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World History Detective®

Ancient and Medieval World Civilizations

Grades: 6-12+

Subject(s): Social Studies

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Description & Features

The captivating lessons and activities in this 368-page book can be used as a standards-based, stand-alone textbook, a resource of supplemental activities to enrich another textbook, or as a review course for older students. What makes World History Detective® different from other world history books is the integration of critical thinking into the content lessons. The questions in this book require deeper analysis and frequently ask for supporting evidence from the lesson. This in-depth analysis produces greater understanding, which results in better grades and higher test scores. Over time, students who practice critical thinking learn to apply it throughout their education and life. This book also develops reading comprehension and writing skills.

Students begin by analyzing a lesson. Next, they apply critical thinking skills to answer multiple choice and short essay questions. Finally, students support their answers by identifying evidence learned from the lesson. World History Detective® includes geographical maps, timelines, and concept maps. It develops critical thinking skills in lessons that teach the roles that technology, power, institutions, ideas, and trade played in shaping history.

Word History Detective® studies ancient, medieval, and Early American civilizations. These are the lessons that are covered:

     •  The Fertile Crescent
     •  Mesopotamia
     •  Sumerians
     •  Babylonians
     •  Hittites
     •  Phoenicians
     •  Hebrews
     •  Assyrians
     •  Babylonian
     •  Persia
     •  Egypt
     •  Celts
     •  India
     •  Buddhism
     •  Hinduism
     •  China
     •  Classical Greece
     •  Roman Republic
     •  Christianity
     •  Roman Empire
     •  Byzantine Empire
     •  Founding of Western Europe
     •  Islamic Dynasties
     •  Russia
     •  Europe, Renaissance
     •  The Crusades
     •  China
     •  Japan India
     •  Korea
     •  Southeast Asia
     •  Africa
     •  East Africa
     •  Zimbabwe
     •  West Africa
     •  Mesoamerica
     •  Mayas
     •  Incas
     •  Aztecs
     •  Northeast Woodland Tribes
     •  Plains Tribes
     •  Southwest Tribes
     •  Inuit


Teaching Support
Teacher and student introductions, list of historical topics, a lesson on identifying evidence, answers, and grade level standards.

Critical Thinking Skills
Identify evidence • Evaluate evidence • Draw inferences and conclusions.

Product Details

Item#: 06001BBP
Author(s): John De Gree
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 1-60144-144-4
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-144-7
Pages: 368, perforated

Awards

Creative Child Magazine 2013 Book of the Year Award, Classroom Book Category Homeschooling Parent's 2013 Seal of Approval Tillywig Brain Child Award

Product Reviews Write a review for this product

"I find, especially in ancient history, the civilizations start running together in both my daughter’s and my memory. Our discussions often include questions like, “Wait, was that the Babylonians or Hittites?” Using this curriculum as a review helped both of us organize the ancient civilizations in our memory. I love the convenience of perforated pages in this book. That makes my life so much easier, since we tear out all of our work and place it into a weekly binder for more mobile schooling. I also appreciate the copyright on this book. Copies are allowed for family use in one home (or in one classroom for school teachers), so I can make copies and save the book to use with the rest of my children. Overall I am very impressed with World History Detective®. " - Amanda, http://bigfamilyblessings.com
"My daughter absolutely loved it. She loves workbook formats, so the work pages were perfect for her. I love how the Critical Thinking Co. helps train students' brains to think and problem solve. She really liked how the book challenged her to remember facts with each lesson. She also loved the word box diagrams and how there was a test-like format at the end of each lesson. She especially liked how some of it let her use her own words to describe what she had learned. She also loved the essay portion because she was able to write what she thought. " - Tere, Arkansas
"My son has an insatiable love of history. He enjoyed working through the lessons and gaining historical knowledge, as well as developing his critical thinking skills. As he progressed though the book, my son found it much easier to complete the lessons. Obviously, his critical thinking skills were being sharpened. As both a parent and a teacher, I would call that a SCORE!!! Being 13 years old, I doubt that he would actually admit it, but I think that he enjoyed World History Detective. I highly recommend this curriculum to others." - Jennifer, TX
"I am classical, home-educating parent and have fallen in love with World History Detective. After many years of memorizing dates and facts about history and geography in his grammar years, my son was ready for more information to tie the facts together. We now have the best conversations and I am experiencing the joy of "watching the lightbulb come on" each and every day as we work through this book! I couldn't be more pleased to see his love for learning grow and anticipate the release of the next volume!" - Graham Family, SC
"World History Detective® accomplishes more than just teaching world history. It also can replace reading comprehension activities since that is a major function of the lessons. It might provide a significant amount of composition activity, especially if you use the opportunity to help students develop essay writing skills. Depending upon how often you use the lessons, students can complete World History Detective, Book 1 in one or more years. A one-year schedule would require at least two lessons per week, but using it alongside another program over a longer period of time should work fine too." - Cathy Duffy Review
"Surprisingly my 11-year-old REALLY got into this workbook. GASP! A workbook for history? Yes! Honestly, I was just as surprised! World History Detective® has 78 Civilizations to learn in self-guided chronological order. My son really like the condensed and concise information about civilizations filled with great maps, timelines, deductive question and concept maps." - Lisa Keva
"Importantly, the workbook portions are not simple read-and-regurgitate queries. Instead your student will be asked to point out which statements in a set of four are fact and which are opinion; or which of these phrases can be inferred from the lesson, and which sentences best support that theory. These types of questions help your child to grasp that history is always interpreted by those telling the story and to think through the varied reasons why an event happened as it did." - Timberdoodle
"Importantly, the workbook portions are not simple read-and-regurgitate queries. Instead your student will be asked to point out which statements in a set of four are fact and which are opinion; or which of these phrases can be inferred from the lesson, and which sentences best support that theory. These types of questions help your child to grasp that history is always interpreted by those telling the story and to think through the varied reasons why an event happened as it did." - Timberdoodle
"World History Detective® eliminates the possibility of the passive student. Instead of simply providing facts for rote memorization, it requires students to assess what is put before them, to ferret out evidence and draw inferences and conclusions based on that evidence. And it systematically provides the necessary tools to do so. Through the structure and content of the book, the student gains formidable critical thinking and analytical skills, and an understanding of not just the material presented, but of a process of how to delve into any material and come away with the core knowledge." - The Classic Historian
"World History Detective® is effective as a standalone textbook, as an enhancement to another textbook, or as a review course for older students. In any event, the benefits the student gains from it will be lifelong." - The Classic Historian