World Civilizations

World Civilizations examines the growth of human society from our earliest beginnings to the present. Students will study such topics as agricultural societies, ancient civilizations, empires, trade, and migration. Students will also gain practice in researching, using technology, and writing through various projects. In addition to the default course program, World Civilization includes alternate lessons, projects, essays, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

  • Unit 1: Students will discover how history is studied and the methods that are used to gather information. They will identify the early humans, their characteristics, and their lifestyles.
  • Unit 2: Students will examine rise of early civilizations and their characteristics and identify the Indo-European invaders and their effects while evaluating the advances in weapons and tools.
  • Unit 3: Students will describe the classical tradition, the development of major religions, and the giant empires with a focus on Greek and Roman societies.
  • Unit 3: Students will describe the fall of the empires and the emergence of the Middle Ages in Europe. They will examine the dominant religions of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, while also discovering the civilizations of Asia, Oceania, Africa, and the Americas. 
  • Unit 5: Students will examine the civilizations and dynasties of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas from approximately 1000 A.D. to 1500 A.D.
  • Unit 6: Students will identify the significant discoveries of the Age of Exploration, the colonization of the New World, the impacts of Europeans going eastward, the Renaissance, and the Scientific Revolution.
  • Unit 7: Students will evaluate the many revolutions and conflicts that took place from 1750-1914 in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 
  • Unit 8: Students will examine various military conflicts including World War I, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, the road to World War II, the independence movements in Asia and Africa, and the Chinese Revolution. 
  • Unit 9: Students will identify important events of the Cold War, describe the relationship between the United States and Soviet Union, identify apartheid in South Africa, examine the Israeli-Palestine conflict, identify the growth of terrorism, and evaluate globalization. 
  • Unit 10: Students will examine long term changes and recurring patterns in history and compare and contrast different economic systems.

State: National
Grade Level: 7, 8
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year