“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!”
– White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland
Modern history brought to life: Making sense of the nonsensical.

Available in two levels, students of all ages study events from Modern Times history. This was a time of imperialism, nationalism, manifest destiny, and technology. And it was a time of world war, the American Civil War, and attention to human rights. These comprehensive courses cover success and failures of civilizations in modern history from all parts of the world.

Like all History Odyssey courses, each Modern Times 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: Modern Times level one – Appropriate for 3rd through 6th grade Modern Times level two – Appropriate for 7th through 9th grade, and for high school* (see note below)


Modern Times Level One

From Victorian England to the Gulf War, Modern Times level one is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with activities, world geography, great books, and writing.Modern Times level one is a teacher/parent guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 1850 to present. This guide includes:

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


Modern Times Level Two

From British Imperialism to the American Civil War to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, Modern Times level two is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with literature, world geography, and writing activities.Modern Times level two is a student guide that provides step by step lessons to learn world history from 1850 to the 21st Century. Students will also learn how to write an essay, how to write a research paper, literary analysis, critical thinking and analytical skills.
*Modern Times 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 greater focus on the assigned research paper.
This guide includes:

  • 23 modern history blackline maps
  • Worksheets
  • Recommended resource list
  • Primary source writings
  • 99 detailed lessons covering:
  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Map work
  • Timeline analysis
  • Research