Explore the ever-changing world of the past 500 years
- Finish the breathtaking journey through World History you started in Level 6.
- Enjoy your children as they grow: you get the lesson plans, tools and materials to guide them each day.
- Watch Colonialism and Asian dynasties rise and fall. Wrestle with the reality of two world wars.
- Learn from the past and see how each generation's choices impact the world.
- Fuel a love to learn with gripping historical fiction, fascinating biographies and great literature.
A back-stage pass to history
Meet the people whose ideas and actions forged the course of history, from reformers to rocket scientists. Gain a working knowledge of what happened from the 17th century to about 1990.
How did the Renaissance influence the American and French Revolutions? How did the Industrial Revolution drastically change society? How did the Western and Eastern hemispheres become so interconnected? How did Colonial powers conquer so much of the world and carve out new nations? How did those nations eventually throw off Colonial rule? What tensions led to the explosion of two world wars? What did normal life look like around the world during these changes?
Your History books, Read-Alouds, Readers and Language Arts (purchased separately) all intertwine for a cohesive, reinforced learning experience.
Two authors provide the foundation for your adventure: The final two volumes of The Story of the World take you on a gripping story-based trek through history. The critically acclaimed Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, organized into 10 historical eras, is your one-stop research source and perfect companion to your study of World History.
Readers and Read-Alouds augment your history studies, showing what life was really like for people from Russia to Peru, Puritan America to Imperial Japan.
You'll find everything you need -- schedule, notes, discussion questions, teaching tips, laminated color maps and more -- consolidated in one place for each week. Just open and teach!
With all your lesson plans and organization done for you, you can spend your time enjoying your children and learning with them. Let the discussion questions and great books lead to meaningful conversations about family, politics, history and character. Open your guide each day to see what to read and discuss.
History & Geography
Figures for your ever-expanding timeline of history coordinate with History books, Readers and Read-Alouds to map the flow of history.
Enjoy this final set of Read-Alouds with your children. .
Give your children heroes who inspire them to become people of courage, strength and honor.
A few essential resources make your learning extra rich this year. You'll use The Timeline Book and the Markable Map throughout your BookShark journey.
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!
Can I use this package if I didn’t do Part 1?
BookShark’s Level 7 Full Grade Package covers the second half of world history beginning with the 17th century and ending in the modern era. The first half of the program – Level 6 World History, part 1 of 2 – is not required for you to use our 7th Grade 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 7 work, please consider starting with Level 6. Our Level 6 package is designed for students age 11-13.
Do the Readers integrate with the History reading?
Yes, they do! For Level 3 and up, all of our Readers were chosen because of how well they represent the topics and times you'll be studying in History readings. The Readers in this package also integrate with Language Arts assignments. This approach gives your student an opportunity to soak up subject matter in three different ways: by listening, by writing, and (of course) by reading!
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.
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 9-12 | 4th Grade Reading with History
- Ages 10-13 | 5th Grade Reading with History
- Ages 11-13 | 6th Grade Reading with History
- Ages 12-16 | 100 Level History and Literature
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 2nd Grade Reading with History (for ages 6-8) is a nice thematic match to our 7th Grade 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.
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.