Global History I
This two-year course is designed to develop students into historians, critical thinkers, effective public speakers, and skilled writers. This year, we will examine a vast stretch of human history, from the first civilizations on earth to the point at which the monarchs of Europe, at the height of their power, were challenged by new philosophies. We will explore how human life is shaped by geography, culture, religion, migration, political, economic, and social systems, warfare, disease, trade, and technology. We will approach history from multiple perspectives, engaging in rigorous analysis of primary and secondary sources, class discussions and debates, group activities, and a considerable amount of writing, through which you will be able to develop your own conclusions about each topic. Unit assessments will include Regents-style essays, team debates requiring group cooperation and individual research, and full-period unit tests.