Story of the World Vol. 3: Early Modern Times (Hardcover)

Story of the World Vol. 3: Early Modern Times (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9781945841453
Grades: 3-8

In 42 chapters, the third volume of Story of the World takes another good-sized bite out of world history. Topics covered in Volume 3 include Japanese warlords, colonies in the "New World", the spread of slavery, the "Sun King" of France, English control in India, imperialist China, The 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 activity book is only available in paperback, and **revised** student activity pages are reproducible for families only - not co-ops or schools. - Jess

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

Primary Subject
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Trade Cloth
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
4 to 11
Patty Ann Martirosian (Illustrator) ; Sharon Wilson (Illustrator) ; Sheila Graves (Illustrator)
Susan Wise Bauer
Brand Name
Well-Trained Mind Press
1.5 (lbs.)
8.5" x 5.75" x 1.25"
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using it as a read aloud for 3/4th grades
Bethany Y on Jan 19, 2023
To go with a YMCA branch homeschool enrichment class...
Cara C on Mar 8, 2022
using it as a read aloud for 3/4th grades
Bethany Y on Jan 19, 2023
We love the first two books in the series and I couldn't pass up the sale. We are using BookShark next year but I am going to find a way to weave these stories in with their scheduled readings because we really enjoy them.
Janai M on Apr 15, 2022
To go with a YMCA branch homeschool enrichment class...
Cara C on Mar 8, 2022
My daughter loves these history books. She has flown through the first two so we needed the 3rd.
Kily S on Jan 31, 2022
My children and I have learned to love history from the first two Story of the World books, so we are continuing with the third.
Danielle W on Dec 27, 2021
required for school curriculum
Esther D on Aug 9, 2021
We LOVE the Story of the World history! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking fo a history curriculum!
Tess L on Jul 15, 2021
We have been working through Volume 2 this year and my kids and I love it, so we are continuing the series with Volume 3.
Daniel R on Mar 19, 2021
Nice Overview of world history, also use Story Of Civilization for a Catholic perspective as this is a protestant perspective.
CHRISTINE J on Dec 16, 2020
I have read other volumes. These are wonderful read-alouds and worth having a hard copy to keep.
Rebecca S on Aug 8, 2020
My daughter enjoys reading this series on her own.
Thuy Nga N on Mar 31, 2020
We have been doing Story of the World for 2 years and absolutely love it. We just love how the program can be done together as a family from preschoolers to middle school. We recommend this History program to everyone we know.
Betzaida N on Jul 19, 2019
We have really enjoyed Story of the World vol. 1 so decided to purchase the rest. Thanks
Crystal H on Dec 6, 2018
I use this curriclum in homeschool and it was available for a great price. I will be able to utilize it in future years.
Molly H on Jan 23, 2018
Used it before and like the hard cover best
Tammy P on Aug 28, 2017
My girls love listening to me read these books and we're ready for book 3.
Katherine H on Jun 22, 2017
we love this series
User on May 22, 2017
We've used SOTW before and my son loves them!! The projects and activities add a "hands on" element which solidifies the lesson
Candace F on Sep 2, 2016
We started with volume 1 and my 5th grade homeschooling boy is loving it! He is flying through the reading, enjoying it and learning. We already made a nomadic hut in the backyard! My kindergartner is also enjoying listening to the stories!
Keyanoosh G on Feb 9, 2016
To replace our softcover version as the book is used in our home school daily.
Christine I on Dec 4, 2015
Using it for our homeschool, where we use the Classical Method of teaching.
Jennifer B on Nov 14, 2015
I love this history series and so does my daughter. Story of the World brings history alive!
Teresa L on Oct 30, 2015
We love the first two books in the series and I couldn't pass up the sale. We are using BookShark next year but I am going to find a way to weave these stories in with their scheduled readings because we really enjoy them.
Janai M on Apr 15, 2022
My daughter loves these history books. She has flown through the first two so we needed the 3rd.
Kily S on Jan 31, 2022
As of September 2020, is this now the revised version?
Marti on Sep 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Volume 3 is newly revised (but is still compatible with the older editions). You can tell the revised version by the Native American woman (as opposed to man in the previous edition) that is on the cover.
What’s the difference between the original and revised editions? We have the original and I‘m wondering if I should get the revised?
Jaime on May 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Here is the information we have on the differences:

A new edition of Vol 3 was released in early 2020. According to the publisher, this edition and previous editions are compatible. There are new illustrations and more pictures in the text, a new cover (a Native American woman), a pronunciation guide, and new typesetting to clean up old typos and to make the words/paragraphs easier to read. The Pronunciation guide is included in the book instead of the of just the Activity Book.

SOTW 3 Activity Book will have the map answers between the parent part and student pages. The Activity Book will have 42 new view cards. (older ones are of poor quality)
There is a new book list, adding new books that have come our since 2004 and getting rid of some old ones that you can’t find.
There are new templates, game boards, coloring pages and diagrams, almost 100 new images.

SOTW 3 Revised Test – cover will be a Native American woman, none of the information has changed.
Is this the revised version of Volume 3 for The Story of the World?
Sarah on Apr 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The revised version looks like it has an image of a Native American woman. I’m assuming this is not, as it’s the version that I have. The format isn’t great on this - if you can, grab the newer version.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent History Source
This book series is a great review of history for any age. I have used it as a read-aloud to my youngest, a read-on-their own to my middle schoolers, and a supplemental read for my high schoolers.
October 28, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I've been using Story of the World as a spine to go along with the Truthquest History guides and it has suited this purpose perfectly While I would never choose this program as my primary history source because of its lack of Christian focus Story of the World is a great addition to history studies Susan Wise Bauer covers things that other history programs often leave out and her literary style is quite engaging My daughter is 9 and really enjoys these books My son is 15 and I sometimes assign a chapter from SOTW for him on a topic that is hard to find a "living book" that covers the subject I enjoy reading them as well so that makes these books great for all ages! They are inexpensive and a wonderful resource to have on your bookshelf I don't use the activity books as our homeschool is very literature based We save the hands on stuff for art and science mostly and just read a lot of good books about History If your kids are really hands on you may prefer to use them though I've heard they are really good To sum it all up I think these books are excellent supplements to an indepth study of history
April 4, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
I bought the entire four book series of Story of the World and handed them to my 12 and 15 year olds to see how they liked them I perhaps deviated from the original plan for use of these books as I use them for a little bit older children I also asked my children to keep a notebook where they record a bit of writing narrations and pictures via the internet every day about what they are reading They both have told me that before this year they hated world history They both have said that these are their favorite books of all they've read in our years of homeschooling It has been no problem to get them to read these and they've been so unusually enthusiastic about it that my 11 and 12 year olds have picked them up to read now too These are definitely keepers for us
April 13, 2007

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