- About the Authors
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A one-semester course for grades 4 or 5 and up
The Curious Historian Level 2 is the second part in a 3-level series that presents the study of history and culture from the beginnings of civilization (Mesopotamia and Egypt) through the classical world to the Middle Ages. Students will grow excited about history, see how people throughout the ages were both similar to and different from themselves, and learn to be scholars of the past who can make a difference in the future.
Full program includes:
The Curious Historian Level 2A: Greece and the Classical World (TCH2A) includes weekly chapter lessons that present a chronological narrative of history. Accompanying sidebars feature historical and archaeological tidbits, discussion questions, and Greek/Latin root words for key vocabulary. A wealth of exercises, hands-on projects and activities, maps, and appendices help to present the study of history in an engaging, creative manner. The Curious Historian Level 2A: Greece and the Classical World (TCH2A) introduces students to:
Unit I: The Greek and Classical Period
- The world of the Greek polis
- Greek government and colonization
- The Persian and Peloponnesian Wars
- Greek culture: the Olympic Games, literature, sculpture, and religion
Unit II: The Hellenistic World
- Philip II and Alexander the Great
- Alexander’s Successors and the Hellenistic kingdoms
- Gifted Greeks—scientists, historians, philosophers, and more
Unit III: The Far East
- India’s first 3 empires
- China during the Spring and Autumn Period
- The Eastern religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, and Daoism
The Curious Historian Level 2A Teacher’s Edition includes the full student text, detailed teacher notes and tips, a suggested weekly schedule, answer keys for all exercises, and sample responses and prompts for the discussion questions.
The Curious Historian's Archive: Extra Resources for Level 2A is a collection of supplemental materials that correspond with the TCH2A student edition. The digital files include:
- Entertaining songs summarizing the key events and cultural aspects discussed in each unit, plus a “Top Things to Remember” song. Sample songs here and here!
- A Biblical Connections in TCH2A PDF that draws connections to biblical history, figures, and locations, as well as scripture verses, within the context of the chapter narrative
- A Reading Guide for TCH2A PDF that features recommended books for both students and teachers
- A TCH2A Profiles and Legends PDF that introduces students to some of the more famous classic tales of history, such as those of Hercules and Odysseus, and sheds further light on interesting historical achievements by important figures, such as Pericles and Socrates.
- A TCH2A Spotlight on Virtue PDF that presents the virtue discussion questions in printable form to distribute to students.
- A "Top 12 Things to Remember from TCH 2A" PDF, beautifully designed as a convenient reference sheet.
- Printable, full-color unit time lines, timetables, and reference charts, as well as extra blank maps to label (for those wishing to incorporate geography practice into their study of history)
Plus: A supplemental Go Deeper PDF is available to view for free here! This resource includes additional information to share with your students or explore for your own interest: links to museum collections of artifacts, links to virtual tours of ruins and key sites in Greece, fun tidbits (Did you know the world’s oldest intact shipwreck discovered so far is a Greek trading vessel called the Odysseus? Or would you and your students enjoy learning what ancient Greek music might have sounded like?), and much more. Icons in the teacher’s edition indicate when to reference this optional resource.
“We believe that history is about more than memorizing dates, reciting lists of kings and emperors, and remembering who won which battle in wars that changed the world forever. History is also the study of the people who lived during those events. From the beginning of recorded time, people have invented new ways to do things, created beauty in dreary places, and erected buildings and monuments that continue to inspire us. Some of these people became well-known figures and others were ordinary men and women like you and me. But all of us are part of the greater tree of humankind, and we each need to know what our part is as a leaf upon that tree. Without an understanding of the past, we will be less equipped to live in the present and plan for the future.” —Dr. Christopher Perrin
The student edition is a consumable item. For more information on this product’s copyright, please refer to our General FAQ section here.
- Unit I: The Greek and Classical Period
Aaron Larsen, DA
Aaron Larsen currently teaches history, Latin, logic, and rhetoric at Regents School of Charlottesville in Virginia. He previously taught at 2 classical schools in Pennsylvania. In 2001, Dr. Larsen joined a team led by Dr. Christopher Perrin and 2 other colleagues to help form Classical Academic Press. The motivation behind this endeavor was to produce exceptional Latin and logic curricula for the classical education movement. The first results of this collaboration included the publication of their logic text, The Art of Argument, and the 3-volume Latin for Children series. Aaron is also a coauthor of The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic and The Curious Historian series.
Aaron received his BA in history, with minors in philosophy and education, from Covenant College in Georgia. He completed his coursework for his DA in modern world history from St. John's University in New York and went on to write his doctoral thesis on the Meiji Restoration, which, as he likes to say, is "the most important event in world history that nobody's ever heard of."
Claire A. Larsen, MA
Claire Larsen has had a passion for writing for children ever since she took her first Institute of Children’s Literature course more than 40 years ago. One of her assignments from this course was published in Jack and Jill magazine.
Claire graduated from Covenant College (Class of 1970), where she met her husband, David Larsen; their good marriage lasted 49 years until David’s death in 2019. While attending Covenant College, Claire developed a Christian viewpoint and a theological foundation based upon the truths of Scripture, both of which have shaped her writing and worldview. Over the years, she has had a busy teaching ministry, first with children and later with women, leading Bible studies and speaking at seminars.
After raising 3 sons, Claire returned to school in 1996, receiving an MA from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, in 2000. For the next 17 years she was self-employed as a biblical counselor while also writing the God’s Great Covenant series for Classical Academic Press. In 2017, she retired and moved to sunny Florida, where she is busy still writing books, spending time with her 3 grandchildren, and enjoying the warm weather. She is happy to have the opportunity to work with her son, Aaron Larsen, as they co-write The Curious Historian series.
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- Scope and Sequence (PDF)
- The Curious Historian Level 2A Suggested Weekly Schedule (PDF)
- The Curious Historian Level 2A Suggested Yearlong Schedule (PDF)
- The Curious Historian Level 1A Introduction to Teachers Audio (MP3)
This introduction to the first book pertains to the entire series. For notes regarding new elements in the TCH2A chapters, please see pages E–H of the TCH2A Introduction to Teachers.
- The Curious Historian Level 2A Song Lyrics (PDF)
- The Curious Historian & God’s Great Covenant Series Overlap Chart for Level 2 (PDF)
- Go Deeper Resources for The Curious Historian Level 2A (PDF)
- The Curious Historian Level 1B Ancient Alphabet Chart (PDF)
This chart from the previous level in the series is also useful for study of the classical world.
Grade Level: Grades 4–5
Course Length: Semester
- The Curious Historian Level 2A (Student Edition)
- The Curious Historian Level 2A Teacher’s Edition
- The Curious Historian Archive: Extra Resources for Level 2A (PDFs and MP3s)