Story of the World Vol. 4: Modern Age sc

Story of the World Vol. 4: Modern Age sc

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Item #: 031209
ISBN: 9780972860338
Grades: 3-8

Product Description:

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.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting 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. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book (sold separately) is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The text is now available in either paperback or hardcover for your convenience. - Jess
Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

Its as amazing as it always was and yet its so much better! For years BiblioPlan meant a series of four time-period-specific planning guides for world history. Using a spine and incorporating first-rate literature suggestions, they provided the framework for anyone wanting to study world history chronologically and classically. Then a few years ago, they started adding components and we wondered exactly where they were headed. Now we have a good idea and its looking good. The name BiblioPlan is still synonymous with classical chronological world history but what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a framework. Its comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep. They allow students of all ages to work on the same eras at the same time. Theres also flexibility. You can still use just the framework (Family Guide) or you can add some or all of the components. You can take a general approach and incorporate multiple ages at once or you can use material that targets particular education levels (i.e., upper middle school). Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the drivers seat with full controls.

Ancient, Medieval, and Modern America & World History are completely revised and all components are available. Early America & World History is currently "under construction" and will be available early in 2014. The unrevised versions are still available but are listed separately to avoid confusion.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program a full years worth of history and literature readings. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early America & World, and Modern America & World (inspired by the Well-Trained Mom). This is the product that used to BE Biblioplan. In other words, when you said Biblioplan these guides are what you meant. Designed by a group of homeschooling moms for themselves, this guide gives you 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan. Their goal was to integrate quality historical literature with biblical and secular history. They put together an easy-to-follow plan which requires minimal parental prep covering the historical topic (Classtime), a Psalm study, References and Resources for textual information about the topic, Literature selections of the Week (for grades K-2, 3+, 5+ and 8+), a Family Read Aloud suggestion, Writing Ideas, Optional Fiction & Resources, and suggested Activities. Introductory information includes the usual "how to find books" and "how to use the plan" information as well as the book lists for both the scheduled and the optional literature. If your family includes older students, then youll be glad to know that a supplement for high school is included. Theres more! Prior to each Era (for instance, Early Christianity and the Rise of Islam, Europe & the Crusades, etc. for the Medieval history) there are several additional pages of reference material annotated book lists for the Readers, the Family Read Alouds, and the Optional Resources/Fiction.

If it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. Theyre comprehensive and thorough; in general, well-constructed plans. You could complete four years (plus four more if you wanted) of interesting history, absorbing literature, and engaging activity possibilities using just these Guides. You may also want to ensure you have access to some or all of the frequently-referenced "spine resources" if you go this route. These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US. However, if you like to have perfectly coordinated, quality material at your fingertips rather than scrambling for it then you can incorporate one or more of the following components.

BiblioPlan Companion

There is one for each time period. Essentially, these are historical textbooks but not like any youve seen before. For one thing they provide both textual information (in a narrative prose style) and enrichment supplements. For another, theyre spiral-bound so they lay flat and color-coordinated so you know instantly if youre reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. In the random pages open before me from the Medieval Companion, there is a section on Muslim food laws and their rituals for newborns, a description of a tughra (Ottoman sultans signature) with gorgeous, artistic examples and a Turkish paper decorating technique ebru. In the Giants of the Faith section is a biographical sketch of Saint George and the Dragon which continues onto the next page and includes a large, glorious artwork reproduction of the same. There is a pattern to the information provided for each chapter (34 in each Companion one for each week): Geography Focus, History Focus, Fascinating Facts, Mystifying Myths, Interesting Individuals, Fascinating Foods, Church History Focus, Critical Concepts, and Giants of the Faith. Just in case theres any doubt, the Companions and all the BiblioPlanmaterials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. The Companions provide all the necessary textual information for the Classtime and greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for any outside historical reference books or spines. That being said, some may still choose to use the recommended spine readings in order to provide even more historical perspective and textual information.

BiblioPlan Cool History

provides weekly assignment sheets at four different grade level groupings Littles (K-2), Middles (2-6), Upper Middles (6-8), and Advanced (8-12). Its pretty easy to surmise that the goal of these is to allow a family to challengingly study the same time period and the same topics but at their own distinct levels. Templates for a year-long project Giants of the Faith Book are provided along with coordination of coloring pages (lower levels), Giants of the Faith suggestions, and hands-on activities (i.e. crafts, again for the lower levels). There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Companion readings. The Littles book has suggested reading assignments that point to certain sections of the Companions of interest to younger students and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). The Middles and Upper Middles have an Optional Bonus Question or Activity. Both the Upper Middles and the Advanced include periodic (about every six weeks) exams. The Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions fill in the blank, short answers, short essays (all taken from the Companions) and research essays (outside of Companions). If youre concerned about answers to all these questions they do exist but they arent in the Cool History books. Its necessary to contact the publisher ( for permission to download the answers. Im impressed with the general breadth and scope of these assignment sheets. Theyre obviously designed for review, retention, and reinforcement. And, in general, theyre visually appealing with full color illustrations. However, the space for writing answers seems irregular (Middles is too small 3/16" line spacing; Upper Middles has no lines) and may mean it will work best for your students to transfer all answers to notebooks/binders.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the weeks lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from the Companions and/or a world map, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more or less on their own. The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. The Advanced maps set includes six geography exams as well as a geography scope and sequence. The same set of maps is included in both books but the Middles includes some prompts and partial information that make them easier to complete.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines theyre in color. The spiral-bound books can be used "as is" or the pages removed and the timeline mounted on a wall or the pages three-hole punched and the timeline placed into a binder which would allow your student to create an entire timeline in one place. Lots of flexibility here. The timeline consists of one or more colored strips (color varies with the time period) plus dated notes on particular events. The student cuts out the graphics and pictures (located in the back of the book) and inserts them in the appropriate place. The Ancient Timeline includes a single timeline. The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history. The America and the World Timeline features facing pages one for the Americas and one for the World. As mentioned earlier, the Timeline Figures are mostly in color (some 19th and 20th century figures are prints of original black and white photos) and, frankly, very eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Book

provides over one hundred crafts that correlate with the Family Guides. These are the crafts referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets. And I must say, the book I examined (Medieval) was very impressive. I would have loved to have such a well-illustrated and well-explained variety of crafts and projects to accompany our history studies. On the random page I opened, there are seven crafts which flow from four separate weeks (by the way, there are seven additional projects for those same four weeks the average is over three per week). A few require materials from other sources but most include directions; all include full-color pictures. Heres the selection: Porcelain Painting (buy a kit), Hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony (get details from internet), Make a Kharbhooja Sharbat Drink (directions), Make a Flying Dragon Head (directions), Make a Chinese Dragon (directions), Make a Yurt (directions), Make a Chinese Cricket Cage (directions). Patterns where needed are provided in the back of the book. This book is fully integrated with the BiblioPlan program but could also be used as a supplement to another world history study.

The BiblioPlan Coloring Book

provides coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in both the Family Guides and the Cool History for Littles assignment sheets. There is at least one and often two pages per week.

The BiblioPlan Family Discussion Guide

is for families who want some help in broadening their history studies into thoughtful family discussions. These Guides provide discussion starters that will help you guide your students into a better understanding of the connections between secular history and their Christian faith. One of the advantages of the Discussion Guide is that they allow you to lead discussions without having to study everything in the Companion yourself.

Remember the Days

is a historical textbook series specifically designed for younger readers (K-6). Covering the same topics (World History, U.S. History, Church History, and Geography) as the Companion and having the same 34 weeks of study, there are more fun stories and more "young" appeal. While you will most likely need to read to your early elementary students, upper elementary students will be able to handle much of the reading on their own. Currently Volume 2 (Medieval Days) and Volume 3 (Early Modern Days) are available with the other two expected over the next two years.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (which did not have grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauers Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Companions.

So, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want flexibility, an excellent road map, comprehensive textual information, and colorful, engaging reinforcement and enrichment possibilities, then look no further than the new, reconstructed BiblioPlan. ~ Janice

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Sarah Park (Illustrator)
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Peace Hill Press
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We have loved Volumes 1-3 and sad to see the books coming to an end.
User on Feb 22, 2021
bought volume 3 and want to continue the story
Kathleen C on Feb 19, 2021
We have loved Volumes 1-3 and sad to see the books coming to an end.
User on Feb 22, 2021
Great way to learn history. Stories are perfect for older kids as well as adults.
Lisa B on Feb 22, 2021
bought volume 3 and want to continue the story
Kathleen C on Feb 19, 2021
We own the other 3 in this series....they are a great overview of world history to get a child started...then we go deeper on the topics of interest.
Julie N on Aug 11, 2020
This will go along with our hybrid homeschooling program for my 1st and 2nd grade girls.
Sarah G on Aug 10, 2020
Freedom Project Academy required book
Evelyn L on Jul 25, 2020
History Spine CC cycle 3
Sarah T on Jul 25, 2020
terrific and gentle way to learn about history
Jessy G on May 31, 2020
classical conversations
Geneice V on May 30, 2020
To study some American History before Classical Conversations Cycle 3 starts.
Ashleigh M on May 5, 2020
Easy to use, Classical History.
Melinda P on Apr 24, 2020
previous experience with this program
Lindsey B on Aug 21, 2019
We really like the Story of the World series. It's just like it says....a story.
Erin P on Jan 26, 2019
Love Story of the World for my younger kiddos!
Crystal H on Dec 6, 2018
This book has excellent reviews on Amazon. We will take our time going through it.
Nathan P on Oct 9, 2018
Can't find better pricing (and I TRIED)- ordered 99% of curriculum right here.
Courtney B on Aug 20, 2018
I have volumes 1-3 already. I really enjoy the fact that my children are learning history chronologically. This really helps understand God's word.
Mandy N on Aug 18, 2018
I only had 1 thru 3. I like this series.
Lori C on Aug 15, 2018
have the first three volumes
Kathy on Aug 1, 2018
We've loved the first three volumes and are very excited to read the fourth.
Zuleika O on Jul 30, 2018
We love this series and wanted to purchase the final book!
kristin a on Jul 24, 2018
We covered Volume 2 The Middle Agges and are looking forward to the information in Volume 3! Jennifer
Richard J on May 17, 2018
Already used Volumes 1-3.
Julia V on May 16, 2018
Part of our next year curriculum
Carol H on Apr 19, 2018
Using the series already and LOVE it!
Donae S on Feb 27, 2018
I love this series. It is brilliant for teaching history to children in a way that is engaging.
Sally W on Nov 24, 2017
My kids LOVE learning about history from SOTW. We have listened to the entire series as an audiobook in the car and the kids want to go back and read it at home.
Theresa S on Oct 20, 2017
Our past curricula always seems to stop around the civil war. I’m getting this to complete this year’s Memoria Press’s Story of the 13 Colonies and the Great Republic which also doesn’t cover the modern stuff.
Kelly J on Oct 5, 2017
We have used Vol. 1, 2 and 3 and love them, so decided to use Vol. 4 as well, can't leave a review on it because we haven't used it yet, but I'm sure it will be just as good.
Kirstie on Sep 2, 2017
Freedom Project Academy
Jennifer K on Aug 12, 2017
My children, ages 9 and 7 at the time, enjoyed listening to volumes 1 and 2, as I read aloud. We're looking forward to finishing the set.
Leslie M on Aug 9, 2017
Recommended use with Classical Conversations Cycle 3
Stacey N on Aug 8, 2017
Enjoyed other volumes and needed to complete series.
Christy P on May 31, 2017
Our family loves SOTW. We use it to supplement our CC history.
User on May 11, 2017
History made interesting.
Rachel G on Apr 11, 2017
Needed for History Odyssey curriculum. Gives a good overview of history.
Jennifer K on Mar 20, 2017
We like to have both the audio version and the print version of this history series.
Linda I on Feb 1, 2017
for home-schooling
Marguerite A on Jan 4, 2017
We've used Story of the World as our history curriculum and are excited to continue with Vol 4.
Angela d on Jan 3, 2017
We are using this as a supplement to his history.
Melissa H on Nov 15, 2016
So each child could do research on his own. This will be our third copy!
Cherry B on Oct 20, 2016
i homeschool my children and misplaced this book...this site had a better price than Amazon. My first time purchasing from your company.
Rachel J on Oct 6, 2016
We all enjoy reading the Story of the World books together!
Heather R on Sep 13, 2016
Great history book for kids! My son loves it.
Dongmei s on Sep 4, 2016
Good source for learning history.
Susan A on Aug 31, 2016
We have enjoyed Volume 1
Joy B on Aug 30, 2016
Volumes 1-3 have been great - hoping 4 will be the same!
Kellie V on Aug 27, 2016
I've enjoyed the first three volumes; it's easy to use and interesting for various age groups.
Crystal T on Aug 17, 2016
correlates to our classical conversations history
Natashya G on Aug 5, 2016
susan r on Aug 2, 2016
Great way to learn history. Stories are perfect for older kids as well as adults.
Lisa B on Feb 22, 2021
We own the other 3 in this series....they are a great overview of world history to get a child started...then we go deeper on the topics of interest.
Julie N on Aug 11, 2020
What does the "sc" mean in the product title?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not sure. The copy I purchased does not have it in the title, but my guess is ’softcover’. It might have been added by Rainbow Resource for the description. Hope it helps.
Does it give students a list of living books to read along with the guide or to supplement?
A shopper on Mar 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi! The Story of the World texts are sort of living books in themselves. They do not include a booklist.

I own both the SOTW texts and their activity guides, which I bought seperately. The guides have books to find to go along with each chapter of the text. I used those during our first pass through the SOTW series.

We are now on our second trip through the series, and I'm using the book lists contained in another book by Susan Wise Bauer, The Well-Trained Mind. The chapter on history includes a very extensive booklist for each period in history.

I hope that helps!
Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition
Well-Trained Mind Fourth Edition
Story of the World Vol. 4 Activity Book (Paperback)
Story of the World Vol. 4 Activity Book (Paperback)
Is there a way to print review questions?
A shopper on May 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The review questions are in the corresponding activity guide. The activity guide adds so much. It's well worth the price.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent! It captures the imagination and engages all ages equally.
After having finished all four books in the Story of the World series, my nine year old asked if we could please ‘do World War II this year’. And so we are. This is an amazing series! It is so accessible and digestible for children that both my boys now know historical facts and characters, and have an understanding of what life was like during the various time periods. I couldn’t recommend a history course more highly than I do ‘The Story of the World’.
December 11, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent, I would recommend this product for the classical education of our children.
February 10, 2017
over 4 years ago

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