Prerequisites and/or Grade Levels to Which Course Is Open
Open to 9th grade students; a limited number of 10th grade students have taken this course by student request with permission of the department chair.
In this course students learn about the history of the world from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance through different global spheres: Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, East Asia and the Americas. Content is taught through themes, including:
- What does it mean to be civilized?
- How do themes such as law, military, freedom, wealth and piety influence cultures?
- Why do cultures in different areas differ? Why are they similar?
The course further develops the academic skills and critical and independent thinking necessary for success in a college-preparatory environment. In addition to a common text, students read primary and secondary sources, conduct their own research on smaller and larger research projects and write persuasive essays. Course activities are designed to facilitate discussion among classmates and an understanding of the issues across the world in the past and present.
This course uses a common online text, from which students read 1-2 pages per assignment. In addition, students are expected to research areas of their own interest or as dictated by the teacher, using online tools such as Wikipedia, Google, reliable news sites, and scholarly resources such as EBSCO and other databases.