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World History Semester I Exploration to Empire and Enlightenment 16-18Th Century

Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(413)
This 8-week semester course teaches the major themes of economics, technology, government, and change over time. Age of Exploration, Colonization, Mercantilism, Age of Enlightenment, European and Russian Empires in the 1700s.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Trace the origins of exploration and trade during this time period. 
Describe the motives of European nations to explore new lands. Describe the impact that exploration had on Indigenous people in the Americas.
Explore the motives for an isolationist policy in Asia. 
Examine European motives for trade in Africa. 
Explain the Triangular Trade Routes
Explain how empires grow and change
Compare and contrast exploration in the Americas and Africa with exploration in Asia
I am a highly-qualified and licensed teacher in history for grades elementary through grade 9. I have taught world history in a public school classroom for over 15 years. I was the lead history teacher for my school. I have presented at both local and state social studies teacher conferences. I have judged at all levels, including the national levels of the National History Day Project. 
I love to travel and always travel with the purpose of exploring the history of an area.

 In order for people to understand current events, we must make the effort to look at the difficult stories of the past. I believe it is only by looking at our past that we can better understand today. This class allows for discussion and reflection on the actions that people took over 400 years ago. The class will teach the causes and effects of exploration. The goal is not to demonize or glorify any group or people, but to have an understanding of events. 
Homework Offered
Optional weekly quizzes using Booklet or Kahoot! Learners are asked to prepare a project presentation on one nation or group of people and how they were changed during this period of history. Learners are provided with sources of trade books and articles to read that will enhance their understanding of the weekly lesson. A weekly summary of reflection is helpful to show understanding of the content. This can be completed and sent in for review or just kept for the learner as review.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Informal assessment Learner scores on review quizzes
Grades Offered
Learners will benefit from having a modern World History textbook that they can refer to for longer reading passages and references outside of the classroom.  

A very economical choice is the book,  Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

A list of optional picture books and novels that learners may choose to read as an enhancement to the course will be provided upon enrollment. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Weapons were the main technology that allowed Europeans to overpower other nations and peoples. I will not show graphic images during the classes or on any handouts.  The historical fact that Europeans killed many people in Africa, Asia, and the Americas as they explored will be discussed. The spreading of Christianity is a key motivating factor for exploration. Learners are provided the fact that this became a source of conflict in some non-Christian nations. No religious group is portrayed as good or bad. Discussion is focused on the impacts based on historical documents.

European exploration had a worldwide impact, because this class covers 200 hundred years of history it is impossible to discuss all of the individual Native Nation people that were impacted by exploration. I will focus on the Aztecs, Huron, Powhatan, and Wampanoag Native Nations in the Americas. I will focus on the Western Gold Coast of Africa,  as slavery was a key source of economics during this time period, and is necessary to discuss its negative impact for a thorough understanding of the impacts on people and societies.   We will also discuss the impact on people in the nations of China, India, Japan, and the Spice Islands in Asia.

I teach class directly using Canva, YouTube clips, and Google Docs.   Learners may want to submit responses in the classroom using Google Docs, but this is not required. I supply direct links for learners to use the Kahoot! and Blooket review games as a way to review between lessons. These games do not require learners to enter any personal information. The links are provided via the classroom page each week. They are only sent to the enrolled learners in the current section and expire after the section ends. 
Library of
The British Museum
The Mariners Museum
National Museum of African American History and Culture
National Museum of the American Indian

Meet the teacher

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(413)
I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

   Learners need to see the relevance of what they learn. Then, they... 
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weekly or $115 for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 12-16
3-6 learners per class

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