Story of the World Vol. 3: Early Mod Times sc

Story of the World Vol. 3: Early Mod Times sc

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ISBN: 9781945841446
Grades: 3-8

Product Description:

Subtitled “From Elizabeth the First to the Forty-Niners,” this volume of Story of the World takes another good-sized bite out of world history. The forty-two chapters are told in a similar style to the first two volumes, with each chapter divided up into shorter readings of a couple pages each, just enough to grab most children’s attention and keep it until they begin to tire of history, and their minds begin to wander. And Susan Wise Bauer’s exciting and engaging way of putting the “story” back into history, chances are they may even be begging for more! Like the other volumes, she also does a terrific job of taking the typical “European” slant out of her telling of world history, while incorporating events and people from all over the world in her chronological presentation, giving children a much more “complete” picture than they would likely otherwise get. As with the other volumes, this book is not meant to cover everything in the time period, but to hit the high points and serve as a springboard to explore people, events, and eras more thoroughly as desired. Topics covered in Volume 3 include Japanese warlords, colonies in the “New World”, spread of slavery, the “Sun King” of France, English in India, imperialist China, revolutionary war, Captain Cook’s explorations, age of industrialism in Europe, Napoleon, French Revolution, Lewis & Clark, Mexican independence, Africa and colonialism, the Opium Wars, the Gold Rush, and much, much more.

The text is available in a paperback or hardcover. The activity book is a bound paperback.- Jess

Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

The name BiblioPlan is synonymous with classical chronological world history but through years of tweaking and improving, what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a mere lesson-plan framework (its original format). Comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep, BiblioPlan allows students of all ages to work on the same time periods at the same time at their own level. There is 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 grade levels. Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the driver's seat with full controls.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program - a full year's worth of history and literature readings and the Family Guide is necessary for either approach. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern. This is the core of the whole program (and once WAS the whole program). Designed by a group of homeschooling moms, these Guides provide 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan and annotated reading lists for each grade level. With a goal of integrating quality historical literature with biblical and secular history, these moms put together an easy-to-follow plan 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 & free online resources, movies, and suggested Activities. Introductory information in each Guide 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 it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. They're comprehensive and thorough; 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. If you go this route, you will need to use the frequently-referenced "spine resources." These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US and a number of others.

However, there is an alternative route. 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 BiblioPlan text components to use alongside the Family Guide.

BiblioPlan Text Components: Remember the Days, Consider the Years and Companions

  • Remember the Days - textbooks written specifically for Grades K-6 are available for Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.
  • Consider the Years - textbook written specifically for Grades 7-12 is available for Ancient. It is a reworking of the older Companions and part of the 2nd edition material now available for Ancient.
  • Companions are currently available for Medieval (two-book set), Early Modern (two-book set), and Modern. These are 1st edition texts and are being replaced with the Consider the Year text. For Ancients the Companions are only compatible with the 2012 edition of Cool History.

With options for each time period, these are full-color historical textbooks that provide textual information (world history, U.S. history, church history, and geography) in a narrative prose style interspersed with all sorts of intriguing factual and cultural anecdotes. They are color-coordinated so you know instantly if you're reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events or biblical quotes (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. As an example, in random pages 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 (each time period book has 34 chapters - 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 there's any doubt, Remember the Days, Consider the Years, and the Companions as well as all the BiblioPlan materials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. These books provide all the necessary textual information for 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 suggested 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)
  • Advanced (8-12)

It's 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. This is where you find your students’ work and in upper levels their assessments also. There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Remember the Days, Consider the Years, and Companion readings.

  • The Littles book in the older edition (Medieval, Early Modern, Modern) has suggested reading assignments and questions from Remember the Days; in the 2nd edition (Ancients) these reading assignments are found in the Family Guide. Also included are fun hands-on activities and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). The “Giants of the Faith” section provides biblical figures associated with the times and places of study. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • The Middles book has questions from the readings and Giants of the Faith suggestions and adds Challenge Questions plus an Optional Bonus Question or Activity. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • Upper Middles has Questions from the readings, Challenge Questions, Optional Bonus Question or Activity and includes periodic (about every six weeks) exams. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions (fill in the blank, short answers, short essays) all taken from Consider the Years or the Companions as well as research essays (outside of the text readings). Also included are periodic (about every six weeks) exams. These are consumable, black and white workbooks.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the week's lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from a world map and/or Remember the Days, Consider the Years, or the Companions, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more-or-less on their own. The same set of maps is included in both books

  • The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. These maps includes some prompts and partial information that makes them easier to complete. These maps and activities correlate with the Remember the Days as well as the Companion text for the K-8 grade material.
  • The Advanced maps set includes a geography scope and sequence as well as a Challenge activity for each of the maps. Six exams for this level are included in the Answer Key pdf. These maps and activities correlate only with the Consider the Years text for Ancients and the Companion for Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.

PDF Exams and Answer Keys

If you're concerned about answers to all the Cool History questions or the exams, they do exist but they aren't in the Cool History books. An Answer Key pdf is sent from our office via email after your order has been processed. For Upper Middles and Advanced Ancients, blank Exams and Exam Answers are emailed after purchase. For Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern blank exams and answers are found within the large Answer Key pdf that is sent.

The Maps Answer Key pdf is sent from our office via email as well after your order has been processed. Ancients, once again, has a separate pdf while Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern maps answers are found in the larger Cool History Answer Key pdf that is sent.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines - they're 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 two timelines: one for Biblical history and one for world history. The timeline is set-up as facing page timelines. Biblical history on one side and World History on the facing page.
  • The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history. The timeline is set-up as facing page timelines. Medieval on one side and Church History on the facing page.
  • The Early America and the World Timeline and the Modern America and the World Timeline each feature 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 are eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Books

provide over two hundred activities that correlate with the Family Guides. These are cultural crafts, food, and fun referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets (three to five per week). The books are impressive - a well-illustrated, well-explained variety of crafts and projects. A few require materials from other sources but most include directions and full-color pictures. Here's a random selection from one book: 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 Books

provide coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in the Family Guides. Utilizing the talents of present and former homeschooled students, multiple artists have produced a variety of styles and details in the drawings making them suitable for younger and older students. There is at least two and often three pages per week. Reproducible for families.

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 text books yourself.

The new edition (available for Ancients) has received a major facelift and shift in scope and sequence. Detailed out with Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric questions for each appropriate age level, there are also geography and general review questions for each week of study. Consider the Years specific questions are clearly identified.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (no grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Texts. This provides student work (no test or assessments), for all grade levels, if you choose the BiblioPlan path of using just the Family Guide and Story of The World approach.

BiblioPlan Hands-On Notebooking

These are only found as digital eBook purchases from the publisher. offers digital notebooking options to add to your studies and are geared to grade levels. Giants of the Faith adds Bible characters’ study and composition writing to their work. There is a Giants of the Faith notebook for each year. Countries of the World has a different country focus for each year of study. The U.S. States and Presidents is for year three and four studies and breaks the presidents into their appropriate era of service.

In conclusion, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want a Christian perspective that provides 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 & Rebecca

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Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
4 to 11
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Well-Trained Mind Press
1.25 (lbs.)
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curriculum selected by our classical christian school with homeschooling blend
michelle t on Jul 18, 2022
We have used Story of the World for several years and are moving on to Volume 3 this year. My kids are engaged by the stories and the people they learn about. I like that we can simplify by doing history together and including all my kids (5-11 years).
Daniel R on Jul 26, 2021
curriculum selected by our classical christian school with homeschooling blend
michelle t on Jul 18, 2022
I have the other three volumes and wanted to add this one. We love SOTW as a history resource for our homeschooling.
User on Apr 23, 2022
We have used Story of the World for several years and are moving on to Volume 3 this year. My kids are engaged by the stories and the people they learn about. I like that we can simplify by doing history together and including all my kids (5-11 years).
Daniel R on Jul 26, 2021
Great overview of history with activities for all ages.
Janica J on May 7, 2021
It is the next book in the series. We love Story of the World.
Melanie J on Sep 10, 2020
loving volume 1, want to continue this series for our history curriculum.
Vickie S on Sep 3, 2020
This has been a helpful series for teaching my son (and myself) history! The narration exercise that is encouraged to do after each lesson also helps to develop my son's writing skills.
Jennifer C on Aug 10, 2020
Bought to supplement our Classical Conversations curriculum.
Kristi L on Aug 5, 2020
We love Story of World. History in an informative, engaging way.
carolyn k on Aug 3, 2020
We have completed volumes 1 & 2 have been very pleased with the presentation and content. This is hands down my kids' favorite school subject.
Nicole B on Jul 29, 2020
I love the way history is being told as a story! I wish history was this interesting when I was in school!
Tamella M on Jul 17, 2020
We have read volumes 1 and 2 of Story of the World and my children have enjoyed the books.
Melinda E on Jul 5, 2020
We have gone through the first two books and have enjoyed them. Great for elementary history.
Jennifer M on Jun 28, 2020
My kids loved the 1st book.
Sarah K on Jun 1, 2020
classical conversations
Geneice V on May 30, 2020
The story format of the SOTW is very engaging for kids. We have used all prior levels and have enjoyed them thoroughly.
Craig J on May 22, 2020
Very good way to teach kids history
Brittany M on May 1, 2020
My kids love this series, History is now my son's favorite subject!
User on Sep 25, 2019
Easy to understand and enjoyable to read. Makes learning history fun.
Amy J on Aug 30, 2019
My children enjoy the accompanying activities to their history curriculum. The activities enhance learning.
Lili H on Jun 24, 2019
This is a fun history book. Even for adults.
Stefanie B on Jun 18, 2019
We've completed the first two volumes.
Sunshine H on Jun 7, 2019
Well trained mind recommendation
Grace B on May 17, 2019
I'm a huge fan of SOTW
Kate C on Mar 10, 2019
we are finishing book 2.
Kristina C on Mar 8, 2019
Great addition to our American history lessons.
Lindsay B on Nov 5, 2018
We've done volumes 1-2, so we are moving on to volume 3 now.
Laurel K on Oct 29, 2018
My son likes to learn about more modern history and this book has excellent reviews on Amazon.
Nathan P on Oct 9, 2018
Love this and my son loves it too! the stories are interesting and its not boring dry facts!
Nikki L on Sep 7, 2018
This is the history we needed for the year.
Amanda A on Sep 6, 2018
The story format makes learning history easy and enjoyable.
Tina P on Aug 25, 2018
We love SOTW! Well written and keeps my daughter engaged.
Danielle W on Aug 16, 2018
We've already gone through the first two volumes and loved them so we're continuing with the third.
Rebecca G on Aug 10, 2018
We love this series and wanted to purchase the third book!
kristin a on Jul 24, 2018
My daughters have loved the story-like, conversational nature of these history books. They're not really a critical or central part of our curriculum; my girls just pick them up and read them for fun when they're in the mood for a nonfiction chapter book.
Chloe G on Jul 20, 2018
It's part of the History Odyssey Early Modern level curriculum (by Pandia Press)
tony f on Jun 13, 2018
Part of our next year curriculum !
Carol H on Apr 19, 2018
This is a curriculum that we are currently using.
Arturo G on Mar 13, 2018
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
We continue to enjoy SOTW. It's time for another volume!
Anne C on Oct 8, 2017
We've loved using Story of the World for the last two years. The kids are jumping up and down because I've *finally* gotten the next book! Thanks to Story of the World, History is their favorite subject to study.
Katie S on Sep 28, 2017
We finished Volume 2 and wanted to continue the series.
Kimberly R on Aug 15, 2017
This book is a great additional resource for Classical Conversations weekly history sentences. Each chapter tells a story that makes history come alive.
Megan M on Aug 14, 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
I don't have Vol. 3 yet.
Elyse M on Jul 3, 2017
It is part of the "Well Trained Mind" curriculum for third grade.
Daniel K on Jun 19, 2017
My oldest is interested in this period.
Maria S on Apr 22, 2017
We read the two previous books and liked them. Even though my son is in public school I find this series perfect for us.
Margaret T on Apr 13, 2017
History made interesting. Used Vol. 1 & 2.
Rachel G on Apr 11, 2017
I have the other three volumes and wanted to add this one. We love SOTW as a history resource for our homeschooling.
User on Apr 23, 2022
Great overview of history with activities for all ages.
Janica J on May 7, 2021
Is this an ebook?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No, these are printed books
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Rated 4 out of 5
Story of the world vol. 1-3
I bought the first 3 volumes, and they are great! Interesting and appealing to both children and adults. I wish my history books would have been like this growing up.
October 17, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Have used level 1 and 2 so we decided to continue.
August 22, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Story of the World
We absolutely love this history program. All three of my boys are able to contribute and learn together. This is a great blessing for us.
February 28, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
must read
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great history book for kids.
It is well written and easy for kids to understand without being too simple.
February 9, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Wonderful resource!
We have all 4 volumes and use them daily. We have all learned so much. The CD's are a must. My children beg for them in the car daily. This series brings history to life in a way that's entertaining for children (and adults).
November 3, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic, Well-Organized
Our kids love this history series. It is not only their favorite subject, but they ask to do more history! My 9-year-old son especially has ferociously dug into history, and reading in general, like never before due a large part to his interest inspired by these books.
October 15, 2015
over 7 years ago

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