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This is the first part of a timed PowerPoint on World War I, covering the first years of war on the Western Front (1914-16). The flowchart analy...
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Updated and with new color scheme 10/10/2013 This lesson looks at the reasons European powers decided to colonize Africa, the process of taking i...
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This lesson chronicles Otto von Bismarck's diplomacy and wars toward the eventual reunification of Germany in 1871. It then looks at the meteori...
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This lesson focuses on the forces leading to the rise of Fascism in Italy, Mussolini's personality cult (especially in the PowerPoint, and how mu...
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This is the second part of a timed PowerPoint on World War I, covering the last years of the war as well as new weapons developed and other front...
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My title for this entire unit (FC071-73 is "War, Plague, Heresy, Schism, and Revolt: the Later Middle Ages"1300-1450. These were indeed trying t...
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This lesson focuses on the recurring patterns of revolutions in the modern era. The flowcharts for the English, Russian, and Chinese revolutions...
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In an age when the war on terrorism dominates the headlines, it's especially important that we understand what Islam really stands for to most Mu...
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This lesson starts with a flowchart showing the developments, such as the invention of oil paints and the use of canvas, that created a revolutio...
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This lesson shows how a multitude of factors converged at one time and place, namely Britain in the 1700s, to lead to the birth of the industrial...
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This Powerpoint starts with a picture essay on the life of Christ as depicted by various artists through the centuries. It then traces the rise ...
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This presentation looks at the parallel developments of the Civil Rights Movement and the emergence of the Baby Boomer generation as a voice of p...
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This is a series of 22 illustrated timelines covering world history from prehistory through the Cold War. Timelines include • Prehistory and th...
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Buyer re: FC.048 The Rise of the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks (c.1000-1565 C.E.)
I cannot open any of the files except for the word document. I have looked at the suggestions for opening zip files, but none have helped. Do you have any suggestions?
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TLC3 for E  (TpT Seller) re: FC.113 the Social impact of the industrial revolution
Your material looks interesting! Check out my webstore or me at www.tlc34e.webs.com!
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Monica Squires  (TpT Seller) re: FC.049 The Decline of the Ottoman Empire (1565-1918)
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Monica Squires  (TpT Seller) re: FC.049 The Decline of the Ottoman Empire (1565-1918)
Still did not work. :o(
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Send me your email address and I'll attach the file in my response. Sorry about this.
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Monica Squires  (TpT Seller) re: FC.049 The Decline of the Ottoman Empire (1565-1918)
Only ONE of the file types in the zip folder actually works... The Seljuks and Ottomans to 1565. None of the other file types can be opened, and are not conventional file extensions. Please help ASAP, or offer a refund.
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Change the file extension to .pptx. Let me know how that works.
Sorry for the inconvenience
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Lauren Byassee  (TpT Seller)
Good Evening,

I am unable to open your PowerPoint on Benito Mussolini, I had changed the file suffix to .pptx but my PowerPoint says the files are too damaged to open and cannot be repaired. Is there any way you could send me another copy?

Thank you!
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Buyer
Hoorah!!! It worked!!
LOVE this!!
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Buyer re: FC.048 The Rise of the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks (c.1000-1565 C.E.)
I am unable to open the .pp file - can you help!!
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Change the suffix to .ppt or .pptx. I need to update that file to the latest version of Powerpoint. Let me know how it works.
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Buyer
Thank you Chris. I was able to open all your files. They are excellent - A++
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Good. I'm glad you like them.
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Buyer re: FC.022 Greek philosophy through Aristotle
How do I open the files after unzipping them?
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
If the file name ends in .pp change it to .pptx
Let me know if this works at cbutler@flowofhistory.com
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Richard Brown  (TpT Seller) re: FC.126 The Causes and Start of World War I
I can open the file, but there are no pictures! I only get text.
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Send me your email address & I'll send you another copy.
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Javier Ergueta  (TpT Seller) re: FC.137 World War II in the Pacific
I've bought a couple of dozen of your presentations, which I use on a Mac. All of the packets I've received arrive in a form that makes them impossible to use on a Mac without making changes to the original file names. The Powerpoint presentations arrive with the file type suffix ".PT", which the Mac interprets as an Amiga (!) file. For it to be recognized as a Powerpoint file, one needs to add an extra "T" to the end. I know to do this, but most people would not, and this really needs to be documented and communicated to purchasers. Other files arrive with a file type suffix "N", and even I don't know what to do with these, but I did not consider them essential. But I would like to know how to make them useful to me.
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Dear Javier,

You're right, I do need to update the format of the files, since I'm starting to get more questions about this. As to the .N, those documents are my lecture notes. putting .doc or .docx at the end will allow you to open them.
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Deborah R.
I purchased FC.079 The Rise of the Nation State during the Renaissance but cannot open it. Any suggestions?

Chris it does work- thank you
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Change the suffix to .pptx. Let me know if that works.
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Chris - I already purchased the flowcharts. I am needing to buy the rest on my own, I cannot access school funds. Could I buy the Powerpoints for Units 15 -20 for $100.00? That would include The Age of Enlightenment, The Early Modern Era and The Upheavals of the Early 20th Century?
December 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Sure. Communicate with me further at my website flowofhistory.com
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Buyer
What program did you create the graphs in? I am trying to edit some of the abbreviated words and cannot edit them.
November 27, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
I did the flowcharts in Powerpoint.
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Buyer
I want to buy several Powerpoints. Is there a way to select about 20 of them?

What comes with the Powerpoints?
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
You could buy them individually on TPT or I could send 20 of your choice on a CD for $50.
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Buyer re: FC.071 & FC.071A The Later Middle Ages and the Black Death
Okay, I realized that scrolling on the mouse to view different slide was the problem to not seeing more content (for some reason). Once I used the page up/down I was able to view more of the content. Sorry for the hasty call for help.
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Buyer re: FC.071 & FC.071A The Later Middle Ages and the Black Death
I changed the extension to .ppt and it opened, but something isn't working right. It won't show any slides in the left pane and scrolling just gives me pieces of a flow chart without any pictures or any of the other content that was listed.
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Hi CHris--

Thanks for your response. Our system won't allow me to change the suffix. I'll keep trying, but it does seem to be the .pp that's giving me the problems.
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
What kind of system do you have. Email me at cbutler@flowofhistory.com and I can send you a new copy.
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Buyer re: FC.093 The Dutch Republic in the 1600s
I have not been able to access the powerpoint. I de-compressed it from the zip file, but it still won't work with Adobe Reader. I've been very frustrated!!
October 26, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Try changing the suffix from .pp to .ppt or .pptx. That usually works. Get back to me whether or not it works. If it doesn't, I'll send you a new copy.
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Buyer re: FC.056 The Tang Dynasty of China
I have downloaded your powerpoint on the Chinese Tang dynasty, but my computer cannot open it. Can you suggest a program?
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Try changing the suffix from .pp to .ppt or .pptx. That usually works. Get back to me whether or not it works. If it doesn't, I'll send you a new copy.
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Javier Ergueta  (TpT Seller) re: FC.127A World War I slide show: The Western Front to 1916
Dear Mr. Butler,

May I take you up on your offer to suggest music to accompany the WW I Western Front slide show?

Thank you.
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Sure
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Buyer re: FC.004 The Discovery of Agriculture and its impact
Why do you sell a product that is not openable?
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
First of all, I would never knowingly sell a product that is not "openable".

Secondly, the most likely solution is the suffix. If you're using a more recent version of Powerpoint, change the suffix to .ppt or.pptx.

If that doesn't work (although it should), it could be the file got corrupted in transmission. Send me an email at cbutler@flowofhistory.com and I'll send another copy. In any case, I'll take care of it.
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Buyer re: FC.076 The Italian Renaissance
I have tried to unzip this. I have downloaded the unzip program on the link but nothing much seems to happen. I know this seems like a dumb question but I have being trying to figure this out
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
It's not a stupid question, and I don't know specifically how to address it from here. It may be a corrupted file. The easiest way to deal with it is to email me at cbutler@flowofhistory.com, and I'll send you an updated version.
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Buyer re: FC.071 & FC.071A The Later Middle Ages and the Black Death
Does this come in another format? I have tried to open it and it is not compatable with either of my computers. Thank you!
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Most likely, if you change the suffix from .pp to .ppt or .pptx, it will work. If not, let me know. We'll get it fixed. In fact, if it does work, still let me know. I assume that whenever I suggest this that it works, since no one ever lets me know otherwise.
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Javier Ergueta  (TpT Seller) re: FC.049 The Decline of the Ottoman Empire (1565-1918)
Hello. I purchased "The Decline of the Ottoman Empire, 1565-1918" but when I just downloaded it I found that the package contained a file called "OttomanRise", which is in fact a PowerPoint about the rise of the Seljuks and the Ottomans, to 1565. This seems to be easily solved. Can you please send me the correct package, or upload it to replace the incorrect one? Thank you.
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Brian Hamm  (TpT Seller) re: FC.126 The Causes and Start of World War I
I am having trouble opening the downloaded wwi presentations on MAC. Any suggestions?
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Try changing the pp suffix to ppt or pptx. Let me know how that works.
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Amanda Smith  (TpT Seller) re: FC.126 The Causes and Start of World War I
I am having trouble opening this zip file. I bought several of your items and so far this is the only one that I am having difficulty. My computer is not recognizing the format.
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Somehow I missed this question until now. My apologies. Anyway, try changing the pp suffix to ppt or pptx. Let me know how that works.
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Buyer re: FC.071 & FC.071A The Later Middle Ages and the Black Death
Hi!
I can'r seem to be able to open any of the files other than the 2 word document flow charts. I tried it with "Free OPener", but they say they don't support the format that the files are saved in - any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!
Cam Downing
December 30, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Try changing the suffix from .pp to .ppt or even .pptx. Let me know whether or not that works.
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Colleen Yoshida  (TpT Seller) re: FC.098 The Discovery of the Circulatory System
oh - never mind - I figured it out - I just had to change the extension of the file to ppt instead of pp. :)
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Colleen Yoshida  (TpT Seller) re: FC.098 The Discovery of the Circulatory System
oh - never mind - I figured it out - I just had to change the extension of the file to ppt instead of pp. :)
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Colleen Yoshida  (TpT Seller) re: FC.098 The Discovery of the Circulatory System
hi Chris,

I downloaded your discovery of the circulatory system presentation, and unzipped it, but can't seem to make it work on my mac. Do you know if there is a trick?

thanks,

Colleen
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Buyer re: Unit 08. The history of China to 1900
Great material. Truly great. I use a MAC and don't have WORD and POWERPOINT. It's probably somewhere in the description but I missed it. In case it helps others 1) it is worth it to persist!!!! Excellent material 2) save the files rather than open them if, like me, you do not have Microsoft Word and Powerpoint 3) double click to unzip and then use another program -- I used a free download called "Open Office" to open the files. Like others I guess I would like them in pdf except like others I always change stuff!
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Buyer re: FC.026 Introduction to Rome and Italy's geopolitics
I stumbled on your work and am thrilled. I am home-schooling my kiddos and enjoying my own re-education as I prepare to guide them.

I have two questions.

1) One is tediously technical which may be a website question - when I click the "download preview" (using Firefox on my mac osX) and it opens in preview with just a string of numbers and when I try to use Acrobat, it just won't open. What sort of file type is it?

2) I am pretty sure that the thing I would like best is your $200 package which I would use to educate myself and then work it into what I am doing with the kids. I think home-schoolers call it "a spine" -- are the other bits and pieces you have here all contained in that big package? We're in the first few months of a Ancient Rome immersion study.

What you have going here is brilliant and beautiful.

Caryn Coleman
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
It will either be a powerpoint or word file.

The big package has around 200 B&W pdf flowcharts and accompanying readings. I believe it also includes your choice of 20 Powerpoints. If you get it or have further questions, email me at cbutler@flowofhistory.com. Also, look for an iPad app, hopefully coming out around December 1, that has has some 225 color flowcharts and readings hyperlinked to one another. Your kids would probably have fun playing with it and bouncing from one historical period to another.
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Buyer re: FC.053 The Shang Dynasty & China's Long Recurring Historical Cycle
Hello:
I downloaded this file but there isn't a powerpoint. The files are called either "N" or "PP" but there is no way to open them. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Brian B. re: FC.019 The Rise of Greek Democracy (c.800-500 BCE)
I am unable to open your N and PP files or anythings else. Can you help or send me the items in a more common files.
October 2, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Rename the N file something like GrkDemN.doc or .docx
Similarly change the suffix for the PP file to .ppt or .pptx
Let me know how it works out.
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Buyer
Does your method of teaching world history allow students in special education increase knowledge?
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Tina M.
Hello, My name is Tina Martin and I purchased your Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada lesson and was unable to download it. Any suggestions?
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Buyer re: FC.088 An Overview of the Thirty Years War (1618-48)
I just purchased FC.088 An Overview of the Thirty Years War and have been able to open only the PowerPoint and not the other 2 documents that were sent with it. I downloaded Stuffit as mentioned in a post below but that does not seem to work either. I am running Windows 7. Please let me know how to retrieve these documents. Thanks, Megan Faulring
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Hi Chris,

I just ordered FC.4. When I downloaded the items off of TPT it was actually FC #3 on Family and Gender. Would it be possible to get the PowerPoint I intended to recieve as well.

Thanks,
George Klupchak
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Dear Chris,

My name is Jack Dennison. I am the Editor-in-Chief of www.FunnelBrain.com, an educational website. I am writing to you because the quality of the work you have posted to PTP distinguishes you as a talented author. I am looking for teacher-authors to create custom study review materials for FunnelBrain (on a paid basis, of course).

These study materials would take the form of online flashcards, quizzes, and study guides for high school and college level courses, as well as for certain standardized exams such as the GMAT, the SAT or the GRE. We are also interested in lesson plans built around activities that can take place on www.FunnelBrain.com.

If you are interested in a paid writing assignment, please email me at jack@funnelbrain.com, and I will respond with details on the available assignments. In the meantime, please feel free to browse FunnelBrain.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Jack Dennison
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Dear Mr. Dennison,

Thank you for your kind offer. At this time I'm working on an iPad application that might involve all the Flow of History materials, and I don't know whether that would preclude writing for you. Hopefully that should become clearer in the near future. In the meantime, I'd appreciate it if you could email me your email address at cbutler@flowofhistory.com so I have it on file and can give you a more definitive answer in the near future.

Sincerely,
Chris Butler
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Buyer re: FC.023 Athens and the Golden Age of Greece
Chris, I am attempting to choose which of your products I would like to purchase to supplement my current curriculum. Last year I used your idea of the flow chart in a class and it went well but I am too busy to make my own so....I think I will use your products in my World History class first. I teach these units:Early Humans,First Civilizations, Egypt, Hittites,and Hebrews,(African cultures if I can),Greece, Rome, Man's Religions,Byzantium, Early Middle Ages, High Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration,and Absolutism. I do this in 18 weeks with 70 minute periods. The organization of the materials on TPT made it difficult for me to find and then compare the lessons with your website. I am unable to purchase at this time the big kahuna of lessons but can do bits and pieces. Which or what names would be most helpful in presenting these units. I think in terms of time lines and have tried without success to impart this to my students through the years. Your products seemed to make more sense to them than my meager attempts. Thanks for the help. Melissa Brown
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Melissa,

First of all, on the FOH website there should be a link to the corresponding product under each flowchart, if that helps you find what you're looking for.

As far as what I'd recommend for an 18 week world history course (you have my sympathy), I'd go for the big ideas, starting with FCs 1-9 which deal with the development of human societies and civilization. FC.1 does all of world history in one page, looking at four basic stages of human development and how they affected the status of women and levels of violence and warfare. It also addresses the accelerating rate of technological growth and how that is progressively throwing us out of sync with cultural evolution. This should provide plenty of thought and discussion on the overall arc of history without going into too much detail on specific civilizations or events, although you'd probably want to study up on a few examples. FCs 3,4 & 9 look at the transformative effects of agriculuture into farmer and nomad societies and the dynamic of their relationship throughout most of history, starting with Cain and Abel. FCs 6,7, and 8 will give students an idea of the basic skill sets, technologies, and issues of pre-industrial civilizations. These first nine flowcharts will provide students with a basic understanding that they can plug into any pre-industrial civilization to some extent. FC.9 also gives some insight to the rise and decline or fall of most pre-industrial civilizations. You probably don't even need to buy those powerpoints, since the flowcharts and readings should suffice, especially given the limited time you have.

After that you'll have to pick and choose what you want to cover in the way of specific pre-industrial civilizations. I haven't taught the ancient Near East in some time, so those powerpoints aren't as filled out as I'd like, although the overview on the cycles of the Nile in Egyptian history is a good lesson on the impact of the environment on human history. The introductory flowcharts on India and China once again give the basic cycles driving those civilizations, providing some structure for more detailed study of specific periods in your course or later in their education.

For more in depth study, the powerpoints on the rise of Greek democracy and the Golden Age of Athens have a lot of visuals on art, drama, coinage, and theater. They also provide good case studies of how political systems arise from seemingly unrelated developments. This also reinforces the Rubber Band Theory from FC.1, which you should pound into their brains everyday so they see how everything interrelates. For Rome the powerpoint on the Pax Romana has a lot on the spread of Greco-Roman Civ., including graphics on how to build Roman roads and aqueducts. The powerpoints on the decline and fall of the Roman Empire (FCs 33-35 if I remember correctly) give a good analysis on how a civilization comes unraveled and falls apart. I'm running out of time right now, so see if what I've said here helps. If it does and you want me to continue this long discourse, email me at cbutler@flowofhistory.com. Best of luck.

Chris Butler
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What does Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada have to do with the Armada? There was nothing in the preview that addressed that. Thanks.
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
The ppt. starts with an overview of Elizabeth's reign, then goes into the Armada, focusing on Philip's strategy and the technical and tactical revolution that took place in naval warfare at this time.
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Buyer re: FC.000 Flow of History Curriculum
I am fascinated by your product. Does it include blank flow-charts as well? If so, are those PDFs or Word documents?

Either way, thanks for the wonderful ideas on your website. I am in my second year of teaching world history and have been looking consistently for a better format than my textbook. I think I may have finally found it!

George
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
George,

Thanks for your feedback. Presently, I don't have blank flowcharts, but I could make them up easily enough, if you want.

Chris Butler
cbutler@flowofhistory.com
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William T.
John,

I just reread your description of the material and I guess I misinterpreted what was being offered.I have bought several of your lessons and thought I was getting those. Is there anyway that I can use some of the monies toward the complete powerpoint lectures, which I thought I was purchasing? I would have purchased many of these.

Also, as a side note the link for the free download on China and the West in the 1800's does not work. (Right clicking does not show save target as there must be a broken link somewhere) Thanks for your time.

William
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
William,

My apologies for the misunderstanding. As far as the money is concerned, I won't get paid by TPT until January 15. I would be willing to credit your money toward Powerpoints. However,I'll have to do it myself, not through TPT. Email me at cbutler@flowofhistory.com so we can work out the details.
Sincerely,
Chris
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William T.
John, I just purchased the entire program, however, I guess I thought I was getting the lessons- your flowcharts incorporated into a powerpoint. It seems that I got all the flowcharts in two different powerpoints without the intuitive slides and notes. The product was a bit misleading since I have bought the individual powerpoints before and it did state an entire course which I thought would be more than the charts (which I purchased earlier). Is there any way this can be rectified since I did just pay 200 dollars?

Thanks

William
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Buyer re: FC.064B. Gothic Cathedrals
Can you tell me which cathedrals in particular are in the ppt? thank you

karla
February 21, 2009 Report inappropriate comment
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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Most pictures are from Chartres, with some from Sainte Chapelle in Paris (my favorite for stained glass windows and interior decoration), Laon (vaulting), and Dijon (aerial shot)
February 21, 2009 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
I purchased your WWII on the Pacific and downloaded it to my computer. When I went to open the file it is telling me that Windows does nto recognize the file and I can not figure out what program you used to develop this. Could you give me the program you used to develop this. This is the same for the Road to WWII pack.

Thank you
September 20, 2008 Report inappropriate comment

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Chris Butler  (TpT Seller)
Everything was done on Office for OSX
May 28, 2008 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
John, I have just downloaded the Agricultural Revolution FC 109. The powerpoint works fine, but i don't know what application was used for the text portions. I am on a Mac platform but can access most PC apps. What did you use?
P.S. I will use these materials in an alternative ed. program with "reluctant learners". If this works well, I'll be getting more.
May 28, 2008 Report inappropriate comment
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For the last 34 years, I have taught at University High School, in Urbana, Illinois. During this time I have created a 4-year world history curriculum that breaks down as follows: Subfreshmen (7th and 8th grades combined): Prehistory and ancient civilizations, including India, China, and Japan. Freshmen: Western civilization and the Islamic world to 1500 Sophomores: World history from 1500 to 1945 Seniors: the world since 1945. All of these, except the senior course are required. The elective senior course is consistently filled to capacity of 30, usually with a waiting list.

MY TEACHING STYLE

At heart, I'm a story-teller and have always put a premium on making history as fascinating to my students as I found it while growing up. However, history is more than stories, so at the core of my teaching is a cross-referenced series of some 245 color flowcharts I've developed over the years. These graphically organize and break down the subject matter into a format that helps students see how the forces of history occur and relate to one another. The flowcharts contain the core message of what I believe are the vital lessons of history. Conceptually, I think they should be accessible to most high school students, since they break down the process of historical events step by step into individual boxes of information. Each box is simple in itself, while the progression of information from one box to the next is logical, simple, and fairly easy to understand. It's hard to pinpoint one grade level for which my Powerpoints are geared. While I've developed them for honors high school or college survey courses, most of them are so image driven that I think some are appropriate for any level from 7th grade up. There are three main components to them: the conceptual flowcharts, the visuals (pictures, maps, etc.) and the expanded notes. However, students can get psyched out if they are introduced to entire flowcharts before understanding the logic on which they have been constructed. The key is to introduce them gradually so they can build a foundation upon which understanding later flowcharts can be built. My experience has been that even students who have initial difficulty with flowcharts will get them after a few weeks. Their lasting impact became evident when many of my former students came back to tell me they continue taking notes in other classes by constructing their own flowcharts. My favorite story is how one of my former students constructed a series of her own flowcharts to make sense of a particularly difficult course. Using these, not only she, but the rest of her study group, which consisted mainly of football players, earned an A on the final. Since 2000 I've had a multi-media classroom that has allowed me to create a very visually oriented approach to teaching. The core of this is still the system of flowcharts which unfold box by box using Powerpoint. Interspersed in the presentation are lots of pictures and maps to illustrate the topic being covered to keep the lesson interesting and help visual learners. For art and the more tragic/epic events in history, such as wars, I have created timed slide shows that tell the story through pictures and text. Making this especially effective is accompanying it with somewhat somber music to set the proper mood. The excellent documentaries that Ken Burns has done for PBS are the primary inspiration for this. The major difference is I have had to condense these lessons so teachers can present them in one class period. When I first tried this approach, I was surprised at how much my students liked it. Therefore, I've applied it to my lessons on the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the disastrous colonization of Africa, and virtually all my lessons on art and major wars. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. For a suggested song list, feel free to email me at cbutler@flowofhistory.com To provide more variety for my classes, I also have developed several games recreating different periods of history. The most fully developed of these are "Oligarch and Democrat" on ancient Greece, "The Waters of Babylon" on ancient Mesopotamia, "Age of Kings" on Europe in the 1600s, and "Nuclear Risk" on modern diplomacy and economics, including the impact of nuclear weapons. I hope to offer these in the near future. Recently, my main projects have been to take video clips from Hollywood historical epics and include them in my presentations. Typically, Hollywood does a poor job in accurately portraying history, but even such disasters such as Troy can provide 17 seconds of footage that are useful for class. For more information on my flowcharts, ipad app, and approach to teaching history, please go to www.flowofhistory.com

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

• Beveridge Family teaching prize awarded by the American Historical Association at its national convention in 2001 for excellence in teaching history (grades K-12) • WICD TV's Golden Apple award • Who's Who of American Teachers • Uni High Teacher of the Year (voted on by the seniors) • Uni High commencement speaker (voted on by the seniors)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

1973- Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois 1975- Masters degree in secondary ed. from the Univ. of Illinois

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

1981-94- Took students to Ancient Lifeways, a hands-on camp exploring ancient lifestyles and technologies 1995-2002- chaperoned students on foreign trips to Russia, France, Spain, Greece, and Japan 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010- Took student groups to Greece and Italy