the lesson summaries and assignments; tests and other information is in the sold-separately World History: Observations and Assessments Teacher's Guide. 288 pages with timeline, softcover.
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Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dr. James Stobaugh was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard and holds degrees from Vanderbilt and Rutgers universities, and Princeton and Gordon-Conwell seminaries. An experienced teacher, he is a recognized leader in homeschooling and has published numerous books for students and teachers. H e and his wife Karen have homeschooled their four children since 1985.
clrusten3 Stars Out Of 5Sorry, no.September 21, 2015clrustenQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 2We were originally quite interested in the format of this book, having 4 brief lessons and an exam every week. As we have gotten into the book, however, we have found a few disappointments. First, the exam questions are often not testing on the material presented, but extending the subject further as to how it fits in today's world. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but we feel it should also test on the material presented in the lessons. Second, sometimes the answers given for the lessons include information that wasn't even in the material presented, with no indication as to where to find that information. Needless to say, we are disappointed.
AngelAge: 25-34Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5February 27, 2013AngelAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1I got this book for my Middle School aged child, even though it was supposed to be for High School (recommended for 12th grade). He loves history and is quite advanced in this subject.
We read through it, and I do not feel there was nearly enough information in it to count as a high school course for credits. I am assuming it was written on the understanding that the student has already covered all these events in previous years, and is following up on previous knowledge, but even then it was quite basic and I do not feel like it covered enough.
We didn't feel it was written in an engaging way, and we did find quite a few mistakes with the author's timeline, and wrong terms being used. There also seemed to be a lot of talk about philosophies verses actual historical fact, and that turned me off as well. Sadly, we did not enjoy this book at all.
I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received.
Carol WhitfieldNorth CarolinaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing History ResourceOctober 25, 2012Carol WhitfieldNorth CarolinaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wish I had discovered this for my older child, but so glad I have it for my 9th grader! What an excellent, Christian overview of the world's history. Fantastic photos accompany each lesson. Assignments each day to stimulate thought. I am reading it "for the fun of it" while my daughter works on other subjects. She loves it, too!
BlossomBOHAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Could Be a World History SpineMarch 28, 2012BlossomBOHAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3A history curriculum that is easy to implement, compact and designed for independent study- that's what you will find in this book. It would work well for those who are not attempting to do an extremely in depth World History course in high school. Also it will fit nicely those students who prefer to do their work on their own. I don't think it would be well received for those who are looking for an intensive World History course in high school. Nor would it be a good fit for those who prefer living books for their education.
Each chapter has 5 lessons that follows the format of read, answer critical thinking questions (most are open-ended, only a couple are T/F or multiple choice/matching), and then take an exam (as the â€˜5th lesson'). It also contains the following components (from the book): narrative background, concepts/generalizations, a bit on a person who made a difference in history (called History Maker), historiographies or historical debate (presents theories surrounding a period or topic), world view formation, and history and world view overviews throughout the book.
It is suggested as a 12th grade book. Other books in the series include American History (10th grade) and British History (11th grade).
Here are the pros I found with this book:
Short lessons that would take about 20-30 minutes, perhaps a little longer for answering the questions in depth
Many open-ended questions (it says that they are critical thinking based roughly on Bloom's Taxonomy) that help students think â€˜outside the box'
Interesting presentation of some information/worldviews (such as book review for Pagan and Christian in an Age of Anxiety)
Includes quite a few religions and views from other cultures (without giving up it's Christian perspective)
It is a year long course (it has 34 weekly lessons)
Compact and light book (not like a heavy textbook)
Christian viewpoint (but it doesn't shelter needlessly -presents overviews and some insight into worldviews)
The cons for our family are as follows:
There really are no primary source documents (it does have quotes and excerpts from some but it doesn't really direct the learner to more than just what is in the textbook)
It is too textbook -it isn't terribly engaging until the questions are asked.
It seems very basic and just skims the surface (not to say that it should be college level work but a little more would have been nice). Some of the information isn't any more in depth than my current 7th grader is already learning.
The exams are only included in the teachers book (I don't have it and the preview I found does not show the format of the exams). If it were truly â€˜independent' I would like it to include them in the student book with the answers in the teachers book.
If we were to use this as a World History text we would need to supplement it with other books. There are websites included (referenced in the paragraphs) where the information was obtained but very few authors and books. That may not bother some people especially since our world is becoming immersed in the internet but *I* would prefer a book.
And finally, which doesn't really take much away from it, it is all in black and white. Keeping the cost down, I am sure, is part of the reason for printing in black and white but it's just not as â€˜pleasing'. My kids and I read lots of books on the Kindle -which is gray scale -so the black and white isn't new, I just didn't expect it in a textbook.
I expected it to be more in depth and complete than it is - since it is designed for independent learning. It states at the beginning the students are responsible for reading and following through with assignments -the teacher obviously is expected to give insight as well and to correct/discuss the questions and exams- that's the impression I got. It is â€˜comprehensive' as in it includes a lot of historical content in terms of quantity. I would like to have seen more references and resources suggested for further reading (if the student -or parent -so desired). I think this might work for a spine with other books and resources integrated to further study the times, places, events and/or people. I don't think it is all that is needed for a really good World History high school course. Of course, if one isn't really that into history then this may be perfect for them. If they need to just get the credit this might be just the thing. For us, we need more.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to those who are in need of a World History curriculum that â€˜gets the job done' while presenting it with a Christian perspective. But I wouldn't really recommend it to those who want serious study into history (or those who aren't interested in it having a Christian perspective).
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NLPG in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required or guaranteed.***