Modern History Bridge

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Pages: 132

Grade level: appropriate for 3rd – 7th grade

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

Note about history series change: Modern History Bridge is a compilation of parts from two History Odyssey study guides which 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.

From Colonization to the Modern Age, Modern History Bridge 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 colonization, imperialism, revolutions, nationalism, discoveries, and technology. And it was a time of world war and attention to human rights. This comprehensive course covers successes and failures of civilizations in modern history from all parts of the world.

Modern History Bridge is a teacher/parent guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from the 1500s to start of the 21st century.

This guide includes:

  • 20 modern history blackline maps
  • Hands-on activity instructions
  • Extensive literature lists for each lesson
  • Suggested schedule for a 36 week school year
  • 36 detailed lessons (each lesson includes a flexible week’s worth of assignments)
  • Lessons cover:
    • History reading
    • Writing
    • Map work
    • Activities
    • Additional reading lists


Required Booklist for Modern History Bridge

(titles link to Amazon)

Main Reference Spines

1. Usborne Encyclopedia of World History with Internet Links

2. The Story of the World, Volume 4: The Modern Age by Susan Wise Bauer


3. Your choice of one of the following adapted novels from the Classic Starts series:

Classic Starts: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Chris Sasaki

Classic Starts: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by Chris Tait

Classic Starts: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, edited by Kathleen Olmstead

4. Your choice of one of the following Thomas Edison biographies:

Great Minds of Science: Thomas Edison by Katherine Krieg

Britannica Beginner Bios: Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor and Entrepreneur by Greg Roza

National Geographic Kids: Thomas Edison by Barbara Kramer

5. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

6. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Our History Method– Five learning techniques are woven throughout all Pandia Press 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 our method of learning.



History method found in Modern History Bridge:

Note: Modern History Bridge is a bridge course between History Quest and History Odyssey. The assignments in MHB are focused on writing and critical thinking, preparing students for higher level instruction. 

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 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

Important Copyright Information: This is an eBook course. You are purchasing a license to use the PDF with your own children. You may make copies for your own children, but you may not share (email, download, print and distribute, resell, etc.) this eBook or any portion of this eBook with others.

Licensing is available for group, school, and co-op use. Please contact Pandia Press for details on group licensing ([email protected]).