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Pre-AP Geography and World History

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Open to: Grades 6 - 9
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Student Expectations:

Recommended School Credit:

Course Code: WHS2

Course Description


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. 

Course Goals

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to advance the following skills:

  • Acquiring knowledge via a wide range of primary and secondary sources. 
  • Incorporating evidence into written and oral arguments.
  • Explaining historical relationships, such as causality, correlation, continuity, and change.
  • Collaborating with peers on special projects. 

Materials Needed

Core Textbook: 

Bentley, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
ISBN: 978-0073385648

Other Textbooks (selected chapters):

MacGregor, Neil. A History of the World in 100 Objects. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.  
ISBN: 978-0143124153

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.
ISBN: 978-0073514994

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.
ISBN: 978-1285870236

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

  • Geography: Climate, Resources, and Population
  • Patterns of Human Settlement: Pre-History to 600 BCE
  • Regional Cultures and Material Trade: 600 BCE to 600 CE
  • Natural and Arbitrary Borders in Expanding States: 600 CE to 1450 CE
  • Isolated and Globalized Networks: 500 CE to 1450 CE
  • Cross-Cultural Interaction and State Building: 1000 CE to 1450 CE

Technical Requirements

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.