WORLD HISTORY SURVEY -A
1st Semester: Ancients to the Fall of Rome (Creation – 400 AD)
2nd Semester: Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation (400 – 1600 AD)
The goal of this junior high world history survey is to take beginning 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 begin to make connections between when something happened and why something happened, as well as the motivations behind people’s choices. While most classically educated students know that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the doors of the church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517, there are some that have no idea why he did it, or what the resulting Protestant Reformation would mean for the world at large – both then and now. This class will seek to “put more flesh on the bones” of the dates and the people and places that students have rattling around in their heads. The whole year will be a big game of Connect the Dots – and it will be amazing!
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 ancient world and the middle ages. Students will present short papers and presentations, participate in discussions, and offer peer review and feedback during our time together each week.