Journey from the fall of Rome through modern world history!
Loaded with Newbery award-winning books, children's classics, little-known treasures and biographies of great people, Reading with History 2 gives memorable adventures and special moments. Engage your child each day as your schedule, notes, maps and discussion questions lead to meaningful face-to-face interaction with your kids.
Includes a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule designed to save one day a week for co-ops, music lessons, sports, field trips or other extra-curricular activities. Includes colorful map answer keys, discussion questions and answers as well as background notes to help you get the most from the time you spend with your child.
As an added benefit in 2016, you will receive free online access for 1 year to the electronic version of this guide.
History & Geography
This second part of Intro to World History helps kids see that history has a real impact on how we live today. Discover together that there are real historical answers to questions such as: Why did castles, knights and jousting tournaments fade away? Why do Americans use inches instead of centimeters? Why aren't there very many Kings and Queens in the world anymore? Why do children study Math and Science? Why do people from different cultures tend to view the world so differently?
Go way beyond Europe. Our purpose is not simply to trace the roots of Western civilization, but to acquire an overview of how civilizations have developed all over the world. This means Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Africa.
As your children see the flow of world history--the rise and fall of civilizations--they get a big-picture look at what's gone into creating history. That, in turn, helps them understand how we live today.
Snuggle up, experience history and enjoy several "just for fun" books that simply help kids love reading. From an operatic cricket to mighty Italian stallions, these works are pure delights!
Whether your child is a voracious reader or still catching his or her stride, our Readers Program will meet them at their ability level. Receive a whole stack of exciting books your kids can successfully read on their own. Simply choose the program that matches your child's reading level. For help determining your child's reading level please review this Quick Reading Assessment.
A few essential resources make your learning extra rich this year. Includes The Timeline Book, Markable Map & Markers and a 3” Binder with Tabs to organize your Instructor’s Guides.
Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
To see samples of all Instructor's Guides, both paper and online versions click here.
Scope & Sequence
2nd Grade Readers
Is BookShark a History or a Reading program?
BookShark is both! We are a literature based program that teaches History through reading and listening. At Level K-2, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. This is why we offer multiple Reader levels for the early packages. Beginning in Level 3, however, the focus shifts from strengthening reading ability to building reading comprehension. From Level 3 up, we integrate the Reading, Read-Alouds, and Language Arts assignments with the History readings. Instead of learning to read, your children will be reading to learn!
I didn’t do Part 1, can I still use this package?
BookShark’s 2nd Grade Reading with History Package introduces the second half of world history beginning with the fall of Rome and ending in the modern era. The first half of the program – Reading with History 1: Intro to World History, part 1 of 2 – is not required for you to use our Level 2 curriculum, though it does help provide some context. It is up to you if you want to skip it or step back.
If you have any concerns about skipping content or about the difficulty of the Level 2 work, please consider starting with Level 1. Our Level 1 package was designed for students age 6-8 and is advanced for a 1st Grade level. If you decide to skip the Level 1 program, your student(s) will have another chance to cover the first part of world history in our Reading with History 6.
Which Readers should I choose?
We offer multiple Readers levels for our Level K-2 packages to accommodate advanced and struggling learners. If you are unsure which Readers level would be best for your child, please have them take our Quick Reading Assessment. It is very important to match the Readers level to your child’s reading ability, and the assessment will help you find the most comfortable fit for them. We encourage you to be sure that they are reading fluidly, not just decoding the words. Our goal is to help you instill a love of reading and learning in your child. If they are working too hard to decode the words, they may not enjoy the stories and the reading may become frustrating.
Do the Readers integrate with the History reading?
We offer multiple Reader levels for our Level K-2 programs, so the Readers are not tied with the History reading for this package. In Levels K-2, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. The Readers are integrated with the History program beginning in Level 3.
What books are included in the Level 1 Readers?
Level 1 Readers are equivalent to a 1st Grade reading level and include the following:
What books are included in the Level 2 Regular Readers?
Level 2 Regular Readers are equivalent to a 2nd Grade reading level and include the following:
What books are included in the Level 2 Intermediate Readers?
Level 2 Intermediate Readers are equivalent to a 3rd Grade reading level and include the following:
What books are included in the Level 2 Advanced Readers?
Level 2 Advanced Readers are equivalent to a 4th Grade reading level and include the following:
Can I use this package with both of my children?
Yes, you can! If your children are within three years of age, they can share the same BookShark Reading with History package – including Read-Alouds, history books, the Timeline Book, and Timeline Figures. Please remember, however, that Reading is a skill based subject and it is important to pick a Reader level that matches with each child’s ability.
If your students have different skill levels for Reading, please consider purchasing an additional Language Arts with Readers package:
If you do not want to use BookShark's Language Arts, you may also add the additional readers individually:
Not sure if this is the right fit? Please review the options below to find a package that will work for both of your children:
- Ages 5-7 | Reading with History K
- Ages 6-8 | Reading with History 1
- Ages 8-11 | Reading with History 3
- Ages 9-12 | Reading with History 4
If there is more than a three year age difference between your children, we recommend that you purchase a separate package for each student. Our Reading with History 7(for ages 12-14) is a nice thematic match to our Level 2 package since both cover the second part of World History.
Can I purchase the History program without the Readers?
We do not offer a History package without Readers because learning through reading is fundamental to our program. If you are certain that you do not want the Readers, you can add the History books and Read-Alouds to your cart individually. Please use the list on the "See All BookShark Products" page as a reference.
Do I need the 1st/2nd Grade World History Resources?
The World History Required Resources includes three books that are included in our Level 1 History program and reused in Level 2 History:
- A Child's History of the World
- The Usborne Time Traveler
- The Usborne Book of World History
If you purchased our Level 1 Full Grade Package or Reading with History Package, you do not need to purchase these books again.
What are the “Required Resources” and why are they required?
The Required Resources includes a big binder with 36 week tabs for your Instructor’s Guides, The Timeline Book, a reusable Markable Map, and a set of wet-erase markers. These resources will be reused in almost every level of our History program and can be shared by multiple students. You will be given the option to purchase these items every time you buy a Full Grade package, but you only need to buy it once.