Take a Stand!
Winner of the Tillywig Brainchild Award: "World History Detective eliminates the possibility of the passive student. Instead of simply providing facts for rote memorization, it requires students to assess what is put before them, to ferret out evidence and draw inferences and conclusions based on that evidence. And it systematically provides the necessary tools to do so. Through the structure and content of the book, the student gains formidable critical thinking and analytical skills, and an understanding of not just the material presented, but of a process of how to delve into any material and come away with the core knowledge. The focus of Book 1 is on ancient and medieval world civilizations, with content skills based on common state social studies standards for Grades 6 and 7. Each lesson is brief - a page or so followed by a series of questions and a concept map to be completed - keeping the reader fully engaged. Questions are multiple choice, short answer, and short essay. Sentences in the lessons are numbered, and students use these numbers to identify supporting evidence when answering questions, nipping in the bud any tendency towards guessing. World History Detective is effective as a standalone textbook, as an enhancement to another textbook, or as a review course for older students. In any event, the benefits the student gains from it will be lifelong."
"World History Detective® accomplishes more than just teaching world history. It also can replace reading comprehension activities since that is a major function of the lessons. It might provide a significant amount of composition activity, especially if you use the opportunity to help students develop essay writing skills. Depending upon how often you use the lessons, students can complete World History Detective, Book 1 in one or more years. A one-year schedule would require at least two lessons per week, but using it alongside another program over a longer period of time should work fine too." -Cathy Duffy Review
"Surprisingly my 11-year-old REALLY got into this workbook. GASP! A workbook for history? Yes! Honestly, I was just as surprised! World History Detective® has 78 Civilizations to learn in self-guided chronological order. My son really like the condensed and concise information about civilizations filled with great maps, timelines, deductive question and concept maps." -Lisa Keva
"Importantly, the workbook portions are not simple read-and-regurgitate queries. Instead your student will be asked to point out which statements in a set of four are fact and which are opinion; or which of these phrases can be inferred from the lesson, and which sentences best support that theory. These types of questions help your child to grasp that history is always interpreted by those telling the story and to think through the varied reasons why an event happened as it did." -Timberdoodle
"I absolutely LOVE the critical thinking aspects of the curriculum. Implementing critical thinking into the reading and discussion of history is a powerful tool to help our children understand what they are reading as well as form an opinion and knowledge that they will be able to use in many situations in life." -Dina, California
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The Teacher Edition guides the teacher in providing weekly lesson plans, complete with exact reading assignments, research, and homework. Following the teacher guide will guarantee the teacher completes all lessons for the year without adding any stress involved in planning lessons. The teacher guide shows the teacher how to use the text (World History Detective), how teach the thinking tools of Take a Stand!, and provides teaching suggestions and ideas in how to get the best out of your student(s).
History Content: Early Human Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush, Ancient Hebrews, Judaism, Ancient Greece, Greek Literature and Mythology, Ancient India, Hinduism and Buddhism, Ancient China, Confucianism, The Roman Republic, and Christianity. Each chapter contains key vocabulary words and people (the Grammar of history) your students need to know.
Thinking Skills: Fact or Opinion? Judgment, Supporting Evidence, Primary or Secondary Analysis, Using Quotes, Taking Notes, Analyzing Primary Sources, Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast
This clever game teaches history, chronology, geography, and makes learning history fun!
Players try to collect all four-of-a-kind cards from the following categories. The player who captures most sets wins.
2. Ancient Asia
4. Ancient Hebrews
5. Ancient Egypt
6. Ancient Greece
7. Roman Republic
8. Roman Empire
9. Native American Homes
10. Political Leaders
11. Seven Continents
12. Rivers of Early Civilizations
Following the Answer Key instructions, shuffle the cards necessary for the chronology game. When one player signals, the other player assembles all cards in chronological order, as fast as he can. The fastest time wins!
Collect the Cards - This is the favorite version of the game!!!
Players use historical facts (hints) to try and guess the image on the card. If a player guesses correctly, he wins the card.
Place the Continents cards at the top of the playing field. Shuffle the other cards. When one player signals, the other player assembles all cards under the correct continent, as fast as he can. The fastest time wins! Answer key provided.
Enclosed booklet provides the teacher with a wide variety of games to teach Ancient history to kids in a one-on-one setting, in a family with kids of different ages, or in classrooms with 40 students. It also includes history explanations for all 48 Ancient History Go Fish Games. It is meant to be used with the Classical Historian Ancient Go Fish Game or the Ancient History Memory Game.
Linda Hobar, Author of Mystery of History series
... I am a sucker for games and I found some that I think are extraordinary... They are patterned after the vintage games of Concentration and Go Fish. I like these for the artistry, the simplicity and familiarity of the games, the historical value and perspective, and the reasonable price. Students using my series will easily identify most of Mr. De Gree's illustrated objects and places like Stonehenge, King Tut's golden mask, the Great Wall of China, and a Roman aqueduct. The "cards" for the Concentration/Memory Game are actually thick cardboard tiles, which are durable and easier for little ones to manipulate. The Go Fish card set gives you other game ideas that will be fun for all ages.
I could go on and on, because like I said, I'm a sucker for games and it's not easy to find quality ones for world history that even younger students can enjoy. I think the Classical Historian has done a great job. You may want to spice up your studies now, or save these for Christmas. Either way, I think they're great for review and the pure pleasure of having fun.
Atarax the Wolf Tells Greek Myths
Atarax the Wolf retells ten 10 Greek Myths, while teaching the young wolves about bravery, courage, honor, and more. Each story is followed by 10 multiple choice questions and one discussion question. This is a beautiful book to be read aloud to little ones.
Written by Adam De Gree
Cover Illustrations and Edited by
Jessica De Gree
- Take a Stand! Ancient Civilizations Teacher Edition
- World History Detective
- Ancient Discussions DVD