Thursday, June 7, 2012

World History for High School

As many of you probably know by now, our family home-schools. I never cease to be amazed by both the quantity and quality of curriculum available now, as compared to when I was in homeschool, even though it really wasn't all that long ago :)

To demonstrate my point, let me share with you a book for high school level students-World History by James Stobaugh. I have always enjoyed history, and besides checking out schoolbooks before we actually incorporate them, I found myself thoroughly enjoying World History. 

The layout is somewhat unique, as each lesson is only 1-2 pages. It's done in a "nugget" format, so the student isn't overwhelmed with information, but gets a good grasp on what is being taught. The book starts at the very beginning-Creation-and takes you through ancient Egypt, Rome, China, England, Russia, and more. You will learn about Mesopotamia, the Jewish exile, Greek wars, the beginning of the Church, the Middle Ages, the Crusades, Reformation, French Revolution, German history, World War I and II, and beyond. When a student completes this book, they will have a good knowledge of world history, and will learn critical thinking, have insights into various world views, and know the story of people who changed the course of history.

On the flip side, I did catch a few mistakes in the book. For example, a group of Roman soldiers, called a Legion, is named a Legend in the book. Obviously a typo, but rather important when you're using this for school. As well, there is a mix-up in dates, as it lists Heredotus (who lived in the 5th century BC) as writing his Histories at the same time Moses was writing the Pentatuech. Yet, Nebuchadnezzar, who attacked Judah, is mentioned as having lived between 630-561 BC. Obviously Heredotus and Moses were not contemporaries, as Nebuchadnezzar could not have attacked and captured Jerusalem/Judah before Moses was born! Yet twice, Stobaugh mentions that Heredotus' Histories and Moses' Pentateuch were penned at the same time. 
Would I still recommend the book? Yes, but I also recommend you check it out and correct mistakes like this before giving it to your student!

You can purchase the World History Student and Teacher books through New Leaf Publishing Group, or at

1 comment:

  1. The history books that the children have in school now are very overwhelming and extremely large! This book (besides the errors) seems much easier for children to learn and possible remember so many facts. I like that the lessons are 1-2 pages long instead of 10 pages, which seems like too much information for me.
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