TOS Crew Review: Famous Men of Rome by Memoria Press

Memoria Press Review
Since we began homeschooling, Bookworm has spent the last two years studying American history from the 1600s to present.  We were both ready to branch out with world history.  A perfect place to start was Famous Men of Rome Set by Memoria Press.

Memoria Press Review
We received three books as part of this review:

  • Famous Men of Rome Textbook,
  • Famous Men of Rome Student Guide
  • Famous Men of Rome Teacher Guide

More about Famous Men of Rome

???????????????????????????????The Famous Men of Rome textbook is designed for 4th – 8th graders and is approximately 157 pages.  Each chapter is about four pages, though there are some as short as two pages and others as long as 6 or 7 pages.  Each chapter has beautifully illustrated photos.  In the back of the book, there is a glossary of people and places.

The Famous Men of Rome Student Guide is invaluable!  Each chapter includes:

  • Facts to Know (reviewing important people/places/concepts in the chapter)
  • Vocabulary (giving a fragment of a sentence with a word to define in context)
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Activities.

The Famous Men of Rome Teacher Guide was also necessary.  In addition to giving answers to all of the activities and questions in the student guide as well as the tests, the teacher’s guide included a glossary of how to pronounce every character’s name in the book.  In the beginning, Bookworm and I were turning to those pages several times each chapter!

Our Experience with Famous Men of Rome

Bookworm used these books for 6 weeks during the review period.  In that time, he was able to complete the first 5 chapters as well as the comprehensive review and unit test for chapters 1-5.  We did a chapter a week and also took one week for the comprehensive review and unit test.

Bookworm liked the book and the format and felt that he learned quite a bit.  I felt he learned a great deal, especially after seeing all of the material that was included in the unit exam.

???????????????????????????????We both liked that this book covered not only history, but also geography and connections to other stories.  For instance, in chapter one, the student guide asks students to consider how Romulus and Remus’ story is similar to Cain and Abel’s story.

This is not a criticism of the book, but Bookworm was frustrated that the beginning of the book was about gods.  He didn’t feel that was “real” history.  He was much happier a few chapters in when there were “real” people being featured.

I liked that the student guide asked the student to consider defining vocabulary words not by just looking them up in the dictionary but by looking at them in context.  However, I thought the context they gave was too short.  For instance, with the vocabulary word “consuls” the given fragment was “. . .consuls were to rule in turn. . .”  I wish the book would have given the whole sentence each time or even written down the page number where the word could be found so the word could be looked up in further context.

However, these are just minor complaints.

I thought the books were very well done.  Bookworm has to finish another history program we’re currently using, but as soon as we wrap that one up, we are going to go back to Famous Men of Rome and finish the entire course.

This course is supposed to be for 4th – 8th graders, but I couldn’t imagine Bookworm doing this as a 4th grader.  I think his current grade (6th grade) is perfect for this book.

I was one of 100 reviewers to review Memoria Press products.  Others reviewed Latina Christiana I Complete Set and the Book of the Ancient Romans Set.  To read more reviews, click on the link below.

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