World History (9/10)

Honors Section Available: Yes

Brief Course Description:

This yearlong course surveys world history from prehistoric time until the present, focusing on major centers of civilization and development throughout history.

Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes:

The course has three main areas of emphasis. First, students must learn the extensive body of information included in an introductory survey of world history. Second, they learn to accomplish this by mastering a wide variety of study skills, which will equip them for high school and college. Along with this, they learn to interpret maps, graphs, and other forms of statistical information, evaluate current events, and understand the difference between fact, opinion, bias, and propaganda. Third, students participate in National history Day, creating a sophisticated historical project and designing a method for carrying out research and making a finished product over a lengthy period of seven months. They work with a wide variety of primary and secondary sources and learn to organize material, analyze data, and write an evaluative annotated bibliography.

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the course are to meet the standards of the state of California for Word History as well as equipping our students with the skills to carry out further historical research. The objective includes the school’s expected school-wide learning results of producing responsible citizens in today’s society.

Key Assignments:

Weekly quizzes and tests address mastery of facts, dates, and people. Graphic organizers such as Venn diagrams, graphs, matrices, tables, and time lines reveal the ability to meaningfully organize material into new formats. Conversely, students interpret data from given graphs and maps in order to test their ability to turn data in one form into another and to draw conclusions from it. Small research projects assess use of research materials, annotated bibliographies, research writing style, oral and/or visual presentation, and ability to follow instructions explicitly. The National History Day project assesses student’s ability to creatively amass a wealth of information from a wide variety of sources on a topic that relates to the yearly theme set forth by National History Day.

Honors—English proficiency, Social Studies 8 with B+ or greater, and teacher recommendation; transfer students must prove English proficiency with a writing sample, have an overall G.P.A. of 3.5 or greater, and have an A or B in previous history or social studies course. Regular—English proficiency

How the honors course is different from the standard course:

Students are required to read additional short works, preferably primary documents, that are current with the major time period being studied, writing comparative and analytical essays on content and style. They must write with very few spelling or grammar mistakes and will develop a flowing prose writing style that represents fullness of thought. This requirement goes beyond that expected of the parallel non-Honors course, a requirement that principally addresses writing structure. Students will be required to understand and to analyze history more critically than non-Honors in terms of higher level thinking. They will also be required to evaluate and respond to the current philosophies of the appropriate time period.

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