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We do a lot of narration as our routine activity in our World History lesson. Our spine book is Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauers. We use the pdf download from peacehillpress.com . This week we discuss about Alexander The Great as part of the Ancient Greece history. We have two days of World History lesson weekly, each takes 30-45 minutes. Each chapter is usually finished in 3 or 4 lessons, depends on the number of sessions and kids’ interest.
- First of all, we listen to the mp3 file so that the kids will get some listening to native language speakers considering English is our second language.
- Next I read the “story” and explain some vocabulary or any terms that need help to understand the story.
- Kids answer some questions based on the activity book of Story of the World. They also ask some questions or trigger some discussion. We try to get the message from the story.
- I get the elder kids write at least five things they can remember in their draft binder. They should try editing their own writing after they finish, including the capital letter, punctuation marks, spelling, and tenses. Here is the example:
- We edit the draft together, including those self editing aspects and the sequence of the sentences as they usually just write what they remember without thinking how to put those sentences into a more sensible paragraph. It should be the next goal.
- They copy the edited draft either by handwriting or by notebooking apps from notebookingpages.com.
The second lesson basically just repeating the same pattern as the first lesson. We open with a review of the previous chapter and continue with the next session.
However, we do some variation of narration to get them not bored. Kids retell five things that they remember from the story while I write what they say on a draft or other sibling will do. Next, we edit together the draft. They start copying the draft by typing or handwriting.
On the second session, we add mapping work. Kids follow the direction and mark the map with some colours or notes.
We open the third lesson with reading some encyclopaedia or related websites. Sometimes we play online games related with the topic.
We continue with the last session with similar process and close the lesson with a chapter test which is available in the test book.