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Brittany Beacham –
Hi! I’m wondering if the History of the World Books can be used alongside the Story of the World books, in order to do history family style with high schoolers and elementary/middle schoolers together? Do they line up with each other at all, or do you have a guide that shows how to do that?
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Answer Desk –
We do not have a timeline matchup between the two books. Although the time periods are the same, the History of the World series covers much more information, and it is presented in a way that doesn’t align with The Story of the World.
It can still be helpful to have younger and older students covering the ancient world at the same time. There will be many occasions for general discussion, there may be documentaries that are appropriate to all, and some activities in the SOTW activity books can be enjoyed by older students. Who doesn’t want to build a gingerbread Parthenon?
Do you happen to have a recommended supplemental reading list (fiction or non) to go along with this?
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Answer Desk –
There is no supplemental reading list, but the Notes section lists works cited by chapter, and you can find some good non-fiction reading that way, based on which chapters interest you the most.
For fiction, you can’t go wrong with the classics (Gilgamesh, Iliad, Odyssey, Greek comedies/tragedies), and there are also a good number of choices in historical fiction.
What is actually happening with this series? I followed the instructions somewhere on this site to follow SWB on IG, FB, etc. and watch for updates, as well as to contact the publisher and ask when they will publish the fourth book. (See here: https://support.welltrainedmind.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012631393-Will-there-be-another-book-in-the-History-of-the-World-series-What-about-audiobooks- )
I did contact them, and contrary to what I learned here on The Well-Trained Mind website, they claim there will NOT be a fourth book. This is highly disappointing. Every other history curriculum has a modern component… they’ve picked a date to work up to and stopped. WTM and SWB, please reconsider and pick a time period. As time goes on, there will always be more and more info to include. Today’s students need to know about the events that could be included in a fourth book, even one that stops at the fall of the Berlin Wall, or somewhere around there.
The following is the message from WW. Norton & Company.
“Thank you for your inquiry about the 4th volume of Suisan Wise Bauer’s History of the World series. Unfortunately, Susan has decided not to attempt that book because she was having increasing difficulty keeping the volumes at a reasonable length as she moved forward in time. The closer to the present she moved, the source material grew exponentially, and there were more and more events that had to be covered. She figured out that in order to write the volume on modern times she could allot only sixty-something pages to cover all of World War 2, otherwise the book would be unmanageably huge.
I regret her decision, but I understand why she made the choice she did.
Editor at Large
W.W. Norton & Company, Publishers”
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Press Minion –
Thank you for checking with us, and we apologize for the confusion. The information you received from Norton isn’t quite correct…yes, Dr. Bauer did decide not to follow the original plan of a 4-volume world history, because the 4th volume would have had to cover so much material in such a short span. But she hasn’t abandoned the project, and does plan a continuation of the series…it’s just that it’s going to have to be multiple volumes instead of 1. It’s still a good idea to follow her on Facebook, since that’s her main space for announcing future projects, publications, etc.