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All Through the Ages


History through Literature Guide
By: Christine Miller
www.nothingnewpress.com


There are resource books and then there are those that call themselves resource books. All Through the Ages is a resource book so complete in its scope it is simply without equal. Far more than "a glorified list of books," to quote the author, this is a complete guide on what to use to teach history at any level. Before the lists begin we are treated with a fascinating group of essays on the study of history. How to Use this Book, On Pre-History, Creation, and Evolution, Teaching History Chronologically, Using Literature to Teach History, Help! I Hate History, History Scope and Sequence, On the Use of Real Books in the Elementary and Secondary Levels are not only worthwhile reading, but interesting and informative. Mrs. Miller's writing style is appealing and her interest in the subject evident and contagious.

Divided into sections of history or time periods, All Through the Ages starts with an Overview of Western Civilization and then Creation and the pre-Diluvian World begins our march through time chronologically. Also included sporadically throughout the book are essays, notes on the various time periods, and thorough timelines. Each section of time or historical era is then broken down into the following categories:

  • Resources for all ages
  • Reading levels 1-3 (beginning/easy readers corresponding to 1st through 3rd grades)
  • Reading levels 4-6 (for fluent readers corresponding to 4th through 6th grades)
  • Reading levels 7-9 (for maturing readers corresponding to 7th through 9th grades)
  • Reading levels 10-12 (for college-bound readers corresponding to 10th through 12th grades)

Mrs. Miller makes special mention that these levels are "independent reading ability only" and do not necessarily correspond to level of understanding or enjoyment. Both my first grader and I understand and enjoy our history read aloud, but she is not yet able to read it herself. Within the Reading Levels listed above they are then divided into smaller sections. An example of this follows:

Ancient Near East:

Resources for All Ages
1-3 Overview of the era
Specific Events
Literature
Culture
4-6 Overview of the era
Specific Events
(Inserted here in the book is her essay on Nimrod's False Religion and the Rise of Paganism.)
Biography
Historical Fiction
Literature
Culture
7-9 Overview of the era
Specific Events
Historical Fiction
Literature
Culture
10-12 Overview of the era
(Inserted here is an essay on the Tower of Babel and the Table of Nations from the three sons of Noah from Genesis 10-11.)
Specific Events
Historical Fiction
Literature

This section closes with an essay entitled Ancient Chronologies, a Timeline of the Ancient Near East, and then ends with Ancient Chaldea (Sumeria, Babylonia). Lest you think this is only an ancient history resource, let me put your mind at rest! This valuable resource goes all the way up through the modern era to the year 2000.

All Through the Ages is not only a history resource, but includes large sections on Geographical History, and then other sections on the History of Science and Mathematics, History of the Arts, Great Books of Western Civilization and the Christian Tradition, History of the Great Discussion, History or Literature, History of Poetry, and the History of Drama. One of the handiest aspects to this book is the thorough Index in the back of the book and the helpful Bibliography. I am generally not a person who feels that owning many resource books is a necessity. All Through the Ages, however, is one that is worthwhile in every sense of the word for the comprehensive coverage it provides to families searching for excellence along their journey through time.



--Product Review by: Kate Kessler, Product Reviews Manager, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


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