History Odyssey Ancients Level One


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Product Description

NOTE: This title is being retired and will be replaced with an all-new study guide featuring our soon-to-be-released History Quest: Early Times as the spine.


Grade level: appropriate for 1st – 4th grade, target grade is 1st

Course type: Study guide (Please see the Booklist for the books required to complete this course.)

From the first cities to the Byzantines Empire, Ancients level one is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with activities, world geography, great books, and writing. This comprehensive course covers the successes and failures of Ancient civilizations from all parts of the world such as the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Mayans, the Hittites, the Persians, the Mesopotamians, and many others.

Ancients level one is a teacher/parent guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 6000 BCE to 500 CE.

This guide includes:

  • 16 ancient history blackline maps
  • Hands-on activity instructions
  • Extensive library lists for each lesson
  • Suggested schedule for a 36 week school year
  • 35 detailed lessons covering:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Map work
    • Activities
The History Odyssey Method– Five learning techniques are woven throughout all History Odyssey courses at age-appropriate levels: Students examine multiple resources, read historically significant literature, develop and strengthen critical thinking skills, practice and refine written and verbal expression, and study world geography and geographical significances throughout the history of humankind.

Please refer to the article The Best Way to Learn History for more information about the History Odyssey method of learning.


The History Odyssey method found in Ancients 1:

Multiple Resources

  • Listen to stories about Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Philistinians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Chinese, Africans, Indians, early Americans, Romans, and more groups in history told as an exciting narrative
  • Read about ancient history events in a history encyclopedia
  • Learn about cultures via craft projects, cooking foods of ancient peoples, and coloring pages depicting historic scenes


  • Read/listen to short historic fiction stories
  • Read/listen to short biographies of important men and women in ancient history
  • Read/listen to history tales and culture stories set to poetry and song

Written & Verbal Expression

  • Identify new vocabulary words and practice dictionary work
  • Choose important aspects of the history lesson to illustrate and/or summarize


Critical Thinking

  • Exposure to at least three interpretations of the same events in history
  • Discover cultures different from your own
  • Learn about the development of various religions and cultures


  • Identify and label countries, major cities, major land areas, and major water areas
  • Compare modern-day geography to ancient geography
  • Develop a basic understanding of the distances and geographical obstacles between areas of the world
  • Introduction to the importance and impact of geographical location on a people’s history
Important Copyright Information: If you choose the eBook version of this course, you are purchasing a license to use the PDF for your own children. You may make copies for your own children, but you may not share (email, download, print and distribute, resell, etc.) this eBook or any portion of this eBook to others.

Licensing is available for group, school, and co-op use. Please contact Pandia Press for details on group licensing ([email protected]).

The following books must be obtained apart from this study guide. You may use any version, eBook, or print edition of these books. If you plan to purchase these books from Amazon, we appreciate you using the direct links below.

Main Reference Spine: The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (with Internet Links)
Optional Additional Reference Spine: A Child’s History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer (Calvert Educational Services)

Other Required Books:
The Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer (Peace Hill Press, 2001, 2006)
History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations (Evan-Moor, 2003)
Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbors by Marian Broida (Chicago Review Press, 1999)
Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors by Marian Broida (Chicago Review Press, 2003)
Life in Ancient Greece Coloring Book by John Green (Dover Publications, 1993)
Life in Ancient Rome Coloring Book by John Green (Dover Publications, 1997)

Ancients 1 in Action

Review of History Odyssey

by Cathy Duffy

History Odyssey combines classical and real-book approaches to create a complete history curriculum for grades 1 through 12. The curriculum has three levels: Level One (Elementary) for grades 1-4, Level Two (Middle School) for grades 5 and up (can actually be used for some high school students but is best for grades 5-8), and Level Three (High School) for grades 9-12. . .

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