WORLD HISTORY

Course Description:

World History studies the diverse cultures of the world as well as significant events from the first civilizations to the modern age so that students may better appreciate the story of humankind.  By analyzing the contributions of past civilizations and investigating key periods in history, students can better understand the modern world.  The course utilizes many primary and secondary sources to develop a global perspective and to foster growth in reading, writing, critical thinking, and geography skills.


Unit Structure:

Glenbard students enrolled in World History will experience the same curriculum which is designed to provide students with a rich experience that explores both Eastern and Western civilizations and culture while developing reading, writing, and critical analysis skills.  Major themes in the course include the foundations of civilizations in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, major religions including Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity, as well as Eastern and Western philosophy.  Students will also explore major periods in Western Civilization including the Renaissance, the Age of Reason, and the Age of Revolution as well as major events in Eastern Civilizations which include the rise of nationalism in China and India.   Finally, students will also investigate global events of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries which include Imperialism and World War One and Two.  

Even though all four Glenbard high schoolsí curriculum will include the same time periods and civilizations, each building may structure the units and sequence of units differently.  
Common Assessments:

In addition to a district wide pre-assessment given in September to assess both content and skill objectives, and the two summative semester finals, all students take the following 5 formative assessments:

Renaissance Art: Students will analyze a piece of Renaissance art and explain how the artistic piece reflects the social values of the Renaissance time period.  Students will also be asked to compare/contrast Renaissance and Medieval artistic styles.

Imperialism Political Cartoon: Students will analyze a political cartoon from the Age of Imperialism with the goal of identifying authorís tone and perspective and applying their interpretation to their understanding of the time period.

Human Migration Map: Students will use their map reading skills to examine a thematic map and draw logical inferences based on evidence presented in the map.

Secondary Source Reading: Students will read an ACT-like reading on the Classical Age in order to recognize main idea, evaluate the importance of key supporting details, and draw logical conclusions.

Historical Time Line: Students will analyze events on a time line in order to find historical patterns and evaluate inferences.

Curriculum Documents:
1 - Geography and First Civilizati.pdf
2 - World Religions.pdf
3 - Eastern Civilizations.pdf
4 - Renaissance - Reformation - Ex.pdf
5 - The Age of Reason.pdf
6 - Industrialization and Imperial.pdf
7 - The World at War.pdf