Topic Lists


Below you will find chronologically arranged lists of historical events, wars, monarchs, scientific milestones, musicians, artists, etc. In our family the kids and I plan for 36 weeks worth of historical topics. Usually, this means one a week, but bigger events--such as a major war--are often broken down over several weeks. Scientists, artists, and musicians aren't given their own weeks but are slotted in during the week when their historical counterparts are studied. You will notice that there are far more than 36 major historical events listed for each era; this is useful for helping your kids select those topics which most appeal to them.

Also, we do not follow exactly these four groupings of dates. I allow the kids to have some say in what they are most interested in studying. The only hard and fast rule is that they must study chronologically. For instance, for 2017-2018, my 8th grader wants to study 1750-1899, from Ben Franklin's lightning/kite experiment, the Industrial Revolution, and through the Second Boer War in South Africa. Since we used an actual curriculum for 2016-2017, which sprinted from 400 A.D. through the 1790s A.D., she wants to dive a bit deeper into the American War for Independence and capture some major events, in particular the Industrial Revolution, that weren't covered at all by Tapestry of Grace. My fifth grader and one of my eleventh graders are opting to work their way through the 1800s, while my other eleventh grader is wanting to spend more time in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance--also studying topics that Tapestry completely missed or blazed through, such as the Crusades and history outside Europe and North America.

To help things stand out, I have used the following color scheme: 

All things historical, such as monarchs and wars, will be in this green.

All things scientific, such as inventors and natural disasters, will be in this blue.

All things arts, such as musicians and artists, will be in this orange.

Ancient Times: 5000 B.C. to 400 A.D.
It could be a year or so before I get to composing this list, as none of my kids are currently working on this time period.

Medieval/Early Renaissance: 400 A.D. to 1600 A.D.
I should be getting to this one shortly! Since three of my four are studying later periods, I am beginning with those and will do this after.

Late Renaissance/Early Modern 1600 A.D. to 1850 A.D.
Stay tuned for 1600-1749! I am starting with 1750, as that fits with where the majority of my kids are beginning for SY 2017-2018.

1752 -- Ben Franklin (lightning power)
1754 -- Joseph Black (carbon dioxide)
1756-1763 -- The Seven Years War (French and Indian War)
1758 -- Edmond Halley (comet returns)
1762 -- Catherine the Great ascends the throne in Russia
1763 -- John Harrison (marine chronometer)
1764 -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composes first symphony; he was eight years old
1764 -- Sugar Act imposed by Britain on her American colonies
1765 -- Stamp Act imposed by Britain on her American colonies
1767 -- Joseph Priestley (carbonated water)
1767 -- James Hargreaves (Spinning Jenny)
1768-1779 -- Captain James Cook (explorer: Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Arctic)
1769 -- James Watt (steam engine patented)
1796 -- Edward Jenner (small pox vaccine)
1800 -- Alessandro Volta (electrical battery)
1801 -- Joseph-Marie Jacquard (first automatic pattern loom)
1803 -- Gas lighting
1804 -- Richard Trevithick (first steam engine to run on a track)
1807 -- Robert Fulton (steam boat)
1811-1813 Luddite Protests
1815 -- Humphrey Davy (safety lamp for miners)
1825 -- First passenger trains run in Britain
1829 -- George Stephenson (the Rocket steam train)
1831 -- Michael Faraday (electric dynamo)

The Modern Era: 1850 to Present

1851 -- The Great Exhibition (London, England)

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