World History

World History explores the people, events, and ideas that have shaped history from the beginnings of human society to the present day. Students will study such topics as ancient civilizations, empires, exploration, the world wars, and globalization. Students will also gain practice in research using technology and writing through various projects. In addition to the default course program, World History 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 lifestyles.
  • Unit 2: Students will know the characteristics of a civilization and identify the early river valley civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. They will examine how those civilizations evolved, agriculture developed, and kingdoms emerged.•Unit 3:Students will describe the classical traditions, development of major religions, and the growth of giant empires by looking at the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and the Chinese.
  • Unit 4: Students will explain the reasons for the fall of early empires, examine changes in religions, and identify the effects of migration and trade on the New World.
  • Unit 5: Students will identify 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 7: Students will know the reasons for and effects of exploration and colonization by European countries. They will examine the history of imperialism, the Renaissance, the Inquisition, and the Reformation. 
  • Unit 8: Students will evaluate the many revolutions and conflicts that took place from 1750-1914 in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. They will also identify the characteristics of the Industrial Revolution and European Imperialism in Asia and Africa. 
  • Unit 9: Students will compare and contrast the causes and results of the World Wars. They will also gain knowledge on the Boer War and the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. 
  • Unit 10: Students will understand the major events of the Cold War. They will also examine the effects of World War II including independence movements and globalization. 
  • Unit 11: Students will describe the major issues affecting nations today, including globalization, population growth, pandemics, and immigration. They will also examine types of economic systems and the history of capitalism.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year