Exploring World History Curriculum Package

Exploring World History Curriculum Package

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Item #: 037744
ISBN: 9781609990640
Grades: 9-12

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This package includes the following items (click links below to see additional pages for each item):

Category Description for Exploring World History (Gr. 9-12):

An updated edition of a much-loved curriculum should offer significant improvements, and this 2014 edition of Exploring World History does not disappoint. The impressive color and extended global coverage along with more options for a variety of learning styles are welcome. I'm thankful they've kept all the features that make this curriculum user-friendly and enjoyable while adding just a few more like the student review book. I think you'll agree the overall package is a win-win.

Studying world history alongside world literature has always made sense to me. Evidently it makes sense to the Notgrass family as well, because they've developed a well-organized curriculum that integrates these two subjects and adds a solid Bible component. The result is a three-credit [World History, English (world literature and composition), and Bible in World History] high school level course that is strong in user-friendly features. Functioning either as an independent study course or a discussion-based study, the written-to-the-student texts allow for as much or as little involvement as parents choose (or are able) to give. There is a permeating emphasis on Bible and Christian history that provides a refreshing contrast to some studies of world history where the Christian is left with the impression that the Bible is not a historical document and Christians are culturally irrelevant. The father/author, Ray Notgrass, assures us that there is no denominational bias.

The thirty weekly units each provide five lessons and cover history from creation to the present in two full-color hardcover texts (about 450 pgs each). These are Part 1 Creation through the Middle Ages, and Part 2 The Renaissance to the Present. Concentrating one day a week on spiritual applications, one lesson in each unit is a Bible study, but sometimes an entire unit focuses on a biblical time period (i.e. Unit #5 God Chooses Israel). The units are organized with a consistent pattern that starts with an introduction to the unit a brief overview, a list of books needed, the project choices, and an introduction to the book(s) to be read. Several types of lessons are incorporated into the units historical overviews, key events, key concepts, key people, surveys of daily life and culture in addition to the Bible study lesson mentioned previously. Each day the student is expected to complete the assignments from the highly-readable Text and In Their Words, read a Bible passage, work on writing assignments or projects, complete literature assignments, and complete the optional Student Review. The "key" lessons seem a particularly effective way of compacting an in-depth historical understanding into a course that by its very nature (a one-year study) must be somewhat superficial. To get an idea of how this is accomplished, let's take a look at Unit #10 Roman Civilization. Unit lessons: (#46) The Rise and Fall of Rome; (#47) Key Person: Augustus Caesar; (#48) Key Concept: Roman Law; (#49) Everyday Life in Rome; and (#50) Bible Study: The Kingdom of God (contrasting with the Roman Empire). Books used in this unit are the Bible, selections from In Their Words (more about this later), and Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Choices for a unit project include an essay (choice of why Rome achieved success or a news article on the death of Julius Caesar), a short play (set in ancient Rome), or creating a model of a Roman structure. Included at some point within each unit is a timeline (What Was Happening in the World?). The author suggests that most students will be able to successfully complete the course work in three hours per day.

The Curriculum Package includes the two text manuals plus In Their Words , a 370-page (much expanded from the last edition) compilation of original documents, poetry, stories, literature excerpts, and hymns from all over the world. These selections are continually used as reading assignments accompanying the lessons. The collection is impressive and completely indexed according to author, title, and subjects. Illustrations are now a combination of full-color and black and white. Additional reading assignments include Bible passages and twelve full-length books: The Cat of Bubastes (G.A. Henty), The Art of War (Sun Tzu), Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare), The Imitation of Christ (Thomas a Kempis), Here I Stand (Roland Bainton), Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens), North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell), The Hiding Place (Corrie ten Boom), Animal Farm (George Orwell), Bridge to the Sun (Gwen Terasaki), Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton), and The Abolition of Man (C.S. Lewis).

Writing assignments are part of every lesson and unit (although there are alternatives to choose from). A short section on Writing Tips and Writing a Research Paper provide the only writing instruction. It’s assumed the student has mastered basic writing skills (a reasonable expectation for highschoolers) and is capable of taking the various suggestions and producing completed writing projects. Mr. Notgrass recommends Elements of Style and Writer’s Inc. (Research section) for students needing addtional support. With timely feedback/critique from parents, these writing assignments will provide a wealth of writing practice.

There are two optional parts of this world history/literature program. The Student Review is combination review/discussion questions, Bible commentary, and resource material for the literature studies. The set of review questions from the text as well as the In Their Words assignments for each lesson can be answered either orally or on paper. The Bible commentary is to aid the student in profiting from the Bible reading and study. Also included in the student review book are literary analysis segments and questions for each book selection. The Quiz and Exam book is just that - quizzes (for each unit) and exams (for five units). The Answer Key has answers to the review questions, quizzes, exams, and literary analysis questions. All three of these items are included in the Student Review Pack.

Carving out an interesting niche among history and literature curricula, this course has much to offer. While not as demanding as the Omnibus courses, Exploring World History is academically strong, extremely biblically-centered, and very doable. Literature selections are well-chosen and interestingly integrated, and this edition’s inclusion of literary analysis makes the literature portion stronger than ever. In short, this would be an excellent choice for any family wanting a solid, integrated, and engaging history, literature, and Bible curriculum. ~ Janice

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Amber W on Jul 8, 2023
I have used Notgrass history in the past and loved it!
Caroline B on Jun 29, 2022
Tutorial History/English/Bible
Amber W on Jul 8, 2023
My son thoroughly enjoyed the Exploring America curriculum and wanted to continue using Notgrass resources. The American Voices text would be a wonderful supplement to any American history curriculum.
Eve S on Jul 18, 2022
I have used Notgrass history in the past and loved it!
Caroline B on Jun 29, 2022
My rising 10th grader enjoyed Notgrass World Geography in 9th and wanted to continue with the program.
Amy W on Jun 10, 2022
We have used several other Notgrass curriculums and loved them. Solid worldview. Love the assigned books that go with the corse.
Dana K on Jul 22, 2021
Because it is academically sound and being such, does not contradict Scripture.
Lori K on May 31, 2021
First time ordering notgrass and we are anxious to see if it is everything we are hoping!
Kassandra F on Mar 16, 2021
rena a on Oct 22, 2020
first listed
Ann M on Aug 20, 2020
Homeschooling for the first time and this one has good reviews and recommended by peers who have used it.
Janelle L on Jul 27, 2020
We used the World Geography curriculum from Notgrass and really liked it. Looking forward to World History.
Sheila S on May 29, 2020
School required it
Amylynn W on Jul 30, 2019
It seemed to be a good purchase for my 9th grade student
KRISTINE H on Jul 15, 2019
I have used Notgrass curriculum before and liked it
Jill C on Nov 1, 2018
I love Notgrass curriculum. I have not used this particular curriculum yet, but I know this curriculum is easy to follow and is well laid out for both at home and in a co-op setting.
Allison W on Aug 18, 2018
My son enjoyed the American History program last year so we are getting the World History this year.
Michelle B on Jul 26, 2018
required for a history class
Jim & Allyson Hoyng on Jul 26, 2018
On a friend's recommendation, after looking over her books.
Julie S on Dec 11, 2017
The reviews and also the feed back from others in the homeschool community about this publisher were all really good and a huge influence on our decision.
Aimee B on Aug 19, 2017
I was looking for a concise and challenging history cirriculum for my high school student. We already use primary source material and literature to bring history to life, so this seemed a perfect program as a stand alone or as a spine from which to work.
need it for history curriculum. heard great things about it
Carrie R on Feb 6, 2017
Good reviews
Benjamin F on Oct 6, 2016
We used Notgrass for the first time last year (American History). I was so impressed we are doing their World History curriculum this year.
Patricia B on Aug 11, 2016
I looked at this at a convention, and thought it to be a good fit for my 13 year old daughter.
Tammy E on Jul 24, 2016
It seems like an all encompassing and thorough curriculum of World History, not just on one time period.
Gwen P on Jul 20, 2016
it seemed the best Christian World History set with combined Bible and Literature, liked the reviews also...
David P on Nov 12, 2015
Assigned curriculum
Lisa B on Sep 28, 2015
My son thoroughly enjoyed the Exploring America curriculum and wanted to continue using Notgrass resources. The American Voices text would be a wonderful supplement to any American history curriculum.
Eve S on Jul 18, 2022
My rising 10th grader enjoyed Notgrass World Geography in 9th and wanted to continue with the program.
Amy W on Jun 10, 2022
Is this just textbooks or does it include student work books, teacher resource?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2018
How much Geography is included in this history program?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There is some, because they talk about the places where the events have occurred. But not really mapping. ~ Isabel, 16 year-old.
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Rated 5 out of 5
We absolutely LOVE Notgrass history! World history is very well done. Even my previous history-hater as turned history-lover. I love that English & Bible are woven together with history. They have thoroughly enjoyed the variety of reading selections from the Literature portion. Sometimes the book selections are not what they or I would have chosen, and we did make a few replacements (mostly due to what we had or what was available at the library), but over all, they found they enjoyed writing styles, topics, people, etc they never would have considered before. My 17 year old son fell in love with Corrie Ten Boom's "The Hiding Place", and because of reading that book, has discovered a passion for learning about missionaries and wants to do an elective next year focused on missionaries! I cannot speak highly enough of Notgrass, and we cannot wait to begin Exploring America next year!
June 7, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Great way to learn World History!
After using America the Beautiful, I could not wait for my son to try this World History curriculum for high school. He is not an avid reader, so the short daily lessons are perfect for him. The literature selections are very good. The number of books covered is more than the average high school English class would cover, but not so many as to be overwhelming. I like the way the Bible lessons are woven into the curriculum. I am thankful to have found such a wonderful curriculum that fits my son's learning style so well.
February 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
We used this curriculum for our oldest daughter's high school World History class in tenth grade It is a great price for three subjects in one The curriculum accomplishes the difficult task of interweaving History Literature and Bible into one place; thereby giving the student a greater understanding of the big picture The company is great and they are a homeschool family Good people to work with!
June 25, 2013

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