Monday, May 21, 2012

New Leaf Publishing: World History

Written by James P. Stobaugh, this 12th grade World History curriculum comes with a 288 page black-and-white student book. This book has 34 short chapters that each have several lessons with assignments. And a 143 page teacher's edition that breaks down the chapters by lessons and includes lesson objectives, assignment answers and exam keys.

You will find these components in the book (taken from the student edition):

- narrative background
-critical thinking questions
- concepts/generalizations (theories)
- history makers (people)
- historiographies or historical debate
- world view formation

Lesson 2: Growth of Greek Civilization Teacher's Edition Preview
Lesson 2 Growth of Greek Civilization Student Edition Preview

Our thoughts? 

Stobaugh only skims the surface of World History and, for White Pine, there wasn't enough details in each chapter to keep him intrigued and interested. He's a history buff! Although there were numerous black-and-white photos, there were no maps of any region or time period discussed. Maps are very important to us! Obviously World History is a HUGE subject to cover in ANY NUMBER of pages, but 288 were not nearly enough for my 13-year-old.

However, the curriculum was very user friendly. Each chapter is broken down into 5 20-30 minutes lessons so it's easy to implement into your school day. There are also weekly exams (or assessments) provided and the lesson assessment questions are thought-provoking. Students only need a notebook and pencil to use this curriculum. 

So, if you're looking for an OVERVIEW of World History then click here for more information.

Disclaimer: As a member of the New Leaf Publishing Group, Our Side of the Mountain was provided this product free in exchange for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.   


  1. Wish I hadn't already bought our World History curriculum. I think the best one can do in two semesters is an overview, don't you think? Thanks for the review.

  2. I'm a firm believe that you can never have TOO MANY RESOURCES. This is one I might have to look into for our world history supplements. Thanks for the review!


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