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Course SummaryThis Middle School World History Curriculum Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach world history. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.
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How It Works
You can use this world history course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of world history, from the Paleolithic Era and early Indian civilization to feudal Japan and 16th century Europe. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific world history course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like Athenian democracy or Martin Luther's 95 Theses. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on the development of hierarchal structures includes key terms like aristocracy, theocracy, and democracy.
As you work on your world history lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like the Scientific Revolution if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity, or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the geography of Mesopotamia and the political structure of the Roman Republic.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the last ice age to 17th century European economies, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the Byzantine Empire or medieval Europe? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about Aztec oral traditions, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on the Enlightenment, you can point your students to the transcripts on Rene Descartes, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from factors influencing the evolution of ancient civilizations to the effects of gunpowder in the New World.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on Islamic society in the Middle Ages? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What were some of the Roman Empire's cultural legacies?
Below is a sketch of the world history curriculum modeled on a 20-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Paleolithic Era to the Agricultural Revolution||The last ice age, hunter-gatherer societies, early human communities, the Neolithic agricultural revolution|
|Week 2||Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, & Kush||The region's major river systems, agricultural and technological developments, Hammurabi's code, ancient Egyptian art|
|Week 3||The Ancient Hebrews||Monotheism and polytheism, origins of Judaism, Judaism's key historical figures, the Exodus, the Jewish diaspora|
|Week 4||Ancient Greek Civilization||Greek poetry and mythology, the Presocratics, life in Athens and Sparta, the Persian and Peloponnesian wars, the philosophy of Socrates and Plato, Aristotelian logic|
|Week 5||Early Civilization in India||Aryan invasions of India, the caste system, origins of Buddhism, the Maurya Empire, Sanskrit literature, the Bhagavad Gita|
|Week 6||Early Civilization in China||Geography of ancient China, the teachings of Confucius, unification of northern China, the Han Dynasty, the 'silk roads'|
|Week 7||The Roman Republic||Law and political structure in the Roman Republic, the Pax Romana, Cicero's philosophy, reforms in the Late Republic|
|Week 8||The Roman Empire & Cultural Legacies||The early Christian church, the reign of Augustus Caesar, the 3rd Century Crisis, Roman art and architecture|
|Week 9||The Byzantine Empire||The establishment of Constantinople, the Byzantine Empire's development, the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches|
|Week 10||Islamic Civilizations in the Middle Ages||Geography of the Arabian Peninsula, the birth of Islam and the five pillars of the Islamic faith, Islam's Golden Age|
|Week 11||Middle & Late Imperial China||The reunification of China, the spread of Buddhism, the Mongol Ascendancy, achievements of the Sung and Ming dynasties|
|Week 12||Africa (500-1800 CE)||Trade routes on the Niger River, the Ghana and Mali empires, the trans-Saharan caravan trade, the spread of Islam in West Africa|
|Week 13||Feudal Japan||9th and 10th century Japanese art and literature, the reign of Prince Shotoku Taishi, the lord-vassal system, Japanese Zen Buddhism, 12th century military society|
|Week 14||Medieval Europe||The spread of Christianity, Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire, the Magna Carta, the crusades, reforms in the Roman Catholic Church, the Western Schism|
|Week 15||Meso-American & Andean Civilizations||The rise and fall of Maya, Aztec, and Incan civilizations; Meso-American oral traditions and achievements|
|Week 16||Renaissance Europe||Renaissance art and humanism, the House of Medici, the travels of Marco Polo, impacts of the printing press, the works of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci|
|Week 17||The Reformation in Europe||Martin Luther's 95 Theses, the ideas of Erasmus and Tyndale, the Council of Trent and the Counter Reformation, Protestant influences on society|
|Week 18||The Scientific Revolution||Medical and scientific breakthroughs, the observations of Copernicus and Tycho Brahe, Galileo and the telescope, the scientific contributions of Newton and Kepler|
|Week 19||The Enlightenment||Scientific rationalism, the philosophy of Rene Descartes, political theories of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, modern capitalism's origins|
|Week 20||Europe and the Age of Exploration||The effects of gunpowder in the New World, Spanish and Portuguese explorers, the encomienda system, the Columbian Exchange, 17th century market economies|
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