INSTRUCTOR: Blossom Barden (For teacher bio, please see Here)
TIME: Full Year 2019-2020
Thursday 10:00am-11:00am CT

Course Description:

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This is a world history course where we will focus on the struggles and strengths of the British, the American people, and others around the world. Part of our focus will be on Europe’s history, from the British perspective, and that of America. We will follow along the path from peace in 1815, turmoil in Europe, mass migrations of people, confrontations to slavery, a Civil War, tries at independence, reconstruction of a nation, and into the beginning of the 20th century. We will look at maps, old and new, to see how boundaries have changed over time. We will also read primary source documents; the legal documents that had a major impact on our world today; and the words of the people who lived during the times. We will ‘take note’ of events and happenings through entries in a Book of Centuries, and commonplace whatever catches our attention as worthy of keeping. There will also be opportunity to strengthen writing/typing skills through written narrations. This class utilizes resources outlined at AmblesideOnline’s free online curriculum (Y10).


Overall objective is to bring the students in contact with people and events of the past so as to “possess a pageant of history in the background of one’s thoughts…[enriching the present] with the wealth of all that has gone before.” (Charlotte Mason)
Students will be exposed to an overview of some of the people and major events of the world during the 19th and into the 20th century, with a focus on the United States Civil War.
This class will strive to foster connections of the past with the present, and to other countries and cultures through shared history.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with others in conversation during the live streaming class as well as through written means in the Edmodo classroom.

Required Resources:

  • The Great Democracies, by Winston Churchill (ISBN: 978-0-7607-6860-0 Barnes & Noble 2005 edition)
  • A History of the American People by Paul Johnson (ISBN: 0-06-016836-6 First US Edition 1997)
  • Composition notebook
  • Word processing program (Word, OpenOffice, Pages, OfficeOnline, Google Docs, etc.) for submitting written work when assigned
  • Book of Centuries (purchase, or download and print from Simply Charlotte Mason, or use your own preferred BOC) *a notebook can be used for this