World History

Students will learn an overview of history from 1500 years ago to the present, world cultural, political, and economic changes. The curriculum covers key world history content in grades 9 and 10. Emphasis will be placed on class discussion, note-taking, extended reading, divergent thinking debate, and research writing.
Designed for

Students who are interested in taking World History next academic semester


All levels

Class format

One-on-one and small group (Max. 7 students/class)

Class Introduction

Welcome to the class, we are about to embark on a journey through history! My goal is to introduce you to this part of our history and to help you develop a greater understanding of it and the current state of our world. To show you how these events and circumstances apply to your lives today as you see the world around you. To demonstrate the multitude of population groups that played important roles in the continued development of our planet. And finally, I anticipate that you will come into this class with a rudimentary knowledge of certain aspects of United States history and strong viewpoints on certain topics.

The World History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of world history from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state-building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; development and transformation of social structures) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.


After completing the course, students are expected to reach the following goals:

  • Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.
  • Analyze & interpret primary & secondary sources.
  • Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, & global forces on this period of United States history.
Course Content


  • Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca; Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The Progressive Presidents; Blum
1Ancient River Valley Civilizations
2Ancient Greece
3Ancient Rome
4The Carolingian Empire
5The Middle Ages
6The Age of Exploration
7The Industrial Revolution
8World War I
9The Great Depression, World War II and the early Cold War PI
10Restructuring the Post-War World

Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class, via Teachworks, regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email. At the end of the course, the student will receive a final report card, which thoroughly speaks to their overall participation in the course, including major assignments.

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