High School

World History/World History Honors

1.0 Credit
36 weeks
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In Segment 1 students will learn how the Roman Empire developed in two distinct directions. Next, students will discover the intellectual and cultural contributions of the Islamic Empires and journey through the Middle Ages of Europe and Japan to learn how knights and samurais lived. Students will also investigate the rise and fall of some of the great kingdoms of the Americas and Africa and then travel back to Europe to explore the Renaissance and Reformation era. Lastly, students will explore the Age of Discovery when Eastern and Western hemispheric encounters created some turbulent times.

In Segment 2 students learn about advancements in science and thought during the Age of Enlightenment, as well as the social and political revolutions that followed. 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 that were the 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.

Competencies

Development of Monotheistic Religions

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the development of the monotheistic religions by comparing the ideals of the monotheistic religions, summarizing the expansion of the Islamic empires, and summarizing contributions of the Byzantine Empire before its decline.

Medieval Europe and Japan

Students will demonstrate an understanding of medieval Europe and Japan by summarizing medieval social hierarchy in Europe, describing intellectual and artistic achievements of the Middle Ages, and comparing Japanese feudalism with Western European feudalism during the Middle Ages.

Ancient Empires

Students will demonstrate an understanding of ancient empires by describing early African nations, comparing Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, and analyzing the impact of ancient Mesoamerican and Andean leaders.

Postmedieval Ideas

Students will demonstrate an understanding of postmedieval ideas by describing the effects of the plague, analyzing the cultural impact of the Renaissance, and summarizing the effects of the Age of Exploration.

Influence of the Enlightenment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the Enlightenment by summarizing the effects of settled nations, describing the Scientific Revolution, and analyzing the Enlightenment’s influence on the French Revolution.

Industrialization and Imperialism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of industrialization and imperialism by explaining the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society, summarizing resulting economic ideologies, explaining imperialism, and analyzing reform movements.

The World Wars

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the world wars by explaining the events leading to WWI, describing the causes of the world wars, analyzing the ending of WWII, and explaining the crime of genocide.

Globalism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of globalism by describing the aftereffects of WWII, explaining the fighting of proxy wars, and analyzing the pros and cons of globalization.

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Module 1 – West Meets East Meets West
Monotheistic Religions
Expansion and the Golden Age of Islam
Byzantine Empire Achievement, Expansion, and Collapse

Module 2 – Medieval Europe and Japan
Medieval Hierarchy
Rulers and Robes
The Crusades
Medieval Arts and Literature
Guilds and a Changing Economy
Developing a National Identity
East Asia
Comparative History: Eastern and Western

Module 3 – Great Empires of the World
West African Kingdoms
Big Picture Africa
Early Mesoamerican Civilizations
Central and South American Legacies and Contributions
Comparing and Contrasting Early American Civilizations

Module 4 – The Birth of New Ideas
Science and Rebirth
Renaissance Humanities and Fine Arts
The Reformation and Counter-Reformation
Age of Discovery
Worlds Collide
Slavery

Module 5 – The Enlightenment and Revolutions

European Geography
Constitutional versus Absolute Monarchies
The Scientific Revolution
Modern Science
The Age of Enlightenment

Module 6 – 19th Century Changes
Independence and Reform
The Industrial Revolution
Political and Economic Ideologies
Imperialism
Italian and German Unification
Modern Reform and Independence

Module 7 – The World at War and the Fires Between
Allies and Enemies World War I
Modern Warfare and Its Legacy
Between the Fires
The Spark and Fire
Dropping the Atomic Bomb
Genocide
Impact of World War II

Module 8 – The Modern Era
The Roots of the Cold War
Modern China
Proxy Wars
The Iron Curtain Comes Down
New Nationalism
Globalization
Invisible Warfare

 

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Projects allow students to demonstrate competence and understanding of concepts and skills by completing a career-related task. For example, the assignment might be to create a mural, a package design, a speech, a film review, or a movie set – you name it! These creative projects are about applying your learning acquired through in-depth research to real-world career tasks.

Each competency will be addressed through a project that is based on a real-life career task. Here are the careers you will explore: Community Service Manager, Playwright, Communications Specialist, and Social Science Research Assistant.

Competencies

Development of Monotheistic Religions

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the development of the monotheistic religions by comparing the ideals of the monotheistic religions, summarizing the expansion of the Islamic empires, and summarizing contributions of the Byzantine Empire before its decline.

Medieval Europe and Japan

Students will demonstrate an understanding of medieval Europe and Japan by summarizing medieval social hierarchy in Europe, describing intellectual and artistic achievements of the Middle Ages, and comparing Japanese feudalism with Western European feudalism during the Middle Ages.

Ancient Empires

Students will demonstrate an understanding of ancient empires by describing early African nations, comparing Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, and analyzing the impact of ancient Mesoamerican and Andean leaders.

Postmedieval Ideas

Students will demonstrate an understanding of postmedieval ideas by describing the effects of the plague, analyzing the cultural impact of the Renaissance, and summarizing the effects of the Age of Exploration.

Influence of the Enlightenment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the Enlightenment by summarizing the effects of settled nations, describing the Scientific Revolution, and analyzing the Enlightenment’s influence on the French Revolution.

Industrialization and Imperialism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of industrialization and imperialism by explaining the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society, summarizing resulting economic ideologies, explaining imperialism, and analyzing reform movements.

The World Wars

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the world wars by explaining the events leading to WWI, describing the causes of the world wars, analyzing the ending of WWII, and explaining the crime of genocide.

Globalism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of globalism by describing the aftereffects of WWII, explaining the fighting of proxy wars, and analyzing the pros and cons of globalization.

Projects

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Digital Badge

Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through career-focused experiential learning, you will develop and learn skills for application to tasks typically completed as part of a career rather than using traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your Experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning whom we call an “outside expert.” You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments to share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how experiences work:

  1. Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable predetermined by you and your instructor.
  2. Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
  3. Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge, and meet competencies for your 9th-grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then you may work with an Occupational Therapist to help apply your writing skills to create an informational video about adaptive equipment for patients. The video aims to advise family members of patients regarding the use of accommodations and equipment to help patients perform daily tasks. Now you’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! This is just one example of the many ways Experiences can bridge competencies to careers.

Obtaining an Outside Expert: Prior to enrollment, please have an idea for an outside expert in mind or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] for help in identifying one.

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the outside expert are both required to work with outside experts without parental supervision.

Competencies

Development of Monotheistic Religions

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the development of the monotheistic religions by comparing the ideals of the monotheistic religions, summarizing the expansion of the Islamic empires, and summarizing contributions of the Byzantine Empire before its decline.

Medieval Europe and Japan

Students will demonstrate an understanding of medieval Europe and Japan by summarizing medieval social hierarchy in Europe, describing intellectual and artistic achievements of the Middle Ages, and comparing Japanese feudalism with Western European feudalism during the Middle Ages.

Ancient Empires

Students will demonstrate an understanding of ancient empires by describing early African nations, comparing Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, and analyzing the impact of ancient Mesoamerican and Andean leaders.

Postmedieval Ideas

Students will demonstrate an understanding of postmedieval ideas by describing the effects of the plague, analyzing the cultural impact of the Renaissance, and summarizing the effects of the Age of Exploration.

Influence of the Enlightenment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the Enlightenment by summarizing the effects of settled nations, describing the Scientific Revolution, and analyzing the Enlightenment’s influence on the French Revolution.

Industrialization and Imperialism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of industrialization and imperialism by explaining the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society, summarizing resulting economic ideologies, explaining imperialism, and analyzing reform movements.

The World Wars

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the world wars by explaining the events leading to WWI, describing the causes of the world wars, analyzing the ending of WWII, and explaining the crime of genocide.

Globalism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of globalism by describing the aftereffects of WWII, explaining the fighting of proxy wars, and analyzing the pros and cons of globalization.