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World History and Literature

For 10th–12th graders
(9th graders begin with Ancient History and Literature)

Homeschool Curriculum Package for WHL
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Package Contents

Curriculum Package Includes:
  • Daily Lesson Plans (purchase one per additional student or photocopy for siblings)
  • Heroes of the Faith
  • More Than a Carpenter
  • Christianity, Cults & Religions
  • Four Views of the End Times
  • Experiencing God: Student Edition (purchase one per additional student; one for each parent also recommended)
  • Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Made Easy: Modern English Version Side-by-Side with Full Original Text)
  • Writers INC
  • Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney)
  • British Literature (Parallel Text)
  • Teacher Guide for British Literature
  • Practicing His Presence (Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach)
  • Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English
  • A Tale of Two Cities (abridged edition)
  • Silas Marner
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret
  • The Hiding Place
  • Animal Farm
  • In His Steps
  • Timeline Figures - Resurrection to Revolution; Napoleon to Now (photocopy for siblings)
  • World History Timeline Book (purchase one per additional student)
  • History of the World (My Father's World Edition)
  • World History Map Activities
  • Rand McNally Historical Atlas of the World


Focus: Rome to Present and Church History
  • Verse-by-Verse Reading of the New Testament
  • Comprehension and Critical Thinking
  • Classics and British Literature
  • Research Paper
  • Composition Skills
  • Geography
World History and Literature Teacher's ManualWorld History and Literature is a one-year curriculum for high school that integrates history, English, and Bible (3 full-year credits).

World History and Literature lesson plans are written to the student for parent-guided independent work. On Fridays, the student and parent have a conference to discuss the week's topics and review completed work. There are 36 weeks of lessons, five days a week, with a somewhat lighter schedule on most Fridays. You will need to add science, math, and electives such as foreign language.

Evaluation of student work: Parents assign grades for coursework based on informal discussions, essays for English and history, and daily written questions and quizzes for history. There are no formal test for Bible or literature.

If you have more than one student in high school: Students may share most of the books in this program. This will involve establishing a workable time schedule for when each student may use each book. However, each student will need his own World History Timeline Book and Experiencing God. Pages for World History Map Activities and the timeline figures will need to be photocopied for additional students. Lesson plans are designed to be written in by the student as a record of the school year; you may photocopy the plans for siblings. Some families may want to buy additional copies of books so that students do not have to share books.

Bible (New Testament/Church History) and World History

  • Read the entire New Testament as well as challenging books such as Experiencing God: Student Edition and More Than a Carpenter. The concepts in Experiencing God are life changing. We strongly encourage parents, especially dads, to purchase their own book and complete this study to help in guiding a weekly discussion with the student as well as for personal spiritual growth.
  • Study world history from Rome to modern times. Assignments include reading with comprehension questions, unit quizzes, and map work. Students also create a detailed timeline. Church history is integrated with the history studies.
  • Participate in service projects chosen and/or developed by the student and the parent-teacher.

Literature and Composition

  • Enjoy and analyze (from a Christian perspective) literature written during or about historical periods being studied: Julius Caesar, Beowulf, Pilgrim's Progress, Pride and Prejudice, The Hiding Place, Animal Farm, and more. Also read short selections from classic works of British literature such as The Canterbury Tales, Paradise Lost, and Gulliver's Travels.
  • Learn how to write a research paper with detailed, step-by-step instructions.
  • Develop a wide range of composition skills with topics from literature and history. Writers INC is used as a guide for essays and other writing forms.

Geography and Fine arts

  • Completion of all assigned maps earns 1/4 credit of geography. This credit may be combined with the geography included in Year 4, U.S. History 1877 to the Present, to provide up to one credit of geography.
  • The lesson plans also include recommendations for completing a fine arts credit.



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If you own an older edition of World History & Literature, consider exchanging it for the current edition. The core of the program has not changed, but some books have been revised or removed.

  • In 2014, Exploring World History (Notgrass) was revised. We highly recommend the new version, which is much more student-friendly due to many new color illustrations. The text has only minor changes, but In Their Words (included in the set) was greatly expanded.

You may exchange your World History & Literature Daily Lesson Plans for the current edition for $58. Please call our office at 573-202-2000 for instructions.


You will enjoy seeing your kids go through high school with MFW! I loved watching my daughter read the entire Old Testament last year.


The way that the program is laid out, there is never a question about what he is supposed to do on any given day. It is a challenging curriculum as well, so it makes him think. This HS curriculum will definitely get him ready for college level work.


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Marvin Scott

ISBN: 9780825128803

This book of ready-to-use, reproducible maps and activities will help you meet a wide range of teaching needs and objectives. Updated to include the most current political and geographical information, these time-saving masters will allow your students to reinforce place geography as they explore its effect on world history.

Seventy units focus on the men, women, and events stressed in most world history curricula. Each unit includes two new teacher pages packed with historical, political, and cultural background to provide supplemental context for the activities. Activities range from self-contained tasks to those requiring research from outside sources; they can be used for either independent study or class assignments.

Help your students understand the role of physical geography in world history with these easy-to-use maps and activities!

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

ISBN: 9780528014475

Did you know?

Around 2560 B.C. - Construction is completed on the Great Pyramid of Giza

Around 27 B.C. - Rome becomes an Empire

868 - The earliest known printed and dated book is printed in China

1492 - Columbus reaches the Americas

1815 - Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo

1939 - World War II begins when Germany invades Poland

1961 - The Berlin Wall was built

1991 - The Soviet Union breaks up

2001 - Terrorists attack the World Trade Center

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.
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William Shakespeare and Alan Durband

ISBN: 9780812035735

Modernized by Alan Durband

At last - Julius Caesar in language everyone can understand.

See how the intrigues and conspiracies surrounding history's most famous Emperor unfold in a clear, modem version. Now you can instantly grasp the secret plotting of the conspirators, Caesar's bloody assassination and Rome's collapse into chaos and civil war.

The complete original text is laid out side-by-side with the full modem translation. Ideal for instant reference and understanding, whether you are reading Shakespeare for pleasure, or studying for an examination.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Seamus Heaney

ISBN: 9780393320978

Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon.

The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.

Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.


Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach

ISBN: 9780940232013

If you wish to know your Lord in a deeper way, you are invited to join the vast host of Christians who, over three centuries, have turned to this book more than any other - except the Scriptures - in order to begin that journey to the depths of Christ.

Imagine a book that is 300 years old and has never been out of print! Such is the book you hold in your hands. Other than Pilgrim's Progress, there is probably no other piece of Christian literature that has stood the test of the centuries so well. An estimated 22 million copies of the original The Practice of the Presence of God have been printed in the English language alone. In recent years, however, interest in this book has waned as the original English edition became so outdated that it was virtually unreadable. The publishers have now revised and reissued this book under the title Practicing His Presence and the profundity, depth, and beauty of Brother Lawrence's masterpiece lives again!

We have included in this edition, not only the letters of Brother Lawrence - from the 17th century but also those of Frank Laubach - from the 20th century - who, like Brother Lawrence before him, wrote a series of letters chronicling his experiences in practicing the presence of Jesus Christ.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

John Bunyan

ISBN: 9780882707570

Now in modern English and packed full of helpful features, this new edition will enable you to enjoy this "classic of classics" more than ever before.

The Pilgrim's Progress has been called "the greatest allegory ever written." Its appeal sweeps across the scopes of age, intellect, and education. Children read it for the excitement of the story; eager believers are challenged and trained by its invaluable teaching; Bible students and scholars alike read it for its depth of doctrine.

Just as relevant today as it was when John Bunyan wrote it from his cell in prison, The Pilgrim's Progress is the story of every Christian- from the first stirrings of the Holy Spirit beckoning us to follow Christ to our final arrival in the Celestial City of God.

This new, complete edition, written in plain, modern English, is an enriching complement to any Christian's personal library. The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English will be enjoyed and treasured by people of all ages for years to come.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

George Eliot

ISBN: 9780486292465

As a young man, Silas Marner shut himself off from the world after being wrongly accused of theft and losing the girl he loved. Much later in life, the lonely, embittered weaver experiences two jolting events: he is robbed of his meager hoard of gold and he becomes the guardian of Eppie, a little orphan girl who makes her way to his cottage one wintry night. Eppie grows into a charming young woman who cares for the alienated Silas, helping him find love and hope in his life.

First published in 1861, this classic English novel by George Eliot (pen name of Mary Anne Evans) is widely admired for its brevity and perfection of form. It has also long delighted students of literature and general readers alike with its masterly portrait of moral and psychological behavior in Victorian England, its mystery, intrigue and heartwarming denouement.

Unabridged, slightly corrected Dover (1996) republication of the text of the first edition, published as Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe, by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1861.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Charles Dickens

ISBN: 9780141325545

Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton may look the same, but their personalities are very different. One day, in the midst of the French Revolution, Charles flees to London to escape the trouble in France. But when he learns that his servant is facing death, he returns to Paris to save him. Charles's own life is endangered on the way and he is captured. Sydney may be able to help him - but will their strong resemblance be enough to save Charles's life?

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Jane Austen

ISBN: 9780553213102

Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work "her own darling child" and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print." The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen's radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Alan Paton

ISBN: 9780743262170

An immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948, Alan Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law is a work of searing beauty. Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Howard Taylor

ISBN: 9780802456588

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret is the story of a man whose life was hidden with Christ. As Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor write, "Hudson Taylor had many secrets, yet they were but one - the simple, profound secret of drawing for every need, temporal or spiritual, upon the fathomless wealth of Christ."

Compelled to share the gospel with the unreached people of China, Hudson Taylor devoted his life to this purpose. Landing in China in 1854 and eventually founding China Inland Mission (now OMF International), Taylor lived his life in complete abandon of all things temporal and in utter dependence on God for his every need.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Corrie ten Boom

ISBN: 9780800794057

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

Here is the riveting account of how Corrie and her family were able to save many of God's chosen people. For 35 years millions have seen that there is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still. Now The Hiding Place, repackaged for a new generation of readers, continues to declare that God's love will overcome, heal, and restore.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

George Orwell

ISBN: 9780451526342

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned - a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Charles M. Sheldon

ISBN: 9781565631526

"What would Jesus do?" When several members of an ordinary American church are challenged to not take a single action without first asking that crucial question, they discover the power of God to transform their own lives - and their world. Charles M. Sheldon's provocative novel, originally published in 1896 and enthusiastically rediscovered by today's, believers, testifies dramatically to the value of Christian witness in all of life.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

ISBN: 9780544652002

Writers INC is a reference handbook that helps you to prepare for both college and a career.

  • Provides concise, easy-to-use guidelines, models and strategies to improve writing skills in all classes.
  • Covers all facets of writing - from constructing sentences and paragraphs to developing academic essays.
  • Includes guidelines for writing argument essays, explanatory essays, responses to literature, research papers and more.
  • Teaches writing conventions in different content areas - from math to science to social studies.
  • Outlines the use of technology in researching and writing.
  • Addresses the creative and critical thinking skills necessary for effective writing.
  • Presents information on test-taking & reading strategies and includes a special section on grammar and language.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

ISBN: 9780789172321

This Parallel Text edition provides two complete versions of each selection. On the left is the classic language. On the right is the line-by-line modern paraphrase. This paraphrase is not intended as a replacement for the original, but as an aid to understanding.

Unit One: The Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Periods (449-1485)

Unit Two: The Renaissance (1485-1660)

Unit Three: The Restoration and the Enlightenment (1660-1798)

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Question and answer guide for British Literature.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Timeline figures to use with the World History Timeline Book.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Purchase one per additional student or photocopy for siblings.

Timeline figures to use with the World History Timeline Book.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Purchase one per additional student or photocopy for siblings.

Plantagenet Somerset Fry

ISBN: 9780756670795

  • Where was the first city?
  • How did the Vikings wage war?
  • What were the effects of Hurricane Katrina?

Find the answers to all these questions and many, many more with this definitive world history for children, spanning every continent and era.

Take an incredible journey across thousands of years, from the time when humans first walked the earth to the age of space travel.

Fully revised and updated to cover the latest world events.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Oversized timeline book with color-coded lines for different continents and disciplines.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Purchase one per additional student.
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Gene Fedele

ISBN: 9780882709593

Inspiring stories and compelling biographical sketches of 70 Heroes of the Faith affecting the course of history, regardless of the obstacles.

Read about those who have gone before you to carry forth the Gospel in powerful ways, demonstrating what the hand of God can do with humble men and women of all ages who choose to do His will.

You will be inspired by their faith . . .

For more than twenty centuries, Christianity has fought against almost every conceivable form of human sin and corruption. All the energies of the powers of darkness have combined against it in unholy alliances, kings, clergy, philosophers, and the faithless have swelled the ranks of unbelief and irreligion, but all in vain.

Christianity has steadily triumphed over all opposition, and has never before been filled with such power as today. Hardly a country, a city, or a town has not at least heard of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, who came to seek and save the lost.

Within the pages of this book you will find a generation by generation account of the lives of great and godly men and women who have changed the world for Christ, from the time our great Master walked the earth to the present day. These heroes of our faith were appointed by God and granted supernatural courage and strength to stand up against tyranny and unbelief, and carry the torch of divine truth in splendor and victory.

Today, Christianity, triumphant over all the conflicts of centuries, has built upon the example of its "heroes." It shines brighter, clearer and with more world-wide healing in its beams than ever before.

As you read the pages of this book, let your mind run through the list of these great and godly men and women, "the cloud of witnesses," and find divine encouragement to persevere in your daily walk in Christ amidst the trials and suffering of this world. And may the eyes of your heart receive glimpses of the world to come.


  • Historical and inspirational biographies.
  • More than 100 illustrations from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • Each biography includes a list of writings by and of the individual.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Josh McDowell

ISBN: 9781414333809

Skeptic Josh McDowell thought Christians were out of their minds. He ridiculed and insulted them, then decided to combat them with his own thorough research to disprove the claims of Jesus Christ. To his surprise, he discovered that the evidence suggested exactly the opposite - that Jesus, instead of being simply a first-century Hebrew carpenter, truly was the God he claimed to be.

Since its original publication, More Than a Carpenter has sold over 15 million copies and changed countless lives. Now, in this revised and updated edition, Josh is joined by his son, Sean, as they tackle the questions that today's generation continues to ask:

"Can I be spiritual without believing in God?"

"How can I make sure that my life counts for something?"

"Is it really possible to know anything for sure about God or Jesus?"

  • read the story.
  • weigh the facts.
  • experience his love.
  • and then watch what happens.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King

ISBN: 9781415826034

A Classic Discipleship Resource Influences a New Generation of Students

In this book, you will:

  • Learn how to hear when God is speaking to you.
  • Find out where God is working and join Him.
  • Discover that God pursues a love relationship with you that is real and personal.
  • Face crises of belief as you join God where He's working.
  • Experience God doing through you what only God can do!

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Purchase one per additional student; one for each parent also recommended.
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ISBN: 9789901981403

This quick-reference guide will help in understanding and comparing the major religions and cults around the world. Discover the beliefs of 17 cults and religions and how those beliefs compare to Christianity.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Bruce Shelley and R.L. Hatchett

ISBN: 9781401676315

With more than 315,000 copies sold, this is the story of the church for today's readers. Dr. Bruce Shelley makes church history come alive in this classic book that has become not only the first choice of many laypeople and church leaders but the standard text in many college classrooms. What separates Dr. Shelley's book from others is its clarity of language and organization. Church History in Plain Language treats history as the story of people - their motivations, the issues they grapple with, the decisions they make - and the result is that history reads like a story, almost as dramatic and moving as a novel. Yet there is no fiction here. Dr. Shelley was a respected scholar whose work was painstakingly researched and carefully crafted for historical accuracy.

The fourth edition of Shelley's classic one-volume history of the church brings the story of Christianity into the twenty-first century. This latest edition of the book, revised by R.L. Hatchett, contains information concerning Gnosticism and its ongoing relevance, the theology of the early church arid Reformation, and most extensively the rapid global extension and transformation of Christianity since 1900.

Church History in Plain Language, 4th Edition makes history easy to follow and retain by dividing the Christian story into the great ages of the church:

  • The Age of Jesus and the Apostles
  • The Age of Catholic Christianity
  • The Age of the Christian Roman Empire
  • The Christian Middle Ages
  • The Age of the Reformation
  • The Age of Reason and Revival
  • The Age of Progress
  • The Age of Ideologies
  • The Age of Global Expansion and Relocation

The continuing popularity of this book attests to its success in achieving its purpose-to make church history clear, memorable, and accessible to every reader.


  • Vivid stories of major persons in the church's story
  • Concise explanations of key movements
  • Contemporary developments related to the spread of the gospel
  • The explosion of Christianity in the southern hemisphere

Recommended for World History and Literature.
Purchase separately if you do not already own.

ISBN: 9781596360891

Compare the four major Christian interpretations of the end times with this handy reference guide. Contains a brief summary of each view along with supporting scriptures.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Included with the World History and Literature High School Package.

Purchase one per student; may photocopy for siblings.

Free Weekend to Remember discount voucher is included with the purchase of a Daily Lesson Plan.


World History and Literature is a one-year curriculum for high school that integrates history, English, and Bible (3 full-year credits). As students journey through the curriculum's pre-planned daily lessons, they will experience spiritual growth as they read the entire New Testament and other thought-provoking Christian literature. Students will also engage in readings and analysis of classic literature written in or about the historical period being studied while learning valuable research and composition methods.

See the World History and Literature curriculum page for complete details and to purchase items individually.

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