Unit 1 Uncovering the Past: Historical Thinking and Skills
Students will learn how to think like historians by viewing historical events and issues from the perspectives of people living at the time, avoiding evaluating the past in terms of today’s norms and values.
Unit 2 Ancient Greece
Students will understand the enduring impact the Ancient Greece had on later civilizations. The features covered include: well-organized central governments, complex religions, job specialization, social classes, arts and architecture, public works and writing.
Unit 3 Ancient Rome
Students will understand the enduring impact Ancient Rome had on later civilizations. The features covered include: well-organized central governments, complex religions, job specialization, social classes, arts and architecture, public works and writing.
Unit 4 Feudal System
Students will focus on conditions that gave rise to feudalism, as well as political, economic, and social characteristics of feudalism in Asia (Japan) and Europe.
Unit 5 Early Middle Ages
Students will understand how the breakup of the Roman Empire led to the development of feudalism and manorialism within Western Europe
Unit 6 The Late Middle Ages
Students will focus on the impact of three military conquests: Muslim conquests, the Crusades, and the Mongol invasions.
Unit 7 West Africa
Students will understand the effects of interactions among the West African empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay.
Unit 8 The Renaissance and Reformation
Students will focus on major achievements in art, literature, and inventions during the Renaissance and Reformation.
Unit 9 Scientific Revolution and the Age of Exploration
Students will understand how the age of exploration led to the Columbian Exchange and to the Scientific Revolution.