In the first semester students begin by exploring one of the oldest and most successful civilizations: China. Students analyze how China was governed and met basic needs (food and trade), and what people believed. A brief unit then looks at the Roman Empire: how was Rome governed, what did people believe. and why, in comparative perspective, did this empire fail? In the balance of the first semester, students examine the rise of Islamic empires and their relationship to the Christian kingdoms of Europe. Major themes in the second quarter include conflicts between empires (the Crusades) as well as connections between empires (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 first learn about the the conflicts that tore Europe apart in the 1600s and 1700s and then turn to the dramatic expansion of Europe's power after 1500. The year ends with a look at how slavery was introduced in the New World.
Europe during the Renaissance and wars of religion
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 twice a week. To assess your understanding you can expect, for most topics, a project. 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 explore new topics.
How grades are calculated Quarterly grades are based on homework (30%), project work (30%), quizzes (25%), and participation (15%). 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 This year students are using Blackbaud in many ways: to get basic information about all topics covered in class; to get homework and grades; to communicate with their teacher. Students are expected to use online accommodations for reading and writing. Mr. Peal can help with all these tools to help you succeed in this class. Have a great year!