History Odyssey

History Odyssey brings to life the story of mankind through a comprehensive study of the literature, historical events, and geography of the time period. Each study guide is intended to lead the instructor and student through a year-long study of the Ancients, the Middle Ages, Early Modern, or Modern Times. They provide the framework and structure for using and organizing many of the best resources available for history and literature.

The study guides include easy-to-follow lessons that present history chronologically and include reading and writing assignments, map work, and activities. Each level of History Odyssey progresses gently, preparing the student for more sophisticated reading and writing.

History Odyssey study guides are written based on three principles:

  • History is exciting when presented as a story.
  • History is best studied through the reading of great books.
  • History is best taught through a world view with an opportunity to learn about different cultures and how they interact, influence, and connect.

History Odyssey eliminates the guesswork by coordinating resources and lesson planning. Our goal is to make history one of your favorite subjects.

Choose a level: Level One – Appropriate for 1st through 6th grade Level Two – Appropriate for 5th through 9th grade (also a less rigorous option for high school) Level Three – Appropriate for 9th through 12th grade History Odyssey Level One

Level one History Odyssey courses are essentially parent/teacher guides that provide step by step lessons guiding you through the teaching of each time period in history. Level one guides are generally written for 1st through 4th grade students. (Modern Times, level one is recommended for grades 3 through 6. It is a more difficult course and bridges the gap between level one and level two courses.) Level one guides coordinate resources that are full of engaging activities and that tell history as an exciting story. They utilize many activities that provide a hands-on experience of history including craft projects, art projects, cooking, and coloring. Each guide includes several blackline maps that students complete throughout the course, integrating geography with the study of history. Age-appropriate reading books are gradually introduced and prepare the student for classic literature in level two programs.
There are four level one History Odyssey guides available. Select a guide below to learn more.

Ancients 6000 BCE to AD 500

Middle Ages500 to 1600

Early Modern 1600 to 1850

Modern Times1850 to Present

History Odyssey Level Two

Level two History Odyssey courses are essentially student guides. Each course is intended for the student to use independently with minimal assistance from parent or teacher. They are generally written for grades 5 to 8. (Early Modern, level two is recommended for grades 6 to 8. Modern Times, level two is recommended for grades 7 to 9. These two courses include more difficult writing assignments and literary analysis.) Although generally written for middle school-age children many customers have very successfully utilized level two courses for high school. In level two guides students learn information organization, literary analysis, research skills, and writing skills through reading some of the greatest historical literature for each time period. Level two guides teach outlining, timeline analysis, geography, and critical thinking through daily lessons that are written for students to use independently. Each guide includes all the necessary worksheets and blackline maps.
Note:Teacher guides are not necessary to successfully complete each course. However due to customer demand, Pandia Press is now creating teacher guides for level two. The first teacher guide available will be Modern Times (level two) Teacher Guide. It is planned for release summer 2011.
There are four level two History Odyssey guides available. Select a guide below to learn more.

Ancients 6000 BCE to AD 500

Middle Ages500 to 1600

Early Modern 1600 to 1850

Modern Times1850 to Present


History Odyssey level two courses require the use of a timeline like the History Odyssey Timeline. One timeline package covers all four time periods!

History Odyssey Level Three

Level three History Odyssey guides are rigorous independent student courses. Written for grade 9 and up, each course presents original writings and classic works by such masters as Plato, Homer, and Shakespeare. The step by step lessons in each course guide students in tackling rewarding literature, writing persuasive arguments, forming a thesis, and creating research papers. Level three study guides contain numerous writing and research assignments and prepare students for college entrance. Each guide includes all the necessary worksheets and blackline maps.
There are two level three History Odyssey guides available. Select a guide below to learn more.

Ancients 6000 BCE to AD 500

Middle Ages500 to 1600