History Odyssey Modern Times Level One CLEARANCE

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The following books must be obtained apart from this study guide. You may use any version, eBook, or print edition of these books. If you plan to purchase these books from Amazon, we appreciate you using the direct links below. An alternative booklist is available for this tile.

Main Reference Spine: The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (with Internet Links)
Optional Additional Reference Spine: A Child’s History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer (Calvert Educational

Other Required Books:
The Story of the World, Volume 4: The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer (Peace Hill Press)
Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Judith Conaway (Random House)
The Last Safe House by Barbara Greenwood (Kids Can Press)
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison by Margaret Cousins (Random House Books for Young Readers)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Yearling)
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books)

Modern Times 1 in Action

Review of History Odyssey

by Cathy Duffy

History Odyssey combines classical and real-book approaches to create a complete history curriculum for grades 1 through 12. The curriculum has three levels: Level One (Elementary) for grades 1-4, Level Two (Middle School) for grades 5 and up (can actually be used for some high school students but is best for grades 5-8), and Level Three (High School) for grades 9-12. . .

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Pages: 95

Grade level: appropriate for 3rd – 6th grade, target grade is 4th

Course type: Study guide. See the Booklist for the books required to complete this course. An alternative booklist is available for this title. 

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. Young students 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 and attention to human rights. This comprehensive course covers success and failures of civilizations in modern history from all parts of the world.

Modern Times level one is a teacher/parent guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 1850 to 2000.

This guide includes:

  • 21 modern times history blackline maps
  • Hands-on activity instructions
  • Extensive library lists for each lesson
  • Suggested schedule for a 36 week school year
  • 22 detailed lessons (each lesson includes one to two weeks of assignments) covering:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Map work
  • Activities

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The History Odyssey Method– Five learning techniques are woven throughout all History Odyssey courses at age-appropriate levels: Students examine multiple resources, read historically significant literature, develop and strengthen critical thinking skills, practice and refine written and verbal expression, and study world geography and geographical significances throughout the history of humankind.

Please refer to the article The Best Way to Learn History for more information about the History Odyssey method of learning.


The History Odyssey method found in Modern Times 1:

Note: Modern Times 1 is a bridge course between Level 1 and Level 2. The assignments in MT1 are focused on writing and critical thinking, preparing students for Level 2 courses. 

Multiple Resources

  • Listen to/read the modern history of groups of people from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, United States, Canada, Middle East, and more told as an exciting story. Hear stories about events and people from the American Civil War, the Cold War,  the Victorian Era, the Boxer Rebellion, the Ottoman Empire, the World Wars, and much more
  • Read about modern day history events in a history encyclopedia
  • Learn about cultures via craft projects, cooking, and coloring pages depicting historic scenes


  • Read/listen to historic fiction books
  • Read/listen to biographies of important men and women in history
  • Read/listen to history tales and culture stories set to poetry and song

Written & Verbal Expression

  • Identify new vocabulary words and practice dictionary work
  • Choose important aspects of the history lesson to summarize
  • Identify keywords in reading passages (prerequisite to outlining)
  • Write or verbalize answers to reading comprehension questions
  • Complete short creative writing assignments including poetry and newspaper articles


Critical Thinking

  • Exposure to at least three interpretations of the same events in history
  • Identify key words and concepts in the history lesson
  • Select important aspects of the history lesson to summarize
  • Practice expression through projects, oral presentations, and creative writing activities
  • Answer thought-provoking history and literature questions
  • Investigate the unique histories of many cultures
  • Learn how the histories of different groups of people were affected by religion
  • Begin to critically explore the political and social impacts of the World Wars
  • Analyze the technological and scientific advancements during modern history
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of oppressive political doctrines in modern times


  • Identify and label countries, cities, land and water areas
  • Learn modern-day geography and changes in political boundaries
  • Develop an understanding of the size and scale of land and water areas
  • Explore the history of war and political action through map work
  • Learn about geographical obstacles and advantages and their effect on modern history