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The Mystery of History

by Linda Lacour Hobar

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The Mystery of History

Volume I

Creation to the Resurrection

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Volume I, in the words of the author:

In Volume I of The Mystery of History, I cover world history from Creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The text spans the incredible stories of ancient times, ancient lands, and ancient peoples. Where most ancient studies encompass only Egypt, Greece, and Rome, The Mystery of History goes much farther.

In Volume I, I include chronologically based stories from all around the world, including Asia, North America, and the Holy Lands.  Beginning with the Garden of Eden, stories will spread from Sumer and Babel to Troy, Phoenicia, and Assyria.  The study of early civilizations will include King Wu of China and Asoka of India as well as King David, Julius Caesar, and Xerxes of Persia. Above all, a favorite feature of Volume I is the weaving of Bible history with world history.  In reality, it is all world history.  But for most of us, history has not been taught this way.  It has not been integrated.

In The Mystery of History, I have retold major stories from the Bible in the order that they happened alongside significant world history events and figures.  As an example, Bible characters and world history figures living just decades apart include:  Joshua and King Tut; Daniel and Aesop; Ezekiel and Buddha; Nehemiah and Socrates; and Cleopatra and Herod the Great.  Imagine lining up such amazing figures on one master timeline!  Imagine learning their stories back to back in the order they happened!  For most of us, it’s an illuminating experience.

Last, you may also choose to listen to the stories of Volume I through an Audio Book that I personally narrate. With text in hand, you can read along with me. Without the text, you can relax, listen, take notes, or color while I speak directly to you and your family.  Beautifully mixed background music adds life, drama, and more meaning to these timeless historical lessons.  (Tracks without music are also available!) In the car, over lunch, before bed, or as an integral part of your school day  – you can journey through the ancient world at your own pace. (This audio set contains story lessons only and does not include pretests, activities, quizzes, exercises or similar items.)

Volume I (Second Edition)

Audio Book Samples

Lesson 55: Nineveh Destroyed with music

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History

Lesson 55: Nineveh Destroyed without music

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History Volume I

This curriculum is for all ages, but for specific guidance, please go to “Teaching All Ages” for ideas on catering The Mystery of History to your students.

Download free samples:

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icon-pdf Volume I Sample “A Week at a Glance”

Map Answer Key

Though a black and white answer key for the mapping exercises is provided in the textbook, you can click on the download below for a color answer key! Thank you to Sonia C. and her children for providing these.  While a variety of atlases may give you the same information, Sonia has included on each map the resource she found most helpful.
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Activities for Volume I


As described in our “Teaching All Ages” section (click here), each and every lesson in The Mystery of History is followed by optional activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students. Please scroll through our samples below to gain a vision for teaching one student of any age or multiple students of varying ages at the same time!

Lesson

Younger Students

Middle Students

Older Students

The Sumerians Make a cuneiform tablet with clay Build a sugar cube ziggurat
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“Advertize” relics discovered in the Royal Tombs of Ur
Stonehenge Build a miniature model of Stonehenge
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Make perfect circles outdoors with a rope Write out definitions of solstice and equinox
Early Egypt Wrap up like mummies with toilet tissue
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Build a miniature model of a pyramid Research: Hykos, Saite Period, Riddle of the Sphinx
Belshazzar and Cyrus the Great Draw a “mysterious” handwriting on the wall
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Build a “weights & measure” set Answer questions about the “Medes and Persians”
The Maccabean Revolt Light a menorah to commemorate Hanukkah
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Make a traditional Hanukkah dish Read the Apocryphal account of Hanukkah

The Mystery of History

Volume II

The Early Church and the Middle Ages

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Volume II

Audio Book Samples

Lesson 37: Charlemagne

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History Volume II

Lesson 47: Otto the First and the Holy Roman Empire

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History Volume II

Lesson 61: Richard the Lionhearted, Saladin and the Third Crusade

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History Volume II

Volume II, in the words of the author:

The Mystery of History Volume II (AD 30 – 1456) picks up where the story of Volume I leaves off – at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the first lesson I address Acts 1:8 with the promise of the Father to send the Holy Spirit. It is called the Day of Pentecost. From there, the history of the Early Church really begins. It is not an easy history to digest. It was amid trials, persecution, and martyrdom that the magnificent story of Jesus Christ spread.

In Volume II, I expand on the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Dark Ages that followed. This text delves into the chivalry of knights and damsels, kings and queens, and the peasants who faithfully served them. Students visit Vikings and villains; castles and crusades; and the poetry of Dante and Chaucer. Beyond Europe, this volume examines the life of Mohammed and the spread of Islam along with the rise and fall of dynasties in Japan and China. In Africa, Volume II looks at the Coptic (Egyptian) Church and Great Zimbabwe in the south. Students will unveil the rituals of the Aztecs and the gold of the Incas in Peru. And in two distant corners of the earth, at nearly the same time, the peoples of New Zealand and Greenland emerge into our view of world history.

All along the way, Volume II of The Mystery of History pauses to hear the voice of God as He speaks through missionaries like Columba, St. Patrick, and Cyril. Students will learn of the struggles within the Medieval church as it grows, expands, and threatens the authority of emperors and kings. I ended this volume with the tragic death of Joan of Arc, the fall of Constantinople, and the invention of the printing press that helps spread the Word of God across Europe.

You won’t find these significant and amazing stories packaged together just anywhere. I’ve done the research for you so that you and your students are free to absorb this history and explore the untold mysteries in between.

Last, you may also choose to listen to the stories of Volume II through an Audio Book that I personally narrate. With text in hand, you can read along with me. Without the text, you can relax, listen, take notes, or color while I speak directly to you and your family.  Beautifully mixed background music adds life, drama, and more meaning to these timeless historical lessons. In the car, over lunch, before bed, or as an integral part of your school day  – you can journey through the medieval world at your own pace. (This audio set contains story lessons only and does not include pretests, activities, quizzes, exercises or similar items.)

This curriculum is for all ages, but for specific guidance, please click to “Teaching All Ages” to discover more of The Mystery of History for your individual students. (Though recommended, it is not necessary to have completed Volume I to begin a study in Volume II. Each volume in the series is a stand alone.)

Download free samples:

Volume II Table of Contentsicon-pdf

icon-pdf Volume II Sample “A Week at a Glance”


Activities for Volume II


As described in our “Teaching All Ages” section (click here), each and every lesson in The Mystery of History is followed by optional activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students. Please scroll through our samples below to gain a vision for teaching one student of any age or multiple students of varying ages at the same time!

Lesson

Younger Students

Middle Students

Older Students

Masada Create a Masada medallion Construct a battering ram
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Read Josephus’ account of Masada
Constantine I Make a battle shield
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Read the Nicene Creed Research Constantinople
Empress Wu Zetian Build a pagoda-style bird feeder image-camera-icon View project Research panda bears or the Dunhuang caves Print/study the Three Pagodas landmark
Maori of New Zealand Make scary Maori war faces image-camera-icon View project Study the Southern Cross Discuss the significance of cultural preservation
Eleanor of Aquitaine Decorate a “palace” with tapestries Plan the rescue of a princess Host a medieval feast
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The Mystery of History

Volume III

The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations

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Volume III, in the words of the author:

Covering people and events from 1455 to 1707, Volume III contains more than I imagined it would. The Medici’s, the Inquisition, and Christopher Columbus. Michelangelo, Martin Luther, and Henry VIII. Copernicus, Shakespeare, and Pocahontas. These are but glimpses of great power, great minds, and great passion. I’m in awe over each and every one of the geniuses that graced this rich time period. As is true with the other books in this series, The Mystery of History Volume III will look at what was going on all over the world in the order that it happened.

So, while the Renaissance and Reformation were taking shape in Europe, we’ll look at the rise of wealthy empires in West Africa, the Mogul dynasty of India, and the peaceful lives of the Aboriginals of Australia. We will also visit Ivan the Terrible in Russia and the Tokugawa family in Japan. Of course the stories will be told of the master painters and sculptors who made the Renaissance famous, as well as the scientists and philosophers who dissected it. And the time period wouldn’t be complete without boarding a ship or two to circumnavigate the globe for spices and riches in the East. Many more explorers will touch the soil of North America and start a new chapter in the history of the world. We’ll bow with the Pilgrims who will give thanks for their survival and welcome the Native Americans to their feast.

Volume III

Audio Book Samples

Lesson 73: The Scottish Covenanters with music

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History Volume III

Lesson 73: The Scottish Covenanters without music

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History Volume III

Unlike Volumes I and II, Volume III has been separated by my publisher into two beautiful books! The Student Reader now contains 84 lessons in a colorful, easy to hold hardback. The reader is a stand-alone world history text for all ages to enjoy. But for those wanting a full study of the time period, you will want to consider The Mystery of History (Volume III) Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities. This guide book (as a paperback, CD, or download) will contain these familiar and popular components of The Mystery of History series: Pretests; Hands-on/Research Activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students; Memory Card ideas; bi-weekly quizzes and exercises; timeline helps; maps; supplemental book lists; and more. (Though it is recommended that Volumes I and II be studied prior to this volume, it is not necessary.)

The Mystery of History Volume III Audio CDLast, you may also choose to listen to the stories of Volume III through an Audio Book that I personally narrate. With text in hand, you can read along with me. Without the text, you can relax, listen, take notes, or color while I speak directly to you and your family.  Beautifully mixed background music adds life, drama, and more meaning to these timeless historical lessons. (Tracks without music are also available!) In the car, over lunch, before bed, or as an integral part of your school day – you can journey through the Renaissance and Reformation at your own pace. (This audio set contains story lessons only and does not include pretests, activities, quizzes, exercises or similar items.)

This curriculum is for all ages, but for specific guidance, please click to “Teaching All Ages” for for ideas on catering The Mystery of History to your students.

Download free samples:

icon-pdf Volume III Table of Contents

Volume III Student Reader Lessons Sampleicon-pdf

icon-pdf Volume III Companion Guide Sample “Week at a Glance” 


Activities for Volume III


As described in our “Teaching All Ages” section (click here), each and every lesson in The Mystery of History is followed by optional activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students. Please scroll through our samples below to gain a vision for teaching one student of any age or multiple students of varying ages at the same time!

Lesson

Younger Students

Middle Students

Older Students

Raphael Make a dispenser featuring Raphael’s cherubs
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Create a color brochure on the works of Raphael Solve the acorn mystery of Raphael’s portrait of Julius II
Cortez and Pizarro Build a food skewer set of spears or a conquistador helmet Make a miniature cannon that fires party poppers
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Give a presentation on the European discovery of chocolate
Explorers of North America Make moccasins Build a paper pueblo house
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Research/report the fate of the Huron
Elizabeth I Learn historical meaning of nursery rhymes Make regal “stand ups”
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Memorize “A Prayer by Queen Elizabeth I”
Tokugawa Japan Sumo wrestling with pillow bodies Sport a Ninja outfit Research Chikamatsu Monzaemon, the “Shakespeare of Japan”
The Founding of Jamestown Make an Indian feather headpiece
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Plan a wilderness weekend Dramatize John Smith’s terms to the settlers

The Mystery of History

Volume IV

Wars of Independence to Modern Times

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Volume IV

Audio Book Samples

Lesson 11 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1781 with music

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History Volume IV

Lesson 11 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1781 without music

by Linda Lacour Hobar | The Mystery of History Volume IV

Volume IV, in the words of the author:

Volume IV, the last and final volume of this world history series, spans three pressure-filled centuries from 1708 to 2014. Starting with Bach and Handel, two of four major composers included in Volume IV, the time period will hear music soar to new heights, and observe numerous “wars of independence.” From the American colonies, the heart of Mexico, the goldmines of Australia, the mountaintops of South America, the shores of Greece, and the walls of the Alamo, we will find mankind desperately striving for liberty and freedom through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Most of the time, he will achieve it – but seldom without heartache, revolution, and bloodshed!

On a less tangible battlefield, we will also see in this volume several “wars of ideologies” meaning that we will see the world “take sides” behind invisible lines on their views toward Marxism, Darwinism, Fascism, and the Cold War. Of course, before we get to the Cold War, we will see nations catapulted into two painful World Wars in the twentieth century with the rise of Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler, and Emperor Hirohito. Unfortunately, the stories of these notorious dictators will require a deep, pensive look at the Gulag system in the Soviet Union, the Holocaust in Europe, and the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. All are difficult topics that need to be examined to learn valuable lessons from history! Some lessons are still being learned, as we will also look at modern man’s struggle with a collapsed Soviet Union, a divided Korea, tension in the Middle East, and an ongoing War on Terror.

Yet, as violent as parts of this volume will be (and which will require screening for young students), we will take time to meet the artists, inventors, writers, and humanitarians who contributed toward the “soul” of mankind over the last three centuries. And, we will join the missionaries and adventurers who journeyed to inland China, the wilds of Africa, the South Pole, and the gray, speckled surface of the moon. I watched the first moon walk when I was a kid, and so this volume has encroached upon my own personal timeline, as it will yours to make recent historical events that much more meaningful. While a great deal of American history will be included (such as the American Revolution, the War Between the States, the War in Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement, and more) this volume will not necessarily replace American history for those students seeking to fill a requirement. My hope is that American students will see U.S. history in a broader, more relevant manner when it is woven into the fabric of world history events. Can you use this volume to dovetail American history? Absolutely, but I kept this book a world history text for the sake of all my readers, here and abroad.

The last and final chapter of The Mystery of History series will look at what is to come, as outlined in the Book of Revelation. This final peek at “end times” will not follow any single view of eschatology, but it will take students to the final chapters of Revelation, where we are given a profound picture of a new heaven and a new earth. That my friend, is the hope of the “mystery” of history – that there is an eternal plan for believers, revealed through Scripture and delivered by the atoning blood of Christ. Like Volume III, the stories of Volume IV are contained in a colorful, hardback Student Reader. But with the purchase of the Student Reader, you are going to get much more! My publisher has decided to put the Companion Guide (a separate book of pretests, activities, quizzes, timeline directions, mapping exercises, and literature suggestions) on a CD-ROM in the back of the Student Reader. With a larger segment of “Older Students” using this volume for a high school world history credit, we wanted to keep everything together for convenience and to help all students maximize the full benefits of the program. Though it is recommended that Volumes I – III be studied prior to this volume, it is not necessary. (An Audio Book is also in the making and will be released one quarter at a time as the tracks are available.)

This curriculum is for all ages, but for specific guidance, please click to “Teaching All Ages” for ideas on catering The Mystery of History to your students. And, as stated before, this volume (which is more difficult in content) will require screening for Younger and/or sensitive students!

Download free samples:

icon-pdf Volume IV Table of Contents

Volume IV Student Reader Lessons Sampleicon-pdf

icon-pdf Volume IV Companion Guide Sample “Week at a Glance” 


Activities for Volume IV


As described in our “Teaching All Ages” section (click here), each and every lesson in The Mystery of History is followed by optional activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students. Please scroll through our samples below to gain a vision for teaching one student of any age or multiple students of varying ages at the same time!

Lesson

Younger Students

Middle Students

Older Students

Napoleon Bonaparte Make Napoleon’s Bicorn hat
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Make a descriptive acrostic of Napoleon’s name Compare/debate quotes by Washington and Napoleon
Karl Marx Bible study on greed Study on modern Communist nations Build a story cube explaining Marxism
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Controversy over Evolution Floor puzzle of the days of Creation Construct DNA model with marshmallows
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Read Not By Chance or other recommended resources
The War Between the States Build a “housewife” Civil War sewing kit Build a swiveling model of the Monitor
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Create “North, South, or Draw” catalogue of
The Dominion of Canada Build a stone Inuit Inukshuk Make Inuit sunglasses
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Research/copy the Métis flag
Benito Mussolini Construct a picture name of Mussolini Build a fasces axe head
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Write a mini-biography of Giacomo Matteotti

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