The goal of this junior high world history survey is to take intermediate dialectic level students a little deeper into history than they have gone before. Beyond memorizing dates and people (although they will continue to do both), students will continue to make connections between when something happened and why something happened, as well as the motivations behind people’s choices. But not only that, because these students are on the cusp of the rhetoric level, throughout the year they will be gently challenged to not only understand the why behind an action, but to take a stand on whether or not the action should have happened. Most dialectic students know that Christopher Columbus sailed to the new world in 1492, and they can probably tell you a few reasons why he did it, but can they take a stand and winsomely persuade someone about whether or not he should have done it?
Using History Encyclopedias, history textbooks (like Story of the World, or Mystery of History), library books, online videos, and famous artworks, students will practice narration, summarizing, and note-booking as they read and research about famous men, women, and events in the early modern and modern world. Students will present papers and presentations, participate in discussions, and offer peer review and feedback during our time together each week.