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.
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.
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)