Sunday, September 30, 2012

SOTW 3, Chapter 17 - Russia Looks West

Peter the Great's City
from Museum Secrets 

SOTW 3, Chapter 16 - The West

Isaac Newton and a Scientific Revolution
from the History Channel

John Locke Biography
The Cloud Biography

 Harvesting Knowledge: Jethro Tull
from America's Heartland

SOTW 3, Chapter 15 - A New World in Conflict

King Philip's War - The History & Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict
from TMW Media 

The End of the Iroquois
from Quebec History - A Nation History

William Penn and the Quakers

Friday, September 7, 2012

SOTW 3, Chapter 4 - Searching for the Northwest Passage

Quebec History, Part 2
A segment from the documentary, Canada:  A People's History.  

Manhattan:  What Henry Hudson Saw in 1609
from National Geographic

Henry (Hudson), How Ya Gonna Find a Way?
Sometimes you just stumble on something fun.  Sing along!

Dutch New York with Historian Barry Lewis
from Thirteen:  New York Public Media
This is a promotional video for a one-hour long documentary.  The documentary is worth your time if you have it!  Go directly to this link to find the full video.  If you don't have time, the promo video under is short, but still includes some good information.

SOTW 3, Chapter 3 - James, King of Two Countries

History of the King James Bible
from Thomas Nelson Publishers

The Jamestown Colony
from MITEHippoCampus

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SOTW 3, Chapter 2 - Protestant Rebellions

William the Silent

Scottish Kings and Queen Blue-Blooded Blues
from BBC's Horrible Histories

Mary, Queen of Scots
Parody of Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny from the Block" by the historyteachers

Web Link to Check Out


Sunday, August 26, 2012

SOTW 3, Chapter 1 - A World of Empires

Hang with this one.  It might be a little obscure at first, I think it does a nice job of tying together both sections of Chapter 1.  The Crash Course History videos are best suited for middle school and older.

The Spanish Empire, Silver and Runaway Inflation
Crash Course History

The History of the Spanish Empire
from watchmojo

Web links to explore

Monday, August 13, 2012

SOTW 1, Chapter 19 - The Early Greeks

Mycenaeans: the Civilization of Heroes
It's longer than most of my video clips, but there is some beautiful footage.  It's probably best suited for middle school and older.

Mycenaeans the Civilization of Heroes from Archaeo Person on Vimeo.

Bonus Web Link 
Click here to view Mycenaean works of art

SOTW 1, Chapter 18 - Life in Early Crete

Ancient Minoan Civilization
Parody of Radiohead's "Creep" by historyteachers
This parody is pretty strange (please preview!), but I still think that the historyteachers are AMAZING!  Check out their TED Talk if you get a chance -

Internet Links - just for fun!

SOTW 1, Chapter 17 - Babylon Takes Over Again

Gift for a Queen - The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
from the UnMuseum

SOTW 1, Chapter 16 - The Return of Assyria

Art of Ancient Assyria and Babylon
There's no voice-over with this video, but it does a great job highlighting images of sculptures and art from ancient Assyria and Babylon

SOTW 1, Chapter 15 - The Phoenicians

Phoenician Trading
Secrets of Archaeology:  Sailing with the Phoenicians

SOTW 1, Chapter 14 - The Israelites Leave Egypt

The Ten Plagues of Egypt
The ten plagues related to the gods of Egypt

The Exodus Song
from Jelly Telly

SOTW 1, Chapter 13 - The New Kingdom of Egypt

The Queen Pharaoh, from the A&E series Ancient Mysteries

King Tut and His Treasures

King Tut
Parody of Smash Mouth's "Walking on the Sun" by historyteachers

King Tut
Steve Martin Live - I might be dating myself, but I still find this hysterical!

Web link to explore
Meet the gods of ancient Egypt

SOTW 1, Chapter 12 - The Middle Kingdom of Egypt

No videos for this chapter, but here are some fun internet links to explore

SOTW 1, Chapter 11 - Ancient Africa

Anansi and the Pot of Beans
Classic African folktale retold in animation

Anansi and the Turtle
Another animated Anansi tale - this one is from the BBC

SOTW 1, Chapter 10 - The Far East: Ancient China

Nature Songs - How Silk is Made
There is only audio with this one, but it's a fun song from a set of educational records produced in the late 50's/early 60's.

The Story of Silk
from National Geographic
I can't embed this one, but click here to go to the National Geographic website to watch this three minute video.

SOTW 1, Chapter 9 - The First Cities in India

Indus Valley Civilization:  Crash Course History
He talks fast and he approaches history from a humanistic philosophy, but there is still good stuff here, and it's presented in a concise, amusing way.  Students younger than middle school may not catch much, though.

Mohenjo Daro
This video is better for younger students, but older ones will also have plenty to take away.

SOTW 1, Chapter 8 - The Assyrians

The Epic of Gilgamesh

SOTW 1, Chapter 7 - Hammurabi and the Babylonians

Turning Points in History - Hammurabi's Code of Laws

SOTW 1, Chapter 6 - The Jewish People

Joseph's Tomb and Palace Found?
Interesting discoveries and possibilities

SOTW 1, Chapter 5 - The First Sumerian Dictator

The Legend of Sargon

SOTW 2, Chapter 16 - England After the Conquest

I was able to find the PBS DVD, Castle, at our public library. I've posted the YouTube links for your convenience.

David Macauly's Castle - Part 1/4

David Macauly's Castle - Part 2/4

David Macauly's Castle - Part 3/4

David Macauly's Castle - Part 4/4

SOTW 1, Chapter 4 - The Old Kingdom of Egypt

Old Kingdom Egypt

Great Pyramid Mystery Solved?
Interesting theory from National Geographic - video follows a short advertisement

historyteachers parody of "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day

Horrible Histories - The Mummy Song
Funny stuff from the BBC

SOTW 1, Chapter 3 - The First Writing

Written Word - Birth of Writing
from Landmark Media Inc.

SOTW 1, Chapter 2 - Egyptians Lived on the Nile River

The First Pharoah

History of Egypt, Part I

SOTW 1, Chapter 1 - The Earliest People

Mesopotamia:  From Nomads to Farmers
from Discovery Education

Ancient Mesopotamia
from Phoenix Film and Video

Civilization ("Harajuku Girls" by Gwen Stefani)
A parody by historyteachers - not specifically Chapter 1, but a fun overview to early civilizations

Sunday, May 27, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 39 - England's Greatest Playwright

from A&E's Biography of the Millenium (1999)
Note:  Beginning until 5:24 is about Shakespeare

historyteachers parody of "Shayla" by Blondie

Shakespeare - The History of English (Part 3/10)
from the Open University on YouTube

How to Understand Macbeth in 96 Seconds
from 5 Minute Life Videopedia

SOTW 2, Chapter 38 - England's Greatest Queen

Horrible Histories - The Tudors
from the BBC on YouTube

Elizabeth Becomes Queen
from David Starkey's four-part series, Elizabeth

Elizabeth I
historyteachers parody of "She's Not There" by the Zombies
NOTE:  The lyrics say that after Edward died [Elizabeth I] "had her say."  This was not intended to imply that Elizabeth immediately followed Edward.  The succession was Edward, then Lady Jane Grey, then Mary I, THEN Elizabeth.

SOTW 2, Chapter 37 - The New Universe

Beyond the Big Bang:  Copernicus

historyteachers parody of "Because" by the Beatles

Beyond the Big Bang:  Galileo Galilei

Sunday, May 13, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 36 - Reformation and the Counter-Reformation

Unfortunately, I did not find a student-friendly video clip that summarized the Counter Reformation or the Council of Trent.  Leave a web link in the comments if you have one I can add!

SOTW 2, Chapter 35 - The Renaissance

Renaissance Architecture
from Britannica

The Renaissance
The history of the Renaissance as told by artist musician Jeffery Lewis from

The Book that Changed the World
from the History Channel

SOTW 2, Chapter 34 - Martin Luther's New Ideas

The Reformation - a clip
from Phoenix Film and Video

Martin Luther
historyteachers parody of Manic Monday by the Bangles

Henry VIII
historyteachers parody of Money, Money, Money by ABBA

Anne Boleyn
historyteachers parody of Girl by the Beatles

SOTW 2, Chapter 33 - Spain, Portugal, and the New World

Learn about the Explorer Hernando Cortes

SOTW 2, Chapter 32 - The American Kingdoms

The Olmecs
historyteachers parody of September Gurls by the Bangles

Overview of the history of Tenochtitlan, forerunner of Mexico City.

The End of the Incan Empire

SOTW 2, Chapter 31 - Exploring New Worlds

Classic Cartoons - Christopher Columbus

Learn about the Explorer Vasco de Gama

Animaniacs - Magellan Song

SOTW 2, Chapter 30 - India Under the Moghuls

Islamic India:  History of the Mughal Empire
This video doesn't have audio, but I think the maps and graphics are worth noting.

SOTW 2, Chapter 29 - African Kingdoms

Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa
from Crash Course World History

Mansa Musa
historyteachers's parody of I'll Tumble 4 Ya by Culture Club

SOTW 2, Chapter 28 - The Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal

The Marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella
There are many videos about the role of Ferdinand and Isabella in the Spanish Inquisition, but I've chosen this video because it emphasizes Susan Wise Bauer's key point - the importance of the union between Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon.  This video is a school project, but it's a nicely done, concise explanation.

Age of Discovery:  Spanish and Portuguese Explorations
Clip from Phoenix Film and Video

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 26 - France and England at War

History of Agincourt

Battle of Agincourt
Parody of Marianne Faithful's "As Tears Go By" by the historyteachers

Biography of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc
historyteachers' parody of "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes

SOTW 2, Chapter 24 - The Ottoman Empire

Overview of the Ottoman Empire

Suleiman the Magnificent
from the PBS documentary, Islam:  Empire of Faith

SOTW 2, Chapter 25 - The End of the World

Black Death
Parody of Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl by historyteachers

SOTW 2, Chapter 23 - The First Russians

Ivan the Terrible's Secret Library

As his name suggests, Ivan the Terrible was truly an evil man.  Other videos I found are explicit in their explanations of his atrocities, and I chose not to include those videos here.

SOTW 2, Chapter 22 - Exploring the Mysterious East

The Silk Road
from the Discovery Channel

Marco Polo

If you're up for it, the whole Biography episode is available online.  Of course, you may also be able to find it to stream it from Netflix or Hulu.  Click here to watch the full episode online.

If you don't have time for the whole thing, here is a two-minute clip from the Biography episode -

More about Marco Polo
from History Channel, as told by musician and artist Jeffery Lewis.  If you only watch one clip about Marco Polo, make it this one!

Architecture of the Forbidden City
from the Discovery Channel

Monday, April 9, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 21 - The Mongols Devastate the East

Genghis Khan
from Biography Channel

SOTW 2, Chapter 20 - The Diaspora

Israel - A Four Minute History
This video takes a long running start to Chapter 20, and it doesn't spend a lot of time on the Diaspora of the Middle Ages, but my opinion is that this is important history, and I think this is a well done little video.

SOTW 2, Chapter 19 - A New Kind of King

Richard the Lionheart
from - video begins after a short advertisement

The Magna Carta
In 2010, the English began a 5-year celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  This video explains why this document is so important.

Tale of Robin Hood

Who was Robin Hood?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 18 - The Age of Crusades

Crusades:  Journey
from the Discovery Channel

The Crusades 
Parody of Billy Joel's "Eyes Without a Face" by historyteachers

Eleanor of Aquitaine
Parody of Julia Fordham's "Happy Ever After" by historyteachers

The Canterbury Tales
Parody of California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas

Monday, April 2, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 17 - Knights and Samurai

I was unable to embed this video of a knight putting on his suit of armor. Clicking the photo below will take you to the website of the Historic Royal Places for the video.
Knight Dressing

How to Shoot a Longbow

I'm a Knight
historyteachers parody of Friday Night by Lily Allen

Friday, February 3, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 15 - The First Kings of England

Alfred the Great
from the History Channel

William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror
Parody of Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" by historyteachers

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry
a student project from Goldsmiths College

SOTW 2, Chapter 14 - The Arrival of the Norsemen

The Vikings
Parody of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus by historyteachers

Who Were the Vikings?
From the History Channel

Life of a Viking
From the History Channel

Leif Eriksson vs. Christopher Columbus
From the History Channel

SOTW 2, Chapter 13 - The Great Kings of France

Charles Martel Repels the Moors
From the History Channel, The Dark Ages

The Reign of Charlemagne
From the History Channel, The Dark Ages

Parody of Blondie's "Call Me" from historyteachers

SOTW 2, Chapter 12 - The Islamic Invasion

The Conquest of Spain 711 A.D.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 11 - The Kingdom of the Franks

Clovis Unites Gaul
from the History Channel's production, The Dark Ages
Please be aware that the rule of Clovis was NOT peaceful.  These videos reflect that.

The Rule of Clovis
Another clip from the History Channel

SOTW 2, Chapter 10 - The Bottom of the World

The World's Smallest Continent
A clip from A&E's The Most:  Extraordinary Nations and Places

The Fish of Maui

SOTW 2, Chapter 9 - East of China

Korean history - Baekje Kingdom

SOTW 2, Chapter 8 - The Great Dynasties of China

Chinese Dynasties
historyteachers parody of Vogue by Madonna

It's a short chapter that covers a huge time span.  There are a lot of resources out there about the history of China.  It was tough finding anything that boiled down several thousand years into a five to fifteen minute video clip.

SOTW 2, Chapter 7 - Islam Becomes an Empire

Muhammad in Medina and the Return to Mecca
From the PBS special, Islam: Empire of Faith

SOTW 2, Chapter 6 - The Rise of Islam

Who Was Muhammad?
From the History Channel

Muhammad's Revelation
From the History Channel

Principles of Islam
From the History Channel

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

SOTW 2, Chapter 5 - The Medieval Indian Empire

Ajanta Caves - The History and the Mystery

SOTW 2, Chapter 4 - The Byzantine Empire

Gettin' Byzzy with It
Images added to Flocabulary's song about the Byzantine Empire, "Gettin' Byzzy with it."

Hagia Sophia Cathedral - Let There Be Light
from the History Channel

The History of St. Nicholas

Empress Theodora
historyteachers parody of Norwegian Wood by the Beatles

SOTW 2, Chapter 3 - Christianity Comes to Britain

Life of St. Augustine of Canterbury

The life of St Augustine of Canterbury as told in the stained glass windows of St Augustine's Church Wembley Park

Illuminated Manuscripts
historyteachers parody of Nowhere Man by the Beatles

King Arthur
historyteachers parody of Nature Boy by Eden Ahbez

SOTW 2, Chapter 2 - The Early Days of Britain

Modern Marvels - Barbarian Battle Tech
This video has been removed because of a bad link, and I was unable to find it anywhere else.  Sorry! (9/7/12).  If you're really interested, you can probably order the DVD from

Ancient Warriors - Celts
I'm not sure what the exact source is on this video, and it's longer than most videos I post, but this seems to be a pretty good substitute for the Modern Marvels video.

Beowulf - Music Video
Parody of Nena's "99 Luftballons" by the historyteachers

I'm a little fuzzy on exactly what this video is.  I think it's a parody of a song from the mid-80's by German pop star, Nena.   Having never heard of her, though, I honestly have no idea.

This video was my introduction to historyteachers.  Since that time, we have become big fans!  The historyteachers are two teachers from Hawaii who have joined forces to create over 50 clever and memorable music videos.  These videos parody pop songs from the last 20 (or more) years, substituting the lyrics you grew up with for history class.   They have a great TED talk, too.

SOTW 2 - Chapter 1, The Glory That Was Rome

The Fall of Rome

From the History Channel, Musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis sings about the factors that brought down an empire.

The Visigoths Sack Rome

In 410 A.D. Alaric and the Visigoths sack Rome after years of holding the city under siege. Video from the History Channel.


As a homeschooling mom, I'm always looking for ways to creatively enhance my kids' educational experience.  We are currently using Sonlight Core G as a curriculum base, but I throw in a lot of other things as I find them, including internet videos.  My hope is that my efforts to weed through the resources on the internet will help other homeschoolers who are using Story of the World for their history curriculum.

I've also found that I need to be very careful about my children and YouTube.  They may be watching material that is fun, educational and completely innocent, but the videos titles and stills that pop up around it are not.  I have nothing to worry about when I send them to my blog to watch videos for their schoolwork!

I'm starting by posting links for Volume 2 since that is where I am with my kids, but I have done the research for Volume 1.  It just needs to be posted.  Feel free to contact me if you need the list I've compiled for Creation through the Fall of Rome.

Please preview the clips before showing them to your children, respectfully keeping in mind that different families have different standards for media exposure.