• Course Description


               World History 5000 BCE – 1350 CE


    Course Synopsis   

    World Civilizations is a full year, chronological/thematic study of the development of Western and non-Western civilizations from approximately 5000 B.C.E. to 1500 C.E. The course examines the major themes, movements, events, as well as individuals who have shaped modern global society and values from the Neolithic Revolution through the Columbian Exchange. You will examine the evolution of both Western and non-Western cultures and beliefs which have shaped the history of society.  This course incorporates challenging reading, writing, research, and presentation assignments. You  will develop an increased depth of understanding of the development of global society throughout history.  The goal is to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become active, informed citizens and contributing members of local, state, national, and global communities in the digital age. Honors placement for 9th grade depends on teacher recommendation.


    1. Philosophy and Rationale

    Understanding ancient history and the human experience is central to helping you understand who you are. The study of world history helps prepare young people for college studies, international experience, and active participation in civic life. Studying the development of human society, religion and government systems helps students better understand how and why the world got to be the way it is. World history is shared knowledge that citizens, whatever their country of allegiance, need to work together on our planet in the twenty-first century. The complexity of human interrelations today means that cultural literacy must be global in range and depth. (Adapted from World History for Us All)




    1. The Development of Early Human Civilization
    2. The Influence of Religion on Society
    3. Rise and Fall of Empires in the Classical World
    4. The Post- Roman World: The Middle Ages
    5. Expanding Exchanges and Encounters
    6. The First Global Age


    Materials Required: -- Organization Is Half the Battle!!

    • Fully-charged laptop (counts towards your participation grade)
    • Pen/Pencil, a yellow-colored highlighter.
    • Your "working notebook” will reside in OneNote.  It should be kept up-to-date.

    * Be sure to check Week-at-a Glance every day!!!!!


    Grading Policy:   Breakdown

    • Projects: 2-3
    • Essays/DBQs:  2-3
    • Assignments:  10-15


    Class Rules:

      * Always give your best effort on all class activities and assignments.  They are opportunities to learn, achieve and grow. Take advantage of them.

     * Academic Freedom:  All students have a right to their opinions, (however unpopular).  Respect for the opinion of others is a class requirement.

     * Remember that your personal honor and integrity are a very precious and important part of who you are as a person.  Therefore, I expect that you will do all of your OWN work at all times (see the Student Handbook for further information regarding cheating/plagiarism).  Any plagiarized or shared assignments will result in a 0.

     * Do not be late.  Be inside the door (on-line) when the bell rings, unless you have a legitimate excuse with a pass.

     * Keep in mind that I want all of you to do well. I want you to reach your goals and your full potential as a student and as a person.  

     * I encourage you to approach me after class so that I can give you my undivided attention or see me in the halls, email me, so that I know we need to talk.  Students quickly learn that I will eagerly listen and respond to their concerns when they approach me courteously.








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