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High School Unit: Royals and Revolutionaries (in progress)

This is adapted from the Winter Promise Quest for Royals and Revolution curriculum.

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Monarchy, Empire and ChangeMonarchy, Empire and Change

In the late 1400’s, the world teetered on the edge of dynamic change. Columbus’ unbelievable discovery across the ocean from the “known world,” together with the new ideas that came out of the Renaissance, brought the world to a point of no return. Crossing into the 1500’s, the people of the world would find themselves confronted with new inventions, ideas and ideologies. Swept along by climatic and cultural change, civilization was propelled into the modern age. Follow this exciting story, and learn about the people and events that contributed to the advance of world history. $25.00

Guide to European HistoryGuide to European History

Despite this title being an entry in the “Complete Idiot’s Guide” series, it is authored by a gifted writer and educator who does a great job illuminating the overall movements in this period of history in an interesting way $19.00

I. The Age of Exploration

A. Week 1 –– Exploration & Conquest

  1. Books/Movies — 1492: Conquest of Paradise
  2. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

II. Europe Around the Time of Tudor England

A. Week 2 –– Religious Turmoil in Europe

  1. Books/Movies — A Man for All Seasons (English Reformation/Sir Thomas More); La Reine Margot (St. Batholomew’s Day Massacre in France)
  2. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

B. Week 3 –– The Tudors

  1. Books/Movies: — Henry VIII; Lady Jane
  2. Learning through History: Tudor EnglandLearning through History: Tudor England
    Step back in time to the rule of the Tudors and discover the real scoop on the English Reformation, the wives of Henry VIII, and the interesting female Tudors: Bloody Mary and Queen Elizabeth. You’ll also go inside Elizabethan theater, pirate ships, and witchcraft trials of the times. $7.00

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

C. Week 4 –

  1. Books/Movies: Queen Elizabeth I and Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  2. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

D. Week 5 –– The Holy Roman Empire & France

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

E. Week 6 –– A First Trip to Asia

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. Learning through History: Medieval JapanLearning through History: Medieval Japan
    Take a look at some Asian history as you find out about the Code of the Samurai, the rise of a peasant named Toyotomi Hideyoshi to power, and the Tokaido Highway, among other things. $7.00

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

III. The Scientific Revolution

A. Week 7 –– The Scientific Method/New Ways of Looking at Knowledge

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBR

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

B. Week 8 –– The Scientific Revolution

  1. Books/Movies:

  2. Isaac Newton (Giants of Science series) by Kathleen Krull

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

IV. Empire Building

A. Week 9 –– The Atlantic Triangle Trade

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

B. Week 10 –– Colonialism in America

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

C. Week 11 –– England’s Glorious Revolution

  1. Books/Movies — To Kill a King
  2. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

D. Week 12 –– Rise of  the Absolute Ruler

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

E. Week 13 –– Beginning the British Empire

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

F. Week 14 –– Russia Moves to Modernize

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

V. Intellectual Revolution

A. Week 15 –– The Philosophes and Other New Thinkers

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

B. Week 16 – Enlightenment and Common Sense

  1. Books/Movies — TBA
  2. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

VI. Political Revolution

A. Week 17 –– The Spirit of Democracy

  1. Books/Movies:

The Real Revolution: The Global Story of American IndependenceThe Real Revolution: The Global Story of American Independence

Find out how seemingly unrelated incidents around the globe contributed to revolution in the Americas. The author demonstrates the evolution of the colonists from English subjects to an entirely new breed–Americans–and points out such ironies as the fact that slavery made it possible for wealthy Virginia squires to have the leisure to ponder the ideas of democracy and freedom. $20.00

  1. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

B. Week 18 –– American Revolutions

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. El Santo de la Espada (Jose de San Martin/South American Liberation); The Madness of King George

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

C. Week 19 –– The World Turned Upside Down

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

D. Week 20 –– The French Revolution

  1. Books/Movies — Les Miserables; A Tale of Two Cities; Marie Antoinette
  2. Learning through History: French RevolutionLearning through History: French Revolution
    Learn about some new and interesting topics: the three estates and the rights of man, the restless French peasantry, and the bloody reign of terror that is still remembered today. Find out about the guillotine and its inventor, and people like Robespierre, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon. $7.00

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

E. Week 21 –– Napoleon Bonaparte

  1. Books/Movies — Waterloo
  2. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

VII. Industrial Revolution

A. Week 22 –– Birth of Industrialization in Britain

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. Black  PotatoesBlack Potatoes
    Fascinating eyewitness accounts and memories combine with devastating facts about the Irish potato famine: one million died from starvation and disease; two million emigrated; and the famine could have been avoided. Its legacy was a resentment against the English, who owned most of Ireland. $10.00

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

B. Week 23 –– New Energy Sources and Railroads

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

C. Week 24 –– Life in Industrial Cities

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

D. Week 25 –– Children in Industrial Cities

  1. Books/Movies — Oliver Twist; David Copperfield
  2. Growing Up in the Industrial RevolutionGrowing Up in the Industrial Revolution
    What was life all about for young people in dirty city streets, cold tenement buildings and hot factories? $7.00

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

VIII. Humanitarian Reform

A. Week 26 –– Labor & Reform

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

B. Week 27 –– Social Action

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

IX. Rivalries Among Modern Nations/Evolutionary Theory

A. Week 28 –Queen Victoria

  1. Books/Movies: The Young Victoria; Mrs. Brown

    Learning through History: Victorian EraLearning through History: Victorian Era Visit the World’s Fair, the Underground Railroad of London, Victorian balls and teas, and even learn about Victorian traditions. $7.00

  2. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

B. Week 29 — Darwin’s Work — Creation; Master and Commander

C. Week 30 –The Young U.S.

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBR

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

C. Week 31 –A Second Trip to Asia

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

D. Week 32 –1848: Year of Revolution

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline

E. Week 33 –Europe at the End of the 19th Century

  1. Books/Movies:
  2. TBA

  3. Other Activities: Add to Timeline
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2010 7:37 pm

    How about “The Leopard” by Luchino Visconti for Europe (Italy) at the end of the 19th century?

    • July 24, 2010 7:44 pm

      See the Italian subtitled version. I’ve heard the English-dubbed is not good.

  2. July 24, 2010 7:42 pm

    Could also do (as was suggested by teachers I know) “The New World” by Terrence Malick for colonialism, etc.

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