Early World History


To provide students with a strong foundation for understanding American literature through different literary genres, historical perspectives, and critical thinking.  The class will focus on strengthening writing skills through creative exercises, essay writing, and a formal research paper.   

Course Description

World History I – is a one semester required course that traces the development of humankind from Prehistory to the High Middle Ages.  As an introduction to the Social Studies curriculum, this class pursues a curriculum that combines both geographical and historical components as it traces the developments of humans in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  

Course Objectives:  upon completion of this course, students will be expected to: 

      ·         Listen, read, write, and speak about the subject matter with clarity and comprehension

·         Analyze relationships (especially cause and effect) and draw conclusion/make inferences

·         Outline, take notes, and organize materials for study purposes

·         Develop writing skills appropriate for a freshman in high school, that is will be able to:

o   Write well-organized one to two page essays

o   Build a clear argument, which revolves around a thesis

o   Find and use credible resources for research based essay

o   Differentiate between credible and inappropriate source material

·         Practice skills in analyzing data

·         Read, analyze, and interpret maps, charts, graphs and other source materials relevant to historical study

·         Understand the importance and the role of artifacts in the study of pre-historic human civilizations

·         Understand the importance of companion studies (Anthropology, Geography, Sociology) – to the study of Ancient Civilizations. 

Scope & Sequence

Quarter One: 

Unit One:  The Pre-Historic World and the Foundations of Civilization (Prehistory – A.D. 500)

This unit focuses on early human civilization – and the progress man made from nomadic society to the acquisition of agriculture.   Students will focus on the geographic and anthropological changes that had to occur for humans to acquire advanced elements of culture (language, government, religion, etc), and to develop into civilized societies. 

o Chapter One: Prehistory to the Neolithic Revolution
o Chapter Two: The rise of river valley civilizations – in the Middle East
o Chapter Three: The rise of river valley civilizations – in Asia
o Students will also discuss the development of the world’s major religions

Unit Two:  The Rise of Empires  (Prehistory – A.D. 1500)

This unit focuses on how ancient civilizations were able to achieve the power necessary to build empires – we will focus on the rise of empires in Persia, Greece, Rome, India and China.

o Chapter Four: Greek and Hellenistic Society
o Chapter Five: The Roman Empire
o Chapter Three: India and China
o Students will also discuss the development of political systems like Democracy, Republic, and Monarchy

Quarter Two:

Unit Three:  New Patterns of Civilization  (A.D. 500-1500)

In this unit we will discuss the rise of Europe and try to understand  the growing dominance of European culture by the High Middle Ages.   

o Chapter Seven: The Rise of Europe
o Chapter Eight: The High and Late Middle Ages
o Chapter Nine: The Byzantine Empire, Russia, and Eastern Europe

Unit Four: The Impact of the Non-Western World on European Civilizations (A.D. 500-1650)

In this unit we will focus on the rise of Muslim empires in India and the Middle East.  We will also discuss the significance of cultural diffusion as ideas and innovation spread from the East to the West via invasion, trade, and migration.

o Chapter Ten: Muslim Civilizations
o Chapter Eleven: Kingdoms and Trading States in Africa
o Chapter Twelve: The Spread of Civilization in East and Southeast Asia (focus China / Japan)
o Students will also discuss the importance of technology, migration, and trade – in the spread of ideas and cultural attributes from one place to another.

Teacher Announcements

Subpages (1): World History 2
Kevin Reid,
Aug 31, 2011, 2:46 PM