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  1. Across the Centuries
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  2. Across the Centuries

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I'm a 12 year-old kid, who just happens to be Jewish. I respect all religions, as I hope most people do, and I read this book at school. There ARE two book series. One we read last year in 6th grade, mostly covered Christianity and Judaism, and only covered past events. I found it somewhat interesting. This book, however boring it may be to me, is deffinetely not bias. The book teaches students about Islam, while it is the teacher's choice on how to teach it. So, basically it would be the teacher's fault if it was taught wrong and not the books.
I have used this world history textbook for several years with sixth graders and have noticed that most children find it quite difficult at the beginning of the school year, yet are comfortable with it by the end of the year. To me this is a sign that the book is successful in what it sets out to accomplish: to introduce young people to abstract concepts and to present history and geography as information that must be placed in a context (that the book provides). It is quite comprehensive, providing a detailed view of the development of Western society from the fall of Rome (the left would call it Euro-centric) while providing lots of information about indigenous American cultures, Africa, the Far East, and, in particular, the Islamic world. (More about this at the end.) The book is profusely illustrated, contains detailed and fascinating maps and charts as well as a separate glossary and atlas, and is well-organized. Yes, the writing is sophisticated; it matches the subject, and it... Read more
I have taught history to 7th graders in Washington using this text for 5 years. Yes, it covers the history of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Mesoamerica in addition to the usual Eurocentric view of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. As with all texts for middle grade students, it probably does not get into the "negatives" of any of these civilizations in depth. True, some of Mohammad's less savory practices are not discussed, but neither is the fact that thousands of children were virtually kidnapped during the Crusades to die on the front lines of losing battles in the Holy Land or that girls in China had their feet brutally bound to help keep them subservient. My only complaint about this very thorough text is that it is on too high a reading level for some of my struggling readers, although there are good supplemental materials to help with this.
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