Course Description

Here's a glance at what we'll be learning about this year:  
Map Unit  
    *Mapping and Mental Maps 
    *Using latitude and longitude  
    *Continents and oceans  
    *Earth's physical features  
  * Climate    
Development of Civilizations 
    *Using sources to learn about the past  
    *Primary and secondary sources  
    *Archaeology and Anthropology   
    *Hunter-Gatherer  
    *Paleolithic Era to the Neolithic Era  
Mesopotamia  
    *The influence of the location, geography, and climate on 
       civilization there   
    *The six elements of civilization (GRAPES) 
    *The origins of technology, urbanization, literacy, 
      and legal systems  
    *The first kingship empires: their beginnings, expansion, 
       and collapse   
    *Economic ideas of surplus and scarcity, and the role of trade, 
      and transportation 
Egypt  
    *The influence of the location, geography, and climate 
     on civilization there   
    *The impact of religion on daily life, particularly on burial practices  
    *Egypt's economic, social, and political levels within the society  
    *Advances in technology, engineering, literacy, trade 
     and transportation  
    *Key Egyptian pharaohs and their accomplishments  
China 
  *The development of civilizations in China 
  *Chinese government systems 
  *The economy and trade in China 
  *Chinese culture and conflicts 
  *Chinese Religions and Philosophies 
  *Technological advancements made by the Chinese 
India 
   * Physical processes that built up Earth’s surfaces 
     including plate tectonics 
   *The influence of the location, geography, and climate 
    on civilization there   
   *The history, origins and central beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism 
Greece   
  *The influence of the location, geography, and climate on 
     civilization there  
  *The effect of trade and transportation routes on the economy 
    and technology 
  *The development of democracy, and its impact on 
    governments today  
    *Differences between life in Athens and life in Sparta  
    *Contributions of the Greeks in the areas of philosophy, art,  
        architecture, literature, science, and technology 
  * The development of money as means of exchange  
Rome  
   *The influence of the location, geography, and climate 
    on civilization there   
  *The historical origins, central beliefs and spread of 
   Judaism and Christianity 
   *The technological advances or the Romans  
   *The founding and organization of the Roman Republic 
  *The similarities and differences between the 
    Roman Republic and the US government  
    *The effect of Julius Caesar on the Roman Republic   
    *Augustus Caesar and his accomplishments  
  *The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and impact of the people of Pompeii 
  *The effect of transportation routes on economic growth 
     and the exchange of goods 
   *The successes and failures of the Roman Empire  
   *The decline and fall of the Roman Empire  
   *The important contributions of the Romans to Western civilization