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World History, 1 of 2

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Witness the rise and fall of ancient empires.

  • Discover how people lived around the world from Creation through the Reformation.
  • Relax with complete lesson plans and materials for homeschool success.
  • Meet Augustus Caesar, samurai warriors, Incan emperors, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther and more!
  • Bring the ancient world to life with vivid biographies, historical fiction and award-winning literature.
  • Purchase this World History Curriculum package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48), Forum access, a one-year guarantee and other perks.

In early elementary school, Sonlight students study World History in Sonlight B and C. At that age, though, there are few Read-Alouds, and almost no Readers, that expand on the History.

This makes Sonlight's middle school World History study so enjoyable: Students are old enough to engage with the material, and strong enough readers to enjoy so many great books.

Overview of the History

In History, Sonlight G uses the first two books in Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World series, covering Creation through the transformative 1600s. (Continue on with the other two in the series in Sonlight H.) Bauer is known for her storytelling, and these are extremely readable, enjoyable books.

To go along with the descriptive text, the illustrated Usborne book 12,000 Years of World History offers a visual history.

These resources work well together.

Overview of the Literature

Sonlight's G and H are the last programs with Read-Alouds. Enjoy these few years with your children, reading great books and learning so much, so pleasantly.

The dozen Read-Alouds (plus an astonishing poetry collection with over 700 poems) progress mostly chronologically. The school year begins with the thrilling story of an Egyptian boy, Ranofer, set around 1350 B.C. From a goldsmith shop to the banks of the Nile, from a tomb to the palace, the setting is fascinating and varied.

The school year ends with Master Cornhill, set in London in 1666. In 1665, the Plague had wiped out much of the population. One year later, a great fire sweeps the city.

And in between these two dramatic stories, you'll read a marvelous summary of the Trojan War (important for cultural literacy – and a most excellent story); a beautiful story of adoption and pottery set in Korea about 900 years ago; one of my family's favorite Sonlight books of all time, The Great and Terrible Quest; and the creative, insightful (and laugh-out-loud funny) story of Leonardo da Vinci's servant.

The 16 Readers this year are also fabulous. (One of my daughters used most of them as Read-Alouds because she didn't want to miss the experience of sharing them with her boys.)

The first Reader, Mara, Daughter of the Nile, is the only book my daughter read two times in a row straight through, and then went back a third time to read again her favorite parts. A spy story, a rags-to-riches story, and a story of revolution – don't miss it.

The Bronze Bow, set in Galilee at the time of Christ, shows what it would have been like to live under Roman occupation. Would you have rebelled against harsh rule? What made the message of Jesus so compelling? This is a book that, when my daughter read it aloud, her husband found himself drawn in to the story.

There's a historical fiction book about how Lord Artos (better known in mythology as "King Arthur") brought horses to England. This was transformative. (Why? It was a technological breakthrough in warfare.) Another one tells the story of Patrick in Ireland. There's even one on the improbable subject of bull-fighting! It's a marvelous coming-of-age story about conquering fear and choosing your own path.

It's a great year of books to share with your children.

Estimated daily time for World History, Year 1 of 2 plus your other subjects: Student: 4-6 hrs | Parent: 2-3.5 hrs

Want a one-year option? See Sonlight W.

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Instructor's Guides

Sonlight G Instructor's Guide (GCG)

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Sonlight G includes: History, Geography, Bible, Read-Alouds and Readers.

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Bible

International Children's Bible Field Guide (GB01)

The first Bible field guide just for kids. Covers the entire Bible with vivid photos, illustrations, charts and maps. Includes fun activities.

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Sing the Word: Credo - I Believe... - CD (GB02)

Sing God's Word. Various musical styles, beautifully arranged for children's voices using orchestral and ethnic instruments.

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History & Geography

The Kingdom Strikes Back (GH01)

An overview of God's heart for the nations as expressed in history from Abraham to the present.

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Timeline Figures G (GH04)

Over 70 Timeline Figures for Sonlight G on self-adhesive heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

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Story of the World: Ancient Times (GH05)

This easy to read-aloud text will engage your whole family.

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Story of the World: The Middle Ages (GH06)

Volume two in the series covers the events from 400 to 1600, and tells not just the events in Europe, but also in the Americas before colonization, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

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Usborne Encyclopedia (GH07)

This newly updated book takes readers on a tour of world history, from ancient times to the start of the 21st century. Ancient Egypt, the Aztec Empire, Medieval Europe, the First World War and many more fascinating subjects. Includes an illustrated time chart, more than 100 maps, fabulous illustrations and photos, links to more than 800 Usborne-recommended websites and more.

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The Monk Who Shook the World (GR23)

The Story of Martin Luther.

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Read Alouds

The Golden Goblet (GA01)

This historical fiction novel is about an orphan in ancient Egypt. He desires nothing more than to follow in his father's footsteps as a goldsmith but is forced into a life that he despises. A story of suspense and action in which Egyptian life from impoverished hovel to magnificent palace is dramatically portrayed.

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The Trojan War (GA04)

An exciting and readable version of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, a thrilling saga of heroism and magical adventure.

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Master Cornhill (GA05)

Before the Great Plague swept London in 1665, eleven-year-old Michael Cornhill led a happy life with his foster family.

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Favorite Poems Old and New (GA06)

A stunning collection of more than 700 poems spanning the centuries from the Bible to the first half of the 20th Century and including all styles and all interests--from light verse to epics and the foolish to the sublime.

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I, Juan de Pareja (GA07)

Juan de Pareja is slave to the great artist Velazquez. De Pareja learns to paint in secret and ends up having some of his paintings hung in art museums. An engaging story based on real people.

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The Second Mrs. Giaconda (GA09)

Multiple award winner. The riddle of the Mona Lisa is solved in a most ingenious reconstruction of the middle years of Leonardo da Vinci, the quintessential Renaissance Man.

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A Single Shard (GA10)

Set in 12th-century Korea. A young orphan boy raised by a beggar under a bridge becomes an apprentice to a master potter and grows in his own talents. His journey shows faith, perseverance, and courage.

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Beyond the Desert Gate (GA11)

This sequel to The Ides of April tells of the volatile and dangerous times in Palestine during AD 70. The book brings to life the time period of the Jews revolting against Roman authority while the Greek cities get caught in the middle.

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God King (GA12)

Story of an Egyptian prince in 701 BC who reluctantly and unexpectedly succeeds to the throne and is then forced to run for his life. When he escapes he must choose alliance with either the Assyrian King or King Hezekiah of the Jews.

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The Hidden Treasure of Glaston (GA15)

In the year 1171, the confrontation between Archbishop Thomas Becket and King Henry has come to a bloody end. Abandoned and crippled, young Hugh takes refuge at Glastonbury Abbey under the care of a kind abbot.

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The Silver Branch (GA18)

Sutcliff. Violence and unrest are sweeping through Roman Britain. Justin and Flavius find themselves caught up in the middle of it all when they discover a plot to overthrow the Emperor. In fear for their lives, they gather together a tattered band of men and lead them into the thick of battle, to defend the honor of Rome. But will they be in time to save the Emperor?

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The Great and Terrible Quest (GR06)

Set in the late Middle Ages, a quick-witted orphan risks his life to care for a wounded knight who is on a quest but can't remember what he is searching for. This Middle Ages literature is exciting, engrossing, enchanting!

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Readers / Literature

Flame Over Tara (GA13)

The story of a fourteen-year-old girl in Ireland whose safe and comfortable life is turned upside down. Her plans to return home and get married are disrupted by the arrival of St. Patrick, whose new ideas make her question her Druid upbringing.

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The Shakespeare Stealer (GA14)

A heartwarming story from Elizabethan England.

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The Samurai's Tale (GR01)

Riveting story of an orphan boy who grows up to be a Samurai in 16th century Japan. Excellent introduction to Japanese culture.

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The Bronze Bow (GR02)

Set in Galilee in the time of Jesus, this is the dramatic story of a young Jewish rebel who is won over by the gentle teachings of Jesus. A wonderful story.

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Adam of the Road (GR03)

A heartwarming story about the son of a traveling minstrel who is separated from his father and forced to live by his wits and music.

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Shadow of a Bull (GR04)

Son of the greatest bullfighter in Spain, Manolo Olivar wonders whether he should go along with the townspeople's plans for him to follow in his father's footsteps. At the moment of truth, he makes his decision.

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Mara, Daughter of the Nile (GR07)

Mara, a slave, plays the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies--each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt. Exciting story of adventure, romance and intrigue in Ancient Egypt.

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The Beduins' Gazelle (GR08)

When Halima and Atiyah were babies, they were pledged in marriage. Now Atiyah has been sent away, a political pawn in a war between Beduin tribes in 1302.

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The Mystery of the Roman Ransom (GR10)

A group of boys purchase a slave for their tutor on his 50th birthday. When their tutor refuses their gift, and the slave tells the boys of a murderous plot against one of their fathers, the adventure--and fun--begins.

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Hittite Warrior (GR12)

Uriah, a Hittite warrior, lived in the time of Deborah, 200 years before David and Saul. This is his story. It makes those ancient times, cities, and peoples -- the Hittites, Canaanites, Hebrews, and Achaeans (Greeks) -- all come to life once more.

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The Ides of April (GR14)

A Roman slave, accused of murder, is helped by a "secret" Christian.

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A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver (GR17)

The story of Eleanor of Aquitaine waiting in heaven for her husband, King Henry II, to join her. She meets up with some old friends who reminisce about her amazing life in the Middle Ages when she was the wife of two kings and the mother of two others.

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Black Horses for the King (GR18)

The story of a Celtic boy who serves Lord Artos (who will later become King Arthur) and his companions in fifth-century Britain.

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Catherine Called Birdy (GR19)

"Catherine Called Birdy" by Karen Cushman is the humorous diary of a spirited 14-year old girl in 13th century England. Her father wants to marry her off to the richest suitor available, but Catherine has other plans and finds many creative ways to repulse her many suitors.

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Theras and His Town (GR20)

A young boy in fifth-century Greece was raised in Athens and then separated from his family and forced to live in Sparta. This book includes danger, adventure, courage and triumph.

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Son of Charlemagne (GR21)

In the year A.D. 781, Carl's father, Charlemagne, reveals that Carl will inherit the throne instead of the oldest son, Pepin. But Carl has his misgivings. How can he accept this honor?

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Greek Myths (GR24)

High drama, hazardous quests and unforgettable characters (mortal and immortal) reveal the landscape of early Greece and its most famous legends. From the loves of the gods (think Cupid and Psyche) to their rivalry with man (think King Midas) the stories in this introduction to classic mythology will thrill adventure seekers.

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History & Geography

Markable Map and Markers (MAP)

Includes two big full-color maps in one plus a four-color set of fine-tip water-based markers!

A geography Required Resource in every Sonlight History / Bible / Literature program from A—W.

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3" Binder with Tabs (B050)

Organize all your homeschool papers in one sturdy and convenient binder. With tabs that match your Sonlight® History, Language Arts, and Science Instructor's Guides, you'll always know where to find each week's schedule, notes and study guides.

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Student Resources

The Timeline Book (RR120)

A blank timeline from 5,000 B.C. to the Present!

Pre-printed timeline in a spiral-bound book—for use throughout your homeschooling adventure. Required Resource for Sonlight A-300.

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Instructor's Guides

Grammar 6 Set (6L15)

Grammar practice made practical.

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Language Arts

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 6 & Teacher's Key (6L10)

Add this for additional 6th Grade vocabulary practice.

Optional. Wordly Wise 3000 Book 6 introduces students to 300 vocabulary words. Students learn the meaning and application of the words through literary pieces and fascinating historical tales. Each lesson includes a series of five exercises that require thinking yet are fun to do.

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Keys to Good Language 6 (6L09)

Optional worktext scheduled in Language Arts G. Workbook and tests plus an answer key designed to build competency in grammar, usage, mechanics, and composition using content from across the curriculum: literature, science, health, hobbies, and history/geography. Pb.

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