Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Story of the World Volume 4 Resources

Story of the World is the "spine" in our homeschool.  I tend to assign the girls writing and research assignments based on what we are learning in Story of the World.  As a librarian, I search for novels and non-fiction books for my girls to read that pertain to what we are learning in Story of the World.   I find that my girls (and I) retain things better if we "see" it, so I search for movies or videos on line that we can watch about the topics covered in Story of the World.

  • I always purchase the Story of the World book and Activity Guide for each volume.  
  • I ask my girls the Comprehension questions & have them write a summary OR, in the case of Volume 4, complete the outline.  For some chapters all we did was read and outline (I have noted that under that chapter heading), but for many chapters we both read, outlined and found outside resources (for those chapters I did not mention the outline, but we always do the outline).
  • We keep a binder of our summaries and outlines.  
  • We have our binders tabbed for each volume of Story of the World.
  • Within each volume, we have a tab for Vocabulary.  I have the girls define the words either using the text or a dictionary.
  • My girls each have a Book of Centuries, that they update once a week to add new events and people we learned about.
  • My girls are 11 & 13, my main goals for them with regard to history is that they have enough information to form educated opinions and to ensure that they can comfortably discuss topics and express their opinions.  Some of the discussion topics that I note may not be suitable for younger children.
Prior to beginning Story of the World, Volume 4, we watched Lincoln and The Men Who Built America.  The Men Who Built America begins with Abraham Lincoln's death so watching Lincoln first and then beginning the History Channel TV series The Men Who Built America makes sense.


 Here is a comprehensive list of supplemental resources we used for Story of the World, Volume 4.  We are not completely finished yet, my intention is to update this with what we use until we do finish:

Chapter 1 ~ Britain's Empire

Victoria's England

Vocabulary: Crystal Palace - a special, all glass gallery created for an an exhibit of art from all around the world

The Sepoy Mutiny

  • we just read and outlined this chapter
Vocabulary: sepoy - native Indian soldier

Chapter 2 ~ West Against East

Japan Re-Opens

Vocabulary: Samurai, shogun

The Crimean War

  • We checked out these photos from the Crimean War
  • Florence Nightingale - the girls each researched her using books and websites and wrote a report

Chapter 3 ~ British Invasions

The Great Game

Vocabulary: shah, khan, Amir

Wandering Through Africa

Chapter 4 ~ Resurrection and Rebellion

Italy's "Resurrection"

  • we made a Margherita pizza following the recipe in the Activity Book
  • We played this game: Battleship based on a quiz about the chapter in Story of the World 4
  • We watched some of the videos from this blog: Story of the World Blog

The Taiping Rebellion

Chapter 5 ~ The American Civil War

South Against North

  • We learned about the Civil War last summer.  We had watched Gone with the Wind, which I do recommend if your kids have not seen it, it's a classic that everyone should be able to discuss and gives a good picture of what antebellum means.
  • We watched Uncle Tom's Cabin on youtube last summer
  • We discussed states' rights and various issues.  Each girl wrote an essay about their position on states rights versus a unified government and why they felt the way they did.
Vocabulary: secede, Union, Confederate

After the Civil War

  • Ken Burns Civil War on Netflix - this is not for everyone, it's fairly graphic but we covered the Civil War last summer and had watched many of the other documentaries on Netflix.  Civil War Journal series and History's Mysteries: Lincoln Untold Stories were very good!
  • The girls completed the worsheet in the Activity Book on the names of Civil War
  • The girls memorized the Confederate and Union states, as well as neutral areas; they also memorized The Gettysburg Address  
  • We celebrated Juneteenth several weeks after covering this chapter, on June 19 and the girls made all the recipes in the Activity Book - the biscuits are to die for!

Chapter 6 ~ Two Tries for Freedom

Paraguay and the Triple Alliance

  • We looked at different political cartoons and the girls each created a political cartoon

The Dominion of Canada

  • Allie had already read Anne of Green Gables and Piper was not interested in reading it; we've watched the TV series on DVD and the movie numerous times and if you have not read it or watched the TV series and can get your hands on it, it's good.
  • We watched Travelogue: Prince Edward Island
Vocabulary: Annexation - the act of adding a nearby territory to a country

Chapter 7 ~ Two Empires, Three Republics, and One Kingdom

Two Empires and Three Republics

  • We just read and outlined this chapter
Vocabulary: Aristocrats, revolutionary, Constitutional monarchy

The Second Reich

  • Wrote fairy tales as suggested in Activity Guide
Vocabulary: confederation, Confederacy, kaiser, chancellor, dictatorship

Chapter 8 ~ Becoming Modern

Rails, Zones & Bulbs

  • If you have not watched The Men Who Built America yet, I HIGHLY recommend it.  This History Channel mini-series is a wonderful representation of what life was like in America in the 1800s and how the rail systems were built, the conflict between Tesla and Edison, who Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie and Ford were.  

Vocabulary: standardized, filament, alternating current, direct current


Japan's Meiji Restoration

  • We just read and outlined this chapter
Vocabulary: feudal society, conscripts

Chapter 9 ~ Two More Empires, Two More Rebellions

The Dutch East Indies

Vocabulary: archipelago, guerrilla war

The Sick Man of Europe

  • It was interesting to see if the girls could understand this, lots of innuendo.

Vocabulary:  ambassador, sultan, Balkans

Chapter 10 ~ A Canal to the East and a Very Dry Desert

The War of the Pacific

  • This movie is more fun than historical, but we watched South Pacific.
  • We checked out this website The War of the Pacific  **it is important that children understand what saltpeter is as it figures into several other events
Vocabulary: saltpeter, sodium nitrate

The Suez Canal

  • We checked out this site: World Atlas: Suez Canal
  • We also watched this opera, which was performed (not this version) to celebrate the completion of the Suez Canal

Chapter 11 ~ The Far Parts of the World

The Iron Outlaw

  • The girls made Wanted Posters for Ned Kelly and his gang, as suggested in the Activity Guide

Carving Up Africa

  • We made the Textured Map as suggested in the Activity Guide for this book
Vocabulary: investor

Chapter 12 ~ Unhappy Unions

Ireland's Troubles

Vocabulary: blight, Home Rule

The Boers and the British

  • We checked out some videos (this was a genocide, parents may want to preview videos)
Vocabulary: foundry, brawn Boers, concentration camps

Chapter 13 ~ The Old Fashioned Emperor and the Red Sultan

Brazil's Republic

  • discussed why someone would call slavery a "cancer"

Abdulhamid the Red

Vocabulary: parliament, deport

Chapter 14 ~ Two Czars and Two Emperors

The Next-to-Last Czar of Russia

  • I grew up in the age of Baryshnikov, so when I saw the suggestion in the Activity Guide to watch a Russian ballet, I could not resist the opportunity to expose my girls to Baryshnikov.  
  • Vocabulary: autocracy

Ethiopia and Italy

  • Discussed symbolism and meaning behind being called "The Lion of Africa"
  • We made an Ethiopian meal as outlined in the Activity Guide
Vocabulary: protectorate

Chapter 15 ~ Small Countries with Large Invaders

The Korean Battleground

  • We used these online flashcards for this chapter

The Spanish-American War

  • We discussed "Yellow Journalism"
  • Have each child write a report on Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst or Theodore Roosevelt

Chapter 16 ~ The Expanding United States 

(a chapter we spent a lot of time on)

Moving West

  • The Oregon Trail (a TRUE Book) by Mel Friedman
  • How Many People Traveled the Oregon Trail? by Miriam Aronin
  • Oregon Trail: A Road to Destiny (graphic novel) by Frank Young & David Lasky
  • Rachel's Journal by Marissa Moss (good for girls ages 8-11)
  • In Search of the Oregon Trail (documentary) - HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you can find
  • Oregon Trail (documentary) - also very good
Vocabulary:  territories, pioneers

Stocks, Philanthropists, and Outlaws

  • The Men Who Built America (History Channel mini-series)
  • Pit card game--fun way to learn a little about "cornering the market"
  • I showed the girls the spreadsheet I use to follow stocks we own on the stock market and encouraged them to each pick a public company to follow--Allie picked Petsmart and Piper is still thinking
Vocabulary: philanthropist
  • Have children write a report on Andrew Carnegie 
  • Google "List of Carnegie Libraries in (your state)" and visit one if it is nearby

Chapter 17 ~ China's Troubles

The Boxer Rebellion

  • Built a water balloon torpedo as suggested in the Activity Guide
Vocabulary: embassy, diplomat, dowager

The Czar and the Admiral

  • We checked out this cool newspaper from the time period: The Age, 1904
Vocabulary: diplomacy

Chapter 18 ~ Europe and the Countries Just East

Persia, Its Enemies, and Its "Friends"

  • Completed the How Much Fuel Would It Take? worksheet in the Activity Guide; learned about Btu
Vocabulary: reservoir, petroleum

The Balkan Mess

  • We read and outlined this chapter
Vocabulary: peninsula, secular

Chapter 19 ~ China, Vietnam - and France

The Last Emperor

  • We watched the {amazing and not at all dated} 1987 movie The Last Emperor (at the time of this writing it is on Netflix Instant Queue)

Vocabulary: opium, abdicate

The Vietnamese Restoration Society

  • we just read and outlined this chapter

Chapter 20 ~ Revolution in the Americas...War In the World

The Mexican Revolution

  • The girls researched and wrote essays on Pancho Villa
Vocabulary: conquistadores

World War I

Vocabulary: draft, the front, cryptographer, Lusitania

**We made a list of the Central Powers and the Allied Forces in bold marker to keep them straight

Chapter 21 ~ A Revolution Begins, and the Great War Ends

The Russian Revolution

Vocabulary: provisional government, communism

The End of World War I

  • Have children write papers on Woodrow Wilson and/or The Women's Suffrage Movement
  • Discuss the privilege of voting and what responsibilities that entails, my girls are 11 & 13 and it was interesting to get their perspective
Vocabulary: democratic, counter-offensive, armistice, suffrage, suffragist

Chapter 22 ~ National Uprisings

The Easter Uprising

Vocabulary: Home Rule, Parliament

Indian Nationalism

  • Great read-aloud for ALL ages: Gandhi: A March to the Sea
  • We watched Gandhi
  • I asked my girls to each write about Gandhi; Allie chose to write a fictional narrative as though she were a young girl in India who followed Gandhi to the sea and whose parents participated in peaceful protests
Vocabulary: Raj, vice-regent, sahib, memsahib, satyagraha

Chapter 23 ~ "Peace" and a Man of War

The Peace of Versailles

Vocabulary: communism

The Rise of Joseph Stalin

Vocabulary:  totalitarian state, dissident, authoritarian, nationalistic

**We discussed the differences between Communism, Socialism and Fascism and made a chart to help the girls understand the differences.

Chapter 24 ~ The King and II Duce

The First King of Egypt

  • We read and outlined this chapter.
  • We used the worksheet in the Activity Guide to write out names in Arabic.
Vocabulary: khedive, boycott, forfeit, sultan, protectorate

Fascism in Italy

  • I had the girls research and make illustrated posters with facts on Mussolini
**We added more facts to our chart on Socialism, Communism and Fascism

Chapter 25 ~ Armies in China

Japan, China and a Pretend Emperor

  • If you have not watched The Last Emperor, we recommend it
  • The girls created a Bulletpoint Timeline for this section of this chapter in addition to doing the outline

The Long March

  • We began using Susan Wise Bauer's suggestion of not completing the outline, but using it as a guide to rewrite a summary of the chapter

Chapter 26 ~ The Great Crash and What Came of It 

(a chapter we spent a lot of time on)

Black Tuesday and a New Deal

**My girls have both read the Kit books from American Girl and seen the movie, which may be appropriate for younger kids.

**We have watched all of the seasons of The Waltons, a 1970s television series of a family in rural Virginia struggling during the Great Depression.  This series could give children a good idea of what life was like at this time.

**WE learned that the stock market had been doing SO WELL before the crash that people were taking out second mortgages on their homes and investing the money in the stock market--we discussed smart investing and the girls were able to list reasons why this would be a bad idea.

Vocabulary: bull market, bear market

**We did our own research and created a chart to understand the differences between a Depression and a Recession.

Hitler's Rise to Power

(my older daughter is fascinated by WWII and Hitler and has read and watched anything and everything I will allow her to read over the last few years, since she is so interested and knows so much about this dark period, I may be more liberal in what I allow my kids to see/watch than another parent would)

Vocabulary: fuhrer, anti-Semitism, 

Chapter 27 ~ Civil War and Invasion

Red Spain, Black Spain, a King and a General

  • We read and completed the outline/summary of the chapter.
Vocabulary: coronation

Rebuilding the "Fatherland"

Chapter 28 ~ The Second World War

Vocabulary: Axis powers, Allied Forces, Holocaust

The Three-War War

The Holocaust 

**As much as Allie knows about the Holocaust, there are many books and movies that I will not allow her to see yet because they are very graphic; parents are strongly cautioned to preview and read reviews of any books or movies.

There is nothing in Story of the World Volume 4 about the Dust Bowl, but I decided to talk to the girls about it as it had a huge impact on life in the US in the 1930s.  We read Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weed Patch Camp by Jerry Stanley and watched Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl (on Netflix as of 8/1/2013).  Our library had several books of photographs of the Dust Bowl, which we perused as well.  My girls had seen the very famous photo, but didn't know why it was taken or where or the story behind it.
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Chapter 29 ~ The End of World War II

Vocabulary:  Blitzkrieg, partisans, disarm

The War That Stretched Across The World

  • We read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • We checked out the War Plane diagram in the Activity Guide and looked at the differences between the planes.  The girls each wrote a short story about a child growing up during this time and using this diagram with their father.

The Atom Bomb

Chapter 30 ~ Partitioned Countries

Vocabulary: karma, yoga, selfless, partitioned, Hindu, Muslim, Zion, Allah, diaspora

Muslims and Hindus in India

The Partitioning of Palestine

Chapter 31 ~ Western Bullies and American Money

Vocabulary: ration book

The Suez Crisis

The Marshall Plan

Chapter 32 ~ Africa and China After World War II

Vocabulary:  apartheid, Westernized

One Country, Two Different Worlds

  • Decolonization (youtube- Crash Course in History)
  • Color video of German trucks in North Africa (youtube)
    Artists Against Apartheid (website)
    Sun City (music video from 1985 featuring many popular artists from the day - I love how so many artists joined together and used their popularity and voice to have a positive influence, this was a great point to discuss with my girls especially in light of the controversy surrounding artists like Miley Cyrus and Britney.)

    We completed the Apartheid and supporting laws exercise in the Activity Guide.
    I had my girls write a paragraph answering the question: What is Apartheid?

Two Republics of China

  • We are huge Beatles and John Lennon fans around here.  My girls have heard the name Chairman Mao in Revolution, but had no idea who he was or why he was so terrible.
  • Chairman Mao (youtube)
    Allie read The Red Scarf Girl  a while ago and was able to offer insights from that book and add to the discussion.
    I assigned my girls to write a couple of paragraphs on why John Lennon wrote the line: "If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone, anyhow".

Chapter 33 ~ Communism in Asia

Vocabulary:  Communist party, Democratic Republic

Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh

The Korean War

  • MacArthur's Address to Congress (youtube)
    I had my girls look over some non-fiction books on the Korean War and write a list of facts that they learned about the Korean War.

    Chapter 34 ~ Dictators in South America and Africa

Vocabulary: inhabitants, territories, descamisados, junta

Argentina's President and His Wife

Freedom in the Belgian Congo

Chapter 35 ~ The Cold War

Vocabulary:  Sputnik, orbit, Soviet

The Space Race

Thirteen Days in October

Chapter 36 ~ Struggles and Assassinations

Vocabulary:  segregation, lynch

The Death of John F. Kennedy

Civil Rights

Chapter 37 ~ Two Short Wars and One Long One

Vocabulary:  drafted, conscription

The Vietnam War

Trouble in the Middle East

  • We talked about our current troubles with Syria.

Chapter 38 ~ Two Ways of Fighting

Vocabulary: terrorists, asylum

Soviet Invasions


Chapter 39 ~ The 1980s in the East and Mideast

Vocabulary: Sikh

India After Partition

Iran and Iraq (this is when we parents probably start remembering world events from our childhood)

Chapter 40 ~ The 1980s and USSR

Vocabulary: atomic fission, reactors, nuclear, radioactivity

Chernobyl and Nuclear Power

The End of the Cold War

Chapter 41 ~ Communism Crumbles --- But Survives

Vocabulary: propaganda

Democracy in China?

Communism Crumbles

Chapter 42 ~ The End of the Twentieth Century

The First Persian Gulf War

  • I told the girls where I was when George Bush said we were at war; I told them how you NEVER forget where you are when you hear your country is at war or has been attacked, everything about those moments are etched in your mind forever.
  • We learned a lot from the Oil Refining project in the Activity Guide.
  • The Persian Gulf War for Dummies (youtube)
  • As It Happened (youtube)

Africa, Independent

  • Hotel Rwanda (again, please use discretion, just because I choose to show this to my kids, doesn't mean you will feel the same way).  With this incident especially, our church has worked with survivors of the Rwandan genocide and my girls have been exposed to stories from a young age.