WORLD HISTORY SYLLABUS
World History is a 9th grade survey course that gives students the opportunity to explore recurring themes of the human experience common to civilizations around the globe from ancient to contemporary times. A historical approach will be at the center of the course. The application of the themes of geography and an analysis of the cultural traits of civilizations will help students understand how people shape their world and how their world in turn shapes them. As students examine the historical roots of significant events, ideas, movements, and phenomena, they encounter the contributions and patterns of living in civilizations around the world. Students broaden their historical perspectives as they explore ways societies have dealt with continuity and change, exemplified by issues such as war and peace, internal stability and strife, and the development of institutions. To become informed citizens, students require knowledge of the civilizations that have shaped the development of the United States.
Honors World History will cover the material in greater complexity, novelty, acceleration and/or pacing, and reflect a defensible differentiated curriculum compared to standard World History. Honors students will learn to express and defend their ideas while attaining the distance necessary to accept constructive criticism. They will engage in higher-level thinking activities while incorporating various learning strategies.
World History provides the foundation that enables students to acquire knowledge which will be used in their study of Civics and Economics and United States History. Relationships involving content from Civics & Economics and U.S. History will be stressed in order to better prepare students for these challenging courses that are graduation requirements.
UNIT 1: ANCIENT HISTORY
UNIT 2: RISE OF EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE AGES
UNIT 3: RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION, AGE OF EXPLORATION
UNIT 4: ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD
UNIT 5: AGE OF ABSOLUTISM, ENLIGHTNEMENT, AND REVOLUTION
UNIT 6: NATIONALISM
UNIT 7: THE 20TH CENTURY