About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our High School World History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about foundational world history concepts. There is no faster or easier way to learn about these world history basics. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about significant historical periods, the elements of civilization, causes of historical change, geographical regions and recurring themes in history.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Foundational Concepts of World History unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Foundational Concepts of World History Unit Objectives
- Identify significant periods in world history.
- Describe common elements that make up a civilization.
- Understand factors causing historical change.
- Pinpoint various geographical regions on a world map.
- Explain how climate and geography impact a civilization's location.
- Recognize recurring themes in history.
1. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present
In this lesson, we will look at the six periods of world history. We will learn the defining characteristics of each and highlight the major themes associated with each period.
2. What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements
In this lesson, we will define the term civilization. We will identify the core characteristics of a civilization, and understand the function of civilizations in the context of historical development.
3. Historical Change: Causes and Effects
In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.
4. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions
The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we're going to look at a basic overview of major world regions and see how they collectively create the world map.
5. Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures
This lesson will explore the concept of historic recurrence. In doing so, it will highlight recurring themes in history like the rise and fall of empires, the development of technology, economic trade, military conflict, and gender roles
6. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization
In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.
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Other chapters within the High School World History: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Geography - Topography: Homeschool Curriculum
- World Religions & Belief Systems: Homeschool Curriculum
- World History - Early Civilizations: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - Near East: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - China: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - India: Homeschool Curriculum
- History of Ancient Greece: Homeschool Curriculum
- Hellenism and Athenian Achievement: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Rise of the Roman Republic: Homeschool Curriculum
- History of the Fall of Rome: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Founding of Christianity: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Eastern Mediterranean: Homeschool Curriculum
- Introduction to the Dark Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- African History: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Early Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Medieval Warm Period: Homeschool Curriculum
- The High Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- Asian History (1000-1300 CE): Homeschool Curriculum
- Pre-European Civilizations in North America: Homeschool Curriculum
- Dynastic Empires of Eurasia: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Late Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Renaissance Era: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Age of Exploration: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Reformation Across Europe: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Elizabethan Era: Homeschool Curriculum
- Colonialism: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Enlightenment & World Revolutions: Homeschool Curriculum
- World War I: Homeschool Curriculum
- Between the World Wars: Homeschool Curriculum
- World War II: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Cold War: Homeschool Curriculum
- Post War Europe, Asia, Middle East & Africa: Homeschool Curriculum
- Latin America Since 1900: Homeschool Curriculum
- The 21st Century: Homeschool Curriculum