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World History Through a Thematic Lens: Part 1 Of 2

In this 14 week course, learners will investigate some of history's biggest questions as a way of exploring the scope of world history.
Darby Kennedy, MA
99 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 20 learners
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Meets 2x per week
Over 14 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Students will develop skills of historical interpretation and critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of why it is important to study the history of human interaction in the world. Class discussion promotes good communication skills, and encourages mutual respect for people with different opinions. 
I have a BA in Political Science, History, and Secondary Education and a MA in American Studies. I have over 10 years of experience teaching high school and college students social studies and critical thinking skills. My expertise in teaching is in helping students see the many ways that history, geography, politics, and economics intersect. 
Each week, students will prepare for class meetings though reading, watching assigned videos, and writing. Homework will take 2-3 hours weekly, and serves to prepare students for class discussion and activities. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
All students will be provided with a summary of topics and skills covered in class. Students who wish to receive a grade for their work in this class will be assessed using the following:
 - Class Participation 40%  - - Weekly Journal submission 40% -- Final project 20%
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Some Of The Sources That Will Be Used To Inform This Class:

Frankopan, Peter. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World. Reprint, Vintage, 2017.

“History Lessons.” Stanford History Education Group, Accessed 28 Mar. 2021.

Metro, Rosalie. Teaching World History Thematically: Essential Questions and Document-Based Lessons to Connect Past and Present. Teachers College Press, 2020.

Meyer, Raoul, and John Green. “Crash Course - World History.” YouTube, uploaded by The Crash Course,

Meyer, Raoul, and John Green. “Crash Course - World History 2.” YouTube, uploaded by The Crash Course,

Tignor, Robert, et al. Worlds Together, Worlds Apart. Fifth, W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.

World Digital Library. “TIMELINE: World History.” World Digital Library,


Darby Kennedy, MA
Lives in the United States
Connecting the past and present, meaningfully.
99 total reviews
37 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I am a longtime teacher and a lifelong learner. I am passionate about helping middle and high school students find meaningful connections within the social studies. I strongly believe that learning happens more easily when students see how... 
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