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A one-semester course for grades 6 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 Middle Ages and the Renaissance. 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.
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Full program includes:
The Curious Historian Level 2B: Rome and the Classical World (TCH2B)* 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 2B: Rome and the Classical World (TCH2B ) introduces students to:
Unit I: The Roman Republic
- The early beginnings of Rome
- Roman citizens, soldiers, and deities
- The Roman Republic’s Great Wars
- Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, and the Principate
- Remarkable Romans—historians, poets, scientists, and more
Unit II: The Roman Empire
- The Julio-Claudian and Flavian Dynasties
- The Antonine and the Severan Dynasties
- Diocletian and the Dominate
- Constantine and the rise of Christianity
- Roman culture—the life of Roman women and slaves
Unit III: Empires of the East
- China during the Warring States Period
- The Qin and Han dynasties of China
- The early Middle Kingdoms Period in India
The Curious Historian Level 2B 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 Archive: Extra Resources for Level 2B is a collection of supplemental materials that correspond with the TCH2B 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!
- A TCH2B Profiles and Legends PDF that introduces students to some of the more famous classic tales of history, such as the story of the Ninth Legion, and sheds further light on interesting historical achievements by important figures, such as Cincinnatus, Pliny the Elder, and Zenobia
- A Biblical Connections in TCH2B 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 TCH2B PDF that features recommended books for both students and teachers
- The “Spotlight on Virtue” discussion questions, compiled in one PDF than can be printed and distributed to students
- The “Top 12 Things to Remember from TCH2B” section of chapter 18 designed as a downloadable single-page PDF
Plus: A supplemental Go Deeper PDF will be available to view for free! This resource includes additional information to share with your students or explore for your own interest: fun tidbits, links to museum collections of artifacts, links to virtual tours of ruins and key sites in Rome, 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.
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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- Go Deeper Resources This resource includes additional information to share with your students or explore for your own interest: links to museum collections of artifacts, fun tidbits, links to virtual tours of ruins and key sites in Rome, and much more. Icons in the teacher's edition indicate when to reference this optional resource.
- The Curious Historian Level 2B Suggested Weekly Schedule (PDF)
- The Curious Historian Level 2B Suggested Yearlong Schedule (PDF)
- The Curious Historian Level 2B Song Lyrics (PDF)
- Master Supply List for appendix H: Guide to Holding a Rome Day Event (PDF)
- The Curious Historian & God's Great Covenant Series Overlap Chart (PDF)
- The Curious Historian Level 2B Quizzes (PDF) and Answer Key (PDF)
- Four Categories of Virtues (and Vices) chart from The Curious Historian Level 2B appendix C (PDF)
- Ancient & Classical Civilizations Timetable
- Full-color unit time lines
- Printable chapter maps
- Reference charts from The Curious Historian Level 2B appendix G (PDF)