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Homeschool Middle School Contemporary World History - Semester 1

Over 9 weeks, students will continue their examination of the history of the Modern World: exploring the events of the Cold War, China, India, Africa, Korean and Vietnam Wars and the Berlin Wall. Discussion and project based.
Janelle Hopkins, M.Ed - World History
227 total reviews for this teacher
New class
75 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 9 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Thu, Jan 5, 2023

Jan 5 – Mar 9, 2023 (9 weeks)
10:00 – 11:15 AM

Tue, Jun 13, 2023

Jun 13 – Aug 15, 2023 (9 weeks)
10:00 – 11:15 AM

Tue, Sep 19, 2023

Sep 19 – Nov 14, 2023 (9 weeks)
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
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Class Experience

I have a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics that required me to take a number of various political and historical classes on past and present civilizations around the world.  I also have a Masters of Education in Secondary Social Sciences (history, political science, etc).  I am certified by the state of Alabama to teach social sciences for grades 7-12.  I have also taught world history for over four years and have researched world history and its politics for 22.
Although I attempt to allot time for work to be done in class, it is sometimes impossible to fit everything in; therefore some work will need to be done independently outside of class.  Knowing the busy schedules of all, students will be given at minimum 1 week to complete any particular assignment or project.  

Detailed weekly assignments will be given and it is necessary for students to complete work independently as we will discuss it together as a class.  Because student's abilities vary greatly, the amount of time it takes students to complete assigned work will vary greatly, therefore students should expect to spend 30 minutes to 1 hour of work outside of class.
Paper Pen/Pencil Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils Printer available to print out resources provided by teacher or access to digital documents. **If using hard copy print outs, a folder or binder is strongly suggested**
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Assessments and/or letter grades are available upon request.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The study of world history deals with some sensitive topics in history such as war, slavery, racism, religion, and genocide.  

Religion will only be discussed in a historical context.

Learners will be introduced to multiple perspectives using peer-reviewed and scholarly sources.  Learners will be  encouraged to engage in critical and reflective thinking on matters pertaining to the history of classical conflicts, security issues, religion, and economics. Discussions will be moderated, encouraged and closely monitored by the teacher from an unbiased and secular standpoint.

I take great care to present the content in an age appropriate manner.
A History of the World by Andrew Marr
The Twentieth Century: A People's History by Howard Zinn
A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev by Vladimir Zubok 
Five Rising Democracies: And the Fate of the International Liberal Order by Ted Piccone
Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power by Aparna Pande 
The Party and the People: Chinese Politics in the 21st Century by Bruce Dickson 
A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid


Janelle Hopkins, M.Ed - World History
Lives in the United States
Secondary Social Sciences
227 total reviews
277 completed classes

About Me

Hey y'all! My name is Janelle and I am a History teacher but not your average History teacher. History isn't just about dates and who did what to whom. History is about discovering the motives behind why a country/civilization/empire did what they... 
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