Tillywig Brainchild Award
World History Detective is a winner of the Tillywig Brainchild Award.
"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
On the one hand there are elements of World History Detective common to most textbooks. Each lesson starts with a 1- to 2-page article about a topic such as Medieval Art and Education or Religious History of the Hebrews or The Incas. The article is followed by multiple choice questions, write-in questions, and concept map diagrams to fill in. Maps, timelines and illustrations are also sprinkled throughout.
Not Read-and-Regurgitate Queries
But 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.
Who Is This Book For?
World History Detective is written for the 6th or 7th grade student who is looking for a no-frills, independent approach to learning ancient and medieval history. Do just over two chapters per week to complete the book in a standard school year with no mess, no preparation, and no stress. This is, of course, not an ideal course for your extremely hands-on or auditory learners. A hands-on learner will do better with Mystery of History or Ancient Civilizations, while almost any program can be adapted to an auditory learner if you allow them to read their lessons aloud to a younger sibling or even to themselves!
To Our Conservative Christian Customers
One note: World History Detective is secular in its approach, though it doesn't become dogmatic in its defense of early history. Even in those most controversial chapters on prehistory (lessons 2-3) you'll find statements like these: "…this means scientists must rely on theories, which are beliefs supported by evidence. Since theories are not facts and prehistory evidence is so scarce, scientists don't always agree with each other's theories and conclusions…"
"Most scientists believe that modern man evolved over millions of years from pre-human ancestors. Some scientists are convinced humans did not evolve from these humanlike creatures but represent a separate being." Lesson 4 introduces the Middle Stone Age through the New Stone age, so even if you felt most comfortable skipping lessons 2 and 3, you will find the bulk of the book taken up with 3000 BC and onward.
- Interpret and apply complex texts, instructions, illustrations, etc.
- Recognize and clarify issues, claims, arguments, and explanations.
- Distinguish: conclusions, premises (reasons), arguments, explanations, assumptions (stated/unstated), issues, claims (statements), suppositions, unstated conclusions, unstated premises and implications.
- Recognize ambiguity and unclearness in claims, arguments, and explanations.
- Distinguish necessary and sufficient conditions.
- Describe the structure or outline of arguments and explanations: confirmation, disconfirmation.
- Evaluate whether an inductive argument is strong or weak.
- Evaluate claims and arguments in terms of criteria such as: consistency, relevance, support.
- Evaluate analogical arguments and inductive generalization arguments in terms of criteria, such as: the greater the number of similarities between the conclusion and the premises regarding the sample, the stronger the argument.
- Assess the relevance of claims to other claims, and to questions, descriptions, representations, procedures, information, directives, rules, principles, etc.
- Evaluate whether a deductive argument is valid or invalid (logical form): categorical, truth-functional, and semantic/definitional.
- Distinguish supporting, conflicting, compatible, and equivalent claims, arguments, explanations, descriptions, representations, etc.
- Identify and avoid errors in reasoning, informal fallacies: begging the question, equivocation, post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after that, therefore, because of that), false dilemma/false dichotomy fallacy (line drawing fallacy, perfectionist fallacy), smoke screen/red herring/rationalizing, hasty generalization, appeal to ridicule/sarcasm, ad hominem fallacy (personal attack, poisoning the well), appeal to illegitimate authority, loaded question, evidence surrogate, stereotyping , appeal to consequences (favorable or unfavorable), "wishful thinking", genetic fallacy, biased generalization, anecdotal evidence.
- Discern whether pairs of claims are consistent, contrary, contradictory, or paradoxical.