Each semester is broken into four, four-week units, primarily covering one skill area while progressing through World History.  Click on the links below to follow the course assignments and classroom instructional videos.  

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SEMESTER 2

 

UNIT 1

Weeks 1-4

 Notetaking

 Early Man to China

 

UNIT 2

Weeks 5-9

Speaking

 Persia to Islam

 

UNIT 3

Weeks 10-14 

Writing

Mongols to European Enlightenment

 

 

 

UNIT 4

Weeks 14-18

 Compare/Contrast Writing

 Russia to Latin American Revolutions

 

  


Unit 2

Weeks 5-9

Expository Writing

Persia, Greece, Rome, Han, European Middle Ages, Islam

 


Day 12

September 11

Classwork: 

  • Create Timeline - Combining Major Events of Early Civilizations
  • Intro to the Persian War

Homework: 

  • Finish Timeline
  • Read/watch the film Engineering an Empire: Persia on the video page to answer the question "To what extent are Persians/Iranians accurate in claiming they are home to one of the most glorious civilizations in human history?"  Categorize notes into major areas of achievement.  Be sure to include relevant specific quotes that best explain the situation/contribution.

Creating Timeline for Unit 1

Hollywood's Depiction of the Persian Empire - 300 


Day 13

September 13

Classwork: 

  • Begin to answer the question - "Which entity had the more glorious, impactful golden age - the Persian Empire or Athenian Greece?"
  • Watch "Crash Course - The Persians and Greeks" 
  • Frame the question - "What's the point of being alive - 1) longest, healthiest, most productive lives for all humans, or 2) lives where we pursue a great ideal?" - In our world, how do we define that ideal?
  • Small Group Discussion - To what extent are Persians/Iranians accurate in claiming they are home to one of the most glorious civilizations in human history?

Homework: 

  • No Homework.  Enjoy your youth.  Hug your parents and thank them for the world they've provided for you.

 

Hedonistic Treadmill - Purpose of Life/Governance is Protecting Pursuit of an Ideal

Recap of Persian Empire Success


Day 14

September 17

Classwork: 

  • Review Test - Test Reflection - What are reasons why I might not have done as well as I wanted?
  • Page 1 Page 1A
  •  Page 2
  •  Page 3 Page 3A
  • Intro to Greece

Homework: 

  • Correct your test using a different color writing utensil
  • Homework: Read Chapter 9 in "Our World's Story" answering the questions - What elements of early Greek society influenced the West?  How so?
  • Watch video on Plato's Allegory of the Cave and then one of the related Hollywood films.  Can you make connections between the two?  How so?

Reasons for why you might not excel to your expectations on exams

Greece - Geographic Determinism

Overview of Greek Unification


Day 15

September 23

Classwork: 

  • Characteristics of a Level 1 One Minute Speech
  • Foundation of Early Greek Philosophy

Homework: 

  • If necessary, read Chapter 9 in "Our World's Story" answering the questions - What elements of early Greek society influenced the West?  How so?
  • Prepare one minute speech on topic related to Impact of Greece on the Western World

Components of a Level 1 Speech

The Roots of Greek Philosophy

Sample Level 1 Speeches with Grading


Day 16

September 25

Classwork: 

  • One Minute Speeches - Contributions of Greece
  • Peer Review
  • Greek Formal Thought

Homework: 

  • Read Chapter 11 in Our World's Story on the Roman Empire.  Use the Powerpoint to visualize the topics introduced.  Be able to thoroughly answer all of the questions on the Powerpoint
  • One Minute Speech - If you haven't yet delivered your speech, be sure to practice for Friday. 

 

Contributions of Greece - Speeches - Period 3 Samples

Contributions of Greece - Speeches - Period 4 Samples

 


Day 17

September 27

Classwork: 

  • Finish One Minute Speeches - Contributions of Greece
  • Greek Formal Thought
  • Quiz - Students are Teachers - Powerpoint

Homework: 

  • Watch video - "Engineering the Roman Empire" (only 1:00-45:00 or 45:00 to 1:30 based on what was assigned in class)- Answer the question - What contributions of Ancient Rome make it the most dynamic empire in the history of the world?  You will have a small group discussion and you will be sorted based on the depth of thought/detail you put into answering the question.

 

 

Introduction to Greek Formal Thought

Introduction to Roman Empire - Student Taught


Day 18

October 1

Classwork: 

  • "Speed Dating" - Dynamism of Roman Engineering
  • Introduction to S.O.A.P.S Tone
  • Using Soap Stone to analyze documents  and GoogleDocs
  • Introduce One Minute Speech #2 - Level 1

Homework: 

  • Research and Prepare for One Minute Speech analyzing Rome document

 

Introduction to S.O.A.P.S.tone

S.O.A.P.S.tone Speech Introduction

Speed Dating - Sharing of Rome: Engineering an Empire Content


Day 19

October 3

Classwork: 

  • Sample Document Analysis One Minute Speeches
  • Introduction to issues related to America's government shutdown
  • View Crash Course videos on Rome and Christianity to answer the following questions: 1) What were the major turning points in the evolution of the Roman Empire, 2) What were the major contributions of the Roman Empire? 3) What were the major turning points int he evolution of Christianity?

Homework: 

  • Research and Prepare for One Minute Speech analyzing Rome document (extension of previous day's homework)
  • Using four of the documents found on Twitter, gather and organize information to help you respond to the following prompt: Compare and contrast the fall of the Roman Empire to America's current situation.  You will be answering the question in a 45-minute whole class shared inquiry discussion on Monday. 

 


Day 20

October 7

Classwork: 

  • Analyzing Documents - One Minute Speeches - What to consider?
  • Shared Inquiry - Comparing the Fall of Rome to the Current State of America

Homework: 

  • Review materials to ensure ability to answer all questions asked for Day 12 to 20
  • For those of you who have not yet given your Document Presentations, ensure they are adjusted to take advantage of the feedback given in class today.

Day 21

October 9

Classwork: 

  • Analyzing Documents - Finish One Minute Speeches
  • The Middle Ages - To what extent was the period an age of unification/fragmentation?

Homework: 

  • Read Chapter 14, answering the following questions - 1) What were the major turning points in the evolution of the Muslim Empire? 2) What are the major characteristics of Islam? 3) What were the major achievements/contributions stemming from the Golden Age of the Islamic Empire?
  • Optional: Read Chapter 13 if you wanted further information on the Middle Ages. 

 

The Middle Ages - Fragmentation or Unification


Day 22

October 11

Classwork: 

  • Group Discussion - Contributions and Evolution of Islam
  • Video Analysis - Golden Age of Islam

Homework: 

  • Prepare for Unit 2 Test
  • Speech: Research, analyze and prepare for one minute speech on UNIT 2 DOCUMENTS
  • Objective/Short Answer: Prepare for historical content test, ensuring you have prepared responses for each of the questions listed above for all Unit 2 Topics

 

Unit 2 - Study Guide

Islam Questions - Considerations


Day 23

October 17

Classwork: 

  • Unit Test - One Minute Speeches
  • Unit Test - Short Answer

Homework: 

  • Enjoy your Youth
  • for each of the questions listed above for all Unit 2 Topics

 

Period 1 Speeches - Unit Test