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World History Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes

Students in World History Part 1 will learn about the events, people, and places from the year 1500 A.D. to the contemporary world. They will learn about world history by exploring its relevance; by studying living history; and by identifying the significance of a person, place, or event. In this wide-ranging course, students will learn how the world and its inhabitants were shaped over time, and, in the process, will gain a better understanding of the role that geography plays in world history.  The historical tools covered in this course will help students foster an appreciation for the history in which they are living. History is only useful if we study the past to learn for the future.

Course Objectives

Unit 1:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe how geography affected the formation of civilizations, from the first civilizations to the Mesoamerican civilizations.
  • Discover the beginnings of civilization by studying the peoples of Sumeria and Mesopotamia.
  • Identify the people and kingdoms of the Nile and Egypt.
  • Discuss the peoples of ancient India and Pakistan.
  • Identify the beginnings of several world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity.
  • Explore the beginnings of Rome and the start of the massive Roman Empire.
  • Explore the beginnings of civilization in the Americas.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the geography of Western and Eastern Europe.
  • Identify the beginnings of religions such as Christianity, Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.
  • Examine the struggle for power between the church and monarchs.
  • Explore events of the Middle Ages, including the Black Death.
  • Identify the basics of the religion of Islam and identify how its followers conquered lands and imposed their religion.
  • Identify the Delhi Sultanate.
  • Explore the Ottoman and Safavid empires.

Unit 3:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the first kingdoms in Africa.
  • Discover the dynasties of China and their methods of unifying the country.
  • Discover the Renaissance in Italy.
  • Identify the Protestant Reformation and its impact on the Catholic Church.
  • Explore the Scientific Revolution and the discoveries that came from this period.
  • Examine the Atlantic slave trade.
  • Discover European influence in China, Japan, and Korea.

Unit 4:  Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the interactions between Europeans and the peoples of the Americas.
  • Discuss the power struggle between European nations.
  • Explore the advances pushed forward in Russia.
  • Examine the events of the Enlightenment.
  • Analyze the American Revolution and its lasting effects.
  • Discover the events leading up to the French Revolution, including its outcome.
  • Examine Napoleon’s rise to power and eventual downfall.

Course Materials

  • Prentice Hall World History (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved