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World History: Ancient & Classical Civilizations || Full-Curriculum

Janelle Hopkins, M.Ed - World & US History
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(335)
Embark on a weekly journey through prehistoric & ancient eras, exploring early societies to iconic civilizations like Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Persia, Israel, Phoenicians, Greeks & Romans. Tailored for active & hands-on learners!

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with State-Specific Standards
Investigate early human tool creation, societal evolution, and the impacts of the agricultural revolution. 
Chart early human migrations and adaptations, outlining the origins of Homo sapiens. Explore Mesopotamia's geography, civilizations, and the GRAPES framework. 
Investigate Sumerian, Akkadian, and Babylonian achievements, and Mesopotamian legal systems. 
Examine ancient Egypt's Nile River influence and its decline. 
Evaluate theories on the fate of Harappans and explore Hinduism's beliefs. 
Study Ancient China's geography, dynasties, and philosophical schools. 
Analyze the Phoenicians' trade skills and the development of their alphabet. Investigate ancient Persia's governance, infrastructure, and society. 
Explore the GRAPES framework for ancient civilizations.

Explore ancient Greece's geography and its impact on civilization, including conflicts like the Persian Wars. 
Survey cultural legacies like mythology and philosophy, and delve into Alexander the Great's conquests. 
Investigate ancient Rome's landscape and its influence on society, from the Punic Wars to the rise of Christianity. 
Examine Rome's emperors and their achievements, including architectural innovations. Analyze the reasons behind Rome's decline and Constantinople's significance in the Byzantine Empire. 
Investigate Kiev's role in Eastern Europe's trade and culture, from Prince Vladimir's conversion to Christianity to its economic mechanisms. 
Study Islamic history from its foundation to its golden age, exploring cultural exchanges and trade networks. 
Evaluate the political strategies and cultural contributions of the Qin and Han dynasties in ancient China. 
Assess the impact of the Silk Road on global interconnectivity and the importance of the Great Wall of China. 
Chronicle the accomplishments of the Mauryan and Gupta Empires in India, including the Aryan Caste System and Buddhism's spread. 
Design a Classical Civilizations Theme Park to showcase knowledge and creativity, focusing on civilizations like Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Russian, Islamic, Indian, or Chinese.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics. My academic journey included a wide range of courses focusing on various political and historical aspects of civilizations from different time periods and regions around the world. This comprehensive study allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the complexities of past and present societies.

Furthermore, I pursued a Master of Education degree specializing in Secondary Social Sciences, which provided me with advanced knowledge in teaching history, political science, and related subjects. I obtained certification from the state of Alabama, qualifying me to teach social sciences to students in grades 7-12.

Over the course of my teaching career, I have gained extensive experience instructing students in US and World history; dedicated to delivering engaging and informative lessons in these subjects. Additionally, I have conducted extensive research in both history and politics for over 20+ years, allowing me to stay informed and up-to-date with the latest developments in these fields.

My educational background, teaching experience, and research expertise have equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging learning experience. I am committed to fostering a deeper understanding of historical events and political dynamics while encouraging critical thinking and a passion for learning in my learners.
Homework Offered
Weekly materials will be posted in the classroom, with most being digital-friendly and a select few requiring printing. For those who prefer not to print, PDFs will be available to view on your device. Brief, independent assignments will often extend outside classroom time due to our packed agenda. Every learner will get at least one week to complete assignments and will receive advanced notice for larger projects. Homework, necessary for a deeper understanding, will be light—expect about 30 to 60 minutes per week. It's important to note that learners have varying speeds and styles of learning, and this may reflect in the time taken to complete tasks. Completing these assignments diligently on one's own time will not only reinforce the material discussed in class but will also prepare learners for more engaging and productive class experience. For digital worksheets, please refer to the 'Materials' section, which contains a list of third-party websites where they can be accessed.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Upon request and prior to the start of the course, assessments can be conducted throughout the course to evaluate learner progress and understanding. These assessments may include quizzes, tests, projects, feedback and/or other forms of evaluation (i.e. letter grade). Parents and learners are encouraged to discuss their grading preferences with the teacher. The purpose of assessments and grades is to provide feedback on student learning and measure their achievement. It is important for learners to actively participate in assessments and seek feedback to gauge their progress and areas of improvement. Furthermore, a detailed rubric will be provided specifically for the project. This rubric will serve as a guideline to assess and evaluate the quality and creativity of the learners' project. It will outline the criteria and expectations, ensuring transparency and fairness in the assessment process. Learners will have a clear understanding of the criteria by which their projects will be evaluated, allowing them to strive for excellence in their projects.
Grades Offered
Upon request learners can opt to receive grades and/or feedback. In the absence of a specific request for grades, only feedback will be provided.
Paper: It is recommended to have both construction or colored paper for creative projects and regular paper for written assignments.
Pen/Pencil: Essential tools for note-taking, completing assignments and engaging in activities.
Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils: These coloring tools will be useful for visual projects and adding creativity to assignments.
Printer: Access to a printer is required for printing out resources provided by the teacher or accessing digital documents.
Note: If using hard copy printouts, it is strongly suggested to have a folder or binder for organization.
Dice: A physical set of dice, an app that allows for dice rolls, or access to a virtual dice roller online will be used for specific activities and simulations.
For digital worksheets, please refer to the 'Materials' section, which contains a list of third-party websites where they can be accessed.

Additionally, for the PEEP Diorama Project, you may need the following supplies:
Peeps: These can be purchased online from websites like Amazon or similar platforms. They will be used as figures in your diorama.
Shoe box or slightly larger box: Select a suitable box as the base for creating your diorama.
Construction paper: Use construction paper to design the background scene of your diorama.
Scissors: You will need scissors for cutting out shapes, figures, and other elements for your diorama.
Markers, paint and/or crayons: Use markers or crayons to add color and detail to your diorama.
Tape: Secure various components of your diorama using tape.
Thread: Thread can be used to suspend or hang objects within your diorama if needed.
Paste: This can be useful for attaching small objects or pieces of paper to your diorama.

Having these materials readily available will ensure a smooth and engaging learning experience throughout the course.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The study of world history encompasses a wide range of topics, including some sensitive subjects from the past such as war, slavery, racism, religion, and genocide. In this course, it is important to approach these topics with sensitivity and respect.

Religion will be discussed solely in its historical context, focusing on its influence on societies and events throughout history. The aim is to provide learners with an understanding of how religion shaped various civilizations without promoting any particular religious beliefs.

To foster a comprehensive understanding, learners will be exposed to multiple perspectives through the use of peer-reviewed and scholarly sources. Critical and reflective thinking will be encouraged, allowing students to analyze historical events, conflicts, security issues, religious influences, and economic factors from different angles.

Discussions in the classroom will be closely moderated, ensuring a balanced and unbiased approach. The teacher will facilitate discussions, encourage participation, and monitor the conversations to maintain a secular standpoint that respects all viewpoints.

When relevant, viewpoints from marginalized groups will be explored, providing a broader understanding of history from different social, cultural, and ethnic perspectives. This approach promotes inclusivity and helps learners develop empathy and a deeper appreciation for diverse experiences.

Great care will be taken to present the content in an age-appropriate manner, ensuring that the material is accessible, respectful, and suitable for the maturity level of the learners.
Marr, Andrew.  A History of the World.
Boum, Aomar  and Arthur Goldschmidt, Jr.   A Concise history of the Middle East, 11th ed. 
Khaldûn, Ibn Ibn.  The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History - Abridged Edition.   
Lewis, Bernard.  The Middle East:  A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years.  
Richardson, Hazel.  Life in the Ancient Indus River Valley (Peoples of the Ancient World).
Bauer, Susan. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome.
Frankopan, Peter.  The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Captivating History.  Ancient Civilizations: A Captivating Guide to Mayan History, the Aztecs, and Inca Empire
Gomez, Michael.  African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa
Souyri, Pierre François and Käthe Roth.  The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture)
Wickham, Chris. Medieval Europe

Primary and secondary texts, writings and works of various early religious and significant scholars. 
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(335)
Hey y'all! I'm Janelle, your not-so-average History teacher. I believe in making learning hands-on and engaging for my middle school students. Why is hands-on learning important for middle schoolers, you ask? Well, the simple answer is that middle... 
Group Class


1x per week
60 min

Completed by 28 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
3-8 learners per class

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