World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. (2215) VA

World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. (2215) VA explores the people, places, events, and ideas that have shaped history from the beginnings of human society to the Renaissance. Students will study such topics as agricultural societies, ancient civilizations, empires, all the way through the beginning of exploration, while learning that patterns will emerge regarding civilizations and cultural interaction. Students will also gain practice in research using technology and writing through various projects. In addition to the default course program, World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. (2215) VA includes alternate lessons, projects, essays, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

  • Unit 1: The Study of History: Students will discover how history is studied and the methods that are used to gather information. Students are expected to understand the different fields of historical study as well as the various methods used.  Perspective, sources, and bias are discussed.
  • Unit 2: The Beginnings of Human Society: Students will identify the early humans, their characteristics, and lifestyles.Learning how mankind turned from primarily being hunters to actively pursuing an agrarian lifestyle is explored as well as migration patterns and maps.
  • Unit 3: Early Civilizations: 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 4: Patterns of Growth: 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, tools, writing and trade.
  • Unit 5: Empires and Religions: Student will describe the life cycle of an empire, study the Egyptian Civilization and the beginnings and spread of Judaism. The Persians and their religion are also explored, as well as the civilizations in China, India, and what would become America.
  • Unit 7: Classical Civilizations: Students will describe the classical traditions of Greece and Rome, looking at the literature and philosophy of both of these influential empires. Students will also be able to identify today's ideals of basic human rights in classical traditions and religions. 
  • Unit 8: Europe and Middle East in Medieval Times: 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 and the Middle East, discovering how these religions affected the politics of these regions.
  • Unit 9: Asia, Africa, and Oceania: Students will explore the Middle Ages as lived out in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.  Cultural interaction in the form of trade and migration is also explored. A project helps the students to explain the similarities between analogous relationships.
  • Unit 10: Patterns in History-Europe and the Americas: Students will identify the patterns of the Middle Ages in Europe, describing how through war and disease, mankind found a better way, resulting in exploration and The Renaissance.  The impact of cultural interaction is also explored as this exploration leads to the New World.
  • Unit 11: Patterns in History - Asia and Africa: Students will identify patterns of the Middle Ages in the societies of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, following the rise of the Mongols and the impact of that civilization on the region.  Students will also examine the cause of effect of the religion in that time and place.

State: National
Grade Level: 9
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year