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: 9781945841903
Grades: 3-8

Product Description:

Now revised with a 2021 copyright, this new edition of Volume 4 is compatible with both the original and the revised Vol. 4 Activity Book. The Volume 4 text covers the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, this text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 1994. 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. 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! No additional historical content from the 21st century has been added with the revision. An afterward explains that there are plans to release an expanded edition in 2030 with more recent historical events covered.

The activity book (sold separately and also now revised) contains both teacher and student portions. The text is available in either paperback or hardcover (both now revised editions). - Jess

Publisher Description:

Investigate the fascinating story of the modern world, from the American Civil War through the end of the twentieth century – from Europe and the Middle East through India, China, the Arabian Peninsula, Australia, and both North and South America!

Use this Text along with the Activity Book for a full year of history, geography, and literature study along with fun and engaging hands-on activities. Designed for parents and students in grades 4 – 8 to share together, The Story of the World, Volume 4: The Modern Age, Revised Edition is widely used in charter and private schools, as well as co-ops. Enjoy your studies now and lay the foundation for a life-long interest in, and understanding of, history.

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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Sarah Park (Illustrator)
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It's a great history read aloud!
Jamie J on Jul 13, 2023
STory of the World History curriculum has been very informative. I like how it covers history from all over the world around the similar times. Also love how different cultural myths and legends are included.
Brittany U on Jun 5, 2023
It's a great history read aloud!
Jamie J on Jul 13, 2023
Story of the World has helped my kids to love history! I wish every curriculum was this good!
Cynthia B on Jul 11, 2023
STory of the World History curriculum has been very informative. I like how it covers history from all over the world around the similar times. Also love how different cultural myths and legends are included.
Brittany U on Jun 5, 2023
We've enjoyed the other 3 books in the series and look forward to completing the cycle. I plan to go through it with my younger children.
Jessica B on Apr 29, 2023
on AmblesideOnline book list for year 5-6
Anna B on Mar 18, 2022
We have used the other volumes with great success.
Noel C on Sep 4, 2021
We have read the first 3 volumes of Story of the World. Looking forward to reading this one as well with my children.
Laura O on Aug 25, 2021
I chose this book to go with our History Odyssey curriculum. We have used all three previous versions of this book and love it for a good history book.
Horrex K on Jun 3, 2021
We love this series!! Needed this Volume!
Heather C on Mar 11, 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 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
Story of the World has helped my kids to love history! I wish every curriculum was this good!
Cynthia B on Jul 11, 2023
We've enjoyed the other 3 books in the series and look forward to completing the cycle. I plan to go through it with my younger children.
Jessica B on Apr 29, 2023
What year does this go to? The description says to 1st Gulf War, but I've seen different places with this same cover 1994 and 2000.
A shopper on Jan 18, 2022
BEST ANSWER: In my copy (print year 2020) the last chapter #42 The End of the Twentieth Century, sect 1. The First Persian Gulf War, Sect.2 Africa, Independent. The last page refers to Nelson Mandela's election in 1994. And in the Table of Dates: A Chronology of the Modern Age, the last date listed is 2001 Terrorist attack World Trade Center.... hope that helps:)
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
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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
It is a good general review of history even for me as an adult. If I can remember what is in these books, I'll have a good grasp on history. I can fill in details with further reading and understand how they fit in with the timeline of history.
August 28, 2023
2 months ago
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 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent, I would recommend this product for the classical education of our children.
February 10, 2017
over 6 years ago

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