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The Young Historians – Continents: Africa, Asia, and Oceania

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Open to: Grades 3 - 5
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)

Course Code: WHS2
 

green arrow Available Start Dates: 1/18/21, 4/26/21, 5/31/21, 6/21/21

Course Description

This course explores the history, culture, traditions, and beliefs of world civilizations from the continents of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The wide variety of civilizations include Ancient Egypt, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia, China and Japan, India, the Islamic World, Australia and New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Students learn to think chronologically and understand the major forces of change and order, in addition to the cause-and-effect relationships across a wide variety of historical experiences. It emphasizes the distinctive qualities of each civilization and what these civilizations have in common. It also prepares students for future work in pre-AP social studies classes.

Course Goals

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

  • Thinking chronologically about historical events and when they occur in time.
  • Understanding the movements behind major historical forces of change and order.
  • Recognizing cause-and-effect relationships throughout various histories.
  • Explaining historical relationships such as causality, correlation, continuity, and change.
  • Collaborating with peers in discussing specific features found in various histories.
  • Connecting historical events with their influence on cultures, traditions, and beliefs in various civilizations of the world.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. The instructor will schedule meeting dates/times at the start of the course. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests who are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations. 

Materials Needed

Core Textbook: 

The History Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) by DK
ISBN-13: 978-1465445100

Additional Textbook (selected chapters):

When on Earth? By DK   
ISBN-13: 978-1465429407

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

  • History of Africa: Ancient Egypt, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Africa – Culture, Traditions, Beliefs
  • History of Asia: North Asia (Russia), East Asia (China and Japan), South Asia (India), and West Asia (the Islamic world)
  • Asia – Culture, Traditions, Beliefs
  • History of Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
  • Oceania – Culture, Traditions, Beliefs

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.