8th Grade World Civilizations: Course Description
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World History 5000 B.C.E. – 1350 C.E.
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.
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)
The Development of Early Human Civilization
The Influence of Religion on Society
Rise and Fall of Empires in the Classical World
The Post- Roman World: The Middle Ages
Expanding Exchanges and Encounters
The First Global Age
IEP Accommodations and Modifications
The following list are common IEP accommodations and modifications provided (but not limited to):
- Co-teaching with the incorporation of Differentiated Instruction.
- Individual assistance.
- Study reviews/study guides.
- Preferred seating/proximity control.
- Audio assistance/reading directions out loud.
- Repeat and clarify directions/questions.
- Breakdown task into manageable units.
- Assist students in setting short-terms goals.
- Assist with organization/materials.