The History of the ____ World books and Study Guides are recommended for mature 9-12 grade and older readers.
Elementary students learn the gist of a story, the basic facts of history. Middle school students start to correlate the stories - A influenced B in this way. The Story of the World is suitable for elementary students (grades 1-5) and for middle-grade students (grades 5-8) with some adaptation.
By the time a student is in 9th grade, however, it is time to move on to more complex and adult reading and instruction. High school students should be forming and expressing opinions, and persuading others. This requires richer content, which is provided in The History of the World series.
Intermediate students - and some high school students - are not ready for the reading level and some of the content in The History of the World. Preview the books to assess suitability for your student and for your family. Other FAQs provide recommendations for high-school level history texts.
Do you have a chart that synchronizes The Story of the World and The History of the World?
No. The time periods are the same, but The History of the World topics are covered in much more depth and presented in a way that doesn't align with The Story of the World. If you have students in both books, you can coordinate the time periods in extracurricular activities: museum visits, television documentaries, and so on.