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Hi all!


My dd is in 10th grade. We have used TOG year 4 in 8th grade and then switched to Notgrass World history for 9th grade. She will be doing Notgrass American history this year. My problem is this. She never finished the World History text (didn't even get to WWI) and when we did TOG in 8th grade she only got to WWII). This was more my fault than hers. I kept trying to fine tune things hoping she would somehow enjoy it (she really dislikes history). But that never happened. I would like have her study modern history from WWI-present. Does anyone have some resources they could recommend for a child who doesn't care much for history. Ideally I would like to spend a semester on it so she could earn a half credit.



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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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All these Idiot's books are interesting. They make history fascinating for those who aren't history people.


This one is currently oop (it goes and comes). Buy used and save more. Throw in some map requirements and some historical fiction from a bona fide living book list. And you've got what you need.


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