History Odyssey eliminates the guesswork of a multiple-resource approach. 

History Odyssey brings to life the story of humankind 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, Modern Times, or American History. They provide the framework and structure for using and organizing many of the best resources available for history and literature.

At Pandia Press, we understand that the very thing that can make history interesting, can also make it partial. All history writings are subject to authors’ political, ideological, and moral beliefs and biases. History Odyssey guides attempt to mitigate the inherit subjectivity of history with an anti-textbook approach, bringing to life the story of humankind through a comprehensive and broad study of multiple resources including primary sources 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 challenging reading and writing.

History Odyssey study guides are written based on these principles:

  • History is best learned through studying multiple resources and a variety of interpretations.
  • 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.

We invite you to read The Best Way to Learn History for more information about the History Odyssey method of learning.

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. Each Level One course coordinates 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 and three courses.

There are four level one History Odyssey guides available, each providing a full year history curriculum. Select a guide below to learn more.

Ancients

Level 1

Appropriate grades: 1st – 4th
Target grade: 1st

Middle Ages

Level 1

Appropriate grades: 1st – 4th
Target grade: 2nd

Early Modern

Level 1

Appropriate grades: 1st – 5th
Target grade: 3rd

Modern Times

Level 1

Appropriate grades: 3rd – 6th
Target grade: 4th

Pictured above:  Materials from History Odyssey Early Modern Level One

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. In level two guides, students learn information organization, literary analysis, research skills, and writing skills through reading some of the greatest 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. Although generally written for middle school-age children, many customers have successfully utilized level two History Odyssey courses for high school.

Note: History Odyssey was written without the need for teacher guides due to the subjectivity of the assignments that encourage critical thinking (i.e. there is rarely any one correct answer). Answer keys to map work are found in the main spine (The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia). However due to the complexity of the course and customer demand, Pandia Press has created Modern Times (level two) Teacher Guide.

There are four level two History Odyssey guides available, each providing a full year history curriculum. Select a guide below to learn more.

Ancients

Level 2

Appropriate grades: 5th – 8th
Target grade: 5th

Middle Ages

Level 2

Appropriate grades: 5th – 8th
Target grade: 6th

Early Modern

Level 2

Appropriate grades: 6th – 8th
Target grade: 7th

Modern Times

Level 2

Appropriate grades: 7th – 9th
Target grade: 8th

Modern Times

Level 2

Appropriate grades: 7th – 9th
Teacher Guide

Pictured above:  Materials from History Odyssey Modern Times Level Two

History Odyssey Level Three- American History

Too often high school American history is mind-numbingly dull; or it is heavily slanted politically, religiously, and/or culturally. American History Odyssey is unlike any other. It is an academically rigorous, in-depth course that aims to encourage students to interact with history holistically and critically. Students are introduced to both the commendable and the disappointing in America’s history, aiming to teach them how to think about the past, rather than what to think.

American History Odyssey curriculum consists of a student guide and a teacher guide. The course is appropriate for grades 8 through 12. It is currently only available in eBook format. Select a guide below to learn more.

American History Odyssey

Level 3

Appropriate grades: 9th – 12th
Student Guide

American History Odyssey

Level 3

Appropriate grades: 9th – 12th
Teacher Guide

Pictured above:  Materials from American History Odyssey Level Three

History Odyssey Level Three- World History

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.

The current History Odyssey Level 3 Ancients and Middle Ages courses are being phased out to be replaced by new editions. The print versions of these two courses are no longer available. The eBook editions are available from Pandia Press at a much reduced price for a limited time. A new edition of the main spine for Level 3 History Odyssey was released in 2015, and it does not match the sequence of History Odyssey. We could not in good conscience continue to offer courses that require our customers to work to match the sequence to the main spine.

The new edition of Ancients 3 is nearly complete and is planned for release in the spring of 2018. Middle Ages 3 is being revised and is planned for summer of 2018.

Ancients

Level 3

Appropriate grades: 9th – 12th

Middle Ages

Level 3

Appropriate grades: 9th – 12th

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