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From: Julie in NY (
Subject:         Diana Waring - History Alive!
Date: August 15, 2009 at 4:07 pm PST

In Reply to: sophomore hates history...need to buy books posted by missi on August 12, 2009 at 5:51 pm:

Here is a copy of a post I submitted a while back:

Diana Waring's History Alive revised editions. If you are used to doing unit studies, then her materials would be easy to work with. She gives you lists of related books, primary source documents, biographies and more to choose from. (Even though some books were listed as younger than HS we found they still had plenty of "meat" and some of the older books were too much for our needs. We also used All Through the Ages for more ideas of good books.) Each unit is divided up into 4 "weeks". We didn't follow that; we spent more time on reading various books, etc. than on the more "hands-on" ideas like drama, writing, etc. When my son was younger, he liked the activities related to our studies, but as a highschooler, he prefers more "solid stuff" as he calls it. We listened to her tapes, read the articles, did most of the map work and timelines, researched the Art and Architecture selections, and then focused on lots of recommended books. Even though Greenleaf's Famous Men series is a bit younger, they made a nice intro to the time period and hit all the major players.

We integrated our literature studies with whatever time period of history we were studying, so that gave it a more "alive" feeling and an overall sense of the era. We made sure to hit as many of the "important works" as possible. When we got to the Reformation period, we expanded our studies to include a lot of church history as well. We also did quite a bit with art, especially during the Renaissance. We actually spent almost 2 years on World History, but had a blast!

I didn't do any tests. Instead, I used a variety assignments to evaluate his work: questions at the end of a section, how much effort he put into his map work and timelines, amount of reading he was doing, how he interacted with the material as we discussed specific events or themes, etc. The last couple of weeks of the school year we used a REA book to review for the Western Civilization I CLEP test. My son passed with what they consider equivalent to an A in an 1st sem. college course, so I had no problem awarding him an A on his transcript.

HTH! The variety kept my son from being too bored ;-)

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