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I’d love some history suggestions for countries other than the US and  Europe. Africa/Asia/pre-Colombus North America/South America resources would be great!  Texts/books/etc. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an actual curriculum for any of these areas. 

 

 

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Try oxford University Press’s The World in Ancient Times, and Medieval and Early Modern World. These are series of books targeting middle school aged students.   You can find them on Abebooks.com for a reasonable price. 

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1 hour ago, JHLWTM said:

Try oxford University Press’s The World in Ancient Times, and Medieval and Early Modern World. These are series of books targeting middle school aged students.   You can find them on Abebooks.com for a reasonable price. 

I will second this recommendation, they are quite good.

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One idea is use a kids World History text and just read through the passages on the non-Western nations/peoples. SWB's Story of the World, or a textbook that covers all of the World.

Another way to study non-Western nations/peoples is through cultural Geography, rather than straight-up History -- there are lots of children's books out there on lots of those types of topics -- myths, religions, customs/traditions, games played or foods eaten, etc.

Also, it's easier to find more books when you search for specific *nations* of a continent (example: Mali, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, or Namibia), rather than "history of Africa" -- Asia and Africa are huge continents with incredible diverse peoples and histories, and it's easier to write detailed books that focus on just one nation/people group rather than attempting to jam hundreds of them into one book. ;)

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The humanities core that my business partner and I wrote covers is about African and Asian history. But for high school. 😉 

I'll second the OUP books. If you go the general world history textbook route, get one that covers that history well. Look at tables of contents to pick. I think the Prentice Hall ones are overall better than most other major publishers.

The NCERT books are India's national curriculum. They include history textbooks that cover Indian and some world history for middle school. This is the link for all of them: http://ncertbooks.prashanthellina.com/ Be sure to scroll down when you click a subject. The English language edition is not usually the first one.

You can poach the non-Western parts of the Sonlight, Bookshark, and Build Your Library book lists. In general, there's really a ton of good middle grades historical fiction for the non-Western world. I think before high school, that's one of the best ways you could cover that subject, honestly. Books like A Single Shard, Ghost in the Tokkaido Inn, The Well of Sacrifice, The Breadwinner, Journey to Jo'Berg... I could go on. There are really a lot of options. More for certain places and periods, of course, but still lots of jumping off points.

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I've got some good resources about various civilizations in Africa....most of these are videos but there's some books too.

EARLY SAHARAN AFRICA & NUBIA
These are the post I did for my series on how we supplemented Story of the World, but the movie and and other resources shared in it could be used apart from Story of the World to tell about this history of Nubia/Kush.  The early people who lived in the Saharah before it dried out, some of whom most likely later became the Nubians, are covered in the first post below.   The second covers the nation of Nubia (who's borders were in what is today lower Egypt, and who's people possibly later populated Sudan).

http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2017/11/story-of-world-ancient-times-chap-11.html
http://imaginativehomeschool.blogspot.com/2018/02/story-of-world-chap-12-africa-egypt.html

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NOTE:   Haven't watched all the Kingdoms of Africa series, so don't know the time periods the following two these...

WEST AFRICA - Kingoms of West AFrica/BENIN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je0K0BAJ1hY


ASANTE Kingdom -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL2Qv_ytdp4
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MALI (Middle Ages)
If you were me and lived in Ancient Africa Children's Book
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259097784795399372/

Kingdom of Mali
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkayShPilkw&list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5DDhUWNT_5GWuCnXHh70Zz7

Mansa Musa (from Mali...richest person ever)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3YJMaL55TM&t=3s

Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvnU0v6hcUo

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Queen Nzinga (of the Ndonga and Matamba Kingdoms - 1600s, in present day Angola)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCQU5FC7ht0

 

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ZIMBABWE (Middle Ages)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quzjmZ-7s6w&t=22s

Lost Kingdoms of Africa - Zimbabwe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2be1gO36Fs4


ZULU (1800s)
Extra Credits - The Zulu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZLGKFWlRzY&list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5BevK2pZGDi-zUMorOSn2ed

Congo and Africa's World War (Modern Times)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uArRzwKHvE

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GENERAL AFRICA

Ancient Africa Unit
Haven't tried this, but it looks pretty good.

Africa is not a Country (children's book)

Other African Children's Books (not all tied into history, but some are...lots of African mythology books)
https://www.mylearningtable.com/read-wednesday-childrens-books-africa/

South African Tribal Huts and Homes
(click and then scroll down, a lot, to find it)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259097784789790832/

World Geography Africa Scavenger Hunt
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259097784791480413/

African Pantheons (Religion) - Crash Course
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2se_zimj40

History of African Theater
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn-ER4bL7f8

 

Of course Egypt is in Africa too, but I assume you won't have trouble finding stuff on that.  🙂


NOTE ON CRASH COURSE
I haven't previewed the Africa videos by Crash course, and while generally excellent and ok for kids, occassionally Crash Course tells a joke that's a little crude, so just preview first.

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You can also find Study Guides that go with the OUP books. I personally haven't found them helpful for our situation, but you can look at them if you don't want to invent your own wheel 🙂

Here's an example

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=22922623316&searchurl=kn%3Dstudy%2Bguide%2Bworld%2Bin%2Bancient%2Btimes%2Boxford%2Buniversity%2Bpress%26sortby%3D17&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1

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