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Open to: Grades 6 - 9
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Recommended School Credit:
Course Code: WHS2
This course explores the relationship between geography and world history. Students will learn to be geographers and historians, evaluating the geological factors that influence patterns of human settlement and societies around the globe. With an emphasis on material culture, this course will help students develop an understanding of how natural resources affected the relationships between various peoples throughout history. This course also prepares students for future work in Advanced Placement social studies.
Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to advance the following skills:
Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
Other Textbooks (selected chapters):
MacGregor, Neil. A History of the World in 100 Objects. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.
Mitchell, Joseph R. and Helen Buss Mitchell. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in World History, Volume 1: The Ancient World to the Pre-Modern Era. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Primary Source Collection:
Andrea, Alfred J., and James H. Overfield. The Human Record: Sources of Global History, Volume I: To 1500. 8 ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2015.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.