If you are curious about what we will be learning in World History this year, here is a partial overview of what the students will be studying...
- Democratic concepts developed in Ancient Greece that served as a foundation for American constitutional democracy.
- How the government of the Roman Republic contributed to the development of democratic principles (separation of powers, rule of law, representative government, civic duty).
- The principles (civic participation, role of government) from ancient Greek and Roman civilizations which are reflected in the American political process today, and discuss their effect on the American political process.
- Describing the following economic concepts as they relate to early civilization: Scarcity, opportunity cost, supply and demand, barter, trade, productive resources (land, labor, capital, entrepreneurship).
- How major physical characteristics, natural resources, climate, and absolute and relative locations have influenced settlement, interactions, and the economics of ancient civilizations of the world.
- The concept of cultural diffusion, and identify the influences of different ancient cultures on one another.
- How the physical landscape has affected the development of agriculture and industry in the ancient world
- How history transmits culture and heritage and provides models of human character
- A comparison of the lifestyles of hunter-gatherers with those of settlers of early agricultural communities
- How the developments of agriculture and metallurgy related to settlement, population growth, and the emergence of civilization
- The characteristics of civilization
- The important achievements of Egyptian civilization
- The four ancient river valley civilizations
- Key figures and basic beliefs of the Israelites and how these beliefs compared with those of others in the geographic area.
- Students will analyze the cultural impact the ancient Phoenicians had on the Mediterranean world with regard to colonization (Carthage),exploration, maritime commerce (purple dye, tin) and written communication (alphabet).
- The transition from Roman Republic to empire and Imperial Rome, and will compare Roman life and culture under each one.
....to be continued.....