This literature-based history course adds historical fiction to an engaging middle school history text, covering the fall of Rome to about 1750 in world history.
- Learn about famous people, places, and events from about 500 to 1750 CE, including the fall of Rome; the rise and spread of Islam; West African empires; China and Japan; early Middle Ages; Late Middle Ages; the Renaissance; the Reformation; the Scientific Revolution; the Americas; the Age of Exploration; and the Enlightenment and Revolution.
- Learn new words in context related to history and geography.
- Improve their understanding of maps and world geography as empires drastically changed through time.
Compare and contrast historical events and nations.
Students will have readings in the text and activities posted in Canvas each week to review the material, including a review exercise at the end of each week. During class, reader’s theater type plays, simulations, and review games will reinforce the materials studied each week. Students will have opportunity to share specific things they have learned from their own readings as well as sharing their projects.
Course Assignments will include:
- Readings in the text including review questions; history reviews in Canvas.
- Various worksheet type activities posted in Canvas to review the material read.
- Optional: read historical fiction, nonfiction, or biographies related to the topics being studied.
Research and complete several projects: Medieval Asia; European Middle Ages; Early Americas (Mayans, Aztecs, or Incas); and Revolutions of the 1700s & 1800s.
Who should enroll?
All 6th and 7th graders are welcome.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Microsoft Word and Power Point are very helpful. If a different word processing program is used, students will need to save or export documents to a pdf.
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