Master Books has recently released a new History and Literature Curriculum for the high school level that can be used together or separately. The books are written by James Stobaugh author of the ACT and SAT College Prep Course for the Christian Student.
The history and literature courses complement one another and the time periods match up. No more scrambling for book lists or searching for books to go along with what you are studying. In each chapter of the literature books there is a “history connection” at the bottom of the chapter introduction page in order to help the student study the texts consecutively.
If you use the History and the Literature Curriculum together, your student can earn THREE high school credits per year. They will earn credits in history, literature, and composition, with about an hour and a half of work each day.
The Master Books History Curriculum comes with a student book and a teacher book. The student book is paperback and pretty thick, but nicely bound. This includes the reading text and the critical thinking questions. It has a lot of black and white photographs, which help to break up the text. The reading portions are not overly long and keep the attention of the reader without being boring. I enjoyed reading the material myself and found it to be very engaging.
There is a narrative background for each time period, critical thinking questions, concepts/generalizations, historical debates, world view formation, and history and world view overviews. Some of the assignments can be done inside the book while others will need to be done on a notepad or on a computer. At the end of each week the student will take an exam over the material learned that week.
This curriculum is very student directed, which I like. The student is to complete the coursework independently with the parent checking and grading the work that is turned in. The book suggests that they can turn their work in daily or wait until the end of the week for the parent to grade all at one time. Using this independent study method, that requires the student to be responsible for keeping up with his/her assignments, will help to achieve higher ACT and SAT scores. The teacher books have the answers and tests and break down the assignments and give an overview of what the essay answers should be.
The History Volumes that are available are:
American History: Observations and Assessments from Early Settlement to Today
This volume covers Natives of the New World with the last chapter being the War on Terrorism. The last two chapters also cover many contemporary issues such as abortion, homeschool vs. private school education, euthanasia, global warming and health care. Some parents may want to discuss and read these with their children, though they are written in a Biblical, gentle, yet honest look at Modern America today.
British History: Observations and Assessments from Early Cultures to Today
This volume covers Early England, Ancient Scots, Celts, Druids, the Elizabethan Age, Golden Age, Industrial Revolution, Victorian Era, Modernism, WWI, WWII, the Cold War, through the 1970’s and present time.
World History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today
This volume covers Mesopotamia, the Jewish Exile, Egyptian, Greece and Roman Life, Early Church History, Japanese, Indian, Persian, Chinese, the Middle Ages, the crusades, the Renaissance, the Reformation, German History, the World Wars and South Africa.
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Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!