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Learn About Exploring World History

How It Works

From Creation to the 21st century, Exploring World History presents ancient, medieval, and modern history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. It offers a thorough survey of Western civilization with significant coverage of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The hardcover books feature hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations. (See a comparison of the old and new editions.)

The Exploring World History Curriculum Package includes three books:

  • Part 1: Creation Through the Middle Ages (first semester)
  • Part 2: The Renaissance to the Present (second semester)
  • In Their Words: Original Documents, Speeches, Poems, and Stories from World History (assigned readings)

Exploring World History is designed to be easy-to-use for parent and student. Each of the 30 weekly units has an introduction that features a summary of the material covered, a list of lessons, Bible memory work, books required for that unit, and suggested writing assignments and hands-on projects. Each of the 150 daily lessons (five lessons per week) includes the history text and the reading assignments for that day (and those in progress). A focused student can direct his own study, and the parent can offer as much interaction as needed.

Completing the full course provides your child with a year's high school credit in World History, English, and Bible. Depending on how fast your child reads and how much time he spends on the unit projects, he may need an average of 2-3 hours for each daily lesson. The history credit involves reading the lessons and the original documents (and answering the questions in the optional Student Review if desired). The English credit involves completing writing assignments and reading the assigned literature. The Bible credit involves reading large portions of the Bible and completing the Bible study lesson for each unit. The unit projects offer a wide variety of activities that tie into history, English, and Bible.

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The Literature

In addition to the assigned readings from In Their Words, the curriculum also assigns the following twelve books. Specific page numbers are not assigned, so you do not have to use these particular editions. We offer them as a set or individually.

  • Units 3-5: The Cat of Bubastes (G. A. Henty)
  • Unit 8: The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
  • Unit 10: Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare)
  • Units 13-14: The Imitation of Christ (Thomas à Kempis)
  • Units 16-18: Here I Stand (Roland Bainton)
  • Units 19-20: A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
  • Units 21-22: North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
  • Units 23-24: The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom)
  • Unit 25: Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  • Units 26-27: Bridge to the Sun (Gwen Terasaki)
  • Units 28-29: Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton)
  • Unit 30: The Abolition of Man (C. S. Lewis)

Exploring World History Literature

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Look Inside

Exploring World History Part 1 (Table of Contents, How to Use This Curriculum, Unit 5 - God Choose Israel, and Unit 10 - Roman Civilization) View Online Download
Exploring World History Part 2 (Table of Contents, Unit 24 - The World at War, Unit 26 - The Making of Modern Asia, and Index) View Online Download
In Their Words (Table of Contents and selected readings) View Online Download
Exploring World History Student Review Pack (sample pages from all three components: the Student Review, the Quiz & Exam Book, and the Answer Key) View Online Download
Guide for Parents View Online Download

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What Parents Are Saying

"Not only are [my daughter and I] learning history together, we are seeing it all from a Christian worldview, which is giving my daughter perspective as she sees it all unfold chronologically. She is also becoming more grounded in the Scriptures and learning the character and nature of God." (North Carolina)

"Our daughter Hannah is in 9th grade and is loving World History! We have struggled to find a History curriculum that is not only quality but affordable, Christ-centered and thorough. Trying to tie all of those aspects together has proved difficult. Now half way through the year, we are thrilled to say that we have found that curriculum! The way that Bible, Literature and History are tied together and discussed is wonderful. The schedule has been invaluable, as Hannah is able to mark off what she has done and keep herself on track." (Idaho)

"My daughter grew spiritually this year. I attribute a lot of her growth to [Exploring World History]. Ray Notgrass taught this history in such a way that she learned to look at history from God's perspective, which helps her to interpret current events in light of God's word. She came to me every day so excited about what she was learning about God and His ways." (Oklahoma)

"Both my teens absolutely loved the integrated World History, Literature, and Bible program from Notgrass. This program captured their interest and understanding. They would consistently comment on the Bible timeline cleverly interwoven with the world history text and enjoyed reading designated Bible passages along side with corresponding history. Reading Christian literature relating to the era being studied paints a clearer perspective of ancient history. Adding the literature component truly makes this unique course come alive." (Florida)

"I truly feel [Exploring America and Exploring World History] have been the most pain-free homeschool products I've ever purchased!" (Arizona)

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About the AuthorRay Notgrass

Ray Notgrass holds a bachelor's degree in history and master's degrees in history and religion. He has written three other high school courses: Exploring America, Exploring Government, and Exploring Economics. Ray is also the coauthor of Tennessee and Georgia state history curricula.

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Exploring World History Curriculum Package

This curriculum by Ray Notgrass has 150 lessons integrating world history, world literature, and Bible. The Curriculum package features three hardcover books plus a short guide for parents and teachers. 2014 Edition. High School. View Sample Pages
Price $99.95

Exploring World History Literature Package

Twelve works of world literature are assigned in Exploring World History. You may be able to get the books from your local library, or you can purchase them individually from us or from another supplier. This package includes all twelve books at 20% off the individual prices. 2014 Edition.
Price $84.95

Exploring World History Student Review Pack

The optional Student Review Pack includes three resources. The Student Review Book includes lesson review questions, literature review questions, literary analysis, and Bible commentary. The Quiz & Exam Book has weekly quizzes and six exams that can be removed from the book and given to the student individually if desired. The Answer Key has all of the answers for the parent to use in grading. 2014 Edition.

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Price $14.95
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