World Studies (3rd ed.) is rewritten and updated to provide a fresh look at the civilizations of the world through the lens of a Christian worldview. This edition begins with a brief review of history from Creation to the coming of Christ and progresses in a chronological journey around the world studying the ebb and flow of empires, cultures, Christianity, and world religions, concluding with an examination of the trends of the emerging 21st century.
World Studies Subject Kit is rated
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Rated 3 out of
Tests Do Not Coincide With TextbookMy students and I have been frustrated with how the tests do not seem to match up to what is in the textbook. The tests sometimes ask for information that has not even been discussed. I have taught my students to look for the bold words, the extremes (largest/smallest) and I have resorted to giving open book tests as the questions seem to focus on insignificant details.
Date published: 2013-04-04
Rated 1 out of
Overview of world studies and English booksThe world studies book was too difficult for seventh graders. Even the best students had a hard time with so much info per chapter. I ended up using the workbook mainly and even that proved difficult. Maybe more teacher tool activities would help. This text seems more suitable for 10th grade or above.
While much of the literature books’ information was good, the stories were ancient and boring even to me. The book doesn’t wear as well as a hardback and is visually unappealing. More modern stories and some glossy pages would make the books more appealing.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 2 out of
Missing the second editionThis was my first year teaching using the World Studies textbook. I wish I could say that it was a joy to teach, but that has not been the case for a variety of reasons.
First of all, the name World Studies feels misleading - it feels more like World History Lite. I preferred the second edition's emphasis on the culture and geography of the various areas being studied.
In addition, I feel that the text emphasizes certain events or people which I would not have even included in a text for seventh graders. People such as Spinoza and Czar Nicholas I were described in detail while big names like Mozart and Queen Elizabeth were left out. The seventh graders I teach need the emphasis on the big names to help them construct a structure of history that will enable them to catch the details later on in high school. This text, unfortunately, does not provide the coherent structure that I felt the second edition did. It bounces from one topic to the next and does not tie the various events together well. Some chapters, moreover, try to do too much. The chapter on the Renaissance and Reformation would have been better as two, for example.
The ending, too, was disappointing. I remember the second edition's chapters on Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East as being good introductions to the modern histories of those regions. But this new edition leaves much to be desired, essentially skipping the modern histories of those regions almost entirely.
On a positive note, I did like the chapter on the Ottoman Empire and found the timelines at the beginning of each chapter engaging. On the whole, however, I felt too much was added in an incomplete way. I wish less historical information had been added so that more explanatory and cultural/geographical information could have been given.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 3 out of
Just an averageboring textbookI have found this to be just a typical textbook. It is heavy on text with very little pizazz. The reading level can be challenging for readers who struggle. Overall, I found this textbook to be very boring and hard to navigate for students. I use it minimally when teaching World History.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 4 out of
It is a nice enhancement to the text.It seems like it is more of an "enhancement" workbook rather than a "reinforcement" workbook. I feel like my students would benefit from more "reinforcement."
Date published: 2016-04-11
Rated 5 out of
XXXXXXXXXXXXXxProgram is a bit overwhelming in the beginning to set up. Once I figured out which parts of the material worked for us, we began to relax a bit.
My biggest complaint would be the dvds. They skip and hang up. Not all of them, but it is very distracting and aggravating when it happens. Today happens to be one of those days!
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 3 out of
To be completely honest, my students (as well as myself) find this book somewhat stuffy and rather boring. IThis text is rather dry and boring. This is a fascinating period of history, but it comes across rather dull. I have to supplement it a good bit. I pull out some chapters with projects to help keep my students attention. In this "techno" age, things have to be current for students to be able to identify. I am sorry that I cannot give you a better recomendation, but this is my honest evaluation. I will use this text next year, because frankly, I can't find one that is better.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 4 out of
Decent, but problematicMost of these workbook pages are good, and although having original sources to analyze is great, many of them are very difficult for 7th graders to comprehend as they read because of the language. Although the last editions pages were more work-intensive, I felt that they were better.