Story of the World vol.3 ONLINE


Fridays @9am: Sept. 17,24; Oct.1,8,15,22,29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec.3,10,17

We will visit history in a chronological sequence starting from Elizabeth I of England to the California Gold Rush.  Each class will focus on a few topics with lecture, pictures, and some fun stories.  Each student will work on a lapbook throughout the session to be completed by the end as well as some fun crafts and class presentations along with way.

This is a live online class that meets once a week for 13-weeks.  Each week the student will use their computer/iPad to logon using Zoom to participate in the class.  All students will be visible (if they choose) as well as the teacher.  The students will have the ability to ask questions and dialog with the teacher and other students.  It will be the student/parent’s responsibility to print all materials needed for the lapbook and procure all supplies for the projects. 

Special Note on Lapbooks:  A lapbook is two manila file folders stapled in the middle to form a book.  Minibooks are added on each topic we discuss in class.  Thus, by the end of the course, your student will have a book filled with minibooks charting history in this time period.  Each minibook includes some fill-in-the-blank and/or a map to color.  They will be cut, folded and glued into the manila file folder.  A video will be posted to show exactly how to cut, fold and glue each minibook into the lapbook.

Special Note on Projects: Most projects will have a video posted to show the student exactly how to complete the project.

Regarding Videos: Please keep in mind that although I usually preview all videos, there may be some that you need to view yourself to make sure you approve of the material.  Especially the longer videos, I don’t always have time to watch every minute prior to posting.  All videos are intended to engage the child in the subject being taught.  If it doesn’t work for your child, feel free to not let them watch.

FALL CH.1-21

  • Week 1: Ch.1&2 Holy Roman & Spanish Empire, Mary Queen of Scots vs. Elizabeth I.  Who was the Holy Roman Emperor?  How did Spain become so wealthy?  Why did the Dutch revolt?  Who was Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I?
    • Project: Treasure Chest (cardstock printout, glue, colored pencils)

ASSIGNMENT: Create a Poster Board showing five facts about Elizabeth I or Mary Queen of Scots. DUE: Week 4

  • Week 2: Ch.3&4 James I of England & Jamestown, Henry Hudson.  Who was James I of England?  What was Jamestown?  Who was Guy Fawkes?  What is the significance of Nov.5th?  What is the Northwest Passage?  Who is Henry Hudson?
    • Project: Guy Fawkes Mask (cardstock printout, string, *optional: black hat)
  • Week 3: Ch.5&6 Japanese Warlords, the Pilgrims, Mayflower & Plymouth, Dutch East India Company.  Who was Hideyoshi?  Who was Ieyasu?  Who unified Japan?  Who were the Pilgrims?  What was the Mayflower?  Where is Plymouth?  Why did the Pilgrims make their journey?
    • Project: Mayflower Compact (quill, ink, paper)
  • Week 4: PRESENTATION DAY!  Present your Poster Board to the class.

ASSIGNMENT: Create a Poster Board showing five facts about the Mayflower. DUE: Week 8

  • Week 5: Ch.7&8 Middle Passage (Slavery), the Ottoman Turks.  What did the English colonists grow in the New World?  Who was John Rolfe?  Who was Nzinga of Angola?  Who were the Ottoman Turks?  Who was Murad?
    • Project: Stamp Patterns (sponge, paint, paper)
  • Week 6: Ch.9&10 Thirty Years War, Rise of Manchu in China.  What was the Thirty Years War?  What is St. Martin’s Day?  Why did Japan close their borders to the world?  How did the Manchu dominate China?
    • Project: St. Martin’s Day Lantern (empty juice carton, tissue paper, glue, pipe cleaner, tea light)
  • Week 7: Ch.11&12 Mongols in India, England’s Civil War.  Who was Aurangzeb?  Who were the Moghul emperors of India?  Who was Charles I?  Who was Oliver Cromwell?  Why did England have a civil war?
    • Project: Make the city of London (cardstock printout, craft sticks, glue/tape, colored pencils)
  • Week 8: PRESENTATION DAY!  Present your Poster Board to the class.

ASSIGNMENT: Create a Poster Board showing five facts about one king of France during the Middle Ages. DUE: Week 12

  • Week 9: Ch.13&14 King Louis XIV of France, Rise of Prussia.  Who was Louis XIV?  Why was he called the Sun King?  What was the importance of Versailles?  Who was the King of Prussia?
    • Project: Versailles mask (cardstock printout, decorations; feathers, sequins, markers, tissue paper, etc.)
  • Week 10: Ch.15&16 Wars in the English Colonies, Pennsylvania, Universal Laws of Newton & Locke.  Why did the English and Native Americans battle?  How did King Louis XIV save New France?  Who was William Penn?  Who was John Locke and Isaac Newton?  What is Scientific Farming?
    • Project: Scientific Farming (paper printouts, colored pencils, scissors, glue)
  • Week 11: Ch.17&18 Peter the Great of Russia, The Ottoman Empire.  Who was Peter the Great?  How did Peter the Great change Russia?  Who was Kara Mustafa?  Who was the Tulip King?
    • Cooking Project: Turkish Delight (cornstarch, water, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, nuts or dried fruit, powder sugar)
  • Week 12: PRESENTATION DAY!  Present your Poster Board to the class.
  • Week 13: Ch.19-21 British East India Company, Seven Year War.  Why did India lose its country to England?  What was the Black Hole of Calcutta?  Who was Emperor Chi’en-lung?  What was the Seven Year War?
    • Project: Ripped Paper Fort Ohio (green, blue, brown construction paper, printout, glitter, glue, pencil)


  • Week 1: Ch.22&23 American Revolution, the new United States of America.  Why did the colonist’s rebel against England?  What were some major events in the American Revolution?  What type of government did the new Americans create?  Who was George Washington?
    • Project: Three Branches of Government poster (download files, red, blue, white construction paper, glue)

ASSIGNMENT: Create a Poster Board showing five facts about the American Revolution. DUE Week 4

  • Week 2: Ch.24&25 Captain Cook & Australia, French Revolution.  Who was Captain Cook?  Where did he sail?  What was he looking for?  Who was sent from England to Australia?  What was the Storming of the Bastille?  Who was Robespierre?  What was the Reign of Terror?
    • Project: Red Citizen Cap (red fabric, download pattern, sew or hot glue together)
  • Week 3: Ch.26&27 Catherine the Great of Russia, Cotton Gin in America.  Who was Catherine the Great?  How did she change Russia?  Who invented the cotton gin?  How did the cotton gin change America?
    • Project: Catherine the Great memory page (download file, Q-tip, yellow paint)
  • Week 4: PRESENTATION DAY!  Present your Poster Board to the class.

ASSIGNMENT: Create a Poster Board showing five facts about the Catherine the Great. DUE Week 8

  • Week 5: Ch.28&29 England vs China, Napoleon Bonaparte.  What was the opium trade?  How did England defeat China?  Who was Napoleon Bonaparte?  How did Napoleon rise to power?
    • Project: China vase (self-hardening clay, blue/white acrylic paints)
  • Week 6: Ch.30&31 Haitian Revolt, Rise of Factories.  What happened during the Haitian Revolt?  Who was Leclerc and Toussaint?  Who were the Luddites?  How did factories change society?
    • Project: Haitian Flag (pattern, red/black paint or crayons, stick)
  • Week 7: Ch.32&33 Lewis & Clark, Napoleonic Wars.  Who were Lewis & Clark?  Where did they travel?  Why did they travel across America?  Who was Tecumseh?  How did Napoleon fail?
    • Project: Lewis & Clark Adventure Journal (brown paper bag, blank paper, twine)
  • Week 8: PRESENTATION DAY!  Present your Poster Board to the class.

ASSIGNMENT: Create a Poster Board showing five facts about the Napoleon Bonaparte. DUE Week 12

  • Week 9: Ch.34&35 South American freedom, Mexican Independence.  Who was Simon Bolivar?  What was the Cry of Dolores?  Why did Mexico want independence from Spain?
    • Project: Mexican Flowers (tissue paper, pipe cleaners)
  • Week 10: Ch.36-38 Abolition of Slavery, Boers & British in Africa, Trail of Tears.  Who was William Wilberforce?    Who were the Boers?  Why did they fight the British?  What was the Trail of Tears?  Who was Nat Turner?
    • Project: Zulu Bead Code (various beads, string)
  • Week 11: Ch.39&40 China vs Great Britain, Mexican-American War.  What were the Opium Wars?  What was the Alamo?  Who fought in the Mexican-American War?
    • Project: Cookie Alamo (cookie dough, Alamo pattern)
  • Week 12: PRESENTATION DAY!  Present your Poster Board to the class.
  • Week 13: Ch.41&42 New Zealand vs Great Britain, California Gold Rush.  What was the Treaty of Waitangi?  What were the New Zealand Wars?  What happened to California during the gold rush?  Who found the gold?