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It’s the revolutionary world history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.      Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—from Africa and beyond; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialism, revolu It’s the revolutionary world history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.      Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—from Africa and beyond; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialism, revolutions, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only one book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in marker colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts. Mnemonics for a memorable shortcut. And quizzes to recap it all. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.  


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It’s the revolutionary world history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.      Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—from Africa and beyond; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialism, revolu It’s the revolutionary world history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.      Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—from Africa and beyond; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialism, revolutions, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only one book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in marker colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts. Mnemonics for a memorable shortcut. And quizzes to recap it all. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest.  

30 review for Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Guerrero

    In this book, you will find different topics in each chapter, that mention an important part in World History. The setting takes place in different continents around the world such as; Africa, Japan, China, Europe, Germany, Italy, Russia, Hungary, US and other continents. The point of view of the writer, is to help other middle school kids just like himself to ACE (pass) World History and to pass this notebook to others to help them ACE the class. Some of the major characters start with Lucy, wh In this book, you will find different topics in each chapter, that mention an important part in World History. The setting takes place in different continents around the world such as; Africa, Japan, China, Europe, Germany, Italy, Russia, Hungary, US and other continents. The point of view of the writer, is to help other middle school kids just like himself to ACE (pass) World History and to pass this notebook to others to help them ACE the class. Some of the major characters start with Lucy, who is a famous Australopithecus hominid, King Sargon I, Justinian the greatest Byzantine emperor, Christopher Columbus, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama and many more. In my opinion, the book was very good and easy to understand. The drawing, colors, pictures and definitions were very helpful and made the book interesting and not boring. Each chapter mentioned an important time in World History. Each chapter had a very interesting character that made a difference in a good or a bad way. I liked the book a lot because now I know what we will be learning for the rest of the school year in 6TH grade. My favorite chapter was chapter 9, World War II because the US wins against Germany, Japan surrenders and Hitler dies. I would recommend this book to any new 6th grader, to get a head start in history class and enjoy it, just like I did. -Carlos

  2. 4 out of 5

    Umar Lateef

    What a great injustice to Islamic history, what about Islamic golden age, what about all the mathematicians and masters of physics and many more sciences which made renaissance possible. I am so disappointed by the injustice to rich Islamic history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allen Central

    Easy to quickly go back to chapters but it lacked a bunch of stuff from the Canadian curriculum (First Nations people, Canadian conferences etc.).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary-Therese P.

    Occasional biased information, but as a whole quite good. The use of humor as a means of educating was very effective

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arthur

    The book was phenomenal. The details and visual information had you look at history in a different perspective. Like the American History book, it talked about how people make the same mistakes if the do not learn from history. Also, the format of the book was great to. The transitions from chapter to chapter were great. Each chapter had a short preview of what was going to be covered in the beginning, and a quick quiz to make sure you fully understood the chapter. The theme for this book would The book was phenomenal. The details and visual information had you look at history in a different perspective. Like the American History book, it talked about how people make the same mistakes if the do not learn from history. Also, the format of the book was great to. The transitions from chapter to chapter were great. Each chapter had a short preview of what was going to be covered in the beginning, and a quick quiz to make sure you fully understood the chapter. The theme for this book would probably be don't get into conflicts. The book talked about how many countries which went to war either lost, or won carrying large debts. In the end, wars hurt a country more than they help one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    The book is fine as an easy refresher on world history for adults. As a middle school textbook, it's inadequate, though it could be used as a supplementary text. The book is fine as an easy refresher on world history for adults. As a middle school textbook, it's inadequate, though it could be used as a supplementary text.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fredrick Danysh

    Designed for middle school students, this self-teaching history covers world history from ancient times to the modern period. It is easy too read and has self test questions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ali Hassan

    Everything you need to ace world history from the first human to the age of the internet. The book contains multiple diagrams and maps that help in understanding world history.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Accessible refreshers!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Piyush Behera

    Nice read..

  11. 4 out of 5

    MarkusQ

    Mostly well done, but with some egregious mistakes that should have been caught in editing. For example, on pages 10-16 we are repeatedly told that "The Great Migration" started 80,000 years ago and took about 1,000,000 years. Apparently, we've got another 920,000 years to go? Then, on pages 36 through 40, we are give the sequence: Sumeria, ~4000 BC Akkadia, ~2300 BC Babylon, ~1800 BC Assyria, ~1400 BC Chaldeans (in Babylon), ~600 BC And are told we can remember this order with the mnemonic: Sta Mostly well done, but with some egregious mistakes that should have been caught in editing. For example, on pages 10-16 we are repeatedly told that "The Great Migration" started 80,000 years ago and took about 1,000,000 years. Apparently, we've got another 920,000 years to go? Then, on pages 36 through 40, we are give the sequence: Sumeria, ~4000 BC Akkadia, ~2300 BC Babylon, ~1800 BC Assyria, ~1400 BC Chaldeans (in Babylon), ~600 BC And are told we can remember this order with the mnemonic: Starving (Sumerians) Apes (Assyrians) Attacked (Akkadians) Bananas (Babylonians) And so on.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was not world history. The first half of this book fairly effectively covered ancient civilizations, but the second half was straight up European history - very biased, ignored lots of the lost interesting things. Overall I was very disappointed smh

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This was a quick read and a great brush up on world history. I enjoyed it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dora Resendez

    This is an easy to read informational book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    boring

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    The book could have added a little more detail.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Great for an overview. Don't expect anything in-depth. Great for an overview. Don't expect anything in-depth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Indy

    I never studied history in my entire student life, and didn’t seem to be interested in reading anything in history for the reason that “history repeats itself” - people never learn from history and make the same mistakes. Meanwhile, studying history cannot right the wrongs. It may sound ignorant, but that’s why I was never interested in studying all the warfare matters. However, I am interested in how cultures, arts and science evolve, especially travelling in European countries. Therefore, I pi I never studied history in my entire student life, and didn’t seem to be interested in reading anything in history for the reason that “history repeats itself” - people never learn from history and make the same mistakes. Meanwhile, studying history cannot right the wrongs. It may sound ignorant, but that’s why I was never interested in studying all the warfare matters. However, I am interested in how cultures, arts and science evolve, especially travelling in European countries. Therefore, I picked up this book to have a background understanding of what’s going on in the world. This book targets high school students, and is written in an attractive way with lots of funny illustrations, and different highlights and fonts for various historical events, terms and famous people. It was an easy and fun read, which allows you to have a brief glance to the entire history of human race. Yet, I was more attentive to the cultural history, and skimmed through all the warfares without taking in much. Did my best, I guess history is just really not my cup of tea.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Obed M. Parlapiano

    Short review for now: Tittle long book of the history of the world. Great for students of if you're looking to fit spaces in your knowledge of world history. The good: everything is kind of covered. The important stuff at least. The bad: it skips over a lot of interesting and important stuff, gives no reasons as to why a lot of things happened and sometimes gives a bit of erroneous info. I'm forgiving these mistakes and giving 4 stars because it's A LOT of info crammed into a book. The very good: Short review for now: Tittle long book of the history of the world. Great for students of if you're looking to fit spaces in your knowledge of world history. The good: everything is kind of covered. The important stuff at least. The bad: it skips over a lot of interesting and important stuff, gives no reasons as to why a lot of things happened and sometimes gives a bit of erroneous info. I'm forgiving these mistakes and giving 4 stars because it's A LOT of info crammed into a book. The very good: you HAVE TO remember a lot of the stuff, the format is amazing and great to keep you (or a student) entertained throughout the book, be it by the drawings or by highlighting. The not so bad: this is really for students and not so much for avid readers, I knew most of what was said but it was really enjoyable nonetheless. Would definitely recommend to a younger audience (for whom the book is targeted to anyway).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    An easy, enjoyable overview of world history topics, with humorous pictures and fun facts. This is pretty barebones though. It barely skims the surface of historical events, which is fine for somebody reviewing a test or looking to quickly brush up on their history. But as others have noted, it leaves out important details. The Atlantic Slave Trade, for instance is completely missing, despite the fact it was a worldwide event spanning five continents. Slavery’s only mention, in fact, is in relati An easy, enjoyable overview of world history topics, with humorous pictures and fun facts. This is pretty barebones though. It barely skims the surface of historical events, which is fine for somebody reviewing a test or looking to quickly brush up on their history. But as others have noted, it leaves out important details. The Atlantic Slave Trade, for instance is completely missing, despite the fact it was a worldwide event spanning five continents. Slavery’s only mention, in fact, is in relation to the American Civil War. Another problem is the book’s US-centric approach at about the halfway mark. I’m sure this information is repeated in the US History version of this book series, so why not devote those sections to more information about other countries? Overall I was glad for the world history review but left wanting.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ibrahim Zayed

    I love this book because I explains in detail everything you need to now about world history. From the first civilizations to the modern era. Explains each civilization or battle or even every in perfect detail. Personally my favriot section is when the book talks about the Phoenicians. Overall this is amazing when you really are interested in history. It inspired my love for the subject by revealing everything about history and reavealing the joy there is to reading the book and the subject. Ov I love this book because I explains in detail everything you need to now about world history. From the first civilizations to the modern era. Explains each civilization or battle or even every in perfect detail. Personally my favriot section is when the book talks about the Phoenicians. Overall this is amazing when you really are interested in history. It inspired my love for the subject by revealing everything about history and reavealing the joy there is to reading the book and the subject. Overall irate the story 5 stars because of hw it explains every important event in history and how much detail is put in section

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rubi

    This book was filled with SO much information in a small package. I loved the format and illustrations and how when it talked about other cultures and religions, it did not seem to degrade them or make them seem ridiculous, it just stated facts and information, plain and simple. I also noticed it did not shy away from letting us know when the U.S. didn't do their part (for example not signing the treaty for less carbon emissions), which is great! True history book that doesn't blindly make anyon This book was filled with SO much information in a small package. I loved the format and illustrations and how when it talked about other cultures and religions, it did not seem to degrade them or make them seem ridiculous, it just stated facts and information, plain and simple. I also noticed it did not shy away from letting us know when the U.S. didn't do their part (for example not signing the treaty for less carbon emissions), which is great! True history book that doesn't blindly make anyone out to be bad or good. It was enjoyable to read, actually and it both refreshed my memory and taught me new things, i loved it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alvin Chan

    This book is cool, and it gives knowledge about different civilisations and culture and the history about it and lists important things that happened in history of Earth. For example, discoveries or plagues or wars or international events. It has stuff that makes you memorise things more quickly and that’s a good thing. Quizzes are also there to check if you have learnt anything from the book. The book ends by talking about the modern society and what’s happening in the present. However, I think This book is cool, and it gives knowledge about different civilisations and culture and the history about it and lists important things that happened in history of Earth. For example, discoveries or plagues or wars or international events. It has stuff that makes you memorise things more quickly and that’s a good thing. Quizzes are also there to check if you have learnt anything from the book. The book ends by talking about the modern society and what’s happening in the present. However, I think this book has missed out some important points of the World’s history, and included most of the ancient civilisations’ culture, which I don’t know if it is good or bad.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aprilleigh

    While there is a strong bias to Western civilization, this volume does a pretty good job of covering other cultures, particularly in ancient and medieval times. To be a true world history it would need additional chapters covering Asia, Africa, and South America. That said, it covers the same things most textbooks cover, which was likely the intent. Much like the U.S. History volume in this series, the coverage is very basic and will not replace a textbook. It will, however, serve as a nice over While there is a strong bias to Western civilization, this volume does a pretty good job of covering other cultures, particularly in ancient and medieval times. To be a true world history it would need additional chapters covering Asia, Africa, and South America. That said, it covers the same things most textbooks cover, which was likely the intent. Much like the U.S. History volume in this series, the coverage is very basic and will not replace a textbook. It will, however, serve as a nice overview. I’m not sure the coverage is sufficient to be a review. The topic is just too big and it’s difficult to cover everything adequately.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ACE...IN ONE BIG BOOK (the series): I LOVE these books. They are great as a tool to supplement traditional learning or for homeschoolers (that's what we are using it for). The topics are comprehensive and the style is wonderful for middle schoolers - it provides an interesting format for students that rivals the traditional textbook, but without a loss to the content. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend these books !!! EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ACE...IN ONE BIG BOOK (the series): I LOVE these books. They are great as a tool to supplement traditional learning or for homeschoolers (that's what we are using it for). The topics are comprehensive and the style is wonderful for middle schoolers - it provides an interesting format for students that rivals the traditional textbook, but without a loss to the content. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend these books !!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book was perfect for me to get just the start of knowledge. I marked many pages so that I can add information to my lectures and activities. Teaching 7th grade world history is hard, but this book gives enough detail to build prior knowledge or review. It's not all inclusive of world history, but definitely covers a lot of good stuff! This book was perfect for me to get just the start of knowledge. I marked many pages so that I can add information to my lectures and activities. Teaching 7th grade world history is hard, but this book gives enough detail to build prior knowledge or review. It's not all inclusive of world history, but definitely covers a lot of good stuff!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Aakarsh

    one of the books that helped me become the NJ History Bee champion. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in history bee/bowl. Don't depend on this book forever though. I learned that the hard way. 5/5 book for anyone interested in history or failing history class. most of the times it will be the latter, but not in my case. :) one of the books that helped me become the NJ History Bee champion. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in history bee/bowl. Don't depend on this book forever though. I learned that the hard way. 5/5 book for anyone interested in history or failing history class. most of the times it will be the latter, but not in my case. :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ahdom

    This was great refresher on some basic world history and I thought it was in a grear format. This book is really digestible and while it does adhere to a timeline, they cover civilizations and cultures that had their own social movements. It's a fascinating tapestry, human history and this books weaves together really well. I will likely check more of this series out between reads. This was great refresher on some basic world history and I thought it was in a grear format. This book is really digestible and while it does adhere to a timeline, they cover civilizations and cultures that had their own social movements. It's a fascinating tapestry, human history and this books weaves together really well. I will likely check more of this series out between reads.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lia P

    The smart kid gives you their notebook, I love it This book is advertised for middle schoolers, I would suggest to not listen to that advertisement. I been able to use this book for college and work as well if needed be. It’s helpful that you can work out different assignments. You just got to make sure to know the name of the topics you are doing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    S

    It's really not as well done as some of the others in this series and has glaring omissions (incl. the reality of the slave trade, the cultures of N. American pre-Europran colonization, and more). I'm just not impressed, but may use certain things as primers. I could also see using parts as prompts for research projects where kids fix the entries. It's really not as well done as some of the others in this series and has glaring omissions (incl. the reality of the slave trade, the cultures of N. American pre-Europran colonization, and more). I'm just not impressed, but may use certain things as primers. I could also see using parts as prompts for research projects where kids fix the entries.

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