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Snapshots of Early Modern History is secular, inclusive, world history curriculum aimed covering history from 1550 to 1850 CE. Since so many important events happened in this era of history, our Early Modern level is divided into two volumes. 

 

Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1 is aimed at 3rd to 7th grade students covering history from 1550 to 1765 CE. It contains 36 chapters divided into 18 sections of related topic pairs. In Early Modern History Vol. 1, Mona and Ted visit places like colonial America, the British Empire, Qing China, the Japanese Warring States Period, the Jamaican Maroons, the Ottoman Empire, Caribbean pirates, the Kongo Empire, and so much more!

 

Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2 is aimed at 4th to 8th grade students covering history from 1765 to 1850 CE.  It contains 36 chapters divided into 18 sections of related topic pairs. In Early Modern History Vol. 2, Mona and Ted explore events like the unification of Hawaii; the American, French, Haitian, Mexican, and Bolivarian Revolutions; the rise and fall of Napoleon; the growth of the Abolition Movement; the Industrial Revolution; the rise of the middle class; the Opium Wars in China; the creation of the Zulu Empire; the Irish Potato Famine and so much more!  

Early Modern history is a complete curriculum for one to two years. For a one year study, both volumes can be completed by studying one section (containing two chapters) per week. For a two year study, complete one volume each year by studying one chapter per week. 

Snapshots of Early Modern History

Cover of the Instructor's Guide to Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1
Cover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1
Cover of Student's Guide to Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1
Cover of Instructor's Guide to Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2
Cover of A Student's Guide to Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2
Cover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

Snapshots of Early Modern Vol. 1 History Timeline

Preview some of what you'll explore in Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1.

Snapshots of Early Modern Vol. 2 History Timeline

Preview some of what you'll explore in Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2.

Culture Corners

Curiosity Chronicles teaches interdisciplinary history. To make sure we can deliver on the many exciting cultural developments of this era, a new section called Culture Corners have added after every few chapters beginning in Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

 

In each Culture Corner, Arthur and Lily highlight an important artist, writer, scientist, musician or art style. Some of the topics covered in the Culture Corners in the Early Modern level include William Shakespeare, Nicolaus Copernicus, Japanese Theater, Qing Painting, Native American Beadwork, Isaac Newton, Phillis Wheatley, the Haka, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mary Wollstonecraft, African Masks, Sequoya, Edgar Allan Poe, and more! 

A collection of pages of Culture Corners showing a variety of pictures and topics

Early Modern History Products

There are six individual products for each volume of Early Modern History.

These products can be purchased individually or bundled together. 

The following three bundles include all the core products for the entire Early Modern level.

None of these bundles include the Lapbook/Interactive Notebook Packages.

They can be added for just $10 per volume. 

A collection of Early Modern covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level Print Curriculum Package
  • Hardcover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Hardcover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • Softcover of Vol. 1 Instructor's Guide

  • Softcover of Vol. 2 Instructor's Guide

  • Softcover of Vol. 1 Student Guide

  • Softcover of Vol. 2 Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit for Vol. 1 & 2

Perfect for if you prefer to hold a physical copy of all the books in your hands. Add an extra Student Guide for each additional student.

A collection of Early Modern covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level Mixed Format Curriculum Package
  • Softcover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Softcover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • PDF of Vol. 1 Instructor's Guide

  • PDF of Vol. 2 Instructor's Guide

  • PDF of Vol. 1 Student Guide

  • PDF of Vol. 2 Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit for Vol. 1 & 2

Perfect for if you are teaching multiple children and need to print extra Student Guide pages or are only selectively using pieces of the Student Guide.

A collection of Early Modern covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level Digital Curriculum Package
  • PDF of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • PDF of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • PDF of Vol. 1 Instructor's Guide

  • PDF of Vol. 2 Instructor's Guide

  • PDF of Vol. 1 Student Guide

  • PDF of Vol. 2 Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit for Vol. 1 & 2

Perfect for eco-conscious users or if you are traveling while schooling or have limited storage space. 

Early Modern History Vol. 1 Products

Cover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

The core book for Early Modern History Vol. 1. 

Available in hardcover, softcover, and PDF.

Cover of the Instructor's Guide to Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

This guide for educators includes general book recommendations as well as chapter by chapter vocabulary, supplemental reading suggestions, hands-on activities, Minecraft building prompts, and more.

Available in softcover and PDF.

Cover of A Student's Guide to Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

This guide for students includes vocabulary, comprehension questions, discussion questions, activity pages, coloring pages, review activities, and more.

Available in softcover and PDF.

Cover of the Audiobook for Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

The an audiobook recording voiced by professional voice actors of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

Available as a digital download only.

Cover of Ted's Timeline Kit for Early Modern History Vol. 1 and 2

Materials to create your own timeline of history including a wall and notebook timeline and important date markers. 

Available as a digital download only.

Photograph of a lapbook titled Europe showing a variety of interactive page elements about topics like Russia and the Spanish Armada

Lapbook/Interactive Notebook materials for each chapter to create hands-on reinforcement and review.

Available as a digital download only.

Early Modern Vol. 1 History Bundles

There are three curriculum bundles you can choose for Early Modern History Vol. 1. The difference between each bundle is the physical or digital format of the books.

 

None of these bundles include the Lapbook/Interactive Notebook Package.

It can be added for just $10. 

A collection of Early Modern Vol. 1 covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level Print Curriculum Package
  • Hardcover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Softcover of Instructor's Guide

  • Softcover of Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit

Perfect for if you prefer to hold a physical copy of all the books in your hands. Add an extra Student Guide for each additional student.

A collection of Early Modern Vol. 1 covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level  Mixed Format Curriculum Package
  • Softcover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • PDF of Instructor's Guide

  • PDF of Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit

Perfect for if you are teaching multiple children and need to print extra Student Guide pages or are only selectively using pieces of the Student Guide.

A collection of Early Modern Vol. 1 covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level Digital Curriculum Package
  • PDF of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1

  • PDF of Instructor's Guide

  • PDF of Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit

Perfect for eco-conscious users or if you are traveling while schooling or have limited storage space. 

Early Modern History Vol. 2 Products

There are six individual products for the Early Modern History Vol. 2 level.

These products can be purchased individually or bundled together. 

Cover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

The core book for Early Modern History Vol. 2. 

Available in hardcover, softcover, and PDF.

Cover of the Instructor's Guide to Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

This guide for educators includes general book recommendations as well as chapter by chapter vocabulary, supplemental reading suggestions, hands-on activities, Minecraft building prompts, and more.

Available in softcover and PDF.

Cover of the Student's Guide to Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

This guide for students includes vocabulary, comprehension questions, discussion questions, activity pages, coloring pages, review activities, and more.

Available in softcover and PDF.

Cover of the audiobook for Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

The an audiobook recording voiced by professional voice actors of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

Available as a digital download only.

Cover of Ted's Timeline Kit for Early Modern History Vol. 1 and 2

Materials to create your own timeline of history including a wall and notebook timeline and important date markers. 

Available as a digital download only.

Photograph of a lapbooks titled Oceania and the Pacific showing interactive page elements about topics like Hawaii and Alaska

Lapbook/Interactive Notebook materials for each chapter to create hands-on reinforcement and review.

Available as a digital download only.

Early Modern History Vol. 2 Bundles

There are three curriculum bundles you can choose for Early Modern History Vol. 2. The difference between each bundle is the physical or digital format of the books.

 

None of these bundles include the Lapbook/Interactive Notebook Package.

It can be added for just $10. 

A collection of Early Modern Vol. 2 covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level Print Curriculum Package
  • Hardcover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • Softcover of Instructor's Guide

  • Softcover of Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit

Perfect for if you prefer to hold a physical copy of all the books in your hands. Add an extra Student Guide for each additional student.

A collection of Early Modern Vol. 2 covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level Mixed Format Curriculum Package
  • Softcover of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • PDF of Instructor's Guide

  • PDF of Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit

Perfect for if you are teaching multiple children and need to print extra Student Guide pages or are only selectively using pieces of the Student Guide.

A collection of Early Modern Vol. 2 covers with a grey bubble and white text in the center that says Full Level Digital Curriculum Package
  • PDF of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • Audiobook of Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 2

  • PDF of Instructor's Guide

  • PDF of Student Guide

  • Ted's Timeline Kit

Perfect for eco-conscious users or if you are traveling while schooling or have limited storage space. 

Sample Week Demo

Curious what a week of Curiosity Chronicles Early Modern History would look like?

The following visual walkthrough shows you a sample week. This walkthrough follows Sample Schedule H: All the Bells and Whistles from our Sample Schedules page.

This is our most extensive sample schedule. You don't have to do all these activities to successfully use Curiosity Chronicles. 

 Curiosity Chronicles is designed to be flexible and adaptable. You can pick and choose which aspects of the curriculum to use to design a history study that meets your unique learning situation. Check out our Sample Schedules page for ideas on simpler schedules.

Skip to Early Modern History Vol. 2 visual walkthrough.

Early Modern History Vol. 1

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Visual Walkthrough of Section 3: Control vs. Liberty
in Eastern Europe

Snapshots of Early Modern History Vol. 1 is organized into 18 sections of chapter pairs on related topics. If you wish to complete both volumes of Early Modern History in a single school year, you can complete it at a pace of two chapters per week. Below is a sample doing two chapters per week. If you wish to only complete one volume per school year, space these activities out over a two-week period. Check out the Ancient or Medieval History sample lessons to see this pace. 

Day 1: Study the Chapter

Read or listen to Chapter 5: Russia Has a Terrible Time

Learn about the reigns of Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible of Russia, the construction of St. Basil's Cathedral, the expansion of the Russian Empire, and the origins of the Romanov Dynasty. 

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Day 2: Reinforce and Deepen Learning

Complete accompanying student pages and read 1–2 supplemental books. 

Review vocabulary and comprehension questions from the chapter. Cover geography as well by completing accompanying map work. Assemble the timeline and more. 

Then select 1–2 supplemental books about the chapter. For this chapter, some options include a beautifully illustrated book about the Russian folklore figure Baba Yaga and a biography about Ivan the Terrible. 

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Day 3: Study the Next Chapter

Read or listen to Chapter 6: Poland Creates the Golden Liberty and the Culture Corner on Nicolaus Copernicus

Learn about King Jadwiga, (the female King of Poland), the creation of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the foundation of democratic the Golden Liberty, and the famed Polish cavalry the Winged Hussars. 

Then read or listen to the Culture Corner about Nicolaus Copernicus and the invention of a sun-centered solar system model. 

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Day 4: Reinforce and Deepen Learning

Complete accompanying student pages and read 1–2 supplemental books. 

Review vocabulary and comprehension questions from the chapter. Cover geography as well by completing accompanying map work. Assemble the timeline and more. 

Then select 1–2 supplemental books about the chapter. For this chapter, some options include a selection of Polish folktales, an illustrated biography of Nicolaus Copernicus, or a fun illustrated  overview of changing astronomy theories over time. 

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