History Odyssey Modern Times Level Two


History Odyssey Modern Times level two is a student guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 1850 to 2000.


Product Description History Odyssey Modern Times Level Two

Pages:  327

Grade Level:  appropriate for 7th – 9th  grade, target grade is 8th  (appropriate for high school with modifications*)

Course type: Study guide

* 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 we recommend reading  The Red Badge of Courage  in place of  Rifles for Watie. 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.  Students  study events  from modern times history, 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 two  is a student guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 1850 to 2000. Level 2 History Odyssey guides are written to be used independently by students with the parent/teacher assisting when necessary with lessons and assessing  the student’s  completed work. Modern Times level two does not require an answer key  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).  Rubrics are  provided to assist in grading essay and research paper writing.

**Due to the complexity and enormity of Modern Times Level 2, it is the  only History Odyssey course that has an available  Teacher Guide. The Teacher Guide provides extensive assistance with tackling the literature readings and critical thinking assignments found in MT2. The Teacher Guide also provides tests and quizzes, suggested answers to worksheets and other assignments, teaching guidance and suggestions, group use suggestions, extra craft activities, alternative literature books, map answer keys, literature summaries, and much more.

Literature and writing  instructions and assignments found in the course  include advanced  outlining of history readings, poetry and political cartoon/advertisement analysis, attribution of sources, How to Write a Research Paper, How to Write an Essay, creating storyboards, persuasive writing, literary analysis, conducting interviews, presenting oral reports and presentations, and historical and geographical analysis of settings in literature.

Critical thinking with history studies found in this course  include identification of connections and cause/effect relationships; evaluation of the validity and type  of history sources; analysis of historical  documents, legislation, and speeches; timeline analysis; detailed examination of imperialism and nationalism in modern history; detailed evaluation  of wars, conflicts, and regimes; in depth study of various political doctrines; and identification of connections between geography and history through extensive map work.

This guide includes:

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

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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.

The History Odyssey method found in Modern Times 2:

Multiple Resources

  • Examine resources about the ancient history of groups from Sumer, Babylonia, Egypt, Phoenicia, the Americas, Assyria, India, Persia, Greece, China, the Middle East, Africa, Rome, and more.
  • Read about ancient history events in a history encyclopedia
  • Retellings of classic literature and mythology


  • Learn ancient history through historic fiction
  • Read ancient mythology
  • Read classic literature, adapted

Written & Verbal Expression

  • Identify main ideas in history readings through basic outlining of history readings
  • Practice public speaking and rhetoric skills
  • Write summaries on significant individuals during modern times and identify their effects and influences on history

Critical Thinking

  • Exposure to at least three sources for history events
  • Organize, filter, prioritize, and discern historical data
  • Grasp the concept of time and the progression of history, and connections between events through multiple timeline activities
  • Compare and contrast groups in ancient history
  • Study the accomplishments and failures of significant individuals during ancient times and identify their effects and influences on history
  • Analyze how different groups of people in ancient history were influenced and affected by religions


  • Detailed identification of land and water areas significant to ancient history
  • Gain a better understanding of events in ancient history through detailed map work and completing map keys
  • Learn about geographical obstacles and advantages and their effect on ancient history


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