TEXTBOOKS: Adas, Stearns, etc..: World Civilizations 4E, McDougall-Littell World Literature, and Writer’s Inc. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course meets the requirements for English 10 and AP World History. Students will study world history from the foundations period (8,000 B.C.E) through the present. Students are expected to take the AP World History test in May. Writing pieces and literature selections reinforce the concepts and content of the social studies component of the course. Students will apply reading, research, writing, and speaking skills to demonstrate learning in analytical pieces.
Habits of Mind:
Constructing and evaluating arguments: using evidence to make plausible arguments.
Using documents and other primary data: developing the skills necessary to analyze point of view, context, and bias, and to understand and interpret information.
Developing the ability to assess issues of change and continuity over time.
Enhancing the capacity to handle diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, bias, and frame of reference.
Seeing global patterns over time and space while also acquiring the ability to connect local developments to global ones and to move through levels of generalizations from the global to the particular.
Developing the ability to compare within and among societies, including comparing societies’ reactions to global processes.
Developing the ability to assess claims of universal standards yet remaining aware of human commonalities and differences; putting culturally diverse ideas and values in historical context, not suspending judgment but developing understanding.
Impact of interaction among major societies (trade, systems of international exchange, war, and diplomacy).
The relationship of change and continuity across the world history periods covered in this course.
Impact of technology and demography on people and the environment (population growth and decline, disease, manufacturing, migrations, agriculture, weaponry).
Systems of social structure and gender structure (comparing major features within and among societies and assessing change).
Cultural and intellectual developments and interactions among and within societies.
Changes in functions and structures of states and in attitudes toward states and political identities (political culture), including the emergence of the nation-state (types of political organization).
Will include material from the Foundations period through 1750
Will include all literary concepts covered this semester
History: Multiple Choice and Essays
Grading will be weighted in the following manner: History: essays 40%, multiple choice 40%, participation and preparation 20% Literature: tests and essays 40%, STAARS 40%, participation and preparation: 20%