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Hello, For my high school student, we are using 3 cycles of Veritas self paced online courses. Ancient, Medieval, Modern for the first 3 years of high school. The modern history era covers a lot of US History with other world history events too. This an integrated approach to history, literature, and theology. I choose to skip some of their reading list due to time and the fact that we are covering a theology elective in a different manner. So, potentially 3 credits if a person does all of the work. I used this as part of an honors history/literature program last year. My student did very well to listen to online lectures, the discussion activities, online quizzes and tests, and the reading. I also added in composition and more geography practice as I saw fit. I think the teaching style and reading assignments are good in helping my student be responsible, work hard, and learn to listen to lectures that will prepare her for college style learning.




Notgrass World History also looks great! It also has a literature component. It was one of my options before I settled on Veritas.




I also have BJ Press' World History book which has a lot of positive attributes. It is meant to be for one school year. But if we had a glitch in internet service, I could fall back on it. If we ever used their world history, I would use it as a spine on which to add literature and primary source reading.




I am still researching govt/econ books for the future. This forum has some good discussion threads about this. Bluestocking Press is one that I am looking at.

You have so many well written options. Are you looking for any style in particular?

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Hi Regentrude,


Thank you for sharing your approach to World History.

I am interested in any high school level World History suggestions, online classes, textbooks, video courses, audio lectures, etc......


I can highly recommend the Great Courses lectures. There are lecture series that are more a survey type of Western Civ, from different angles (my DS enjoyed studying history through a lens of warfare, and another student might prefer an approach through art) and others that delve deeper into specific periods. Check out their catalog. 

We used a variety of their lectures, all as audio; we did not find it necessary to get the video version as there are usually few visuals.

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Daybreak in Udi might be interesting. A film about Nigeria from the British perspective; good for providing context to postwar British colonialism. It won an Oscar and a BAFTA award:




The UK National Archives did a write-up on it that goes into some of the background and provides a link to a higher resolution copy. Maybe contrast and compare with a modern Nigerian perspective.

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We used Glencoe World History as a spine, along with the syllabus from Oak Meadow.  We supplemented that with Great Courses lectures.  The hands-down favorites were the 3 series on the middle ages by Philip Daileader.    But there are lots of others.  We also read some of the books that were recommended in the syllabus.  We spread this over 3 years.  It was one of the best things we did for high school.   

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