The Story of History series covers the flow of history from Bible times through the 20th century, providing students a backdrop against which they can better engage the Great Conversation. The Story of History series is intended to give students a sense of what it was like to live then and there. Grammar School students get to know the heroes, villains and key events of the period using both biographies and selected works of historical fiction as well as nonfiction narrative histories (where available).
The early Modern world comes to life as students in this course explore historical, geographical and cultural knowledge of the modern world, approximately AD 1492 to AD 1914. From Columbus’s journey to the Americas to the outbreak of World War I, students watch God’s plan unfold as He moves through nations and empires. By providing an overview of Modernity, this class prepares students for subsequent Bible and history courses through the development of attentive listening, close reading, thoughtful interaction and oral narration. Students create their own timeline, practice cartography skills, complete map projects, present on favorite historical characters and more.
Topics include: exploration and conquest, Colonial American life, the culture of the Renaissance, understanding the fullness of the Reformation, Atlantic trade and how Enlightenment ideals shaped revolutions and transformed societies.
Homework Habits: Students typically spend 2 hours a week on reading assignments, map work and discussions.
Suggested Grade Level: 6