Story of the World Volume 4 Complete Package

Story of the World Volume 4 Complete Package


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Grades: 1-5

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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I have heard wonderful things about Story of the World
Jamie B on Sep 14, 2022
we used story of the world 3 and liked it
Angela S on Apr 28, 2022
I have heard wonderful things about Story of the World
Jamie B on Sep 14, 2022
This will be our third year using Story of the World. We stared with volume 2, read volume 3 and now excited to start volume 4. I love the way they are written, my 7 year old and my 9 year are able to understand it.
Esther G on Jun 6, 2022
we used story of the world 3 and liked it
Angela S on Apr 28, 2022
Best price I could find online for this great set. My son has enjoyed history with this curriculum.
Carol F on Jan 5, 2022
have used 1-3 and enjoyed
Hattie-Angelys F on May 16, 2021
I really like having all the pieces of the SOTW volume, my favorite is the audiobook - Jim Weiss reads it with so much enthusiasm!
April W on Mar 16, 2021
I have Susan Wise Bauer's other SOTW and appreciate the integrity her company portrays and love everything she's created. I like that you can expand using books she references in the curriculum. Or, if you'd rather not, due to your season of life or other, the book is just enough!
Stephanie H on Oct 21, 2020
recommended from friends
Rebekah L on Sep 3, 2020
Highly recommended by friends who homeschool!
Beth K on Aug 4, 2020
Kids love listening to the history cds. We use this along with our Classical Conversations curriculum.
Guest on May 27, 2020
these are an awesome resource
Bev H on Apr 25, 2020
I love playing a CD when having breakfast. It's a great way to start our day.
Meredith D on Mar 17, 2020
Farra Shea C on Aug 15, 2019
We have been using this curriculum for History since volume 1, great books!
Michaelle J on Jul 22, 2019
I have been using the book over many years. It is well written and gives a great overall idea of what is going on in history all over the world.
User on Jul 21, 2018
We have already studied the previous 2 volumes and have really enjoyed them. I like to print out the activity sheets from the activity book and my children like to color those in whilst they listen to the audio CD. I feel like purchasing the entire set allows auditory and visual learning to take place. We don't really get time to do the extra activities in the book, but it is nice to have a resource there if we do get some extra time.
Dawn P on Dec 18, 2017
We homeschool and love this particular history curriculum
Andrea L on Sep 25, 2017
Homeschool History grade 6 student
Kathleen W on Aug 26, 2017
We have use SOTW vols 1-3 and really enjoyed them
Erin B on Jun 5, 2017
I have used Story of the World for the last few years and my kids love it.
Andrea H on May 23, 2017
My children love the Story of the World series. We especially enjoy the audio books which allow us to learn in the car.
Meera L on Mar 22, 2017
We have the first 3 volumes and have been very satisfied.
Joy W on Mar 20, 2017
I purchased Volume 1 just the book and workbook. History is something my kids LOVE and they love these stories. I now buy the complete package because they WANT to take a test. Yes, they want to take a test. I am all for that because if nothing else it is a review. We don't love Jim Weiss' narrating BUT we appreciate being able to do history on the go. Everyone Monday my preschooler goes to dance at 1. We do history in the car while we wait and listen to the chapters on our way there.
Jennifer P on Jan 26, 2017
My kids love it. We've used the three previous volumes and they still love to listen to the audio CDs and talk about the fun activities!
Carrie M on Dec 30, 2016
homeschool co-op
Matt F on Jun 29, 2016
This is an awesome history series. My boys and I have used the other three volumes and it by far their favorite subject.
User on May 31, 2016
This will be our third year using Story of the World. We stared with volume 2, read volume 3 and now excited to start volume 4. I love the way they are written, my 7 year old and my 9 year are able to understand it.
Esther G on Jun 6, 2022
Best price I could find online for this great set. My son has enjoyed history with this curriculum.
Carol F on Jan 5, 2022
Is the main book hardcover?
User on May 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It may come in hard cover but I bought the soft cover one. It might be a little cheaper that way. Hope it helps.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love these history books!
My kids love all of the Story of the world books. They love coloring the pages while listening to the story of the day. They really enjoy the activities that go with the lessons. I love the extra reading suggestions in each lesson.
August 9, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great purchase!
This has been one of my best homeschool purchases. I love that I can use this for my four children grades 2-8. We listen to the CD together and are able to follow-up with the map work and review. We have also used the tests. I have always added my own biographies and historical fiction to each time period we've covered to add interest and hook them on the time period. I have found this to be a great compliment to a literature based history study, and I have appreciated the author's style of writing and tone.

This set really delves into world history, so if you want more of an American History focus, you may want to use something else. However, covering twentieth century American history would be difficult to do without a world context.

I would recommend this course especially for families trying to cover a range of ages together. It works as a great spine or could be used as a stand alone program. You can easily modify expectations for various ages and add family read aloud books of your own choosing as well as add literature at each student's level.
March 22, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great history curriculum . I like the workbook and the tests to reinforce learning.
August 23, 2018
over 4 years ago

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