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 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 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 3 out of 5Â by apostell To be completely honest, my students (as well as myself) find this book somewhat stuffy and rather boring. I
This text is rather dry and boring. This is a fascinating period of history, but it comes across rather dull. I have to supplement it a good bit. I pull out some chapters with projects to help keep my students attention. In this "techno" age, things have to be current for students to be able to identify. I am sorry that I cannot give you a better recomendation, but this is my honest evaluation. I will use this text next year, because frankly, I can't find one that is better.
March 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by PCSPrincipal Decent, but problematic
Most of these workbook pages are good, and although having original sources to analyze is great, many of them are very difficult for 7th graders to comprehend as they read because of the language. Although the last editions pages were more work-intensive, I felt that they were better.
October 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by PCSPrincipal Biblical material, poor tests
Written by the Middle School History Teacher at the request of PCS's Principal: The textbook is well crafted, with a very thorough scope of history and a balanced, thoughtful, Biblical presentation. The chapters, however, try to cover too much too fast, packing a great deal into chapters and underestimating the time necessary for absorption. Part of this is the inherent difficulty of the class itself. Trying to cover so much important information from all around the world in one year of study is incredibly ambitious. The best solution for future editions would be to include more time into the 6th grade curriculum so that World History doesn't need to cover quite so much. The 6th grade curriculum doesn't fill an entire year for many classes, and could cover more of the material in first few chapters of this book. The layout makes this edition look much more like a modern, higher education textbook, but has removed many of the visuals that most intrigued students in the past. There are many new, helpful visuals in this edition as well, though. The biggest stumbling block in this curriculum is the test that BJU creates. I say this because I've had the same problem with the 8th grade history tests. All too often, the tests focus on testing students' knowledge of minutia within the chapter, things that weren't important but are simply test-able details. The emphasis on test-making seems to be creating a test that can be most easily graded, with an immense amount of True/False and Multiple Choice questions, only a few Fill in the Blanks, and only on rare occasion anything like a Short Answer question. Most of the questions don't test anything of lasting importance, and the format doesn't encourage the kind of learning that will stay with the students any longer than a week. The students can't study well for a test that gauges such specific recall abilities, and the tests do not show whether they've grasped the Main Objectives stated in the Teachers Edition of the book. For 8th grade, I've given up using the BJU tests and have created my own that focus more on Short Answer/Essay questions (requiring answers of anywhere from 10 to 35 words) based on my reading of the chapter and the Objectives laid out in the Teachers Edition. I'm planning on doing the same now for 7th grade as well, and advising my principal to cease purchasing test booklets from BJU for 7th and 8th grade.
October 6, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by bettypal Loved BJU Heritage Studies up until now
I am a BJU Press cheerleader, however, we are not loving history 7th grade. It was like the tide changed and all that we come to know and love changed. My son, who loves history, is not enjoying this years curriculum. He says that it is not because of the topic, (he loves history) it is because it is just hard to follow. I, the mom, am finding that the information, yet colorful and modern, lacks what previous years had in organization. The workbook and tests seem to have a discord with the text. We are just underwhelmed.
October 1, 2013