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(Self Paced) Homeschool Modern World History

Janelle Hopkins, M.Ed - World & US History
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Embark on a journey through defining events of the modern age: the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, World War I, the Russian Revolution, & World War II. Dive into the moments that shaped the contemporary world in this in-depth class.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with State-Specific Standards
10 lessons//10 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Industrial Revolution: Innovations & Effects
Embark on an exploration of the Industrial Revolution's breakthroughs, which launched an era of unprecedented technological progress and altered human society forever. Examine how the advent of the factory system revolutionized daily life and labor, prompting significant societal shifts.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Industrial Revolution: Ideologies & Reform
Discuss the range of economic theories, social reforms, and political movements that arose in response to the industrial age's transformative impact.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Imperial Expansion & Its Consequences
Investigate how Western powers imposed trade and influence on China and Japan, reshaping these nations' futures.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
World War I: Catalysts
Explore the triggers and major incidents that led to the outbreak of World War I and understand how alliances pulled various countries into the fray, leading to widespread loss of life. Evaluate the critical roles of leaders like Wilson, Lloyd George, Clemenceau, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Tsar Nicholas II, and assess the impact of strategic battles including the Somme, Verdun, and Marne.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
World War I: Aftermath
Examine the Ottoman Empire's involvement and the significance of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, which brought an end to hostilities. Evaluate the effects of the stringent conditions the Allies set upon the defeated nations at the war's end.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Russian Revolution & Nationalist Movements
Examine the transformative revolutions and burgeoning nationalist movements within Russia, China, and India, set against the backdrop of World War I. Assess the downfall of the Qing Dynasty, explore the initial nationalist efforts in China and India, and consider the global reverberations of the Great War that influenced these profound shifts in power dynamics and national identities.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
World War II: Leadership & Legacy
Dive into the complex origins and far-reaching consequences of World War II. Evaluate the roles and impacts of key leaders during WWII, including FDR, Eisenhower, Stalin, Chamberlain, Churchill, Tojo, Hirohito, and Mussolini, and recognize their contributions to wartime strategies, national policies, and the broader outcome of the war. Examine the strategic policies, like appeasement, that preceded the war, and examine the pivotal confrontations and turning points that defined the conflict.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
World War II: Turning Points & Technology
Evaluate the strategic importance and consequences of key battles during World War II, with a focus on understanding how D-Day and the Battle of Iwo Jima were critical turning points that influenced the war's outcome. Identify key WWII technological innovations and their impact and discuss the post-war implications of these technological advancements.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
World War II: Atomic Power & Human Rights
Analyze Truman's reasoning and the effects of using atomic bombs in WWII and debate the ethical implications of atomic warfare's legacy. Gain an understanding of the Holocaust, acknowledging the profound anguish inflicted on Jews and marginalized communities. Examine the significance of the Nuremberg Trials in establishing legal precedents for war crimes and crimes against humanity, understanding their impact on international law and post-war justice.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
PEEPS Diorama Project
Students will engage in the PEEPS Diorama Project, using PEEPS candy to create three-dimensional scenes depicting key historical events from the early modern world. They'll select events of interest, gather materials, and design their dioramas with guidance and approvals provided. This hands-on project offers a creative way to connect with history, and I look forward to seeing their imaginative scenes unfold.
  • Embark on exploring the Industrial Revolution, which revolutionized society through technological breakthroughs and the factory system. Discuss economic theories, social reforms, and political movements spurred by this era. Explore European imperialism's impact on distant lands and its effects on local societies and traditions. Investigate how Western powers influenced China and Japan, reshaping their futures. Examine the triggers and consequences of World War I, including key battles and leaders. Evaluate the aftermath of the war, including the Armistice and its effects on defeated nations. Analyze the transformative revolutions and nationalist movements in Russia, China, and India, influenced by World War I. Dive into the origins and consequences of World War II, evaluating the roles of key leaders and strategic policies. Examine pivotal battles like D-Day and Iwo Jima and technological innovations of WWII. Discuss the ethical implications of using atomic bombs and the legacy of atomic warfare. Explore the Holocaust's significance and the impact of the Nuremberg Trials on international law. Engage in the PEEPS Diorama Project, creating scenes of historical events using PEEPS candy, fostering creativity and historical understanding.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics. My academic journey included a wide range of courses focusing on various political and historical aspects of civilizations from different time periods and regions around the world. This comprehensive study allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the complexities of past and present societies.

Furthermore, I pursued a Master of Education degree specializing in Secondary Social Sciences, which provided me with advanced knowledge in teaching history, political science, and related subjects. I obtained certification from the state of Alabama, qualifying me to teach social sciences to students in grades 7-12.

Over the course of my teaching career, I have gained extensive experience instructing students in US and World history; dedicated to delivering engaging and informative lessons in these subjects. Additionally, I have conducted extensive research in both history and politics for over 20+ years, allowing me to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest developments in these fields.

My educational background, teaching experience, and research expertise have equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging learning experience. I am committed to fostering a deeper understanding of historical events and political dynamics while encouraging critical thinking and a passion for learning in my learners.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Upon request and prior to the start of the course, assessments can be conducted throughout the course to evaluate learner progress and understanding. These assessments may include quizzes, tests, projects, feedback and/or other forms of evaluation (i.e. letter grade). Parents and learners are encouraged to discuss their grading preferences with the teacher. The purpose of assessments and grades is to provide feedback on student learning and measure their achievement. It is important for learners to actively participate in assessments and seek feedback to gauge their progress and areas of improvement. Furthermore, a detailed rubric will be provided specifically for the project. This rubric will serve as a guideline to assess and evaluate the quality and creativity of the learners' project. It will outline the criteria and expectations, ensuring transparency and fairness in the assessment process. Learners will have a clear understanding of the criteria by which their projects will be evaluated, allowing them to strive for excellence in their projects.
Grades Offered
Upon request learners can opt to receive grades and/or feedback. In the absence of a specific request for grades, only feedback will be provided.
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Paper: It is recommended to have both construction or colored paper for creative projects and regular paper for written assignments. Pen/Pencil: Essential tools for note-taking, completing assignments, and engaging in activities. Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils: These coloring tools will be useful for visual projects and adding creativity to assignments. Printer: Access to a printer is required for printing out resources provided by the teacher or accessing digital documents. Note: If using hard copy printouts, it is strongly suggested to have a folder or binder for organization. Dice: A physical set of dice, an app that allows for dice rolls, or access to a virtual dice roller online will be used for specific activities and simulations. For digital worksheets, please refer to the 'Materials' section, which contains a list of third-party websites where they can be accessed. Additionally, for the PEEP Diorama Project, you may need the following supplies: Peeps: These can be purchased online from websites like Amazon or similar platforms. They will be used as figures in your diorama. Shoe box or slightly larger box: Select a suitable box as the base for creating your diorama. Construction paper: Use construction paper to design the background scene of your diorama. Scissors: You will need scissors for cutting out shapes, figures, and other elements for your diorama. Markers and/or crayons: Use markers or crayons to add color and detail to your diorama. Tape: Secure various components of your diorama using tape. Thread: Thread can be used to suspend or hang objects within your diorama if needed. Paste: This can be useful for attaching small objects or pieces of paper to your diorama. Make sure to have these supplies ready to fully participate in the course activities and projects.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The study of world history encompasses a wide range of topics, including some sensitive subjects from the past such as war, slavery, racism, religion, and genocide. In this course, it is important to approach these topics with sensitivity and respect.

Religion will be discussed solely in its historical context, focusing on its influence on societies and events throughout history. The aim is to provide learners with an understanding of how religion shaped various civilizations without promoting any particular religious beliefs.

To foster a comprehensive understanding, learners will be exposed to multiple perspectives through the use of peer-reviewed and scholarly sources. Critical and reflective thinking will be encouraged, allowing students to analyze historical events, conflicts, security issues, religious influences, and economic factors from different angles.

Discussions in the classroom will be closely moderated, ensuring a balanced and unbiased approach. The teacher will facilitate discussions, encourage participation, and monitor the conversations to maintain a secular standpoint that respects all viewpoints.

When relevant, viewpoints from marginalized groups will be explored, providing a broader understanding of history from different social, cultural, and ethnic perspectives. This approach promotes inclusivity and helps learners develop empathy and a deeper appreciation for diverse experiences.

Great care will be taken to present the content in an age-appropriate manner, ensuring that the material is accessible, respectful, and suitable for the maturity level of the learners.
Atwood, Kathryn J.  Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics.
Bacon, Edwin.  Inside 
Charles River Editors.  The Tuskegee Airmen: The History and Legacy of America’s First Black Fighter Pilots in World War II
Figes, Orlando.  A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924
Hancock, M.D. Politics in Europe.
Marr, Andrew.  A History of the World.
Meyer, G.J.  A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918.
Miller, Donald L., et al.  The Story of World War II.
Pande, Aparna.  Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power 
Regev, Limor.  The Boy From Block 66: A WW2 Jewish Holocaust Survival True Story
Stearns, Peter N.  The Industrial Revolution in World History
Primary and secondary texts, writings and works of various modern scholars and significant figures. 
Joined June, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Alabama Teaching Certificate - Social Studies/History
Master's Degree in Education
Hey y'all! I'm Janelle, your not-so-average History teacher. I believe in making learning hands-on and engaging for my middle school students. Why is hands-on learning important for middle schoolers, you ask? Well, the simple answer is that middle... 
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