But I Heard Story of the World is for Homeschoolers...
Originally, Susan Wise Bauer created Story of the World for homeschooling families to use. However, the activity guides can be adapted for use in a classroom situation. Tutors, those wishing to teach a small world history class to children, and parents that wish for their children to be more knowledgeable about history - even if they attend public or private school - also can use the curriculum.
After reading a chapter section of the book to the student(s), the goal is to ask the student comprehension questions suggested in the activity guide. Once the comprehension questions have been successfully answered, then the student should be able to repeat back the main point of the chapter section in a few sentences. Depending on the grade level of the students, teachers can write the narration on the board and have students copy the summary down into their notebooks, or students can each write their own summary.
Comprehensive reading lists exist in the activity guides. These lists are great resources for further reading. They suggest both history books and literature books surrounding or related to the time period studied. For example, the first volume has a chapter on Greece. Literary reading accompanying this chapter includes a child's version of The Odyssey.
Students can complete coloring pages along with their narration summaries in order to help history become more alive and personal. Once the coloring page is completed, a map page can be completed. The activity guide contains directions on how each Blackline map can be used to enhance students' knowledge of history and geography and the interrelationship between the two disciplines.
Finally, the books all include activity suggestions. Some activities include building a model pyramid, cooking a Mediterranian feast, making a model Nile River, board games, puppet shows and more.
In all, Story of the World is a great curriculum choice for world history.