Frequently Asked Questions…

A few of the unique features of the TRISMS curriculum are listed below:

Literature We include all of the literature pieces necessary to complete the TRISMS curriculum. This relieves the parent or school’s pocketbook as well as the frustration of trying to locate a piece that is not available or out of print.

Research based Because the curriculum is research-based, the student is not required to own specific books to find answers to questionnaires.

Student driven By the time students reach middle school, and certainly in high school, they are ready to learn good study skills on their own. TRISMS provides unit plans for the student to reduce the role of the parent and develop independent learning by the student – a necessary skill for college.

How much work is involved when using TRISMS?


Christian or not?

TRISMS believes that teaching faith to your children is the responsibility of the parent/teacher, rather than the TRISMS curriculum. The curriculum is designed to help students understand how religion plays a role in the development and life of every civilization and asks questions that lead the student in understanding their own worldview. Parents are then free to discuss these ideas with their students during these important years when students are developing the worldview and belief system that they will carry throughout their entire life. 

How does TRISMS fit into Classical Education?

The Classical Education involves three things: quality of content, the three stages of the Trivium, and study of history at every stage. 

Quality of content: passing to the next generation those things through history that are excellent in all areas; literature, sciences, and the arts. 

The Trivium is divided into three stages based on the learning abilities of the student:

Grammar stage: K4-5th grade emphasizes gaining factual information – repetition; reading, writing, arithmetic and language. The Trivium recommends Latin and Greek, in order to read literature in its original language.

Logic or Dialectic stage: 6th – 8th grade emphasizes clear thinking and asking questions (researching beyond a textbook for answers)

Rhetoric stage: high school – learning to communicate effectively using evidence and logic to support ideas.

TRISMS doesn’t address the Grammar stage but follows the Dialectic and Rhetoric stages of study.



TRISMS offers more credits for high school than any curriculum we have thus encountered. With the emphasis on humanities and literature these credits are not “useless” but will be invaluable for general education credits required in all colleges regardless of the field of study pursued. TRISMS is NARHS approved. 

TRISMS with younger students

Yes, TRISMS can be incorporated into studies with younger children. Adjusting for grade level is included in the orientation section of each volume.


What does TRISMS stand for?

TRISMS stands for Time Related Integrated Studies for Mastering Skills.


The TRISMS Series

History’s Masterminds Masterminds demo download image
3500 B.C. – Present
5th-8th grade, Middle School 
History’s Masterminds was designed with the 6th-8th grader in mind. Nevertheless, it is easily adaptable to upper elementary, making an ideal choice in a multilevel setting.

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Discovering the Ancient World
3500 B.C. – 500 B.C 
8th – High School
Discovering the Ancient World begins with Creation (the beginning of recorded history) and covers the earliest civilizations known up to 500 B.C., both Eastern and Western.

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Expansion of Civilization
500 B.C. through the Middle Ages 
High School
Expansion of Civilization gives the student a close look at the civilization as a society noting human rights, religion, philosophy, government and laws, economics, and scientific advancements. Eastern and Western civilizations are studied chronologically and geographically.

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Rise of Nations
Renaissance – 1850 
High School
Rise of Nations focuses on the study of the Renaissance to 1860. As civilizations give way to nations, students begin to see the formation of the nations and people groups we know today. Rather than studying the humanities as a whole, specific artist, musicians, and pieces of architecture are studied in the context of the nation from which the greatest artists and musicians of all time originated.

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Age of Revolution
1850 A.D. — 2005 
High School
Age of Revolution emphasizes U.S. and World History concurrently and includes the study of American, British, Asian, European, and African literature. All music, art, architecture and literature come from the decade being studied. This integration and immersion work together to help the student understand the people studied as well as making the information being learned more meaningful.

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TRISMS & The Institute for Excellence in Writing

The IEW Teaching Writing Structure and Style 2-D program is referenced in each volume of TRISMS. The IEW program teaches new styles and structure concepts and TRISMS follows those nine units with assignments throughout the TRISMS curriculum. References are given to which DVD to view and which part of the syllabus to use in order to prepare for the assignment.  You must own and reference the IEW TWSS 2-D DVD and Practicum Handbook to complete the literature assignments as written.  All assignments can be done without IEW if you choose not to teach IEW.