Rated 2 out of 5Â by JVernon Missing the second edition
This was my first year teaching using the World Studies textbook. I wish I could say that it was a joy to teach, but that has not been the case for a variety of reasons.
First of all, the name World Studies feels misleading - it feels more like World History Lite. I preferred the second edition's emphasis on the culture and geography of the various areas being studied.
In addition, I feel that the text emphasizes certain events or people which I would not have even included in a text for seventh graders. People such as Spinoza and Czar Nicholas I were described in detail while big names like Mozart and Queen Elizabeth were left out. The seventh graders I teach need the emphasis on the big names to help them construct a structure of history that will enable them to catch the details later on in high school. This text, unfortunately, does not provide the coherent structure that I felt the second edition did. It bounces from one topic to the next and does not tie the various events together well. Some chapters, moreover, try to do too much. The chapter on the Renaissance and Reformation would have been better as two, for example.
The ending, too, was disappointing. I remember the second edition's chapters on Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East as being good introductions to the modern histories of those regions. But this new edition leaves much to be desired, essentially skipping the modern histories of those regions almost entirely.
On a positive note, I did like the chapter on the Ottoman Empire and found the timelines at the beginning of each chapter engaging. On the whole, however, I felt too much was added in an incomplete way. I wish less historical information had been added so that more explanatory and cultural/geographical information could have been given.
May 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Laura123 Just an averageboring textbook
I have found this to be just a typical textbook. It is heavy on text with very little pizazz. The reading level can be challenging for readers who struggle. Overall, I found this textbook to be very boring and hard to navigate for students. I use it minimally when teaching World History.
May 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by LoriT Outstanding teaching tool and resource
The 7th grade writing and grammar book is an excellent practical learning tool for students. At the end of the school year I tell the 7th and 8th graders to hold on to the book to use in high school as a resource when writing essays, reports, etc.
The set up and examples for the students are excellent practice and preparation for standardize testing.
Thank you BJUPress!
April 12, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Karrie It is a nice enhancement to the text.
It seems like it is more of an "enhancement" workbook rather than a "reinforcement" workbook. I feel like my students would benefit from more "reinforcement."
April 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MissPerfect Great book!
Writing & Grammar 7 is a great book! It covers all the needed grammar and gives the students an excellent grasp on the writing process. Easy to use and includes review. The CD for the parents' use is also very helpful!
November 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DClark Overall it is a very good product.
After using the Bob Jones 7th Grade Curriculum for many years, this book has its good and bad. I do not like that the student activity pages are in a separate book now. It was much better when they were combined and with a part A & B. I find myself not using these pages as much as I used to because of it.
Also, the chapters on genetics are now more that of a 9th grade level and are now more difficult for the students to grasp at a 7th grade level.
The information in the books is outstanding but there is SO much to cover in 1 year. It is a bit of knowledge overload for a 7th grader.
November 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mybananya XXXXXXXXXXXXXx
Program is a bit overwhelming in the beginning to set up. Once I figured out which parts of the material worked for us, we began to relax a bit.
My biggest complaint would be the dvds. They skip and hang up. Not all of them, but it is very distracting and aggravating when it happens. Today happens to be one of those days!
November 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Cindyh77 7th grade Writing&Grammer
I have used BJU for the past 2yrs, Coming into 7th grade was a bit scary, I had not planned to homeschool this year but a move to a new area provided no other alternative. Getting the curriculum books was a bit of a jolt also due to the new formatting. It took a little time and required me to step up my knowledge of the subject but everything has been flowing nicely.
November 4, 2015