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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (12 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972860320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972860321
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 0.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 905,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan was born in 1968, grew up in Virginia, and was educated at home by pioneering parents, back when home education was still unheard of. She worked as a professional musician, wore a costume at Colonial Williamsburg, toured with a travelling drama group, galloped racehorses at a Virginia racetrack, taught horseback riding, worked in radio and newspaper ad sales, learned enough Korean to teach a Korean four-year-old Sunday school, and served as librarian and reading tutor for the Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In her less haphazard adult life, she earned an M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. She has taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for the last sixteen years. Susan is married and the mother of four.

Susan's most recent book for Norton, The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade (2010), is the second in a four-volume series providing a narrative world history. Look for the first volume as well--The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome.

Her previous book, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (2003), is a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama. Norton also published The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (with co-author Jessie Wise); originally published in 1999, this bestselling guide to education in the classical tradition was revised and updated in 2004 and again in 2009.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Holland on 11 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
We have all of the books in this series, and they are all excellent for providing a starting point for different eras. They also cover the whole world (more or less) which is good, as you get insight on others history - e.g China, Middle East as well as the USA (We never covered world history when I was at school, so I am learning loads as I read this to my children)

The only down side is that it does miss out some bits of UK history, (I think Baur is an American and it is written for the US market) But there are loads of other books that cover UK.

For any families that are Home Educating, or schooled children that want to know a bit more information, then I would recommend this book
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A remarkable educational tool 26 Nov 2007
By A. M. Lighter - Published on Amazon.com
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Coupled with the Story of the World text, the Activity Book has been the cornerstone of our somewhat reluctant venture into homeschooling. (We had a sudden overseas move and had to jump into homeschooling with little preparation.) Studying history has proven essentially effortless because the book and activities are so interesting that my 8-year-old begs to do her work. As non-religious academic types ourselves, we were wary of religious biases in the texts we chose for our kids; we've been very happy with the author's balanced treatment.

For the teaching parent, the lists of supplementary materials are invaluable -- exceptionally well-organized and researched, and the editors have been sure to include reading materials for different levels, which we have appreciated since it means we can easily include the 4-year-old in our stories. Every chapter includes review questions to test comprehension orally, then several worksheets which may include maps, coloring pages, and other activities. Many include recipes from the place and time being studied -- always a hit with the kids. All have worked well so far. The map work is a great follow-up as well, walking the student step-by-step through visual representations of different topics covered in the text (coloring the Triangular Trade route used by slave traders, for example). Although there's no way any student could complete all the suggested activities in a school year, I love the freedom of picking and choosing the activities that best suit and interest my daughter.

As suggested by the Activity Book, we're assembling all this work into a history notebook, a 3-ring binder full of my daughter's work. This serves the dual purpose of reminding her how much she's learned and giving us tangible proof of the homeschooling process. In short, this book has transformed us into homeschoolers and history buffs. Very useful.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Story just keeps getting better 29 Sep 2005
By Heidi Kroll - Published on Amazon.com
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My children (ages 6 and 14) studied through volumes 1 and 2 last year for our homeschool social studies curriculum. Volume 3 is everything we hoped for to extend our knowledge! The activity guides have proven to be a vital resource to cut some preparation time for lessons. In Volume 3 each chapter covers a slightly broader time frame, making it even more important to follow up the lesson with additional activities. We recommend Story of the World to all our homeschool friends.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Series 17 Sep 2009
By L. Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love the Story of the World series immensely and admired the activities and quality of Volumes I and II. I am disappointed with the quality of the illustrations and coloring activities in Volume III. Most of them are mediocre and some are very poor. My 8 year old found them to be too childlike and unprofessional. He could draw them himself.
Because of the quality of the curriculum I can't NOT recommend this book. I would however recommend getting some of the excellent historical coloring books by Tom Tierney and others to use in lieu of the coloring pages supplied in this book.
I hope the publishers can print a new edition using the same excellent illustrators that they used in thier first two volumes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well worth it 30 Dec 2010
By Michele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would definitely recommend the activity books that go along with The Story of the World. Who's got the time to come up with activities right and left? The ideas are all right here along with excellent oral / discussion review questions and wonderful maps.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love this series! 2 Nov 2010
By R. King - Published on Amazon.com
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We have used years one and two and loved those so we are going through this set this year and still highly recommend this history series! Don't buy the book without the Activity Book.
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