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Join your trusty guides Mona, Ted, Arthur, and Lily as they journey through the turn of the twentieth century in this, the first of three volumes exploring modern history. In this volume you’ll see global history from 1850 to the eve of World War I, including Meiji Japan, Cuba’s war for independence, the independent Kingdom of Siam, the American Civil War, the Scramble for Africa, the creation of Germany and Italy, and more.


Along the way, we’ll see how daily life for people changed around the globe through the fall of chattel slavery, the rise of imperialism, the birth of modern art and invention, and the wars and battles fought over what it means to possess individual rights. The back-and-forth dialogue between your guides is modeled on the classical teaching style and is both engaging and allows for deeper dives into not only what happened, but also why it happened and how the events shaped the world we live in.

This book continues the use of Culture Corners, letting us not only follow big global events, but also emphasize interdisciplinary learning as we see the birth of such things as ragtime music, investigative journalism, the poetry of José Martí, manga, the Eiffel Tower, and even the Teddy bear!


Are you ready to discover modern history?


The bundle includes the following digital items: 

  • PDF of Snapshots of Modern History: Hold the core text in your hands and enjoy the full-color design, handy timeline references, and many maps, photographs, and paintings. 
  • Audiobook Snapshots of Modern History: Nearly 13 hours long, this professionally voiced audiobook brings the characters of Mona, Ted, Arthur, and Lily to life making it easy for students to study independently or while on the go. 
  • PDF Instructor's Guide to Snapshots of Modern History and PDF Student Guide to Snapshots of Modern History: After you finish reading each chapter, continue your learning with vocabulary, activity pages, hands-on activities, reading suggestions, and more. If you're teaching multiple students, our books are licensed per family, so you can print extra copies of the student pages for each of your children. 
  • Ted's Timeline Kit: Modern History: Get all of the pieces you'll need to create your own timeline to keep track of history. The timeline includes both wall and notebook options so you can create the size and style that works best for you.


Digital Curriculum Package: Modern History Vol. 1

  • This product includes two or more digital files. As such, the product downloads as a .zip file. Below are your options to open a .zip file:

    • On a Mac, simply double click the .zip file to unzip it.
    • On a PC, right click on the .zip file and click "Extract All".
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    If you are using an iPhone/iPad or are otherwise having trouble opening your .zip file, please email and we can provide you with an alternative download option.