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9th grade Modern History Ideas? (1900 to today)

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I'm rethinking my history/lit plans for my 9th grader this year. My head is swimming, but I will try to simplify this as much as I can... we are focusing on the time period 1900 to today-- that much is set in stone. We've never covered this time period and ds and I both really want to. Ds prefers learning about history through textbooks and nonfiction books rather than through literature, even though he loves literature! (And I'm the same way--I know, we're weird!) He prefers them to be separate courses. In 10th and 11th grades we are planning to use Notgrass World History, and Notgrass American history. 12th grade will cover government and civics. So we are not doing the WTM four year history cycle, but something more like the social studies programs commonly used in schools today.


So, what would you suggest for this year's modern history study? I'd like something simple, interesting, easy to follow, easy to add on movies and books that strike ds's interest. I have TOG 4, and was planning to use just the history portion of that this year, but after looking at it for several weeks, it seems like a lot of work and thought required just to cover history. I have other options I prefer for literature and writing, and we're not using any of the other TOG stuff. I'm still considering it, but I would be interested to hear more suggestions that anyone might have to offer. Thank you!

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I have main spines for next year, A Short History of the 20th Century by Geoffrey Blaine (an Australian) which goes up to 911 and The American Century by Harold Evans, which is one of those big coffee table books w/ lots of pictures. Neither are textbooks, but they are both non-fiction. I am adding in fiction and non-fiction books - non-fiction including: Lies My Teacher Told Me, Kon Tiki, My Invented Country, Decision for Disaster, Night.


I've just finished prereading and learned so much, I can't remember ever covering anything past WWII in school

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In 9th grade, we used a hodgepodge when my daughter covered that time period while studying 1700 to 2000. Here are some resources (non-fiction, literature, videos and music) that we used that cover the 20th century:


World History the Easy Way, Volume 2 by Charles Frazee


American History the Easy Way by William Kellogg


World History Map Activities by Marvin Scott


The Century for Young People by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster

Critical Thinking in United States History, Book Four, Spanish-American War to Vietnam War by Kevin O’Reilly ***

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Nutcracker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich conducting

Winsor McCay: The Master Edition (The Sinking of the Lusitania)

Claude Debussy: La Mer, Nocturnes, Jeux, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez conducting

The Battleship Potemkin (video)

“Broadway, Blues, and Truth†from RESPECT: A Century of Women in Music

Botchan by Soseki Natsume (translated by Umeji Sasaki)

Many Lives, Many Stories by Kathryn Abbott and Patricia Minter

Witness by Karen Hesse

Influenza 1918 (video from PBS)

New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Jelly Roll Morton

Antarctica by Walter Dean Myers

War Game by Michael Foreman

Mao Tse-Tung and His China by Albert Marrin

“The Butcher Boyâ€, “The Garage†and “Rough House†from The Best Arbuckle Keaton Collection (video)

Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Women in Ragtime

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero by James Cross Giblin

Inherit the Wind (video)

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

All Quiet on the Western Front (video)

The Depression and New Deal by Robert McElvaine

Cabaret (video)

Radio Comedy Classics: Jack Benny Program and Fred Allen Show

Surviving Hitler by Andrea Warren

Maus I and Maus II by Art Spiegelman

Rabbit-Proof Fence (video)

The Verse by the Side of the Road by Frank Ransome, Jr.

Elvis Presley title album

Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Billy the Kid, Fanfare for the Common Man (New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein)

1940s House (video)

Diary of Anne Frank

North to Freedom by Anne Holm

Shane (video)

Frank Sinatra, Come Swing with Me

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi

Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics, Volume 8: Legends of Rock (video)

Beatles, Beatles for Sale

Atomic Café (video)

Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited

“I Have a Dream†by Martin Luther King, Jr.

All the President's Men (video)

Forrest Gump (video)

Judy Collins, Whales and Nightingales

Hair (video)

The Vietnam War by Marilyn B. Young, John J. Fitzgerald and A. Tom Grunfeld

Singers and Songwriters, 1974-1975

Good Morning, Vietnam (video)

Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis

The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley

The Mouse that Roared (video)

Abba, The Definitive Collection

W;t by Margaret Edson

W;t (video)

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Fax from Sarajevo by Joe Kubert

U2, Achtung Baby

A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich




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