This course opens with the ancient empires of China and Rome about 2,000 years ago. Students compare and contrast important features of these empires: how they governed themselves, how they met their basic needs, what factors held them together, and what people of the time believed. In the balance of the first semester students focus on the rise of Islamic empires and their relationship to the Catholic kingdoms of medieval Europe. Major themes include conflicts between empires, including the Crusades, as well as connections between empires, such as the Silk Road. In the second semester, the focus shifts from the Old World to connections between the Old World and the New World. Students learn about the age of discoveries, the Columbian exchange, the growth of European power in the world, and the conflicts that tore Europe apart in the 1600s and 1700s. China, the Islamic world, Europe, and the proess of globalization are all relevant to students' lives, so connections with present events will be considered throughout the year. The year is organized in units, as follows:
Comparing the Chinese and Roman Empires
Islamic empires from Africa to Asia
Middle Ages in Europe
Europe at the time of the Renaissance and Reformation
Europe explores the world
Europe and global trade, 1500-1800
How you will learn To learn about these topics you will work closely with a wide variety of maps, visual sources, and readings, including primary sources. For most topics, you will have an interactive presentation and set of vocabulary words covering the core content. To reinforce learning, homework will be assigned weekly. To assess your understanding you can expect, for most topics, a project and a quiz. For each topic, you will find presentations, vocabulary games, and other interactive resources on the class Web site (which you are using right now; click Current work). These resources are designed to help you learn the core material you need to understand new topics and prepare for quizzes.
How grades are calculated Quarterly grades are based on homework (30%), project work (25%), quizzes (25%), and participation (20%). Homework will be done primarily on Google Classroom; many homework assignments will be completed, in part, in class. Participation refers to compliance with PBIS (the school's positive behavior system), appropriate participation in classroom activities, and contribution to a positive classroom environment.
Technology in this course You are expected to use Netclassroom (netclassroom.ttlc.org) to get assignment details and keep track of how you are doing. Much of the classwork and homework will be on Google Classroom. Make sure to use your online accommodations for reading, writing, and organization. Mr. Peal can help you use all these tools to help you succeed in this class. Have a great year!