Modern History Bridge


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Modern History Bridge

Pages: 132

Grade level: appropriate for 3rd – 7th grade

Course type: Study guide eBook. See the Booklist below for the books required to complete this course.

Modern History Bridge is a teacher/parent guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from colonization to the Modern Era.

Modern History Bridge is a complete modern history course written for students in grades 3 to 7. It is a compilation of parts from two History Odyssey study guides that were previously offered by Pandia Press: Early Modern Level 1 and Modern Times Level 1. The History Quest series, first published in 2019, replaces the Level 1 History Odyssey series for elementary grades. Early Times and Middle Times are the first two books in the History Quest series. Together they cover human history from pre-history through the start of the early modern period. Modern History Bridge serves to complete the three–year world history cycle covering events from the end of Middle Times through modern history. After completing this course, students will be prepared to move on to History Odyssey, a series for students in grades 6 and up. Modern History Bridge will eventually be replaced by History Quest: Modern Times when it is available.

Modern History Bridge is appropriate for third through seventh grade. We do not recommend using this course for a child younger than third grade without some significant alterations. The historical content is more violent and more disturbing— including several wars, slavery, and assassinations—than early time periods. Also, the writing assignments in this course are more advanced, preparing the student for History Odyssey courses.

This guide includes:

  • 20 modern times history blackline maps
  • Hands-on activity instructions
  • Extensive library lists for each lesson
  • Suggested schedule for a 36 week school year
  • 36 detailed lessons (each lesson includes one week of assignments) covering:
  • Literature and history readings
  • Writing activities
  • Reading comprehension questions
  • Geography
  • Timeline work
  • Activities

The History Odyssey Method– Five learning techniques are woven throughout all our history 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 History Bridge:

Note: Modern History Bridge is a bridge course between History Quest and History Odyssey. The assignments in Bridge are focused on writing and critical thinking, preparing students for History Odyssey 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 and literature
  • Read/listen to biographies of important men and women in history

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 several 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

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