“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal
faster than it does.”
– The Duchess from Alice in Wonderland
250 years of revolution, discovery, and trade brought to life.

Available in two levels, students of all ages study events from Early Modern history. This was a time of nationalism and revolution: scientific, agricultural, industrial, French, and American. It was also a time of civil war and rebellion: English, Spanish, Scottish, Russian, and America. And it was a time of advancement and expansion: the Age of Reason, Galileo, Lewis and Clark, East India Trading Company, Mercantilism, and the Enlightenment. These comprehensive courses cover success and failures of civilizations in Early Modern history from all parts of the world.

Like all History Odyssey courses, each Early Modern course carefully and gradually integrates literature and writing into the study of history. Geography is interwoven with history making it meaningful and memorable.

Choose a level: Early Modern level one – Appropriate for 1st through 5th grade Early Modern level two – Appropriate for 6th through 8th grade, and for high school* (see note below)

Early Modern Level One

From Elizabethan England to the California Gold Rush, Early Modern level one is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with activities, world geography, great books, and writing.Early Modern level one is a teacher/parent guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 1600 to 1850. This guide includes:

  • 18 Early Modern history blackline maps
  • Hands-on activity instructions
  • Extensive library lists for each lesson
  • Suggested schedule for a 36 week school year
  • 20 detailed lessons covering:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Map work
  • Activities


Early Modern Level Two

From the Stuart Dynasty to Lewis and Clark, Early Modern level two is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with literature, world geography, and writing activities.Early Modern level two is a student guide that provides step by step lessons to learn world history from 1600 to 1850. Students will also learn advanced outlining and summarizing skills, how to write an essay, research skills, literary analysis, critical thinking and analytical skills.
* Early Modern Level two is a comprehensive course that is appropriate for both middle school and high school students with little modification. For high school students we recommend adding daily lesson summaries and one oral report of the studentʼs choice.
This guide includes:

  • 21 Early Modern history blackline maps
  • Worksheets
  • Recommended resource list
  • Primary source writings
  • 89 detailed lessons covering:
  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Map work
  • Timeline analysis
  • Research