Modern World History for Jr High
Optional Materials
This page contains optional materials (articles, videos, etc) that will expand upon what you learn in class. This is not required.
Extra, Optional Materials about The 1600s & 1700s
This section includes links to extra materials you might enjoy using.
The first link is a 2-page writeup of the people in Britain, all Christians, who first challenged the morality of slavery and went on a decades-long campaign to end it. The second document is background of the slave trade itself, with a one-page "clock" image showing the context for Thomas Jefferson's life which began long before the first stirrings of the immorality of the slave trade began.
Slave Trade & Clock Metaphor
John Greene talks very fast so you might try putting the Playback Speed on 0.75. Also I'd recommend skipping the Mystery Document part because it's a bit obscure. Otherwise it does a pretty good job of explaining that there are many specific taxes that were being imposed on the colonists and the main underlying reason why colonists revolIt also shows how the colonies, for the first time, unified together to take action.
This animated video tells the story of Yusake, in the context of Nobunaga who is a major figure in Japanese history. It's done by Infographics Show
This is an excerpt from a children's book about great and terrible rulers.
Extra, Optional Materials about the Elizabethan Era
This section includes links to extra materials you might enjoy using.
This is a really good animated video by Infographics Show about Queen Elizabeth I. It unfortunately uses the term "badass" in the title and twice in the video, sorry about that, but the video itself is appropriate. There are references to her having had relationships with men, therefore potentially the term "virgin" used about her may have not been completely factual but this is portrayed in a way that is very cartoony. Despite that, the video does a great job of capturing the big picture and main facts of her reign. (I knew she was fluent in multiple languages but I forgot it was 7!)
This book was written for young audiences in 1958 by British publisher Ladybird. There is a colorful illustration on every page. It has a great balance between being concise and yet covering a lot of important events of her 45-year reign.
This is an excerpt from a kid's book called "The Great and the Terrible" and it has short biographies of historical figures. This one is about Queen Elizabeth I of England who was affectionately called "Good Queen Bess."
Humorous song about the fate of Henry VIIIs 6 wives, done by Horrible Histories
Extra, Optional Materials about the Renaissance
***Warning: There are occasional images of artworks, like Michaelangelo's David, that contain nudity. The human form was considered the most beautiful form and was celebrated in Renaissance art. ****

This section includes links to extra materials you might enjoy using.
**Please read note above about the fact that Renaissance art contains some nudity in paintings or sculpture.**

This video is about how Renaissance artists were trained in the studios of master artists.
This is an excerpt from a kid's book called "The Great and the Terrible" and it has short biographies of historical figures. This one is about Lorenzo Medici who was a very significant patron of the arts and civic leader, along with his family for generations, in Florence, Italy. He promoted the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo, and others.
This is a video showcasing Leonardo's expertise specifically in engineering (instead of art).
***Please note, I scanned all the pages but am not sure they are in the right order. I haven't had a chance to check that yet. If you read this and it's out of order, please let me know. But there's a lot of good information in here and it gives a great idea of the story of Da Vinci's life.
Leonardo Da Vinci Graphic Novel part 2
History Dragon Timeline
This section includes material created by your teacher to give you a 30,000 foot level view of the modern time period, and its context in relation to history ancient and medieval. The whole point is to help you see the big picture of a particular time period, for example 1600-1800, just by reading a few summary pages, 20 one-paragraph events, and one map. It's easy to get lost in the details and miss the big picture. There is also a timeline song/rap here based on this timeline.
Get an overview of history from the end of the Ice Age to the year 2000 in this 2 minute rap.
This is a very condensed overview of the 1400-1600 with 4 main events, and 16 secondary events, and a single, very simplified map
This is a very condensed overview of 1600-1800 with 4 main events, and 16 secondary events, and a single, very simplified map.
Maps for Practice
Learning the world map is like having a superpower for understanding the world around you. Imagine it as a big puzzle where you can see all the pieces and how they fit together. This is invaluable in understanding history, and also for traveling and for understanding a bit about people from other places. Here are some tools for learning the world map.
This is a slide deck that can be used for practice. It has a place circled in red, and the correct place name is shown on the bottom right. These are very essential and important places to know because they are referred to often.
This site--Seterra-- is free and you don't need to create an account (let me know if I'm wrong about this). This map automatically starts off in "Quiz" mode. To get the names displayed so you can learn them before playing, click on "Learn" on the lower right side of the map, and click on "Show all names" on the lower left side of the map.

After learning it, you can go to the lower right again and click on "Play." (The "Play" and "Learn" button is the same button--if you're already in "Learn" mode, the button says "Play" so you can switch to "Play" mode, and vice versa.
This map on website--Seterra-- is for learning the countries of Europe, and it has a nice feature of cute drawings. The downside of this one is that it includes all the tiny, obscure countries which can make it difficult if you're just looking to learn the basics. I'll create an easier one that focuses on the most important countries as far as studying history goes, but in the meanwhile, you can try this one.
These pages show the voyages of exploration with some fun illustrations and short notes.
Extra, Optional Materials
This section includes links to extra materials you might enjoy using. There's far more cool stuff than we can cover in class, so I've scanned some book pages and found a few relevant videos that I hope you enjoy. :) I'll add more each week.
The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History is a great resource for kids. They have a companion website (the first Button below) that gives additional internet links to other websites for each of the topics in their encyclopedia. In order to use their internet-links site, you need to know the page numbers of the topics in the encyclopedia in order to ask for links related to that topic. The second button below is the index of page numbers to use when using the website.
These are a few pages from a fictional book, written by an art historian from the Getty Museum in L.A., which shows the real process of medieval illuminated manuscripts. Very beautiful.
This is an 8-minute animated video by Simple History.
Video about Zheng He from PBS
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