Week 15: Lessons 43-45: The City of Rome, Isaiah and Micah (Judah’s Prophets), and Israel Falls to Assyria

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Lesson 43: The City of Rome

After reading the MOH lesson, we watched Drive Thru History Ancients: Driving Around Rome (Rome 1-1) and Palatine Hill (Rome 1-4). This set is valuable for the entire Mystery of History Volume 1 course.

I also HIGHLY recommend the book City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay. Now is a great time to begin reading it, and continuing over the course of a few days or weeks as Roman history gears up. All of Macaulay’s books are excellent!

As the Companion Guide suggests, we discussed the Latin language. Most of my kids have begun Latin courses, so they were familiar. It’s so helpful when reading about Ancient Rome!

Lesson 44: Isaiah and Micah (Judah’s Prophets)

As usual, we followed up the MOH lesson reading with scripture reading. The supplemental list includes 2 Kings 19-20 along with the books of Isaiah and Micah. I also really liked the Copanion Guide activity for older students called “Outlining Isaiah.” It’s really cool to see the parallels between Isaiah and the entire Bible.

Lesson 45: Israel Falls to Assyria

This lesson should be a sober one. After all the warnings from multiple prophets over the years, the inevitable happened: the idolatrous and sinful nation of Israel fell to its enemies, only to disperse into near nothingness. Like I mentioned in a previous post, these Old Testament stories should strengthn the biblical worldview of sin and punishment. God’s chosen people suffered the consequences of idolatry and sin.

We read the MOH lesson, read about it in 2 Kings 17, and then watched a video about Sargon II of Assyria on YouTube:

It’s another great confirmation of the validity of Scripture.

We also used our book “Then and Now Bible Maps” to compare ancient Assyria to modern day Iraq.

My teens read The History of the Ancient World, chapters 50-52. My younger kids read the Usborne Book of World History pgs 52-57, and the Children’s Story Bible, chapter 94.

To finish up, we added these events to our timelines, did the mapwork in the Companion Guide, my 9 & 12 year olds added the corresponding sections to their labpooks (folder books), and everyone did the Week 15 review quiz.

Be sure to check out all the great book suggestions and activity ideas in the Mystery of History Companion Guide! Follow the entire course with us at the main Mystery of History Volume 1 page here.

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Nicki Truesdell

2nd-generation homeschooler, author of Anyone Can Homeschool, and mother of 5.

Texas born and raised, she is a homemaker at heart, and loves books, freedom, history and quilts. 

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