Story of the World Volume 1 Tests and Answer Key

Story of the World Volume 1 Tests and Answer Key

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Item #: 029952
ISBN: 9781933339214
Grades: 1-5

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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.

Subtitled “From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor,” this volume covers early writing and farming, ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, the Hebrew people, Babylonians, Assyrians, ancient India, ancient China, ancient Africa, Phoenicians, Ancient Greeks, Persia, the Roman empire, the collapse of the Roman empire, early Christianity, Attila the Hun and other barbarians. Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is available in either paperback and hardcover, and the Activity Book is a bound 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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Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
General Adult
Softcover Book
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Peace Hill Press
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11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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Of course Story of the World is a very comprehensive text to start with, I am hoping that the tests will provide a nice opportunity for review of the concepts
Kemi B on Aug 26, 2022
I will be using this series with my children for the first time this upcoming school year, and I want access to the tests to review as we go along.
Amanda M on Jun 29, 2021
Of course Story of the World is a very comprehensive text to start with, I am hoping that the tests will provide a nice opportunity for review of the concepts
Kemi B on Aug 26, 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
I will be using this series with my children for the first time this upcoming school year, and I want access to the tests to review as we go along.
Amanda M on Jun 29, 2021
My son is taking this class in co-op and I wanted to be able to give him tests for grading purposes.
Daniella C on Jan 8, 2021
i have previously used this with my other children.
Tonia M on Oct 2, 2020
Beginning this again with a second child, so we needed to replace this piece.
Wendie H on Sep 3, 2020
we enjoy this series
Angelique M on Aug 21, 2020
To go with the Story of the World Volume 1 to see if my child is understanding what we have been reading.
User on Apr 16, 2020
My daughter is in love with this history curriculum. When I originally ordered this volume, the tests were not ordered. She has requested the tests for this volume to check and see if she has remembered the material from Story of the World volume 1 before we move into volume 2.
Katrina M on Feb 24, 2019
Looks like a very interesting world history curriculum. Plan to use this at home for my 6th grader. Realizing it will be pretty easy for her but we plan to move along at a good pace, do further studies, and test on each chapter.
Andrea D on Aug 2, 2018
will try out the test - if they are helpful.
Anuradha G on Jun 27, 2018
User on May 21, 2018
I have the books just need the workbook and quizzes
Melissa C on Feb 28, 2018
All of the reviews said this was good curriculum for multiple grades
Erika M on Oct 30, 2017
Already have this book, just needed an additional test book
Paulina F on May 19, 2017
We purchased the Story of the World Volume 1 to compliment our studies in the History Odyssey curriculum and although we are all (I and my students) are enjoying the hands-on approach and map work of the program, I also wanted a quantifiable way of measuring my student's retention of the material. I hope that this product will do just that.
Charissa M on Apr 9, 2017
We like story of the world for our homeschool history curriculum!
Jessica U on Apr 6, 2017
The Story of the World history books are elegantly told and easy to understand. My kids love reading them. We plan to use the test book this time through as chapter review worksheets.
Victoria H on Feb 28, 2017
To replace a copy that had been destroyed.
James C on Feb 25, 2017
I wanted something that will quickly test my son's understanding of the stories we read in the Ancient World by Susan Bauer
Natalie F on Feb 3, 2017
Know your history
Jennifer N on Jan 3, 2017
Recommended by "The Well-Trained Mind"
Donetta W on Dec 19, 2016
My children LOVE the books, so I wanted something to guide me when it came time to hone their recall skills. I highly recommend Story of the World!
boris L on Sep 26, 2016
easier to check if my child is answering the activity book correctly
Ramona R on Sep 24, 2016
school reading list
Dawn K on Aug 20, 2016
classical conversations
James J on Aug 19, 2016
Friends love this curriculum and I don't have this book yet...don't know if I will need it or not.
Elisabeth A A on Aug 9, 2016
Looked good for teaching history to young kids. Liked the reviews
tal h on Aug 7, 2016
To test my 4th graders comprehension
Amy V on Jul 20, 2016
Part of the Great Books Academy curriculum.
Margaret B on Jul 12, 2016
great series, great tests
cathy l on Jun 15, 2016
heard it was a good curriculum and had the other items to go with it
Scott D on May 16, 2016
Recommended on homeschool site
Jennifer R on Apr 22, 2016
Adding to the set I own
DebB on Apr 6, 2016
It accompanies the series well.
James M on Mar 11, 2016
it seems like i good way to cover history for my son
Rene B on Feb 3, 2016
recommended by someone
User on Jan 26, 2016
Highly recommended, and we have enjoyed it!
Rebecca D on Jan 18, 2016
I've been using them the past few years, starting with Vol. 2 and now need Vol. 1 since I already have the main book.
Daris S on Jan 6, 2016
We love the Story of the World texts and activity books. I feel like the tests will help me see just how much my children are grasping from the materials we are covering.
Kari T on Oct 16, 2015
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 son is taking this class in co-op and I wanted to be able to give him tests for grading purposes.
Daniella C on Jan 8, 2021
4.8 / 5.0
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Rated 4 out of 5
Helpful to review chapter after reading.
Some chapter questions seem more difficult than others.
September 21, 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 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Really great resource for checking comprehension
I have a child that does not really love to discuss at length or participate in the "fun" extension activities that are often done alongside Story of the World. These quizzes are a simple way to check that he is reading the materials and understanding it. If you have a child that does well with routine and repeated style learning, these are the perfect companion for Story of the World. They would also be great for those doing activities and more in depth extensions.
Pulling out the test, grading and putting it into a portfolio is really simple! I love the perforated pages as my son hates writing in a book and using standalone sheets is important to us.
February 2, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5
great to go with cd's
really helps to motivate kids to listen better and re listen to meet the challenge of the short fun quizzes.
November 6, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times Test and Answer Key is a companion to the �Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times from the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor� history curriculum The curriculum is authored by Susan Wise Bauer She is a faculty member of the College of William and Mary and co-author of "The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home" The resource is divided into forty-two chapters which correspond to those in �Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times� Each test is comprised of the following components: Fill in the blank multiple choice true and false matching and essay The author has included �How to Use These Tests and Answer Key� to assist the instructor This resource is available in the formats of paperback or PDF-download Based on our experience with this series and the content of the curriculum I would recommend it for Grades 5-8 Overall we have been pleased with Ms Bauer's approach to world history and look forward to continuing our study with Story of the World Volume 2 The Middle Ages �From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance�
February 15, 2013

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