Learning Catalog

World History/World History Honors

World History/World History Honors

Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets world history graduation requirement

Competencies

  • Religious Ideals
    Students will demonstrate understanding of the diversity of values, beliefs, and practices of individuals and groups over time by analyzing the impact of various religious groups.
  • The Evolution of Feudalism to a Money Economy
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of the changing forms of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services over time by examining the evolution of Medieval feudalism to a money system in areas such as Europe and Japan.
  • Ancient Empires
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of the interactions of peoples and governments over time by comparing and contrasting Ancient Empires.
  • The Birth of New Ideas
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of conceptions of reality, ideals, guidelines of behavior and their forms of expression by analyzing events such as: the Renaissance, the Reformation, Age of Discovery, Enlightenment, and/or Scientific Revolution.
  • World Political Tensions
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of conceptions of reality, ideals, guidelines of behavior and their forms of expression by evaluating issues such as the Cold War.
  • The World at War
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of the interactions of peoples and governments over time by evaluating how military conflicts can lead to global transformation by examining conflicts such as WWI and WWII.
  • Globalization and Terrorism
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of major events, ideas and issues pertaining to the history of governance by evaluating the impact of differing political systems.

Pre-Requisites

Recommended for grades 9-10.

Honors

Course: To take the Honors version, please select the course from the"Advance/Honors/AP" drop down during registration.

Project/Experience: Honors is awarded by earning "Exceeds" on all rubric assessments.

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segment / 36 weeks

Overview

Join Ali and Soo-jin, our modern time travelers, as they journey through World History to take you on an adventure as you discover the interconnectedness of world events and eras. Grab your passport for the adventure of a lifetime.

In Segment I, students will learn how the Roman Empire developed in two very distinct directions. Next, students will discover the great intellectual and cultural contributions of Islamic Empires. Journey through the Middle Ages of Europe and Japan to learn how knights and samurais lived. You will also investigate the rise and fall of some of the great kingdoms of the Americas and Africa and then travel back to the Europe of the Renaissance and Reformation era. Hang on tight, before you dive into the Age of Discovery when eastern and western hemispheric encounters created for some turbulent times.

Segment II begins with a bang as students will learn about advancements in science and thought during the Age of Enlightenment and the social and political revolutions that followed as a result. As students meander through the 19th century, they will learn about the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial world and the many changes that resulted from that shift. Students will then learn about the interconnectedness of nationalism and colonialism and the two massive world wars were the end result. As students approach the finish line, they will learn about development in our modern world and the implications that historical events have on us today.

 

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment 1

  • Roman Empire
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Monotheistic Religions
  • Golden Age of Islam
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Crusades
  • Medieval Japan
  • African Kingdoms
  • Major Civilizations of Mesoamerica and the Andes
  • Rise of the Italian City-states
  • Renaissance
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Age of Exploration
  • Columbian Exchange
  • Slavery

 

Segment 2

  • European geography
  • Constitutional and Absolute Monarchies
  • Scientific Revolution
  • 20th Century Science
  • Enlightenment
  • French Revolution
  • 19th-century Latin American and Caribbean Independence Movements
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Economic Systems
  • Imperialism
  • Italian and German Unification
  • Modern Reform and Independence Movements
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Genocide
  • Cold War and Proxy Wars
  • Globalization
  • Terrorism

 

 

Career

Nonproft Grant Writer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 weeks

Competency

Religious Ideals: Students will demonstrate an understanding of how major issues and events impact governance in our state and nation by examining specific periods in history such as the Civil War, the Reconstruction period, and westward expansion.

Project

You are an Nonprofit Grant Writer seeking funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Projects. USAID is looking to fund programs that will address religious-based conflict. As a member of the grant writing team, you will work on the Background and Project Description parts of the grant.

You will need to identify an area of the world that was subject to religious conflict and design a program that will aim to educate the local community and bring together people of diverse religious beliefs. Your proposal for funding must explain how you will aim to improve the situation and educate people on the diversity of values, beliefs, and practices of various religious groups.

Career

Economic Historian

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 weeks

Competency

The Evolution of Feudalism to a Money Economy: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the changing forms of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services over time by examining the evolution of medieval feudalism to a money system in areas such as Europe and Japan.

Project

You are a Economic Historian contracted by Museumtalks to write a script and record an audio tour for an exhibit at the National Bank of Belguim. The exhibit features the history of the evolution of an economy from medieval feudalism to a money system in Europe or Japan. You are responsible to create a piece that will engage visitors as they learn the history of how changing forms of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services drastically altered the lives of people living during the period.

Career

Game Writer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3 weeks

Competency

Ancient Empires: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the interactions of peoples and governments over time by comparing and contrasting ancient empires.

Project

You are a Game Writer and your company needs to prepare a Game Concept Document to present to a potential client that aims to launch a video game that involves interactions between people, societies, and governments in two ancient empires over time. You want to help capture the interest and earn this client’s business, so you need to be sure your product is based on actual history. For your company’s Game Concept Document, you will write the introduction with a description of the game. You will want to include the storyline and characters as well as justify the historical accuracy of the video game.

Career

Theme Park Designer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 Weeks

Competency

The Birth of New Ideas: Students will demonstrate their understanding of conceptions of reality, ideals, guidelines of behavior, and their forms of expression by analyzing events such as: the Renaissance, the Reformation, Age of Discovery, Enlightenment, and/or Scientific Revolution.

Project

You are a Theme Park Designer that works for a popular theme park and your manager asked you to submit a design for an educational ride or other attraction that reflects a historical time period where there was a development of new ideas such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, Age of Discovery, Enlightenment, and/or Scientific Revolution.

As the Theme Park Designer, you want your ride or other attraction to tell a story that will transport the guests to the historical age you select. In your design proposal to the theme park’s management, you will justify how your attraction will educate riders about your chosen time period with drawings, digital illustrations, storyboards, or other enhancements.

Career

Photo Archivist

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3 Weeks

Competency

World Political Tensions: Students will demonstrate their understanding of conceptions of reality, ideals, guidelines of behavior, and their forms of expression by evaluating issues such as the Cold War.

Project

You are a Photo Archivist and a book publisher contacted you to compile a collection of photos evaluating and documenting an event or situation that arose in the post-World War II Cold War era. The collection of photos you put together needs to look at how the people of the time period viewed and pondered their existence and how they interacted with the world around them.

You will focus on how society reflected conceptions of reality, ideals, and guidelines of behavior in the Cold War era in both visual and written form to help the book publisher put together a final book. As a Photo Archivist, you will research and find historical photographs and/or artistic works, such as drawings, paintings, political cartoons, and the like for this collection.

Career

Historical Consultant

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 Weeks

Competency

The World at War: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the interactions of peoples and governments over time by evaluating how military conflicts can lead to global transformation by examining conflicts such as WWI and WWII.

Project

You are the Historical Consultant for a major motion picture group. You were hired to provide your advice for a screenplay that depicts a war hero and his or her journey before, during, and after a conflict such as World War I or World War II. As a key contributor to this pre-production process in the film industry, you must prepare a presentation for the screenwriters that explains how the interactions of people and government changed over the time surrounding this conflict, as well as how this military conflict led to global transformation. The screenwriters will use the information you present as they develop their motion picture’s script.

Career

Client Services Specialist.

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

4 weeks

Competency

Political Foundations and Developments: Students will demonstrate an understanding of major events, ideas, and issues pertaining to the history of governance by evaluating the impact of differing political systems.

Project

You are a Client Services Specialist for the Global Chamber Regional Desk of your choice and one of your responsibilities is to write the monthly blog. In this month’s blog, you will write two articles that focus on how to start a business in a country with a different political system than the U.S. The goal is to inform potential business investors about the political culture of that country. You will need to reference the major events, ideas, and issues from the history of this country that impacted its modern political system. You will also evaluate how the differing political systems impacted the atmosphere of the country.

Status:

Open

The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master  competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies.  The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline specific content so that learning can takes place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

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