Documentary-Based Modern World History Course for High School


This is a modern world history course that I put together for my 9th grader.  He is studying World War 2 through current times.  While this is a world history course, it does have more US history than other countries.  I’ve combined readings, documentaries, and writing to create a 1 credit history course.  My son is doing his history course in one semester rather than entire school year.  This means he is doing about 10 hours a week on history.  I’ve split up his assignments into 18 different weeks.

Because I want to emphasize thinking and understanding, I’ve opted for writing assignments rather than tests.  While I’ve assigned one research paper, the rest of the papers assigned are opinion papers.  I’ve used a textbook to organize our topics, but the bulk of time will be spent reading other books and watching documentaries.

These are the books used in our study:


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One Comment:

  1. This is excellent! I want to take this course 😉 Thank you for sharing

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