World Civilizations

    Course Description

    World Civilizations is a full year, chronological and thematic study of the development of Western and non-Western civilizations. The course examines the major themes, movements, events, as well as individuals who have shaped modern global society and values from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. Students examine the evolution of both Western and non-Western cultures, which have shaped contemporary international issues and institutions.


    Concepts Explored

    • The Byzantine and Muslim Empires
    • Civilizations of Africa
    • The Ancient Americas
    • Civilizations of Asia
    • Europe in the Middle Ages
    • A New Age in Europe
    • Changes in the Western World
    • A Century in Turmoil
    • Current Events


    Several textbooks, workbooks, websites, and other resources will be utilized to facilitate learning. Assignments will be selected from the following sources:  World Explorer Medieval Times to Today textbook and comprehension worksheets, kidspast.com, timeforkids.com, teenkidsnews.com, quizlet.com, The History Channel, and a variety of other supplemental videos, interactive games and teacher-made materials.



    Students are required to possess a one-inch binder, pencils, pens, and their laptop. A homework folder and an assignment book is also required to keep track of homework, projects, and tests.


    Class Routine

    Students enter the classroom with a warm up activity waiting for them. Volunteers are requested to share their responses with the class. Homework is then checked individually and each student is given a sticker to show appropriate completion. We review the homework together as a class and each student is required to participate.  The teaching assistant and I circulate during this process to ensure all students are focused and are correcting their work. After the homework review, we begin our lesson. Students discuss, take notes and are provided guided practice. Afterward, students work independently or collaboratively to complete classwork. Assignments are reviewed together. Homework is assigned after each class.  Assessments are usually given bimonthly.


    Class Rules

    1. Be on time.
    2. Be prepared.
    3. Raise your hand.
    4. Sign out when leaving class room.
    5. Participate during class.
    6. Follow instructions.
    7. Show respect for others.

    In addition, I expect all students to listen attentively, complete all assignments to the best of their ability, seek help when needed and demonstrate an eagerness to learn.


    Students will be graded based on class work, homework, quizzes, and projects. Points will be given in the following categories:

    Class work:                       10

    Quizzes:                            20

    Homework:                      10

    Projects:                           50


    Partial credit will be given for incomplete or late work. Students are welcome to retake any quiz and encouraged to come for extra help at lunch or after school in room 600. Students can complete assessments more than once, as needed.


    Please email me when you have a question or concern. I will do my best to address your concern as soon as possible. Refer to Genesis to monitor grades, read my School Wires/ One Note Week at a Glance page to see what your child is leaning about, and check your child’s assignment book for homework completion. Please encourage your child to do his/her best. If they are experiencing difficulty, they should let me know and I will provide additional time and individual instruction.