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The Story of the World Volume 4
The Story of the World Volume 4

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Grade Levels: 4th-8th

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The Story of the World Volume 4: History for the Classical Child
The Modern Age - Revised Edition
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From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR
Where was the Crystal Palace? Who was the Sick Man of Europe? And how did cow fat start a revolution? The Modern Age is the last book of the series covering major historical events in the years 1850-1994 A.D. Because of the topic matter, this book is best introduced to children a bit older, from fourth grade and up.

About The Story of the World series:

Easy-to-Implement, Captivating Chronological History
This captivating read-aloud series will introduce your children to the marvelous history of the world presented chronologically from the beginning of time. Each volume of The Story of the World includes the details of battles, kingdoms, cultures, and customs from every continent and major people group woven together into a story that children will find mesmerizing. With short chapters, many less than seven pages, The Story of the World presents history in small, easily-digestible chunks. Of particular appeal to children will be the occasional story about a hypothetical child in the culture of that time and fictional stories that were popular during that time.

The Best History Books Available for 1st-6th Grade!
The Story of the World is intended to be a read-aloud program for first through sixth grade, but it can work equally well as independent reading by an older child. Don't restrict your scope of history to just American history. These are what we consider the best world history books for this age group. If you have ever found history to be dull and humdrum, these books might just change that opinion!

Combine with the Hands-On Student Activity Book for a Full Curriculum
The Curriculum/Activity Guide offers parents and teachers a complete history curriculum for use with The Story of the World. In addition to extensive reading lists and cross-references to the most common illustrated encyclopedias, the Activity Book contains comprehension questions, sample narrations, maps, coloring pages, and activities for each chapter in The Story of the World. Children and parent-teachers love the activities, which range from coloring pages and games to mummifying a chicken!

Attempts to Include All Significant Historical and Cultural Accounts
Note: Please do not consider this series a Providential view of history which recognizes God's hand in history. It is first and foremost a history text that attempts to include all significant historical and cultural accounts. If you are a conservative Christian, you may want to opt out of a couple of activities. And where you find details with Biblical references that are inaccurate because of sparseness, use this opportunity to interject more of His story. Bible history is best taught with a Bible so we encourage your family to read through the Bible every year. These are very minor issues that are easily addressed and shouldn't keep you from this overall excellent program.

Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle's 2017 Fourth-Grade Curriculum Kit!
  • World history from 1850 to 1994 AD
  • From Victoria's Empire to the end of the USSR
  • Storytelling approach to history

  • Publisher's Information
    Author: Susan Wise Bauer
    Peace Hill Press
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    Awards and Endorsements:
    The Old Schoolhouse 2013 Excellence in Education Winner

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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 11 Write a review.

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    Have only reviewed it April 12, 2014
    Reviewer: Tiffany G.  
    I have only looked through it. We will not start using it till August 2014. At first look I was a little stressed about it. Once I looked at it again I understood it better. We are very excited to start homeschooling in August. I will update my review once we start to use it.

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    No More Boring Textbooks May 31, 2012
    Reviewer: Lynn  
    We loved "Story of the World" and can't wait to read the others in the series. I used it with a younger child to include them in the time period my older children were studying. My high school student picked up the book one day and couldn't stop reading it. It's extremely well-written and captures the attention of students of all ages.

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    Keeps Children's Attention October 25, 2011
    Reviewer: Melinda H. from Goodlettsville, TN United States  
    This series has been a blessing to us.  We have used it as a read-aloud, and I find that it holds the children's attention well.  The books are well-written and I found them appropriate for my middle school aged children.  I appreciate the broad overview they provide of all the different things happening around the world at the same time.   After reading this particular volume (4), we discussed at great length the large number of leaders who seemed to start out with seemingly good intentions and then changed to become dictators.  This gave opportunity for discussing the great need for leaders to stay humble and serve the people of their country.

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    Just one more chapter, please! July 23, 2009
    Reviewer: Lisa R. from Las Vegas, NV  
    These volumes have been a pleasure to read for both student and parent. Not belabored with lots of dates, the information is presented much as a story (thus the title) and keeps the reader's attention. In fact, we've actually had our children ask for "just one more chapter, please!" Rather than following the history of a people from start to finish or present day, the information is presented by time period so that the reader has a sense of which events were happening concurrently and how they may have influenced each other.

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    I was very impressed by how much we all learned July 23, 2009
    Reviewer: Heather C. from Williams Bay, WI  
    The year that we used Story of the World 1 and the corresponding Activity Guide was our best out of our ten years of homeschooling (so far!).  The children learned more about world history than I had learned in all of my own public school years, and, due to the activities and resources in the Activity Guide, found it to be great fun.  Four years later, my upper elementary and middle school children want to go back and do the maps, coloring sheets, and projects from SOTW 1 again, as they'd enjoyed it so much the first time.  I was very impressed by how much we all learned from SOTW1 and by what a pleasure it was to teach.  However, using SOTW 1 takes more work on the part of the teacher than workbook based or pre-packaged curricula.  The Activity Guide makes recommendations of resource books to be purchased or checked out from the library and art projects to be done.  Planning ahead to acquire the supplemental books and project materials is necessary for success with this program.  Interacting with the students in narration and discussion is also necessary, so this is not a good program for a hands-off parent/teacher.  This program should work well for a family of any size. Older students can read about related topics in more depth from other resources while the younger ones read the SOTW text, then the whole family can enjoy the hands-on activities together.  The Activity Guide gives resource ideas for a variety of levels and abilities, which makes this easier.  I'd gladly use this program again!

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