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Master Books World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book

Thirty-four chapters each include five daily lessons which take approximately 20-30 minutes each. A short reading is followed by critical thinking questions; an exam is given on the last day of the week. Background information, Bloom's Taxonomy-based questions, concepts, biographical sketches, historical debate updates, worldview notes, and history overview components work together to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of historiographical material from a Christian perspective.

Lessons are one-page and easy-to-read with black-and-white photographs integrated throughout; critical thinking assignments are given in the bottom corner. This student book contains only the lesson summaries and assignments.272 pages with timeline, softcover.

Organized by chapter and lesson, the assignment questions are repeated with the suggested correct answers underneath in the World History Teacher's Guide. An exam key, often comprised of two questions and answers, is also provided for Day 5 of each week. Chapter exams (the same exams given for day 5 throughout the book) are all listed in the back with point values assigned for each. 192 pages, softcover.

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    Customer Reviews for World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book
    Review 1 for World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book
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    Not enough information

    Date:September 5, 2013
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    Carrie
    I ordered this curriculum based on the positive reviews and the writing assignments that are given each day. I scanned the writing questions and thought that I would be happy with the curriculum. Now that we are a week into using it, I have decided that we will not continue. Not only does it not include enough information to be considered a high school text, it doesn't even give the information to answer the writing assignments.
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    Review 2 for World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book
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    A Welcomed Biblical View of World History

    Date:October 31, 2012
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    Angie W
    Location:Oregon Coast
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    Do you know what’s weird about me and being a homeschool teacher? Every year, since the boys were tiny – if I looked at 1 or more learning levels ahead – I would get overwhelmed. In 2nd grade I couldn’t stomach 4th grade math. For the entire time, I’ve been intimidated by older grade texts. Looking at long lists of test questions and essay suggestions makes me want to take a coffee break. I see where the boys are now, and think, will they? Will they be able to do that later? How???
    I read the first few lessons and got REALLY excited. For one, it’s chapters follow the sequence of our Art History for Jon and Nate. We are in Egypt so we are not very far behind in the book. The lessons are quite short, but detailed. Jon is reading from DK type books, which Nate has already browsed in earlier years, so it Thrills Me to no end to find a High School Level History Book written from a Creation Beginning point of view that is easy to digest. (Preview) What? Did I just say easy to digest? This book is intended for 10th to 12th grades. We are also working on 10th grade Biology and I made the remark yesterday – is this supposed to be this easy? Ha! They ARE able to do it. Nine years of building blocks, and our structure is firm, built on a foundation of The Word.
    And that is why this text is important. As I’ve shared before, we don’t mind so much if the author pulls things back to millions of years – but it how much of the text are you supposed to trust if the perspective is off? As I mentioned above, the boys have asked a lot of questions, great questions, but how to teach history if they doubt the text so much?
    We are thankful for companies like Master Books at New Life Publishing for publishing great learning tools with the Bible at it’s core as the plumb line for truth. Clear objectives, Challenging assignments – “This study will help students learn Objectives, develop a Christian worldview while forming his or her own understanding of world history trends, philosophies, and events.”
    So far – 4 chapters into the book, caught up with Egypt – starting week 9 of History and Art this year – it has been my favorite learning year ever. But you hear me say that every year. Have I mentioned how much I love getting to learn with my boys – love being a homeschooler lately? I do. I really do.
    We are using this text as a resource to give a deeper understanding while studying Ancient Art Forms. We have been using it with a Charlotte Mason Style with Narrations both verbal and written in Nate’s Ancient Notebook. The text has been easy for him to read and understand, and he has related many of the topics to what we have already learned. Nate is 14, 9th grade level, and enjoys to book. This is intended as a stand alone History Textbook – but, as you know, we don’t approach Subjects as Stand Alone.
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    Review 3 for World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book
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    Great Resource!

    Date:October 4, 2012
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    Jimmy Reagan
    Location:West Union, OH
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    Master Books just keeps turning out incredible resources. In addition to apologetic and creation materials, they provide select courses for homeschool. This resource comes with a student book and a teacher volume. James Stobaugh, a pastor and homeschool Dad, wrote the material.
    The books are attractive, lavishly illustrated with black and white photos, and fairly priced. The lessons are of manageable length and are for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. Assignments include essay questions and exams. It really encourages the critical thinking that our children need. The teachers guide leads the parent quite easily through what is, in many cases, forgotten subject matter. This style will be good to transition to college type of instruction.
    Our children really need quality world history while in high school. I feel that is a lack in my own education. I have to brush up on world history, and particularly Western Civilization, at times. I feel the shortcomings. I feel I did a lot better in American History, but that’s only a little over 200 years of history. It’s the train of world history that led to America and so we need the proper perspective. We need the bigger picture.
    Best of all, with this resource we get history from a thoroughly Christian outlook. This is of the same quality as other Master Book materials and I highly recommend it. The Reagan children will all be getting a turn with it when the time comes.
    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .
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    Review 4 for World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book
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    Great to keep sharp!

    Date:July 15, 2012
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    Faye
    Age:Under 18
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    The best history curriculum I have ever done!
    Engaging, fascinating, and well written. A history book that really caught and kept my attention. I have struggled with finding a good curriculum for World History, because often even the Christian ones would stress evolution as a fact, which would instantly tune me out. But this course relates history in an anything but dry way focusing on making the student comprehend what they are learning and there isn't any evolution!
    This text book includes Bible accounts as history and not only gives a history of many civilizations but a study on what their worldviews were and America's beliefs today. It effortlessly expresses a solid Christian worldview. I also liked how the assignments focused on making sure that I understood what I had just read instead of tons of questions and tests.
    Overall a book that I would highly recommend for homeschoolers. This course covers from Mesopotamia to present day, I loved how it worked on cultivating a Christian worldview, so there was a lot on events that shaped how we live today. A wonderful that will grow your student's understanding of history and the world around us. I think this would be a great resource for students who, like me do a lot of reading and are already pretty well informed about history, but need to fill a few gaps. This course was perfect for me!
    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
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    Review 5 for World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book
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    Students see GOD's HAND throughout history.

    Date:May 28, 2012
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    Lynn
    Location:McComb, MS
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    "This book is dedicated to this new generation of young believers whose fervor and dedication to the purposes of the LORD shall yet bring a great revival. Stand tall, young people, and serve our LORD with alacrity and courage!" Okay, I have to be honest and tell you that James Stobaugh grabbed my heart with this dedication. YES, YES and YES! Stand TALL, young people and serve our LORD. That's what it is ALL about. That is why we study history -- so that we can Stand TALL and SERVE.
    World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today is a new history book written by James P. Stobaugh and published by Master Books (a division of New Leaf Publishing Group). Designed to encourage independence in students, students are responsible for completing all coursework and turning it in to be graded -- by themselves. How cool is that? Independence and excellence is exactly what I aim to be fostering in my high schooler as I prepare her for the college work that lies ahead.
    The softcover student book has 288 pages which include a glossary and timeline. The 34 chapters begin with a study of Mesopotamia and end with a study of South Africa. Students study one chapter a week. That's 34 weeks of world history with 5 lessons per week. Each lesson will take between 20-30 minutes. On the last class day of the week, students take an exam that covers the chapter they've been studying. Exams include map labeling, some matching and mostly discussion questions. The discussion questions help prepare students for college and are reminiscent of the days of Blue Books required for tests. (Do you remember those? I sure do! I've been telling my girls all about the days of walking into a class with a blank Blue Book and not leaving until it was completely filled with all of the information I could recall.)
    So what do I like about Mr. Stobaugh's World History (12th grade)? I really like the fact that this is not a rote memorization of facts, but calls for a deeper understanding of the material studied. Students are required to learn and be able to explain in essay format that which they've studied. It's not enough to study the night before, write down a bunch of answers and then promptly forget. Students are given the opportunity to study and learn and remember through the conversational tone of the book. Independent learning is stressed and students see GOD's HAND throughout history.
    The softcover Teacher's Book has 144 pages and includes the answers to the student assignments found at the end of each day's reading. Chapter Tests are included in the Teacher's book and can be photocopied for students or can be downloaded and printed off of a website. Chapter Tests include matching, timeline and discussion questions.
    Read the heart of the author and you'll understand how very much I like this book:
    My prayer is that if you do not know this GOD who can change history -- even your history -- this history text might encourage you to invite JESUS CHRIST into your heart as SAVIOR.
    I've said it before and I must say it again -- when the author loves GOD wholeheartedly and shares that love with my children, then I'm all in. This beautifully illustrated textbook will be a part of Long Leaf Academy for years to come. I look forward to studying the other two books available in this momentous series as well -- American History (10th grade) and British History (11th grade).
    Disclaimer: I received this book from New Leaf Publishing Group for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
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    Review 6 for World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book
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    needs little work

    Date:May 13, 2012
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    Wanda Myers
    Location:Dublin, TX
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    When I first heard that Master Books was publishing a new set of history books by James Stobaugh for the Christian Homeschool community I was very excited and could not wait to see them. I have reviewed both the ACT & SAT College Preparation Courses by him and liked them very much. Unfortunately, after having perused the World History set, my enthusiasm has waned. I intend to be specific in why I feel this way as I do not want to bash the books or the author –I just have serious reservations about these books as primary sources for teaching World History to high school students. So, here are my thoughts:
    First of all I would like to list what I did like about this set:
    * The student book is not so lengthy as to overwhelm the student. The amount of pages for a whole year’s course is not as intimidating as a volume that is many pages longer so a student feels that he could “get through” the book in the time allotted.
    * The discussion of the world views and a detailed history of the origins of world religions is, in my opinion, the best feature of this book. It gives a good overview of where various religions started and why different peoples believe the way they do.
    * The addition of the “history maker” pages adds an element that will keep interest and allow for more in-depth study of important people in history.
    All of these aspects of the curriculum are good and the general layout of the books appeal to me. But that is where I must be honest and discuss the negative aspects of this series:
    * Content and accuracy. There are problems with the timelines and source materials. I will not go into detailed examples here as Stephen Porter of Manifest Blog has already done a great job of that. Check out his opinion: http://www.manifestblog.com/2012/05/world-history-observations-and.html
    * Our artistic family is very visually oriented and I found out long ago that if a text does not excite all of the senses the student will not be excited by the content. As I stated earlier, I like the general layout of the book but the all black and white format is rather boring and in my opinion, needs a shot of color from time to time. Color pages throughout would add a LOT to this text.
    * Another thought on boring—I love history but found the writing style in this text to be unexciting. It was hard for me to keep my interest up so I wonder how a student will do this.
    * Another problem I have with the curriculum is the teacher book. I find it to be more of a teacher guide than a book as it lacks the student pages containing all of the text. I personally find it to be too time consuming to continually keep flipping from the student text to the teacher key when using this set of books. I have always felt that I need to read what my student reads to make sure that he is getting everything out of the assignment. Even though this is supposed to be for the student to self teach, I feel that it falls short in ease of use for the teacher.
    * While I feel that this curriculum would make a good unit study of world views and religious origins (with the addition of other source materials) I do not feel that it has enough meat for a complete high school study of World History. I know that any study of the subject would be an overview but this curriculum does not begin to go into enough detail to cover the subject thoroughly.
    I received the texts from the publisher for my honest opinion—a positive review was not required.
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    Review 7 for World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher Book
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    World History for your High School Student

    Date:April 10, 2012
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    Lisa K
    Location:Ctrl, FL
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    Written from a Christian Worldview, author James Stobaugh crams 6000+ years of history into 288 pages in World History: Observations & Assessments from Creation to Today .
    Geared for your High School student, this new selection from Master Books contains 34 chapters with 5 lessons each. Each lesson consists of a short reading section with critical thinking questions and will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Some of these questions can be deduced from the reading, some require thinking 'outside the box' and a few require you to search out the answer in other materials. At the end of each week's lessons is a short exam.
    This particular study has a nice, interesting flow of history from Mesopotamia to the present. In addition to studying great civilizations like Israel, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Central and South America, you'll also learn the 7 major worldviews, ponder thought provoking questions about the Martyrs, read quotes from Hinduism and Confucius and consider opposing views of the Crusades. In addition to fabulous pictures, you'll breeze through 20th century History with World Wars I & II, Jazz Age and Post modernism.
    Both my resident teen-aged History Buff and I though this book contained more 'meat' than British History. I was very pleased to see that there were more thinking questions and that they required a lot more in-depth thought as well.
    Eventhough there's a lot more information in this course, we still have the opinion that this would be a great study for someone who hasn't studied much History -or- doesn't particularly care for the subject -or- just wants a straight up study of History without additional readings, literature suggestions or mapwork.
    I received a Teacher and Student book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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