Expansion of Civilization (500 BC - 1500 AD)

Expansion of Civilization (500 BC - 1500 AD)

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ISBN: 9780967738758
Grades: 9-12

Category Description for TRISMS:

TRISMS are very complete, thorough history-based unit studies that incorporate literature, science, history, geography, rhetoric, writing, vocabulary, art, music, and architecture. In fact, the only subjects not covered here are math, lab science, and foreign language! Periods of history are studied chronologically from the first civilizations through the present time from a religiously neutral perspective. Each study is designed to take a year and is made up of 18 unit plans, intended to take about two weeks to complete. The unit plans contain all assignments for the unit divided by subject and displayed in a nice grid format (which leaves plenty of space to pencil in other assignments as well). In each column of the grid, you'll see all assignments in that subject to be completed during the unit. At the bottom of the unit plan (or immediately after it), you'll find topics and personalities for further research, possible writing topics, map details, and historical events to plot on a timeline.

Several general worksheets are included for each area of study, and these are in the form of "questionnaires." Students will complete a variety of questionnaires for each unit studied. In Expansion of Civilization, there are questionnaires for each civilization, as well as each civilization's art, music, and architecture. In Age of Revolution, they'll complete questionnaires for U.S. Presidents, art, music, and architecture. Questionnaires offer the student the opportunity to independently research the time period, civilization, or person being studied and compile their findings into a basic fact sheet. Besides questionnaires, a variety of other worksheets is also provided which give opportunities to research and answer the questions posed. An interesting aspect of the research-based worksheets and questionnaires is that there is no ready source in the curriculum to find the answers; rather, it is up to the student to locate relevant books and references to help them. Although it may be a bit daunting at first, the constant research process is great college preparation and terrific practice for research papers as well. As they research to gather the information and organize it into their course book, they are also learning a great deal about that time period or culture as well as building a foundation to learn more. TRISMS doesn't leave you high and dry as far as locating resources though; they have included lengthy lists of resource books in the teacher's manuals.

The other assignments that are abbreviated on the unit plans are found in the student's book immediately after the unit plan. These usually consist of worksheets, excerpts from literature, and writing assignments. The reading assignments require no research on your end, as all excerpts have been thoughtfully reprinted in the student's book. Other assignments and worksheets are research-based, like the questionnaires, and require the student to find additional information to study the topic and answer a series of questions. In some units specific movies are recommended, and assignments may be based around analyzing the movie and answering questions about it. Writing assignments corresponding to Institute for Excellence in Writing's Teaching Writing Structure & Style are also included in each unit. IEW-related assignments in each unit direct the student to specific units and pages in the Teaching Writing Structure & Style program, and the TRISMS writing assignments in that unit follow what is taught in the TWSS writing program. Coverage is solid too; in fact, the entire syllabus of TWSS is covered in each TRISMS set, so if you covered the whole span of history with TRISMS during high school, you would be going through the TWSS syllabus several times and getting plenty of writing practice! Depending on the time era you are using, there are also opportunities to extend studies into subjects such as economics or philosophy. Suggestions for doing so are found in the teacher's manual. After completing all projects and questionnaires for a unit, students will organize these into a course book, which serves as a reminder of what they have studied and a kind of "textbook" for them to read and study from. As you may expect from a classical curriculum such as TRISMS, the literature and writing component here is pretty hefty. Multiple literature activities are included in each unit and involve reading books and passages and writing essay questions, summarizing, writing outlines, completing book reports, and much, much more.

Each set is composed of three pieces - the teacher's manual, the student assignment book, and the student packet. The teacher's manual includes a table of all time periods studied, a "literature table of contents" which lists all literature studied, a lengthy orientation to help get you started, and an equally lengthy resource and reading list to help you locate resources. The resource list is divided by unit and includes details such as the reading level and type of resource (audio, periodical, book, etc.). The teacher's manual also functions as an answer key and includes copies of the student's unit plan, answers to worksheets and questionnaires, quiz keys, and test keys. The student assignment book includes the time and literature tables of contents, the same orientation which is found in the teacher's book, unit plan grids, assignments, and literature selections. The end of the book also includes literature study helps and rhetoric helps. All worksheets, questionnaires, and tests are found in the loose-leaf student pack. These are three-hole punched and designed to be placed into a binder when completed.

The format and fairly open-ended content of these studies make them relatively easy to use with students of varying abilities, and suggestions for use with younger students are included as well. It's a very complete, heavy-duty curriculum that will challenge students of all different ages with the volume of information they will learn, and through the literature assignments, questionnaires, map work, and other assignments they are sure to know the material well when they complete this course. They will also acquire an appreciation for the many different cultures and civilizations throughout history, giving them a solid and well-rounded historical foundation which will aid them in college and beyond. As with most unit study approaches, by focusing on history through all other subjects, you will truly glean more than history isolated from other school subjects and only studied in small increments a day. If it is true that you get out of something what you put in, they are sure to come away with a wealth of knowledge at the end of this curriculum! - Jess


Category Description for TRISMS High School Curriculum:

TRISMS are very complete, thorough history-based unit studies that incorporate literature, science, history, geography, rhetoric, writing, vocabulary, art, music, and architecture. In fact, the only subjects not covered here are math, lab science, and foreign language! Periods of history are studied chronologically from the first civilizations through the present time from a religiously neutral perspective. Each study is designed to take a year and is made up of 18 unit plans, intended to take about two weeks to complete. The unit plans contain all assignments for the unit divided by subject and displayed in a nice grid format (which leaves plenty of space to pencil in other assignments as well). In each column of the grid, you'll see all assignments in that subject to be completed during the unit. At the bottom of the unit plan (or immediately after it), you'll find topics and personalities for further research, possible writing topics, map details, and historical events to plot on a timeline.

Several general worksheets are included for each area of study, and these are in the form of "questionnaires." Students will complete a variety of questionnaires for each unit studied. In Expansion of Civilization, there are questionnaires for each civilization, as well as each civilization's art, music, and architecture. In Age of Revolution, they'll complete questionnaires for U.S. Presidents, art, music, and architecture. Questionnaires offer the student the opportunity to independently research the time period, civilization, or person being studied and compile their findings into a basic fact sheet. Besides questionnaires, a variety of other worksheets is also provided which give opportunities to research and answer the questions posed. An interesting aspect of the research-based worksheets and questionnaires is that there is no ready source in the curriculum to find the answers; rather, it is up to the student to locate relevant books and references to help them. Although it may be a bit daunting at first, the constant research process is great college preparation and terrific practice for research papers as well. As they research to gather the information and organize it into their course book, they are also learning a great deal about that time period or culture as well as building a foundation to learn more. TRISMS doesn't leave you high and dry as far as locating resources though; they have included lengthy lists of resource books in the teacher's manuals.

The other assignments that are abbreviated on the unit plans are found in the student's book immediately after the unit plan. These usually consist of worksheets, excerpts from literature, and writing assignments. The reading assignments require no research on your end, as all excerpts have been thoughtfully reprinted in the student's book. Other assignments and worksheets are research-based, like the questionnaires, and require the student to find additional information to study the topic and answer a series of questions. In some units specific movies are recommended, and assignments may be based around analyzing the movie and answering questions about it. Writing assignments corresponding to Institute for Excellence in Writing's Teaching Writing Structure & Style are also included in each unit. IEW-related assignments in each unit direct the student to specific units and pages in the Teaching Writing Structure & Style program, and the TRISMS writing assignments in that unit follow what is taught in the TWSS writing program. Coverage is solid too; in fact, the entire syllabus of TWSS is covered in each TRISMS set, so if you covered the whole span of history with TRISMS during high school, you would be going through the TWSS syllabus several times and getting plenty of writing practice! Depending on the time era you are using, there are also opportunities to extend studies into subjects such as economics or philosophy. Suggestions for doing so are found in the teacher's manual. After completing all projects and questionnaires for a unit, students will organize these into a course book, which serves as a reminder of what they have studied and a kind of "textbook" for them to read and study from. As you may expect from a classical curriculum such as TRISMS, the literature and writing component here is pretty hefty. Multiple literature activities are included in each unit and involve reading books and passages and writing essay questions, summarizing, writing outlines, completing book reports, and much, much more.

Each set is composed of three pieces - the teacher's manual, the student assignment book, and the student packet. The teacher's manual includes a table of all time periods studied, a "literature table of contents" which lists all literature studied, a lengthy orientation to help get you started, and an equally lengthy resource and reading list to help you locate resources. The resource list is divided by unit and includes details such as the reading level and type of resource (audio, periodical, book, etc.). The teacher's manual also functions as an answer key and includes copies of the student's unit plan, answers to worksheets and questionnaires, quiz keys, and test keys. The student assignment book includes the time and literature tables of contents, the same orientation which is found in the teacher's book, unit plan grids, assignments, and literature selections. The end of the book also includes literature study helps and rhetoric helps. All worksheets, questionnaires, and tests are found in the loose-leaf student pack. These are three-hole punched and designed to be placed into a binder when completed.

The format and fairly open-ended content of these studies make them relatively easy to use with students of varying abilities, and suggestions for use with younger students are included as well. It's a very complete, heavy-duty curriculum that will challenge students of all different ages with the volume of information they will learn, and through the literature assignments, questionnaires, map work, and other assignments they are sure to know the material well when they complete this course. They will also acquire an appreciation for the many different cultures and civilizations throughout history, giving them a solid and well-rounded historical foundation which will aid them in college and beyond. As with most unit study approaches, by focusing on history through all other subjects, you will truly glean more than history isolated from other school subjects and only studied in small increments a day. If it is true that you get out of something what you put in, they are sure to come away with a wealth of knowledge at the end of this curriculum! - Jess




Category Description for UNIT STUDIES - CURRICULUM:

Unit Study Curriculums are "complete" curriculums based on the unit study approach that are intended to be used over a longer span of time (typically a year or more). They generally have an organized structure or flow and incorporate as many subject areas as possible. Typically, organizational materials and methods are provided along with some instruction for use. Broken into logical segments or "units" of study, they are intended to comprise the core of your curriculum.




Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.




Primary Subject
Curriculum
Grade Start
9
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780967738758
Format
Softcover Book Set
Brand Name
TRISMS
Weight
6.3313 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 9.25" x 2.75"
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I'm currently using TRISMS Expansion of Civilization (500 BC - AD 1500) for my sophomore year of high school Each level of the TRISMS high school curriculum (Discovering the Ancient World Expansion of Civilization Rise of Nations and Age of Revolution) consists of three pieces: a teacher's manual/key a student assignments book and a large student pack In both the teacher's manual and the student book there is a lengthy orientation (about 20 pages) detailing ways to effectively use TRISMS utilize it for younger children earn credits for different subjects etc The teacher's manual also has a Reading and Resource List which has specific videos magazine articles books etc that could be used in each of the 18 units The teacher's manual contains a copy of the assignment grid that is also in the student book The assignment grid is a 2-page grid that contains assignments for all of the TRISMS subjects (science civilizations literature vocabulary art architecture music and rhetoric) plus people places & events for further research I have VERY mixed feelings about this program The authors although well intentioned present their products as being complete and thorough etc However I believe that it would be very difficult to successfully implement the TRISMS program without an excellent library and/or some money For instance TRISMS claims that its writing program is complete I will say that the literature assignments are varied (thus appealing to a broad range of students) and challenging The composition assignments DO require the student to write lots of essays book reports research papers short stories etc However there is no guide as to how you as the parent are to grade the writing assignments unless you purchase IEW - I typed up a composition rubric that I found in the IEW TWSS syllabus and my mom uses that to grade my papers This can be problematic for parents who wish to systematically grade each writing assignment Additionally the teacher's manual only provides a limited amount of answers for the daily literature questions in the program and the authors stated that because there is no �right answer� in literature the teacher�s manual would not provide ALL of the answers Speaking as a student it would be more practical - and much more helpful - to give the parent answers for ALL of the literature assignments � even if they were only examples or suggested answers That would give a parent a better idea of what to look for when they check their student�s answers to the literature questions The "Literature Helps" found in the back of the Student assignments book can be quite helpful to the parent/teacher in evaluating answers to daily literature questions As a side note some research will need to be done by the student in order to complete all of the literature assignmentsThe vocabulary quizzes are somewhat superficial to me Each quiz is just matching the vocabulary words to the correct definition I can complete one in less than 2 minutes and I've received 100s on every one Even the semester vocabulary "test" is in the same format as the unit quizzes thus providing no real challenge It�s disappointing because the vocabulary quizzes don�t even get progressively harder The semester literature exams however are challenging The student is given several days to read the essay topic research and take notes On the test day the student must write an essay on the given prompt using only the notes as a guide Great SAT/ACT prep in my opinion I do believe that it is helpful to the student to have the IEW program along with TRISMS assignments They incorporate the IEW units into the TRISMS literature assignments well and it gives the student more of an idea as to how each composition assignment should be written Be warned however: some of the literature assignments aren�t listed on the assignment grid - but instead are listed in the assignment details immediately following the grid - and I�ve had to write them in to make sure that I didn�t skip them One downside about the literature aspect of TRISMS are the movie Q&As In several of the units you are supposed to watch a period-related movie and answer about 10 questions on the movie But we could never find the movies so my mom just told me to skip those assignments This made me frustrated because I�m a box-checker and I do not like doing things out of order or omitting them I felt like I was getting a lesser education by skipping the movie Q&As It would be nice of the authors gave direct links to the listed movies or sold the movies on their site That would make it a lesser hassle for the parentThe history portion of TRISMS has different issues I became frustrated with the quality (or lack thereof) of the unit maps For instance in unit 2 (China) I had to find a map of the Han in China around 200 BC I looked in our historical atlas and found the correct map but it didn�t exactly match up with the TRISMS unit map Also when I did the first unit on the Mayans the map of Central America (that was supposed to show where the Mayans lived) was printed upside down! In my opinion the unit maps from TRISMS are very poor in quality I understand that the maps must be blank but absolutely NOTHING is pre-labeled � not even bodies of water I had the worst time trying to figure out where the Atlantic Ocean began and ended while drawing a map of the Vikings On the upside the unit questionnaires are thorough and I enjoyed doing these The civilization questionnaires consist of 36 questions about a particular civilization (such as the Moors T'ang Mongols or Russians) Lesser-known civilizations require a short form questionnaire which also comes in the student pack I also enjoyed the unit worksheets � they honed in on one specific aspect of each civilization You may have some problems finding the answers to some of the questions however I would recommend purchasing an encyclopedia and/or textual references on world history The Internet wasn�t much help in my research and I got my most accurate answers from library books history texts encyclopedias magazine articles etc Because I am using Expansion of Civilization as a Western Civilization credit my mom required me to do the science questionnaires and the questionnaires for art music and architecture I LOVED all of those! They were thorough and really helped to focus on different facets of each civilization Again I would highly recommend using books for these questionnaires Every time I tried to use the Internet it took longer because of looking for different links etc The one thing my mom and I both liked about all of the questionnaires from TRISMS was that I had to cite my sources (from which I got my answers to the questionnaires) in MLA format I�ve done it so much with this curriculum I can do it without thinking! Not many positive things can be said about the history quizzes They were just fill-in-the-blanks for every unit Those were also easy and I could whiz through one in less than 5 minutes The semester exams however easily made up for the ease of the quizzes! There were about 25 questions on each exam requiring responses of at least one sentence in length The semester exams also tested geography and gave the student several civilizations to mark on a world map (a complete key to each quiz and semester exam is provided) The teacher�s manual for the history portion is good but it does not have any map keys for the required maps in each unit so it would be difficult to assess whether the student mapped the correct area(s) or not Also there were times that the question number on a questionnaire wouldn�t match up with the answers in the teacher's manual or vice versa In my honest opinion the Expansion of Civilization volume still needs to go through some proofreadingAfter struggling to get into a �groove� with TRISMS my mom and I finally worked out a plan Since each unit is supposed to take two weeks we do the first page of the assignment grid (science civilization questionnaires maps worksheets vocabulary words and the majority of the literature assignments) and then in the 2nd week we do the second page of the assignment grid (flashcards for the Historical Events art questionnaires music questionnaires and architecture questionnaires [we skip the rhetoric assignments]) I also take the vocabulary quiz and the civilizations quiz at the end of the second week We figured out how to break up the assignments because on the grid every subject is given five vertical boxes Each box seems to represent one school day It balances out pretty well and allows me sufficient time to work on my other schoolworkOverall I believe that if you really work hard and persevere TRISMS can be worth its weight in gold My mom and I really wanted it to work but the open-ended format was overwhelming for my personality type - structured box-checker "get-to-the-point" It was disappointing to pay nearly $500 for a curriculum and to get a product that looked as if it were still in the "rough" I would highly recommend a minimum of 10-20 hours of student/teacher prep before beginning to utilize this program successfully That said please read this review with a 'grain of salt' and prayerfully make what you believe to be the best decision about using TRISMS
May 8, 2010

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