Exploring the World through Story

Exploring the World through Story is a secular world literature curriculum for grades K-8, integrating writing, literary analysis, and memory work. Click below to start exploring or download  EWS Samples with Book Lists (All Levels).

Folktales (Grades K-2)

Exploring the World through Story, Level A

Level A: Fables and Pourquoi Tales

In Level A, you’ll share classic fables from Aesop and pourquoi (“how and why”) tales from around the world with your Kindergartner. By the end of the year, students will have explored stories from more than a dozen different cultures, and they will be able to name and locate all of the continents and world oceans.

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Exploring the World through Story, Level B

Level B: Trickster Tales

In Level B, first grade students meet famous trickster characters from around the globe while expanding their knowledge of world geography. African and African-American tales take center stage this year. Students discover how geographers divide the globe with lines of latitude and longitude.

Free download! Supplemental Readings for EWS-B, made by a generous parent.

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Exploring the World through Story, Level C

Level C: Wonder Tales

In Level C, second graders dive deep into the world of wonder tales, with a mix of classic stories from the European fairy tale canon and tales of imagination from every corner of the globe. By the end of the year, students will be able to identify twenty world regions and important countries in each.

Free download! EWS-C Copywork Pages for Weeks 1-13, made by a generous parent.

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Exploring the World through Story, Levels A-C

Bundle: Exploring the World through Story, Levels A-C

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Wisdom Tales (Grades 3-5)

Exploring the World through Story, Level D

Level D: Wisdom Tales 1

In Level D, third graders read wisdom tales from the Hindu, ancient Egyptian, and Jewish traditions in beautifully illustrated children’s editions. Guided oral narrations, copywork, dictation, and varied composition activities support student writing. Students master literary terms and cultural information through memory work.

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Exploring the World through Story, Level E: Wisdom Tales 2

Level E: Wisdom Tales 2

In Level E, fourth graders read wisdom tales from the Buddhist, Christian, and ancient Greek traditions. Students practice paragraph formation with dictation and varied writing activities. Memory work helps them learn key literary terms and cultural information.

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Exploring the World through Story, Level F

Level F: Wisdom Tales 3

In Level F, fifth graders read wisdom tales from the Islamic, Norse, and Chinese traditions. Dictation passages and scaffolded composition activities support student writing. Students master literary terms and cultural information through memory work.

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Exploring the World through Story Bundle, Levels D-F

Bundle: Exploring the World through Story, Levels D-F

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Heroic Tales (Grade 6)

Exploring the World through Story, Level G Unit 1

Unit 1: Gilgamesh and Mwindo

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In Level G, six graders explore what it means to be a hero. The first of the three units in this level introduces Gilgamesh and Mwindo as students learn how to expand a simple paragraph into a three-paragraph essay.

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Exploring the World through Story, Level G Unit 2

Unit 2: Beowulf and Popol Vuh

Coming Spring 2023.

Exploring the World through Story, Level G Unit 3

Unit 3: Mulan and Antigone

Coming Summer 2023.

Classical Epics (Grade 7)

Exploring the World through Story, Level H Unit 1

Unit 1: Iliad and Mahabharata

Coming in time for the 2024-2025 school year.

Exploring the World through Story, Level H Unit 2

Unit 2: Odyssey and Ramayana

Coming in time for the 2024-2025 school year.

Exploring the World through Story, Level H Unit 3

Unit 3: Aeneid and Shakuntala

Coming in time for the 2024-2025 school year.

Rascalry & Romance (Grade 8)

Exploring the World through Story, Level I Unit 1

Unit 1: Robin Hood and Water Margin

Coming in time for the 2025-2026 school year.

Exploring the World through Story, Level I Unit 2

Unit 2: Romeo & Juliet and The Butterfly Lovers

Coming in time for the 2025-2026 school year.

Exploring the World through Story, Level I Unit 3

Unit 3: King Arthur, Don Quixote, and Monkey King

Coming in time for the 2025-2026 school year.

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