The links below correspond to Modern Times, Epistles & Revelation. This study combines all your students, grades 1–12, for a full year of Bible, history, and geography. Be sure to check back here from time to time. We will be adding new and updated resources related to the book as we get them. If you have some resources that you’d like to recommend, let us know!
Complete Year’s Book List
Alternate or Supplemental Recommended Reading
These books were recommended in an earlier edition of this guide. Some titles may be out of print.
- Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire (grades 1–3)
- Buffalo Bill by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire (grades 1–3)
- Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (grades 1–3)
- Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed the World by Douglas Wood (grades 1–3)
- Rebekkah’s Journey: A World War II Refugee Story by Ann E. Burg (grades 1–3)
- Lily’s Victory Garden by Helen L. Wilbur (grades 1–3)
- The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II by Louise Borden (grades 1–3)
- Always Remember Me: How One Family Survived World War II by Marisabina Russo (grades 1–3)
- George Washington Carver by David Collins (grades 1–6)
- The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation by Quentin Reynolds (grades 4–6)
- Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion by Linda Granfield (grades 4–6)
- Brother Andrew: God’s Secret Agent by Janet and Geoff Benge (grades 4–6)
- Ronald Reagan: Destiny at His Side by Janet and Geoff Benge (grades 7–9)
- World War I: From the Lusitania to Versailles by Zachary Kent (grades 7–9)
- Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics by Sue Macy (grades 7–9)
- Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (grades 7–12)
- The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (grades 7–12)
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (grades 10–12)
- Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman (grades 10–12)
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (grades 10–12)
Combined Chronological Sequence of Chapters
Sarah S. provided her list that correlates and sequences the chapters of both Stories of America, Volume 2, and Stories of the Nations, Volume 2, into a combined chronological order.
More on Modern Times (c. 1850–present day)
- Dover Coloring Books—The pictures in these coloring books are quite detailed with a brief explanation on each one. Older students might want to use colored pencils or even watercolor paints. There are so many available for the Modern time period that we cannot list them all here. Be sure to check Dover Publication’s website for a complete listing.
- Late Victorian and Edwardian Fashions
- Victorian Fashions
- The Victorian House
- Airplanes of the Second World War
- Antique Airplanes
- Antique Automobiles
- History of Flight
- Story of World War II
- Abraham Lincoln
- America’s First Ladies
- The American House Styles of Architecture
- American Muscle Cars, 1960–1975
- American Presidents
- From Antietam to Gettysburg: A Civil War Coloring Book
- Scenes of Olde New York
- A Soldier’s Life in the Civil War
- Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
- Story of the California Gold Rush
- Story of the Civil War
- Story of the Underground Railroad
- Story of the Wright Brothers
- Teddy Roosevelt
- The Titanic
- Western Pioneers
- Ken Burns has created many films that bring United States history to life. Some are stand-alone segments; others are multi-part series. All do a fantastic job of capturing aspects of American history as they happened. (As always, preview any videos before showing them to your children.) Here is a partial listing of Ken Burns’ films.
- The Brooklyn Bridge
- The Civil War
- The Statue of Liberty
- The War
- The West
- You will find a vast archive of speeches from American history at American Rhetoric, some in text only, some in audio for you to hear. History.com also has a collection of famous speeches.
- This Oregon Trail website includes text from traveler’s diaries, information on historic sites, fun facts, maps, and more.
- The Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University is a gold mine of information about the inventor and his inventions.
- Read Bartholdi’s first-hand account of his idea for and experiences while building the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.
- With the NOVA: Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine video, you can watch as engineers try to reconstruct the Wright Brothers’ flying machine and learn first-hand the challenges and dangers that came with this great invention. Check your local library or watch on YouTube.
- You can find an audio recording and the text of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at American Rhetoric.
Hands-on Project Ideas
Many hands-on activities are available if you would like to supplement your study of Modern times. Here are some suggestions (in random order) with links to details.
- Flag History
Research the various flags used throughout the history of the U. S. and recreate them in smaller versions. You could draw them on paper, cut and paste them from colored construction paper, or sew them from fabric.
You might also research your state’s flag or the Pledge of Allegiance to find out when it was adopted, whose idea it was, and why. Two websites that might be helpful are USFlag.org and the Flag Picture Gallery.
- The White House
Research the history of the White House on the official website and the White House Historical Association. Draw a floor plan of it through the years. An interesting supplemental book for this project would be Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.
- National Holidays
Research the history of each national holiday and decide how your family wants to celebrate it during the year. The usa.gov website might help get you started.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15)
- Presidents Day (Third Monday in February)
- Memorial Day (Last Sunday in May)
- Flag Day (June 14)
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Labor Day (First Monday in September)
- Veterans Day (November 11)
- Letter to the President
Write a letter to the President of the United States. You’ll find the address on the whitehouse.gov website.
- State HistoryTake some time to read some books about your state’s history and do some sight seeing.
If you have any recommendations for hands-on activities from Modern world history (1850–2012), please let us know. We would love to add your ideas here!