Story of the World Volume 4 Tests and Answer Key

Story of the World Volume 4 Tests and Answer Key

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Item #: 031208
ISBN: 9781933339023
Grades: 3-8

Product Description:

Contains a test for each chapter, made up of 15-20 short answer, multiple choice, true/false, matching, and fill-in-the-blanks. Answer key included and tests are 3-hole punched. Reproducible for family use only. Revised edition with updated cover. No new chapter content has been added. Please note the revised edition is compatible with previous editions.

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Assess older students and keep a record of work with the Test Book and Answer Key. There are 42 tests, one for each chapter – perfect for evaluating comprehension and retention!

Category Description for Story of the World Volume 4: Modern Age:

Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, "From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR." This text contains 42 chapters discussing some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan's Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler's rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love! The text is available in either paperback or hardcover. The activity book is a bound paperback. - Jess

Elementary Homeschool History perfect for the younger child to understand.

In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, lacking in the "fascination" department. I found textbooks very dry as a youngster, but in my case, it led me to do a lot of library reading on my own. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this boredom by presenting a chronological history to elementary students using a classical approach and an engaging narrative.

The Story of the World consists of a text and a curriculum guide each for four eras of history.

The readings in the text provide a base of knowledge for the time period covered, and is augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, recommended literature selections, map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

Homeschool History in a story-like format, great for short attention spans

The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with "The Earliest People" followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a short attention spans. History is presented in a story-like format that young readers or listeners will appreciate. The author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. So, while they wont learn the name of every ruler of a civilization, they will absorb highlights from an era along with particularly notable people and events. Parents often comment on exactly how much their children "pick up" from Story of the World, often impressing adults and other children with their historical knowledge! Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest.

When a chapter has been read, you and the students would then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, page references are given for four recommended supplements: Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every one. A few sample narrations are also supplied. The students narrative is then written and can be illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. You may wish to collect these and place them into a loose-leaf binder, to create the students own world history. After these activities have been completed, you may wish to explore the lesson further, using the list of additional history readings and corresponding literature suggestions. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are provided to help you locate these resources.

A hands on approach to history

Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with "Map Work," where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. The consumable student pages provided for these "pencil and paper" activities are found at the end of the activity book. These consumable pages may be reproduced by individual families only - not by schools or co-ops. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really "get into" the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. Some activities are denoted with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. When youve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

Story of the World test packets and audio CDs

Other supplementals include test packets and audio CDs. Test packets offer some structured review for chapters covered, and the audio CDs allow you to listen to the content of the texts on the road or wherever a CD player is available. The chapters come alive as they are read by Jim Weiss, a professional storyteller. Tracks run from three to five minutes each to make it easier to track your progress or find a specific section.

Basic Packages include soft cover text, activity book and tests. Complete packages include these items plus the audiobook CDs. You can also get a set of the 4 audiobook CDs, all 4 hard-cover texts and all 4 soft-cover texts.

While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, cant we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, and Im sure even older kids would love to get in on some activities too! - Jess

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Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
General Adult
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Peace Hill Press
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I find that it helps my daughter retain the main points of each chapter, while also practicing her ability to re-find information in the text.
Crystal S on Mar 21, 2022
Use this to gage comprehension and show completion
heather c on Sep 17, 2021
I find that it helps my daughter retain the main points of each chapter, while also practicing her ability to re-find information in the text.
Crystal S on Mar 21, 2022
I already have the books and the tests and answer keys are helpful for me to help my kids and I found that you were having those on sale. Thank you!
JiHye C on Sep 24, 2021
Use this to gage comprehension and show completion
heather c on Sep 17, 2021
erica p on Sep 6, 2020
This is a great way to help homeschool students learn to take a basic exam.
Brooke R on Aug 10, 2020
homeschool purposes
Brenda S on Apr 20, 2020
to replace existing book...missing copies
Barbara D on Sep 4, 2019
We enjoyed SOTW vol 1 but I felt it would have been a better fit to include some questions to make sure we are comprehending the subject matter.
Stacie B on Aug 15, 2019
I felt it was time to test my 6th graders history knowledge. The books and the tests that accompany them are simple to read, yet challenging enough.
Rebecca N on Sep 8, 2018
great history curriculum!
Grace M on Mar 20, 2018
It's for homeschooling.
Sheri K on Feb 6, 2018
We need our children to have accountability to what they are learning.
Elizabeth K on Jan 6, 2018
We are currently using Story of the World curriculum and the tests will be helpful for my older children.
Christiana C on Dec 12, 2017
I figured this would be a good choice for my 8th grader.
Paula H on Dec 11, 2017
This series is an excellent choice. Really engaging with history taught as a story and not as a textbook. My kids love these. Study guide helps to solidify everything that they have read.
Kathleen F on Oct 24, 2017
I want to make sure my daughter really knows what I think she’s learning through the reading.
Kelly J on Oct 5, 2017
I needed it to complete my history curriculum
Luanne H on Aug 23, 2017
Freedom Project Academy
Jennifer K on Aug 12, 2017
We just finished Story of the World, volume 3. I'm hoping these tests will be a good supplement to solidify the concepts presented in volume 4 and will give my student a consistent review of each chapter he studies. We may use them as review worksheets, rather than tests.
Celesta R on Apr 24, 2017
We love Story of the World. Their workbook and tests are some of our new favorite add ons to history.
Tiffani C on Feb 26, 2017
Use as reinforcement for the reading
Ashley T on Jan 8, 2017
Great way to see if the knowledge retained.
Susan A on Aug 31, 2016
We have studied the previous volumes and this was the last we needed.
Shenay W on Aug 30, 2016
I love this test book for reviewing the material read.
Tammy F on Aug 21, 2016
Our son is enrolled in FreedomProject Academy (classical, live, online), and this is on the 4th grade book list. I have used this in previous years of home schooling as well.
Julie E on Aug 3, 2016
for Classical Educational style middle school World History class
Geralyn D on Aug 1, 2016
I like having a quick, concrete way to get a feel for what our kids have gotten out of each chapter - and I love that I didn't have to create it!
Jenni L on Jul 5, 2016
We've used Story of the World for 2 years and not stopping now! Love them.
Suzanne Lefcourt H on Apr 27, 2016
I love story of the world and I homeschool. The tests would aid in comprehension and assessing what my children have retained.
sherry s W on Apr 14, 2016
Someone recommended it to me.
User on Feb 17, 2016
Great product. We use this as a workbook to be completed after the reading assignment is done. Helps solidify thinking and comprehension skills. Also provides evidence of completion for your annual portfolio review for homeschoolers.
Kristina S on Jan 15, 2016
Using it for our homeschool, where we use the Classical Method of teaching.
Jennifer B on Nov 14, 2015
Used SOTW 1-3; price here for 4 was less than Amazon & new.
Laura R on Nov 2, 2015
I already have the books and the tests and answer keys are helpful for me to help my kids and I found that you were having those on sale. Thank you!
JiHye C on Sep 24, 2021
erica p on Sep 6, 2020
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Rated 4 out of 5
I bought this to use with a fifth and third grader. It seemed to be geared toward more advanced or older students. Although we read each chapter aloud, do the outlining and questions from the activity book, and complete the maps prior to taking the tests, they have ahard time remembering some of the details these tests require. Sometimes we complete the tests together as a study guide of sorts as they listen to the read aloud. Other times they will complete what they can, I’ll correct it, then I’ll let them use the book and outline to find the missing or incorrect answers (sometimes half or more). It takes a while, even for a relatively short test. Still, I'm not sorry we bought them, as they are helpful tools to measure what was learned.
March 4, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
over 5 years ago

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