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  • Title: 20th Century World History
  • Age Range: 15-18
  • Grade Range: 10-12
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Understand, engage and transform the modern world

  • Trace the massive, sweeping changes of the last century.
  • Guide your young scholars--you have the lesson plans, tools and materials to homeschool high school with success.
  • Explore complex roots of political, social and cultural battles that rage today.
  • Watch students hone valuable writing skills and learn to defend their faith.
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Overview of the History

Today's world was shaped – in national boundaries, in economic policy, in technological advances – by the 20th Century. Sonlight 300 takes a year to look at this transformative century.

In earlier programs, we don't study this century in depth. These years brought incredible suffering. There are the familiar tragedies: trench warfare in WWI, the Holocaust, the atom bomb. And there are the less-familiar tragedies: genocides in Europe, Asia and Africa; mass starvation in China and the USSR; drug wars, child labor, and human trafficking.

So it isn't as enjoyable to study this century. But it is important. And in 300, I tried to balance the horrors that occurred, with the hope of the Gospel. We include four missionary biographies (compared to the more typical one or two), because in the midst of darkness, it's good to remember that God is still at work.

Yes, the Nazi concentration camps were horrible. But God was at work even there, caring for his children in miraculous ways.

The history spine is a book that wouldn't have been possible in 1900. The Visual History of the Modern World is an affordable book, filled with photos. In an age of phones and tablets that take photos, it's easy to forget that color photography was not the dominant form until the 1970s (if Wikipedia can be trusted). That's likely around the time you were born, not that long ago.

So the book itself is a marvel, even apart from the history included, which takes you year-by-year from 1900 through the 2000s. Timelines, concise articles, and photos chronicle the individuals and events that made history.

In 1900, it took days to travel from Europe to America. In 2000, it took hours. In 1900, only a wealthy few owned a car. In 2000, cars were common, if not quite universal. In 1900, even the radio had barely been invented and broadcasts were still several years away. By 2000, the radio had come and gone as primary entertainment, replaced by the television at first, and then an increasing array of electronics: cable, video games, computers, and the internet. In 1900, the airplane had not yet been invented. By 2000, men had gone to the moon, and satellites in orbit allowed many advances in communication.

It was an astonishing century.

Sonlight's 300 History includes 18 additional books. Among them are several biographies: suffragette Lizzie Stanton; scientist Albert Einstein; and statesman Winston Churchill.

There are two classic works of fiction: All Quiet on the Western Front, set in the trenches of World War I; and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, set in a Stalin prison camp in Siberia.

One book covers the establishment of Israel after World War II. One covers the unsettled experience of being a refugee.

One is about the 6000-mile trek that Mao made before he came to power. Imagine: the equivalent of fleeing across the United States and back. To write this book, the author traveled to China and interviewed survivors, 50 years later. The author's trip was 30 years ago now. An eyewitness account would no longer be possible. What a gift to be given.

This is a powerful course. I like what one customer said:

Why is 300 so important and different? Because it covers in-depth a century of human atrocities, genocide, horrible wars, achievements, accomplishments – a century that was supposed to be civilized. The other programs do not even come close to the in-depth study of the 20th Century. At all. And yes – there are dark and depressing books, books that make you sad and furious at the same time, and yet books that leave you with hope for the human race. I can't imagine skipping Sonlight 300. It was my daughter's absolute, 100% favorite course because she learned SO much about the truth of the century, and got a glimpse of where we're headed or could be headed.

Estimated daily time for 20th Century World History: Student: 1 hr.

Our high school courses are separated by subject to allow customers maximum flexibility. Feel free to buy either the History or the Literature, or both, or to mix-and-match with the History and Literature of other Sonlight courses.

Overview of the Literature

My daughter once described 300 Literature as "an embarrassment of riches." She helped revise it some years back, and came away astonished by the power and beauty in this course. With 300, I'm challenged, I'm grieved, I'm amused, I'm enthralled – all by turns. That happens in the other Sonlight programs, too, but I think the emotion is more, and deeper, here.

The books follow a rough chronological progression. The school year begins with The Great Brain, a children's book set in the late 1800s. One of the chapters describes how the family got a flush toilet, the first in the town. The big struggle in this book is with an older brother who is selfish and greedy. By the end of the book, he reforms.

Contrast that with one of the last books assigned, Alas, Babylon. Although it was written in 1959, when the threat of nuclear annihilation loomed large, it reads like a modern dystopian survival thriller. Where does one go for water, when all the surrounding communities have been destroyed?

In less than 100 years, the world went from the wonder of flush toilets to the horror of nuclear annihilation.

So that's the big-picture progression.

Sonlight's 300 Lit has a range of genres: dystopian, sci fi, the Great American Novel (Gatsby), novella, lyric poetry, travel narrative (or, maybe, anthropology, or adventure), absurdism, murder mystery, thriller, memoir, Shakespearean comedy (okay, that isn't 20th Century, but it connects with another book, and … it's Shakespeare!), historical fiction, and novel. Because "literary" works can be dark or difficult, the schedule tries to break up the more intense works with enjoyable, thoughtful books.

Among the more challenging works, 300 includes Brave New World, the remarkably prescient book that foresaw a culture dedicated to entertainment and pleasure.

The Great Gatsby is a compulsively readable story set in the Roaring Twenties. (One teacher challenged her students to find a single sentence they could improve on in the book, and none could. Whatever you think of the lifestyle of characters, the prose itself is stunning.)

Heart of Darkness, set in the Belgian Congo, has one of the most robust vocabularies I've ever read, and a few famous lines: "the fascination of the abomination" and, for the dissolute man facing death: "The horror! The horror!" This is an incredible book even without knowing that this is an eyewitness account of actual atrocities that took place during the reign of King Leopold.

Kafka's Metamorphosis, about a man who wakes to find himself transformed into a giant cockroach, portrays the isolation many people felt in the modern age.

Among the less-challenging works, 300 includes one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. The world's best-selling author, she sold over a billion copies of her mysteries, known for their surprise endings. (By contrast, the Harry Potter series has sold about 450 million.) Meet the Belgium detective Hercule Poirot as he finds out whodunit.

Kon-Tiki is the story of a man who wondered if perhaps the Polynesian Islands were settled by people sailing west from South America, rather than east from Asia. He constructed a balsa raft, recruited some men to go with him, and set afloat. This is the story of their astonishing journey.

One of the most beautiful books ever written, Cry, the Beloved Country, takes place in South Africa. A minister goes to seek his son, who has fallen into trouble in the city. Somehow the language holds the rhythms of Africa, and the words are unimaginably beautiful. In one of my favorite scenes, the grieving minister has gone to seek consolation, and sits as a preacher reads Scripture to him and the congregation: "It was not only a voice of gold, but it was the voice of a man whose heart was golden, reading from a book of golden words. And the people were silent, and Kumalo was silent, for when are three such things found in one place together?"

Whether or not your children have a voice of gold, may they have hearts of gold, and may they love the Book of golden words.

Fully integrated with the Literature, this year's Language Arts builds on past years and continues to develop literary analysis, creative writing, research, and essay skills, with weekly writing assignments in a range of lengths and topics.

Estimated daily time for 20th Century World Literature: Student: 1 hr.

Instructor's Guides

History 320 Parent Guide (320-PG)

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History 320 Student Guide (320-SG)

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Literature 330 Parent Guide (330-PG)

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Literature 330 Student Guide (330-SG)

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Bible

Know What You Believe (310-10)

A popular, introductory-level book about systematic theology.

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Know Why You Believe (310-15)

A popular, introductory-level text on apologetics.

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Mere Christianity (310-20)

One of this century's master wordsmiths presents the case for Christianity — "mere" Christianity: "a hall out of which doors open into several rooms" — the various Christian churches and denominations.

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How to Ruin Your Life By 30 (310-26)

Every choice comes with consequence. In trademark style, Farrar uses Godly advice and real-life stories to encourage readers toward making good choices" and reaping the benefits.

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First They Killed My Father (320-24)

The author tells a story reflective of the experiences shared by many Cambodians who lived through the Vietnam War. The fascinating firsthand account vividly describes events during this time in history: her life prior to Vietnamese occupancy in the capital city of Phnom Penh; several attempts by her family to flee the concentration camps; to finally leaving for America and finding a new life, while still searching for her now-separated family. The gripping story, both sad and courageous, reflects on the human ability to endure, and ultimately, persevere toward a better life.

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The Hiding Place (320-45)

The worldwide bestseller about a staunchly Christian Dutch family whose faith overcomes the worst of the Nazi holocaust. Challenging and uplifting.

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Living On the Devil's Doorstep (320-52)

A strait-laced preacher's kid becomes a minister to hippies, drug addicts, prostitutes and other societal drop-outs, first in Kabul, Afghanistan, and then on the streets of Amsterdam, Holland. Challenging.

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History & Geography

After the War (320-10)

In this gripping novel about the period immediately following World War II, Ruth, a fifteen-year-old survivor of Buchenwald risks her life to lead a group of Jewish orphans to Palestine.

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All Quiet on the Western Front (320-20)

Hailed as "the greatest war novel of all time," the author says his purpose with the "All Quiet on the Western Front" book is "simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by" the First World War. Devastating.

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God Spoke Tibetan (320-21)

Follow a disgraced Tibetan official, a hapless courier, Christian missionaries, native translators and more, to hear the moving story of how the Bible came to the Tibetan people in their own language.

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There's a Sheep In My Bathtub (320-22)

What can God do when you simply trust and obey Him? Watch an unreached people explode with the Gospel—not in the first century, but in ours! Like this American family in remote, mysterious Outer Mongolia, you will believe God can still do the impossible.

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China's Long March: 6,000 Miles of Danger (320-30)

Stunning portrayal of one of the defining events in modern Chinese history: the epic 6000-mile trek of Mao Zedong and his men as they sought to escape the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek in the mid-1930s. Based on first-person accounts.

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History of the Modern World (320-37)

Unique in all of human history, the 20th century is the first to be documented, not just in words but also in images, across the whole of its 100 years.

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The Green Glass Sea (320-41)

It's 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon, she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. Los Alamos is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all – the gadget. None of them, least of all Dewey, can know just how much their lives are about to change.

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Labor's Untold Story (320-50)

The adventure story of the battles, betrayals, and victories of American working men and women. Two newspaper reporters tell the story of labor unions in the United States from their first appearance in the mid-1800s through the early 1950s.

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Made You Look (320-54)

How advertising works, and what your kids (a prized demographic) should know. Familiar examples get unbiased review, raising teens' critical awareness of the messages filling their world.

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The Snow Goose (320-85)

A simple yet moving story of love and faithfulness and duty . . . concerning a hunch backed man, a young girl, and a snow goose . . . all climaxing at the Battle of Dunkirk. A perennial favorite since first published in 1940.

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (330-58)

Nobel Prize-winning author tells the story of one man and "just one of the three thousand six hundred and fifty-three days of his sentence" in a Siberian prison camp during Stalin's rule.

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Readers / Literature

Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity (320-15)

One of the few readable and understandable biographies of Albert Einstein, the man whose General Theory of Relativity became a watchword for the revolutionary transformation of life in the 20th Century.

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Children of the River (320-25)

Multiple award-winner. A stunning tale of cultural pressures felt by a Cambodian girl who finds herself a refugee in late 20th Century United States.

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Parallel Journeys (320-65)

How did Hitler get normal German citizens to do his evil will? The author interweaves the personal narratives of Helen Waterford, a German Jewish woman who got married only days after Hitler came to power in 1933, and Alfons Heck, 10 years old when he proudly joined the Hitler Youth in 1938.

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Red Scarf Girl (320-70)

Multiple award-winner. A devastating, first-person story of the Chinese Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao in the late '60s.

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The Road from Home (320-75)

The author writes a true-to-life fictionalized autobiography of his mother--a young Armenian girl in Turkey during the "other" 20th century Holocaust that was prelude to Stalin, Hitler, and others.

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (320-90)

ALA Notable. The autobiographical story of World War II seen through the eyes of a young German Jewish girl who, together with her family, escapes Germany in 1933 only to find that they must continue fleeing from country to country throughout Europe. Engrossing.

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Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist (320-95)

Carefully researched, deftly written, lavishly illustrated with photographs, this is a vivid, lively, and engaging biography of one of this century's greatest statesmen.

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You Want WOMEN to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? (320-99)

A simple but thorough introduction to the work and words of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the pioneers in the women's suffrage movement.

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Alas, Babylon (330-10)

An engaging modern-day Robinson Crusoe adventure: survival after a nuclear attack that destroys all civilization outside the confines of a small Florida town.

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Brave New World (330-13)

A bleak look at a utopian world in which human beings are made to love servitude and totalitarian government crafted by author Aldous Huxley.

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The Contender (330-16)

Alfred Brooks, an inner-city high school dropout, learns, through the disciplines of boxing, what it takes to win the battles of life. Fascinating, moving, and--trade places--all too real!

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Cry, the Beloved Country (330-19)

The magnificent, deeply moving story of a dignified Zulu pastor and his son in mid-20th Century South Africa: a land driven by racial injustice. A classic work of love, hope, courage and endurance. Sad and intense.

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The Tempest (330-26)

A decade and a half after great treachery, the paths of the betrayed and the betrayer again cross. Includes a measure of mistaken identity, romance, and reconciliation. This version of the Tempest by William Shakespeare has modern English side-by-side with the original text.

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The Wednesday Wars (330-27)

Holling is a 7th-grade boy forced to spend Wednesday afternoons dissecting Shakespeare with his teacher who, he is certain, "hates his guts." You'll grow with him through the uproars of adolescence and 1960s culture, as Holling realizes that he can choose the life he wants. Glorious.

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The Great Brain (330-28)

Tom, The Great Brain, puts his mind to use in creating all manner of hilarious mischief in a turn-of-the-century Utah town!

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The Wave (330-29)

When a history teacher tests the power of peer pressure, his experiment gains frightening momentum beyond his control. Two students, Laurie and David, realize they must stop a dangerous movement before it's too late. Let this sobering drama, based on actual events, spark thoughtful discussion with your family.

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The Great Gatsby (330-31)

The quintessential novel of "Roaring 20s" America.

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Hope Was Here (330-32)

This is "comfort food" in print! Hope and her aunt move from New York to Wisconsin to run a diner. The kind owner runs for mayor against the corrupt incumbent. Hope's positive determination will leave her mark on your heart.

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My Father's Daughter (330-33)

Young Winston Carmichael and his handicapped younger sister have been virtual prisoners in their mansion since birth. Years before, their elder half sister, Caroline was kidnapped. Believed dead, she reappears right before the deadline to collect her inheritance ... or does she? Outstanding.

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The Great Gilly Hopkins (330-34)

A foster girl learns what true love is and what it means to belong. Riveting. A book you'll read over and over.

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Robert Frost's Poems (330-35)

Because of his accessibility and pleasing depictions of rural life, Frost is, perhaps, one of the most appealing of the 20th Century poets. Enjoy all of the master poet's best-loved works, and dozens more. This thorough anthology (over 100 poems) should be a home library essential.

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Heart of Darkness (330-37)

Set in turn-of-the-century Congo, West Africa, Heart of Darkness is considered one of this century's literary masterpieces. This book by author Joseph Conrad is a study in human corruption and despair.

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Heart to Heart (330-40)

This book combines full-color reprints of famous American works of art (Harper, Pollock, Man Ray, Lichtenstein, O'Keeffe, and many more) accompanied by poems.

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Kon-Tiki (330-43)

A classic true tale of men against the sea . . . and against scientific orthodoxy: how six young men proved, in 1947, that a prehistoric voyage from South America to Polynesia was possible — contrary to the predictions of scientists and scholars.

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The Metamorphosis (330-46)

Classic Kafka book: the story of a young man who, transformed into a giant insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family and an outsider in his own home. Asks what it means to be truly and fully human. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is thought-provoking

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The Moves Make the Man (330-49)

Jerome Foxworthy tells the story of his friend, a white boy named Bix. Basketball--played straight or with fakes--becomes an allegory for life. Engrossing. Brilliantly written.

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Murder on the Orient Express (330-52)

The famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is traveling on the unusually crowded Orient Express when a notorious gangster is found murdered.

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The Old Man and the Sea (330-55)

A towering story of man against nature, victory in defeat. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is haunting and deep.

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Walk Two Moons (330-64)

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech is a deep, exquisitely-textured story, full of symbolism, about a 13-year-old girl, her parents and grandparents, and about relationships, living and dying. A story that will call forth tears.

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Resources

Binders + Tabs for High School Packages (RRBB)

You need one set of 2 Binders for each high school year (100 - 500). Whether you get a complete upper-level program or mix-and-match your History/Bible and Literature/Language Arts, you will need one binder for you and one for your student.

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Student Resources

The Timeline Book (RR120)

A blank timeline from 5,000 B.C. to the Present!

Pre-printed timeline in a spiral-bound book—for use throughout your homeschooling adventure. Required Resource for Sonlight A-300.

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Instructor's Guides

History 320 Student Guide (320-SG)

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Literature 330 Student Guide (330-SG)

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Optional Language Arts Items

Vocabulary from Classical Roots B (340-20)

This book teaches modern English words based on their Latin and Greek roots. By learning the roots, one learns much about the meanings of whole families of English words. Very helpful . . . for life and the SATs!

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Language Arts

Language Arts 300 Optional Workbooks Set (340-00)

From level D and up, Sonlight links Language Arts instruction and assignments in the History / Bible / Literature program. Level 300 comes with Literary Analysis and Creative Writing programs built in.

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Analogies 3 (340-10)

Consumable. Optional resource scheduled in Sonlight 300. Analogies are at the root of good communication, the heart of beautiful prose.

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Wordly Wise 3000 Book 10 & Teacher's Key (340-35)

Add this for additional 10th Grade vocabulary practice.

Exercises ensure students are able to comprehend what they read when they run across the words in context, give students confidence that they can use the words in writing, and teach students the words' various meanings.

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