This course will cover World History from Ancient Mesopotamia through the Renaissance. A fully syllabus can be found at http://bit.ly/2mKHdug.
In the first semester, students will learn about the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, India, China, Greece, and MesoAmerica. We’ll learn the basic premises of Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Chinese philosophies of Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism as we analyze how the new religions changed the civilizations around them. Students will complete a research report to learn more about an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh. We’ll consider the Code of Hammurabi, if King Tut was murdered, and if Alexander the Great was a Hero or Villain.
During the second semester, students will investigate Ancient Africa and the spread of Islam, The Roman World, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation. They will analyze how life changed, investigate important events, and learn about the people who shaped World History. Finally, students will tackle the Age of Exploration, learning about important explorers, the effects of the slave trade, and how the new lands changed Europe.
Homework will be assigned each week that should take less than 2 hours on average. Students will be expected to complete the assigned work by the deadline and late penalties to grades will apply (unless arranged prior). Tests will be given at the end of each unit online.
Textbook & Course Materials
No textbook will be required for this class. Instead students will be given a study notebook for each unit that includes primary source documents, activities, as well as internet and text resources that will give them a complete picture of what is being studied.
Students will be asked to participate regularly in the classroom, discussing their homework, research, and learning with classmates. All homework will be submitted electronically through the Moodle Classroom as well. Students may also be asked to use Google documents, Peardeck interactive slide shows, and other online resources as needed.
Students will be given the option to earn an Honors distinction (or extra credit if needed) for the class through a selection of optional literature and additional assignments.
Students are expected to complete their assigned homework prior to the due date. Unless prior arrangements have been made, grade on assignments will be reduced by 10% each week it is late.