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.