“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” ~Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
History for Kids – KidsPast.com is the fun way to explore world history. We are who we are today, because of those who have gone before us. Brought to you by the KidsKnowIt Network, The Totally Free Learning Network, KidsPast.com is packed with articles from early man, to recent historical events.
World History for Kids – An online textbook with twenty chapters: 1. Prehistoric Humans, 2. The Rise of Civilizations, 3. Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4. The Ancient Greeks, 5. The Ancient Romans, 6. African Civilizations, 7. Indian Civilizations, 8. Civilization In China, 9. The Byzantine Empire, 10. The Slavs, 11. Islam, 12. Medieval Europe, 13. Asia In The Middle Ages, 14. Ancient America, 15. The Renaissance, 16. The Reformation, 17. Exploration, 18. Asia After The Middle Ages, 19. The American Revolution, 20. The French Revolution. Brought to you by the KidsKnowIt Network, the Totally Free Children’s Learning Network.
Middle School Curriculum
The Story of the World series isn’t free, but Amazon has these for a reasonable price, and you can often find good deals on used copies. The Story of the World with its accompanying Activity Book and Test Packet is a complete history curriculum for one year. However, you can get by with just the storybooks (volumes 1-4), and check for activities related to specific time periods under the corresponding Dewey Decimal categories on this website. Supplement with books (both fiction and nonfiction) from your local library.
The Story of the World: Volume 1: Ancient Times, by Susan Wise Bauer. From the earliest nomads to the last Roman Emperor (5000 BC to 400 AD).
The Story of the World: Volume 2: The Middle Ages, by Susan Wise Bauer. From the fall of Rome to the rise of the Renaissance (400 – 1600).
The Story of the World: Volume 3: Early Modern Times, by Susan Wise Bauer. From Elizabeth the First to the Forty-Niners (1600 to 1850).
The Story of the World: Volume 4: The Modern Age, by Susan Wise Bauer. From Victoria’s Empire to the end of the USSR (1850 to 1994).
High School Curriculum
Western Tradition – A free video instructional series on Western civilization for high school and college classrooms and adult learners; 52 half-hour video-on-demand programs, playable from the site. Covering the ancient world through the age of technology, this illustrated lecture series by Eugen Weber (Historian and Former Dean of UCLA’s College of Letters and Science) presents a tapestry of political and social events woven with many strands — religion, industry, agriculture, demography, government, economics, and art. A visual feast of over 2,700 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art portrays key events that shaped the development of Western thought, culture, and tradition. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter. Produced by WGBH Boston. 1989. “Weber does a good job of presenting balanced viewpoints (except maybe in the case of evolution, where he’s definitely pro).” Mr. Weber’s accessible style made him popular among students, historians and the public. At UCLA, he was regarded by students and colleagues alike as a superb teacher of Western civilization and European history; his classes were so popular that he became a campus celebrity!
The Western Tradition (optional companion books to the videos above) – A collection of historical documents carefully chosen by Eugen Weber to reflect the social, political, economic, cultural, and religious development of Western thought. Volume I spans the rise of Western civilization from Egypt and Mesopotamia to the seventeenth century. Volume II commences with the Renaissance and Reformation and it culminates with the end of the Cold War and the rise of new nationalist movements. “Read the primary sources and draw conclusions for yourself. This is instruction in its purest form. Pair these volumes with the video series by the same name, and you will have an education on par with the greats.” 1289 pages total!
World History – The content available on the Georgia Department of Education’s Shared Resources Website is available for anyone to view. Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards.
World History Part I & II – Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes written by Florida educators are free, ready-to-use resources in PDF format that may be reproduced or used as a workbook. The student volumes are presented in an easy-to-understand format for students seeking a standard diploma.
The World Wars: Europe in Crisis – World War I and World War II are often seen as one large war by historians. We will look at both wars from a political, military and social perspective. This class will focus on the effect that these wars had on Europe. Topics include the buildup to WWI, trench warfare, the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of the Nazi party, re-armament, and the entrance of America into WWII, among many other topics relating to the two world wars. This High School course developed by MIT is designed for students who have not studied European History in depth before. The class can count as either history or humanities.