Story of the World Vol. 4: Modern Age (Hardcover)

Story of the World Vol. 4: Modern Age (Hardcover)

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Item #: 036457
ISBN: 9781945841897
Grades: 3-8

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Revised edition, containing 48 new illustrations and over 60 new maps.

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Where was the Crystal Palace? Who was the Sick Man of Europe? And how did cow fat start a revolution? Learn these stories and many more. This final volume in Susan Wise Bauer’s history series brings to life the stories and records of the modern age.

Category Description for Story of the World Volume 4: Modern Age:

Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, "From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR." This text contains 42 chapters discussing some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. 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. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love! The text is available in either paperback or hardcover. The activity book is a bound paperback. - 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

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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
We use this for our co-op.
Lisa J on Jun 27, 2021
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
required for school curriculum
Esther D on Aug 9, 2021
We use this for our co-op.
Lisa J on Jun 27, 2021
I really enjoy these books and like the hardcover versions the best
Karla B on May 3, 2021
I am studying American history this year.
Rebecca S on Aug 8, 2020
We have used the other 3 volumes and enjoyed them.
Mercedes C on Jul 12, 2020
To supplement our homeschool history reading.
Christina P on Jun 9, 2020
Angie C on May 13, 2020
We are about to finish volume 3. It has become our morning routine to read a chapter each morning and my 12 and 9 year olds love it.
Patty M on Apr 17, 2020
I use this with my History Odyssey Modern Times (Level 1) purchased from Pandia Press.
Beth P on Mar 4, 2019
We loved Story of the World Vol. 3 and plan to continue with volume 4. The hard cover will hold up in a house full of boys better than the soft cover we chose for volume 3. I expect it to be reused more than once with children of varying ages in our home.
Kristen D on Mar 1, 2019
We have the first 3 volumes.
Linda K on Nov 6, 2018
The other books are a great way to teach kids history. Informative but not too scary.
Andrea F on Feb 1, 2018
We have enjoyed the other books in this series. Easy to read and even helps adults that have a lack of knowledge of history.
Megan S on Jan 19, 2018
Used it before and like the hard cover best
Tammy P on Aug 28, 2017
We love Story of the World! While we also buy the audio book, it is useful to have a paper copy to reference. Also one of my children does prefer to read history rather than listen. This way we have options.
Erin O on Apr 13, 2016
Using it for our homeschool, where we use the Classical Method of teaching.
Jennifer B on Nov 14, 2015
required for school curriculum
Esther D on Aug 9, 2021
I really enjoy these books and like the hardcover versions the best
Karla B on May 3, 2021
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Excellent History Read
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 have used this series with three of my children and am about to start it up all over again with my youngest You would think I'd be bored having to read it ALL over again with another child Wrong! I can't wait to share this wonderful series with my daughter Susan has such a way of making history come alive right before our eyes! My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the books but my favorite was Book 4 It was not only interesting to read but I learned many facts I didn't learn in all my years of school! Not even in my high school years! I especially like the activity book that goes along with this volume It gently taught my kids how to write an outline and then gradually transitioned them into writing from an outline These are valuable skills for kids to learn before they are expected to write essays in the high school years I can't say enough about this series and heartily recommend it to anyone who will listen to me!
February 20, 2009

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