The Sail Unfurling from Ancient Times to Mastering the Atlantic


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A Nine-Week Study That Takes You Through History from the Decks of Ships

This study is followed by another 9-week study, “The Sail Unfurling from Sovereign States to Stealth at Sea,” which completes this study of world history.

Type of Resource: History, Culture & Geography Study
Target Grades: 4th to 12th Grades
Pages: 270 Pages, Including 80 Pages of History Reading, 45 Pages of Cultural Reading & About 90 Journaling Pages
Length of Study: 9 Weeks

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This unique and intriguing study of world history begins in ancient times and follows the development of sail and the technology of transportation through ancient civilizations and on through the Middle Ages. This journey through world history shows how sailing ships influenced — even made history what it was — from the times of Egyptian monarchs and Phoenician traders to the moment ships were built that could take on the stormy Atlantic Ocean. Each week gives an up-close view of both significant historical events and the culture of sea life and the cultures of major civilizations in history.

Families will love how this study explains many of the major movements in world history: how Egypt developed such a strong economy and central government in a time of small kingdoms; how the Phoenicians jumped ahead of her competition to create the Mediterranean’s first trading empire; and how Rome consolidated its power to rise into the world’s first superpower. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to discovering amazing things about world history that you never understood before, until you take a look at history from the decks of ships! Don’t miss this great journey!

Notebooking Focus:
All along the way, students will complete an open and go Captain’s Log journal. The journaling pages include more content about world history and civilizations, drawings and interactive learning opportunities, cut-outs, ship designs in history, technology that affected sailing and ship development, and so much more that will help the learning really stick! There are also pages that allow students to go on board ships to see the lives of sailors and naval men, pages that look at the weapons that affected world history, and those that focus on major historical events or battles. It’s a great journey, and packed with family fun!

This study includes most of the reading you need for the study, an activity resource, geography and navigational instruction, a schedule that coordinates reading resources, activities, website links, DVD suggestions, the journaling pages highlighted above,and more! It is planned around a four-day week, to make it super easy to fit into a busy family’s schedule.

What Do I Need to Add to Complete This Study?

  • Highly Recommended Resource: “Dragons of the Deep” by Carl Wieland
  • Recommended Fun Journaling Resource: “Stalking Sea Monsters” by Kaeryn Brooks, which journals what students learn in “Dragons of the Deep” (available right here on Spirited~Autumn~Hope)
  • Recommended Timeline Resource: Homeschool in the Woods’ Sea and Sky Series Timeline Figures
  • Optional Reading to Add: “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson and “Raiders from the Sea” by Lois Walfrid Johnson
  • Buying information is included in the study guide.

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