Story of the world

G1-9th grade

Told in an entertaining, engaging style, The Story of the World uses the stories of women and men, countries and empires, rebels and rulers, peasants and presidents, to walk young readers through a continuous, chronological account of human events. The reading level of each volume increases slightly in difficulty, growing along with the developing ability of the children following the narrative thread. Volume 1 is a read-aloud for grades 1-2, an independent read for stronger readers in grades 2-5; Volume 2 is pitched towards grades 2-6; Volume 3, towards grades 3-6; and Volume 4, tackling the difficult topics of modern wars, has a reading level of grades 4-8.

Volume 1

20 Lessons Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor

Lesson 1: The First Nomads

Lesson 2: Making Mummies

Lesson 3: Egyptian Pyramids

Lesson 4: Hammurabi and the Babylonians & the Assyrians

Lesson 5: The River Road

Lesson 6: Pictograms of Ancient China

Lesson 7: The New Kingdom Of Egypt

Lesson 8: The Israelites Leave Egypt

Lesson 9: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Lesson 10: The Early Greeks

Lesson 11: The First Olympics

Lesson 12: Sparta and Athens

Lesson 13: The Golden Apple

Lesson 14: Alexander the Great

Lesson 15: The Roman Builders

Lesson 16: The Aryans of India

Lesson 17: Julius Caesar

Lesson 18: The Birth of Jesus

Lesson 19: The British Rebellion

Lesson 20: The End of Roma

Volume 2

20 Lessons Volume 2: The Middle Age: From the Fall Of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance

Lesson 1 Fall of Rome. 

Lesson 2 Early Britain

Lesson 3 Byzantine Empire

Lesson 4 The Kingdom of the Franks

Lesson 5 Rise of Islam

Lesson 6 Islam in Spain & Africa

Lesson 7 Vikings

Lesson First Kings of England

Lesson England After the Viking Conquest

Lesson 10 The Crusades

Lesson 11 The Mongols

Lesson 12 China

Lesson 13 The Ottoman Empire

Lesson 14 The Plague

Lesson 15 After the Plague-War

Lesson 16 Exploring the New World

Lesson 17 Spain & Portugal in the New World

Lesson 18 Martin Luther

Lesson 19 The Renaissance

Lesson 20 The World at the End of the 16th Century


Volume 3

20 Lessons:Early Modern Times

Lesson 1: A World of Empires & Revolutions

Chapter One: A World of Empires

Chapter Two: Protestant Rebellions

Lesson 2: Government & Exploration 

Chapter Three: James, King of Two Countries

Chapter Four: Searching for the Northwest Passage

Lesson 3: Colonies & Slavery

Chapter Six: New Colonies in the New World

Chapter Seven: The Spread of Slavery

Lesson 4: Fighting for Empires

Chapter Eight: The Middle of the East

Chapter Nine: The Western War

Lesson 5: Asian Empires

Chapter Ten: Far East of Europe

Chapter Eleven: The Mughul Emperors of India

Lesson 6: European Affairs

Chapter Twelve: Battle, Fire, and Plague in England

Chapter Thirteen: The Sun King

Lesson 7: Colonial Conflict

Chapter Fifteen: A New World in Conflict

Lesson 8: The West & Western Thinking

Chapter Sixteen: The West

Chapter Seventeen: Russia Looks West

Lesson 9: More about the Eastern Empires

Chapter Nineteen: The English in India

Chapter Twenty: The Imperial East

Lesson 10: Unrest & Revolution in the Colonies

Chapter Twenty-One: Fighting over North America

Chapter Twenty-Two: Revolution!

Lesson 11: A New Nation

Chapter Twenty-Three: The New Country

Chapter Twenty-Four: Sailing South

Lesson 12: Changes in Government 

Chapter Twenty-Five: Revolution Gone Sour

Chapter Twenty-Six: Catherine the Great

Lesson 13: Global Changes

Chapter Twenty-Seven: A Changing World

Chapter Twenty-Eight: China and the Rest of the World

Lesson 14: Empires and Freedom

Chapter Twenty-Nine: The Rise of Bonaparte

Chapter Thirty: Freedom in the Caribbean

Lesson 15: American Innovation and Expansion 

Chapter Thirty-One: A Different Kind of Rebellion

Chapter Thirty-Two: The Opened West

Lesson 16: Emperor Napoleon 

Chapter Thirty-Three: The End of Napoleon 

Add Napoleon Review 

Lesson 17: Revolutions in Central and South America

Chapter Thirty-Four: Freedom for South America

Chapter Thirty-Five: Mexican Independence 

Lesson 18: Stains on America’s History

Chapter Thirty-Six: The Slave Trade Ends

Chapter Thirty-Eight: American Tragedies

Lesson 19: Wars Around the World

Chapter Thirty-Nine: China Adrift

Chapter Forty: Mexico and Her Neighbor

Lesson 20:

Chapter Forty-Two: The World of Forty-Nine

Independent Reading: 

Chapter Fourteen: The Rise of Prussia

Chapter Eighteen: East and West Collide

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Troubled Africa 

Chapter Forty-One: New Zealand and Her Rulers

Volume 4

20 Lessons:The Modern Age

Lesson 1: Clash of Empires

Chapter One: Britain’s Empire

Chapter Two: West Against East

Lesson 2:  Unrest Around the Globe

Chapter Three: British Invasions

Chapter Four: Resurrection and Rebellion

Lesson 3: The American Civil War

Chapter Five: The American Civil War 

Lesson 4: Empires Upon Empires

Chapter Seven: Two Empires, Three Republics, and One Kingdom

Chapter Nine: Two More Empires, Two Rebellions

Lesson 5: Regional Differences

Chapter Ten: A Canal to the East and a Very Dry Desert

Chapter Eleven: The Far Parts of the World

Lesson 6: More Unrest 

Chapter Twelve: Unhappy Unions

Chapter Thirteen: The Old-Fashioned Emperor and the Red Sultan 

Lesson 7: Escalating Conflict

Chapter Fourteen: Two Czars and Two Emperors

Chapter Fifteen: Small Countries with Large Invaders

Lesson 8: More About the West and the East 

Chapter Sixteen: The Expanding United States

Chapter Seventeen: China’s Troubles

Lesson 9: Colonization Conflict

Chapter Eighteen: Europe and the Countries Just East 

Chapter Nineteen: China, Vietnam – and France

Lesson 10: The Great War

Chapter Twenty: Revolution in the Americans… War in the World

Chapter Twenty-One: A Revolution Begins, and the Great War Ends

Lesson 11: After the Great War

Chapter Twenty-Three: “Peace” and a Man of War

Chapter Twenty-Four: The King and Il Duce

Lesson 12: A World After the War

Chapter Twenty-Five: Armies in China

Chapter Twenty-Six: The Great Crash, and What Came of It

Lesson 13: The Second World War

Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Second World War

Chapter Twenty-Nine: The End of World War II

Lesson 14: A world After War part II

Chapter Thirty-One: Western Bullies and American Money

Chapter Thirty-Two: Africa and China after World War II

Lesson 15: Communism & Dictatorships 

Chapter Thirty-Three: Communism in Asia

Chapter Thirty-Four: Dictators in South America and Africa

Lesson 16: The Cold War 

Chapter Thirty-Five: The Cold War

Chapter Thirty-Six: Struggles and Assassinations

Lesson 17: More About Wars

Chapter Thirty-Seven: Two Short Wars and One Long One

Chapter Thirty-Eight: Two Ways of Fighting

Lesson 18: The USSR

Chapter Thirty-Nine: The 1980s in the East and in the Mideast

Chapter Forty: The 1980s in the USSR

Lesson 19: Government Changes

Chapter Forty-One: Communism Crumbles – but Survives 

Lesson 20: The End of the Twentieth Century

Chapter Forty-Two: The End of the Twentieth Century 

Chapter to Read Independently

Chapter Six: The Two Tries for Freedom

Chapter Eight: Becoming Modern 

Chapter Twenty-Two: National Uprisings

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Civil War and Invasion

Chapter Thirty: Partitioned Countries