Story of the World Volume 2 Tests and Answer Key 2nd Edition

Story of the World Volume 2 Tests and Answer Key 2nd Edition

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Item #: 041243
ISBN: 9781933339207
Grades: 3-8

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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.

Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off, and tells the fascinating story of the "Dark Ages," from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. Like the preceding book, this story of history doesn't limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole-wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, Australian and American history during the period. Fascinating topics abound here, including knights, samurai, Vikings, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, the Plague, the Mayans, the Incas, Marin Luther, the Reformation, the discovery of the Americas, and much more. A timeline and an index are included at the back. Revised in 2007, this 2nd edition text is available in hc or pb, and activity book is paperback.

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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The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
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Peace Hill Press
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My kids loved Story of the World volume 1 so we are continuing these History books this year. Best Price
Michelle G on Jul 13, 2023
Our family really enjoys the Story of the World series! We play the audio book at lunch or in the car, and we learn a lot!
Emily P on Aug 18, 2022
My kids loved Story of the World volume 1 so we are continuing these History books this year. Best Price
Michelle G on Jul 13, 2023
We tried Story of the World last year and the boys really loved the short chapters full of detail. I like it because I feel like nothing is left out and the shorter chapters are good for the bigger boys to read on their own and easier to keep the attention of the younger brother.
Lupe M on Aug 30, 2022
Our family really enjoys the Story of the World series! We play the audio book at lunch or in the car, and we learn a lot!
Emily P on Aug 18, 2022
next in the series for my homeschooler
Melissa M on Mar 7, 2022
Use this to gage comprehension and show completion
heather c on Sep 17, 2021
My daughter has really enjoyed vol.1 Story of the World, but it seemed like we would both benefit from a way to review the material to ensure absorption. Story of the World style of short chapters has allowed us to maintain attention and History has become her favorite subject.
Laura B on Apr 12, 2021
My kids are learning history, and enjoying it! Some of the suggested reading are not appropriate all across the board, and sometimes I just don't have time for the crafts, but the questions, readings, and quizzes are well done.
Amy R on Feb 9, 2021
Need for school
Gwendy G on Sep 12, 2020
well written assessment
gina g on Sep 3, 2020
Our family loved volume 1 and requested volume 2 for this year's history curriculum.
Amy Z on Aug 4, 2020
I own the accompanying workbook and text. It's a fabulous resource with easy to understand content and fun activities.
Kimberly H on Jul 20, 2020
I used this with volume 1. It was very helpful to make sure my daughter was retaining the information.
Sarah B on Mar 7, 2020
This will supplement our homeschool co-op history curriculum.
Rebecca B on Aug 29, 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
Our homeschool Coop
Amos A on Jul 13, 2019
Wanted another layer to my daughter's understanding of the material.
Fawn on Jun 29, 2019
It is a simple and effective way to do a comprehension check on my daughter's understanding of the material covered in the text.
Janice B on Mar 21, 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
My kids love the stories to go along with each lesson, and I love that it has a little bit of map work for each lessons. They like it so much they ask if it's time for Story of the World yet!
User on Aug 16, 2018
We liked using Volume 1 for 1st and 4th grade (added more activities and the tests for 4th).
Joelle on Apr 30, 2018
To use along side the Story of the World Vol 2
Cheri W on Sep 20, 2017
We love listening to history stories while traveling to coop!
Patricia G on Aug 28, 2017
recommended by other teachers
Julie H on Aug 16, 2017
To go with the SOTW reader.
Catherine D on Jul 16, 2017
We used volume 1 and liked it
Cindy B on Jun 25, 2017
I've used it successfully with my 2 older sons
Melanie B on Apr 29, 2017
It goes with my curriculum.
Jessica U on Apr 6, 2017
A good supplement for the audiobooks.
James C on Feb 25, 2017
We are using the SOTW Book 2 and the tests will do well to show if my children understand the material.
Jacqueline W on Feb 8, 2017
Recommended by "The Well-Trained Mind"
Donetta W on Dec 19, 2016
Continuing a course of study that has worked well for us
User on Nov 20, 2016
Makes life easier by not having to create these on my own!
Alyx E on Sep 22, 2016
to provide test for history
Chenwen H on Sep 13, 2016
We have gone through Story of the World Vol. 2 once already. This time around, I am going to have my son do the reading on his own, and then I will test him on the material.
Michelle F on Aug 31, 2016
Recommended by friends!
Heather L on Aug 17, 2016
I am currently using Story of the World curriculum with one of my children, who I home school. He will soon finish the first volume of this curriculum.
Herlinda M on Aug 4, 2016
Good support for independent student.
Jennifer K on May 5, 2016
We love SOTW, and finished Vol. 1.
Sarah B on Apr 28, 2016
I will be using this with my 7th grader and wanted a way to make sure that she is learning the material.
Shelby H on Apr 28, 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
Because I am interested in knowing if my child is hearing and taking in the information that we are reading and it will cover more info than a quick narration about the passage.
User on Apr 11, 2016
Next book in the series - we have enjoyed this series up to Level 1!
Michael W on Mar 16, 2016
I have been homeschooling my kids on these books for years with great success. All five of my children have enjoyed history, including these tests. They have also retained all their knowledge as well. Susan Wise Bauer presents the lessons in easy to understand segments that are entertaining. The information is accurate, with little bias, and from a well researched frame. Appropriate for older kids as well in my opinion. Thank you, Susan (and your mom) for helping me educate my five kids.
Dylan P on Mar 16, 2016
never used the test before, but I think it is a great idea. Love the rest of the story of the world items, excited to add in tests!
Samantha G on Mar 10, 2016
We are finishing the Volume 1 and love it.
Nina B on Feb 22, 2016
Someone recommended it to me.
User on Feb 17, 2016
A great way to make sure the main points are remembered from what we just read!
Keyanoosh G on Feb 9, 2016
My dd is just finishing Vol 1 of this. She says it is her favorite history ever.
Shana H on Jan 27, 2016
Needed to go with the text book.
Vanessa W on Nov 22, 2015
We tried Story of the World last year and the boys really loved the short chapters full of detail. I like it because I feel like nothing is left out and the shorter chapters are good for the bigger boys to read on their own and easier to keep the attention of the younger brother.
Lupe M on Aug 30, 2022
next in the series for my homeschooler
Melissa M on Mar 7, 2022
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Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
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