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World History Through a Thematic Lens: Part 1 Of 2

Darby Kennedy, MA
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(145)
In part 1 of this complete, homeschool-friendly, world history course, learners investigate the scope of human history through major themes and questions.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
  • 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. I am an Education Ambassador for the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Teacher Ambassador for Retro Report. My expertise in teaching is in helping students see the many ways that history, geography, politics, and economics intersect. 
Homework Offered
Each week, students will prepare for class meetings though reading, watching assigned videos, and writing. Homework will take 1-2 hours weekly, and serves to prepare students for class discussion and activities.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students who choose to take the class for a grade will be expected to complete a summative project due the last week of class. There will be an opportunity for students to present their project to the class, though that is not required. Project options will be provided and will include both research-based and creative options. Projects are graded based on a provided grading rubric. The final project is work 30% of the final grade.
Grades Offered
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 35% - - Weekly Journal submission 35% -- Final project 30%
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
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, sheg.stanford.edu/history-lessons. 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, www.thecrashcourse.com/courses/worldhistory1.

Meyer, Raoul, and John Green. “Crash Course - World History 2.” YouTube, uploaded by The Crash Course, www.thecrashcourse.com/courses/worldhistory2.

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

World Digital Library. “TIMELINE: World History.” World Digital Library, www.wdl.org/en/sets/world-history/timeline/#0.
Joined April, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
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... 
Group Class


for 28 classes
2x per week, 14 weeks
55 min

Completed by 32 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
3-12 learners per class

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