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Compendium for Ambleside Online's Year 5 and 6

20th Century History

Transcribed and compiled by

AO5and6 History Group at YahooGroups

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What is a Compendium?

 

com pen di um : A short, complete summary; an abstract. A list or collection of various items. [Latin, a shortening, from compendere, to weigh together]

Why this list?

 

The Advisory has recommended the following book as the primary resource for Year 5 and 6's study on 20th Century history: What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the World by Alan Axelrod, Charles Phillips. This book is OOP (Out of Print) and due to the demand by Ambleside Online scholars, used booksellers are selling this book for 3-4 times it's original published price ($12.00 US/$16.95 CAN). This is out of reach by most AO families and the Advisory has yet to find another book suitable for children that studies this period. The author's, Dr. Axelrod and Mr. Phillips, have written a similar book which is currently in print and entitled, What Every American Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the Nation. Upon close inspection, this book which retails for $14.95 and is available through Adams Media Corporation as well as used booksellers, covers many of the same chapters. However, approximately 14 chapters assigned to Year 5/6 students are missing from the American Events book. So with the Advisory's permission, we have compiled a listing of optional resources to assist parents in studying this period should they choose to purchase the American Events book and follow the suggested reading schedule on the Ambleside Online website.

Note: Please note that you are free to choose another book that covers the same period. You do not have to use our resource information nor do you have to use either Axelrod and Phillips books. We have listed the topics for each year below to guide you in your planning and to allow you to use other books which cover the same material.

Precautionary Note from the Advisory Board on using this book:

"What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the World by Alan Axelrod, Charles Phillips, selected chapters (The Advisory did not feel that there was an adequate children's level book available on the 20th century. Parents should realize that chapters *not* selected may have material deemed unacceptable for their family, and they should keep that in mind when giving the book to their children. Parents may wish to read surrounding chapters to the chapters assigned. For instance, the chapter about the Moon Walk concludes on the page that a chapter on Woodstock begins. The Advisory did try to note any questionable wording in the chapters recommended. Parents should preview chapters where possible, as the author occasionally displays a bias that would not be acceptable to all families) This book has no photos - Parents are encouraged to select appropriate [non-graphic] photos of the century to show to their children, *after* they have read about the events ahead of time, in their context.)" - Ambleside Online Advisory Board

 

How to Use this List

 

Option 1:

Purchase or obtain the What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the World by Alan Axelrod and Charles Phillips and read along using the suggested course outline on the Ambleside Online Year 5 and/or Year 6 schedule. Try here: Ebay or another used book source. If you desire to study further, click on the highlighted link to see some resources that pertain to each selected topic.

Option 2:

Purchase or obtain the What Every American Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the Nation book from either Adams Media Corporation or another bookseller. Read the suggested course outline on the Ambleside Online Year 5 and/or Year 6 schedule AND supplement where necessary by seeing the linked pages for resource and reference information. Try here: Adams Media Corporation or use Ebay or another used book source.

Option 3:

You may pick and choose those topics of interest to your student or match the topic discussion to another source you may already have on hand. You may also wish to see the linked pages for resource and reference information to further your study into this period.

 

Year 5

 

Suggested Topic
What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the World
What Every American Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the Nation
The United States Goes to War with Spain (1898)
Pg. 1
The Chinese "Boxers" Rebel (1900)
Pg. 8
The Wright Brothers Fly the First Airplane (1903)
Pg. 24
Pg. 199
Einstein Proposes the Theory of Relativity (1905)
Pg. 29
The Titanic Sinks (1912)
Pg. 51
Supplemental Page
Henry Ford Introduces the Modern Factory (1913)
Pg. 57
Henry Ford Introduces the Model T
Pg. 206
The United States Builds the Panama Canal (1914)
Pg. 60
Pg. 201
A Balkan Terrorist Assassinates Austria's Archduke Ferdinand (1914)
Pg. 61
The United States Enters the War
Pg. 291
A German U-boat Sinks the Lusitania (1915)
Pg. 66
In Progress
Lenin leads an "October" Revolution in Russia (1917)
Pg. 71
The Treaty of Versailles Ends the Great War (1919)
Pg. 80
The U.S. Senate Rejects the League of Nations
Pg. 230

 

Year 6

Suggested Topic
What Everyone Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the World
What Every American Should Know About the 20th Century: 200 Events That Shaped the Nation
The Nineteenth Amendment Grants Women the Right to Vote (1920)
Pg. 90
Pg. 228
Archaeologists Uncover "King Tut's" Tomb (1922)
Pg. 96
In Progress
Charles A Lindbergh Solos over the Atlantic (1927)
Pg. 113
Pg. 242
Penicillin Is Discovered (1928)
Pg. 117
In Progress
The New York Stock Market Crashes (1929)
Pg. 118
Pg. 243
Adolf Hitler Becomes Chancellor of Germany (1933)
Pg. 124
In Progress
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Launches the New Deal (1933)
Pg. 126
Pg. 247
World War II Begins (1939)
Pg. 141
Supplemental Page
Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor (1941)
Pg. 144
Pg. 253 WWI Begins with a Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor (1941).
The Allies Invade Nazi-held Europe (1944)
Pg. 151
Pg. 253.
British Troops Liberate the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp (1945)
Pg. 156
Supplemental Page
America Drops Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (1945)
Pg. 159
Pg. 262.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Are Discovered (1947)
Pg. 169
In Progress
George C Marshall Announces a Postwar Recovery Plan (1947)
Pg. 170
Pg. 263.
The Nation of Israel Is Carved Out of Palestine (1948)
Pg. 171
In Progress
Russia Blockades Berlin (1948)
Pg. 172
Pg. 268.
China Becomes a Communist Nation (1949)
Pg. 176
In Progress
Billy Graham Becomes America's Most Prominent Christian Leader (1950)
Pg. 183
The United States Goes to War with Korea (1950)
Pg. 189
Pg. 271.
The U S Supreme Court Strikes Down Racial Segregation (1954)
Pg. 197
Pg. 280.
Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Montgomery Alabama Bus (1955)
Pg. 201
Pg. 282.
The U S Government Approves a Vaccine for Polio (1955)
Pg. 202
Pg. 281.
The Cuban Missile Crisis Unfolds (1962)
Pg. 222
Pg. 287.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Is Assassinated (1963)
Pg.228
Pg. 288.
The U S Congress Passes the Civil Rights Act (1964)
Pg. 232
Pg. 292.
The U S Congress Passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964)
Pg. 235
Pg. 295.
Israel Fights a Six-Day War Against Egypt and Its Arab Allies (1967)
Pg. 248
In Progress
Martin Luther King Jr Is Assassinated (1968)
Pg. 249
Pg. 303.
Americans Walk on the Moon (1969)
Pg. 251
Pg. 309.
Richard Nixon Resigns as President of the United States (1974)
Pg. 270
Pg. 315.
Personal Computers Are Invented (1975)
Pg. 272
In Progress
Saigon Falls (1975)
Pg. 274
In Progress
Solidarity Strikes the Gdansk Shipyards (1980)
Pg. 291
Pg. 324 The Cold War Ends.
China Suppresses the Prodemocracy Movement (1989)
Pg. 308
In Progress
The Berlin Wall Comes Down (1989)
Pg. 311
Pg. 324.
A U N Coalition Goes to War with Iraq (1991)
Pg. 315
Pg. 326

 

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