Children should not just read about history, they should live it. In The Story of Civilization (35 lessons), the ancient stories that have shaped humanity come alive like never before. Author Phillip Campbell uses his historical expertise and story-telling ability together in tandem to present the content in a fresh and thrilling way.
The Story of Civilization reflects a new emphasis in presenting the history of the world as a thrilling and compelling narrative. Within each chapter, children will encounter short stories that place them directly in the shoes of historical figures, both famous and ordinary, as they live through legendary battles and invasions, philosophical debates, the construction of architectural wonders, the discovery of new inventions and sciences, and the exploration of the world.
Volume I: The Ancient World, begins the journey, covering the time periods from the dawn of history and the early nomads, to the conversion of Emperor Constantine. Children will learn what life was like in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, Rome, and more, as well as learn the Old Testament stories of the Israelites and the coming of Christ.
The strength of the content lies not only in the storybook delivery of it, but also in the way it presents history through the faithful prism of the Church. Have you always wanted your children to learn about world history from a Catholic perspective? Here, you’ll have the trusted resource you’ve always wanted.
Did You Know…
- That young people in the Minoan culture participated in bull leaping games?
- That King Xerxes of Persia once ordered his soldiers to whip the waves when the ocean became rocky beneath their boats?
- That the Greek inventor, Archimedes, built a giant heat ray to protect his hometown, catching enemy ships on fire through the use of sunbeams?
- That the powerful Carthaginian general, Hannibal, used elephants to march his army over the Alps on his way to attack Rome?
- That Julius Caesar of Rome fell in love with the famous Cleopatra of Egypt?
Embark on the journey now to learn of all these wonders and more!
The Complete Set includes the Text Book, Test Book, Activity Book and Teacher’s Manual, Video Lecture Series, and the Audio Dramatization and a FREE copy of the Timeline Poster.
Dramatized Audio Book
Talented voice actor and audio book producer Kevin Gallagher returns to bring children the history of the world in this riveting reading of The Story of Civilization Volume 1: The Ancient World. This follows his immensely popular reading of TAN Book’s The Story of the Bible. Your children will be transported back in time through the sound effects, music and voice acting that complements the reading of the text.
Whether looking for entertainment on a long road trip, enhancing the experience with the text, or catering to the needs of a child with a reading disability—this audio dramatization will open up a new world of adventure for kids of all ages.
Test Book (Suggested for 5th– 8thgrade)
This test book serves as a companion resource to The Story of Civilization: The Ancient World. With this book, students can test their reading comprehension and further educate themselves on the content found in the text.
One quiz corresponds to each chapter in the text book. Questions for each chapter are suitable as a study exercise or as an objective answer test, with an answer key for teachers in the back. The questions include matching items, multiple choice, and true/false.
Activity Book and Teacher’s Manual (Suggested for 1st – 4th Grade)
The Activity Book and companion Teacher’s Manual provide a complete review of everything read in The Story of Civilization Volume I: The Ancient World, along with creative activities to accompany each chapter, including:
- Reading comprehension questions
- Narration Exercises
- Map Activities
- Coloring Pages
- Crossword Puzzles and Word Searches
- Craft Projects unique to each chapter
- Fun Snack Ideas and Recipes
- Science Projects that illustrate the lessons learned in the chapters
These books provide a complete and creative overview to the teacher and student alike, reaffirming the content found in The Story of Civilization.
*While the Teacher’s Manual contains answers and directions to the exercises found in the Activity Book, it also has its own additional activity suggestions for parents to do with their children.
Streaming Video Lecture Series
In this lecture series, author of The Story of Civilization, Phillip Campbell, leads students on a chapter-by-chapter journey, reviewing the events, characters, and lessons that make up Volume I. This companion piece to the text is meant to assist parents and allow a hands-off approach to their lesson planning.
In each lecture, students will find:
- A 10 minute narrative review of each chapter
- A discussion of key figures
- Further explanation of historical events
- Engaging visual aids and graphics
- A short quiz to test their knowledge
After viewing these lectures, students will be able to turn to their workbooks and test books with confidence!
Streaming videos will be available in the My Account area of your TANBooks.com account. Complete Set buyers will receive a card with a digital Access Code to add the videos to your account.
Keeping track of the people, events, and dates that shaped history can be difficult. With this fun, comprehensive, and engaging timeline that employs an easy to follow format and vibrant illustrations, students will have the help they need to track the chronology of the story of civilization.
This timeline mirrors the scope of The Story of Civilization text book, beginning with the early nomads and running to the conversion of Emperor Constantine. Within these bookends, children will be introduced to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Greek inventors and philosophers, Spartan warriors, the famous figures of the Old Testament, infamous Roman Emperors, and the Holy Family. A fun “Timeline Trivia” section can be found on the back for students to test their knowledge!
- Laminated format capable of being written on with a marker
- 36 x 18 size when unfolded
- Easy to follow structure
- 40+ illustrations
- Covers over 75 major events and people
- “Timeline Trivia” on the back
- Phillip Campbell
- Chris Pelicano
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