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High School Level-World History: The Fertile Crescent to The American Revolution

High School Level-World History: The Fertile Crescent to The American Revolution

Professor Linwood Thompson M.A.
Bellflower High School, Los Angeles, California
Course No.  131
Course No.  131
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About This Course

30 lectures  |  30 minutes per lecture

Give your student a time travelling tour of world history with this brilliant lecture series taught by award winning educator Linwood Thompson. In 30 lectures your student will cover the full story of human civilization, analyzing geography, technology, economies, social institutions and cultural achievements. The magnitude of the material would be daunting for most teachers, but not this one.

One Visual Aid

This is a very unusual course in world history. It is taught by Professor Linwood Thompson, a teacher of both history and of drama at his school. And that's why this course is special.

Professor Thompson is the visual aid for these lectures. Every lesson is delivered in special period costumes and in characters often invented to illustrate the life of their times. Professor Thompson has an arsenal of costumes as well as a firm grasp on the personae of great historical figures. He dresses, talks, and acts like them. He actually becomes them! He's such an entertaining presenter that you learn without knowing it. Every lecture is delivered in costume and in character.

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Give your student a time travelling tour of world history with this brilliant lecture series taught by award winning educator Linwood Thompson. In 30 lectures your student will cover the full story of human civilization, analyzing geography, technology, economies, social institutions and cultural achievements. The magnitude of the material would be daunting for most teachers, but not this one.

One Visual Aid

This is a very unusual course in world history. It is taught by Professor Linwood Thompson, a teacher of both history and of drama at his school. And that's why this course is special.

Professor Thompson is the visual aid for these lectures. Every lesson is delivered in special period costumes and in characters often invented to illustrate the life of their times. Professor Thompson has an arsenal of costumes as well as a firm grasp on the personae of great historical figures. He dresses, talks, and acts like them. He actually becomes them! He's such an entertaining presenter that you learn without knowing it. Every lecture is delivered in costume and in character.

Just sit back, relax, and learn.

The Big Picture

Professor Thompson’s character will inspire students to look at history from new perspectives. Each guide on the student’s tour through history will show students the big picture, the lasting effects of these civilizations were on Western civilization as we know it today.

Through this course students will discover:

  • How the Nile River and its surrounding deserts shaped the history of ancient Egypt
  • The importance of myths and literature, such as Homer’s Iliad, to the people of ancient Greece
  • How ancient, isolated, imperial China developed its unique culture
  • The birth of Athenian democracy and how it compares to American democracy
  • How Byzantium survived 1,000 years after the fall of the Roman Empire
  • The Scandinavian raiders the Vikings, their history, religion, strategies, and ultimately what caused the end of their raids
  • What was happening in Europe during the Dark Ages
  • The rise of Christianity from a few followers to the religion’s central role in the Crusades
  • The resurrection of the humanities during the Renaissance
  • The rise of Europe’s superpowers and Western civilization’s first nation-states
  • Colonialism of European powers in the New World and Africa
  • Early America’s break from the British Empire.

How to Use the Course

Professor Thompson describes the course and how he wants students to approach it:

"We will start our exploration of world history with ancient river valley civilizations in what is now termed the Middle East. Our study explores these fascinating places and tries to discover the influences that they had on subsequent nations in such things as art, architecture, philosophy and religion, political and legal systems, and literature.

"We end with the transition from the 'old world' of 18th-century Europe to the 'new world' of the just-created United States.

"Many of the characters I portray in these lectures are actual historical figures. Other composite characters can be distinguished by the use of my name within the character's name.

"Remember that the lecturers from each period will share certain attitudes and biases while sharing the story of their day and their world. It is important that you gain a truly historical perspective by reading and studying these same incidents as recorded and analyzed in various articles and books.

"Although there is no bibliography with this outline, you can readily find books on all these subjects by going to your school or public library, or using the Internet. This will be a good way to develop research and reading skills that will help you as you advance through your schooling toward college.

"What I have provided you with are questions—essay questions—at the end of each lesson. Use these questions to guide your investigation into the topics. To get the most out of this course, write out the answers after you have found a source. Show it to your teacher or someone who can evaluate it to be sure you have covered all the important facts.

"World history is a vast and rich story of the events that have shaped the modern world, both East and West. We will touch on the civilizations of Africa and Asia, but the majority of the lectures deal with the shaping of Western civilization. Allow the stories to transport you back in time to marvelous places and people. I love world history! I hope you will love it too."

Thumbs-up from Students

Professor Thompson’s history program at Bellflower High School in the suburbs of Los Angeles has attracted international attention for its creativity and innovation.

"History is a blast!" and "He makes history come alive!" are just some of the comments collected from his students.

We should add that this course is too good to restrict it to high school students. Adults will enjoy these performances too. And history, in the hands of these many characters, has far more "sticking power" than any chronological narrative you've ever heard or seen.

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30 Lectures
  • 1
    Civilizations of the Fertile Crescent
    The audience will compare and contrast the early civilizations that began along the world’s great river systems and understand their influence on later civilizations. x
  • 2
    Egypt—The Gift of the Nile
    The audience will compare and contrast the early civilizations that began along the world’s great river systems and understand their influence on later civilizations. x
  • 3
    Early India and China
    The audience will compare and contrast the early civilizations that began along the world’s great river systems and understand their influence on later civilizations. x
  • 4
    The Ancient Greeks
    Students will make connections between the ancient Greek and Roman Empires and their shared influence on Western culture. x
  • 5
    Ancient Rome
    Students will make connections between the ancient Greek and Roman Empires and their shared influence on Western culture. x
  • 6
    The Growth of Christianity
    Students will make connections between the ancient Greek and Roman Empires and their shared influence on Western culture. x
  • 7
    The Fall of Rome
    Students will make connections between the ancient Greek and Roman Empires and their shared influence on Western culture. x
  • 8
    The Byzantine Empire
    Students will understand the geographical and cultural influences which shaped the Middle East and Eastern Europe. x
  • 9
    The Rise of Islam
    Students will understand the geographical and cultural influences which shaped the Middle East and Eastern Europe. x
  • 10
    Early Russia and the Fall of Constantinople
    Students will understand the geographical and cultural influences which shaped the Middle East and Eastern Europe. x
  • 11
    The Early Christian Church
    Students will explore Europe’s progression from chaos to order as diverse cultures evolve into Christendom. x
  • 12
    The Vikings
    Students will explore Europe’s progression from chaos to order as diverse cultures evolve into Christendom. x
  • 13
    Medieval Life
    Students will explore Europe’s progression from chaos to order as diverse cultures evolve into Christendom. x
  • 14
    The Crusades
    Students will explore Europe’s progression from chaos to order as diverse cultures evolve into Christendom. x
  • 15
    The 1300's, The Age of Despair
    Students will explore Europe’s progression from chaos to order as diverse cultures evolve into Christendom. x
  • 16
    The Renaissance
    Students will realize the cultural changes that were brought to the world because of the Italian Renaissance. x
  • 17
    Africa—The Civilizations of the Sub-Sahara
    Students will understand the geographical and cultural influences that made Africa’s Sub-Sahara so unique. x
  • 18
    China
    The student will contrast and compare the Asian peoples of China, Mongolia, and Japan as they interacted with each other. x
  • 19
    The Mongols and Marco Polo
    The student will contrast and compare the Asian peoples of China, Mongolia, and Japan as they interacted with each other. x
  • 20
    Early Japan through the Tokugawa Period
    The student will contrast and compare the Asian peoples of China, Mongolia, and Japan as they interacted with each other. x
  • 21
    Discoverers and Conquistadors
    Students will understand the facts behind the exploration and colonization of the Americas. The students will also understand the impact that the discovery of the Americas had on the rest of the world. x
  • 22
    North American Explorers
    Students will understand the facts behind the exploration and colonization of the Americas. The students will also understand the impact that the discovery of the Americas had on the rest of the world. x
  • 23
    The Old World vs. The New World—Hazards and Benefits
    Students will understand the facts behind the exploration and colonization of the Americas. The students will also understand the impact that the discovery of the Americas had on the rest of the world. x
  • 24
    Civilizations of The Americas
    Students will understand the facts behind the exploration and colonization of the Americas. The students will also understand the impact that the discovery of the Americas had on the rest of the world. x
  • 25
    The Protestant Reformation
    Students will understand the cultural changes brought to the world because of the Protestant Reformation. x
  • 26
    Tudor England
    The students will compare and contrast the outstanding monarchs of Europe and their impact on European culture. x
  • 27
    The English Civil War and Parliament
    The students will compare and contrast the outstanding monarchs of Europe and their impact on European culture. x
  • 28
    The Monarchs of Europe
    The students will compare and contrast the outstanding monarchs of Europe and their impact on European culture. x
  • 29
    The Growth of Democracy
    The students will compare and contrast the outstanding monarchs of Europe and their impact on European culture. x
  • 30
    The American Revolution
    The students will compare and contrast the outstanding monarchs of Europe and their impact on European culture. x

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Linwood Thompson
M.A. Linwood Thompson
Bellflower High School, Los Angeles, California
Linwood Thompson teaches history at Bellflower High School in suburban Los Angeles, where his program has attracted international attention for its creativity and innovation. Professor Thompson received his M.A. at Brigham Young University. The California State Senate honored him for Outstanding Achievement in Education. In 1997-1998, he received the State Superintendent of Public Instruction California Teachers of the Year award issued by California Department of Education. The County of Los Angeles has lauded his extraordinary altruism, imagination, and talent. The Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Sanyo Corporation honored him as one of LA's Hometown Heroes for his contributions to Los Angeles students. Trained in classical theater, he also pursues a career in acting and directing for stage and screen, working both with a Shakespearean festival and his own acting company.
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Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 41 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Fertile Crescent to the American Revolution The depth of historical material covered, yet easy going manner with which Professor Thompson presents it, makes this one of my all time favorite history courses. And I love history! His dramatic costumes and accents are cute and make it interesting.... but even more so, the breadth and detail he covers which so adeptly keeps the listener riveted for more. I come away feeling like I really learned something from this! And it stays with you!! Well done, Professor Thompson. Thank you!! June 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great for Middle School This is the first course that my family has watched. I wanted my 10-year-old to have an overview of world history, rather than the way it is taught in school in bits and pieces. This teacher's style was overdone for me, as an adult, but my daughter loved it. I don't know how much she will retain from simply watching the course, but at least it introduced the timeline and important terms. She watched the entire course and asked if the teacher had any more courses, which I consider the highest praise. She found some topics a little boring, which is why she gave 4 stars overall, but this was because certain topics were inherently less interesting to her and not because of the teacher's presentation. August 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by We appreciate it but where are the photos and maps I believe one of the keys to a good teacher is that they enjoy their subject. We all remember sitting in classes where we struggled to stay awake, right? No problem with this man ... it is clear that he loves history and loves to teach. His costumes and accents can sometimes be a bit distracting (and silly) at the start of the lecture, however soon we find ourselves drawn into what he is saying and totally forget about the funny accent and costume. My children (ages 16 and 18) and I are enjoying this course HOWEVER we would REALLY like it more if it had pictures and maps to go along with it. If this course would provide maps and photos, it would go from 'good' to 'OUTSTANDING'. I suggest keeping a map or globe near by to look up specific places, as well as a pen and paper to write down events or persons you would like to learn more about or see photos of. It comes with a workbook that has an outline of each lecture on one page and questions about the lecture on the other page. The questions include two essay topics. Nice features for the homeschooler or anyone looking for enrichment activities (which are needed, along with the maps and photos, if you would like more than just an overview). This was our first course; we look forward to getting a few more soon. August 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Teaching Company Course Ever! I have completed 30-40 Teaching Company courses over the last 3-4 years and this is the best Kick Butt course ever. Mr. Thompson understands history and people better than anyone else. History is the best subject to study. He is my favorite Tecahing Company teacher by far and should do some other courses for the company. July 6, 2013
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