Course Overview

World History Overview

World History is designed to give students an overall view of world history.  This course will introduce students to major themes beginning with Ancient times and carrying through current events happening in today’s world.  This class will prepare students for Civics and American History by looking at various forms of government, documents and events that have had both a direct, and indirect impact on the United States.  This will be done through writing and reading skills along with lecture and class discussion.  As ninth graders, students need to be organized and responsible.  Ultimately, these skills will prepare them for college.  Students should be able to understand the connections between historical events and see how past events are relevant to the world today.  Students should understand the material to the point that they can defend their own ideas and opinions on both world issues and historical events.   

Honors students will be expected to work independently on assignments that standard students will receive more teacher guidance on.  Students will write coherently to open ended questions and do outside reading on assigned topics.  They will be expected to work independently as well as in groups.  They will develop critical thinking skills and stay up to date on current events and bring outside information into classroom discussion.  Though a certain amount of rote memorization is required in history, students should also understand the material to the point that they can defend their own ideas and opinions on both world issues and historical events.  Their organizational skills will be held to a high standard which will prepare them for future high school courses and ultimately college.


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