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!
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.
*The suggested age range for the Test Book is 5th – 8th grade.
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: 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.
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!
Videos are streaming on www.tanhomeschool.com . At purchase, you will receive a card with a digital code to access the videos.
Activity Book and Teacher’s Manual
The Activity Book and companion Teacher’s Manual provide a complete review of everything read in The Story of Civilization: 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.
**The suggested age range for the Activity Book is 1st – 4th Grade.
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 sharpie • 36 x 18 size when unfolded • Easy to follow structure • 40+ illustrations • Covers over 75 major events and people • “Timeline Trivia” on the back
When parents purchase the complete set they will get the Text Book, Test Book, Activity Book and Teacher’s Manual, Video Lecture Series, and the Audio Dramatization. The purchase of the complete set gets buyers a FREE copy of the Timeline Map.
About the Author
Phillip Campbell holds a BA in European history from Ave Maria University and a license in secondary education from Madonna University. He teaches middle school history and Sacred Scripture for the St. Augustine Homeschool Enrichment Program as well as high school history for Homeschool Connections. Mr. Campbell is the editor of The Complete Works of St. Cyprian of Carthage (Arx Publishing) and has self-published several books through his website, Cruachan Hill Press.His writings have also appeared in such publications as the St. Austin Review and The Distributist Review.
Mr. Campbell served as the mayor of his hometown of Howell, Michigan, from 2011 to 2015 (the youngest to ever hold the office). Mr. Campbell and his wife reside in southeast Michigan, where they homeschool their five children. He is a regular speaker at homeschool conferences around the United States
Item No: 2460 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Publication Date: May 2016
We have used this as a homeschool history study. The kids (middle through high school ages) have really enjoyed the books and audio lectures. It's engaging and easy to follow.
Thanks for a great history product that includes the Christian perspective which is so important these days! (Posted on 10/26/2016)
Great for Catholic Homeschool Families Review by Homeschool mama
We started this school year with this as our world history and we absolutely love it! I love that we can all do world history together as a family -- especially knowing that it's from a solid Catholic perspective. The children's favorite part is the audio book, but they also really look forward to the streaming videos, as well. They enjoy the fact that the author himself is the one doing the streaming videos. Keep it up, Tan! :) Looking forward to the next volumes! (Posted on 9/19/2016)
Awesome! Review by Charlotte
I was using Story of the World as well until I stumbled across this series. I am hoping that others are coming out soon! It offers everything Story of the World offers but also has the addition of streaming video which is fabulous for homeschooling. After introducing the material, children can watch the video to reinforce the concepts covered. I really love the stories, however, since they present the content as a dramatized story, which is so engaging for any child. It also pulls much more of our Catholic Faith into the text so that I do not have to re-explain any of the chapters from a Catholic perspective. (Posted on 8/1/2016)
This is an amazing serious worth every penny! Review by Stephanie
My six year old is very into history. I pre-ordered these audio CDs at the homeschooling conference in Atlanta, and they arrived about two weeks ago. He has already listened to the entire series THREE TIMES! He can't get enough!
He loves them so much I just ordered the workbook, timeline, and test book. He's retaining all of the information, but he wants to learn even more.
I can't wait for more time periods to become available. These are a MUST OWN for homeschoolers of all ages! (Posted on 7/15/2016)
I LOVE This New Series from TAN Homeschool Review by A Homeschooler
For anyone who thinks Story of the World is great until all of that Reformation nonsense, THIS is your solution. The activities are great - fun and engaging. The text tells all of the history like it's story time. The vids, test book, timeline and all are wonderful tools to ensure your child retains the information. But the audio dramas are by far my favorite. They keep my kids engrossed in the stories while riding in the car, doing their chores, or right before falling asleep at night. My daughter has listened to the entire Story of the Bible series from TAN Homeschool three times through, and falls asleep to it every night. Now she's getting started on The Story of Civilization and it is even better! (Posted on 7/8/2016)