Unit 0 Geography (1 week)
Students use map and globe skills to interpret a legend, scale, or symbol representation in an effort to identify physical and cultural features that explain the historical migration of peoples, expansion and disintegration of empires, and the growth of economic systems.
Unit 1 Fall of Rome (2 weeks)
Students review the geographic borders of the Roman Empire at its height. Students discuss Roman law, art, architecture, engineering and the spread of Christianity. Students examine the factors in the fall of the Roman Empire.
Unit 2 Spread of Islam (6 weeks)
Students study the physical features and climate of the Arabian Peninsula. Students compare nomadic and sedentary ways of life, as well as the origins of Islam and its connections with Judaism and Christianity. Students discuss Islamic beliefs, practices, law and the influence of Islam on Muslim daily life. Students examine the establishment of trade with Asia, Africa, and Europe, along with the intellectual exchange that occurred as a result of trade.
Unit 3 Sub-Saharan Africa (4 weeks)
Students study the relationship between climate zones and the development of civilizations. The importance of written and oral traditions in the transmition of Africa history and culture as a result of trans-Saharan trade.
Unit 4 Medieval China (4 weeks)
Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of China in the Middle Ages. Students study the Tang, Song, Mongol, and Ming dynasties. Students examine the influence of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism on China. Students discuss Chinese art, music, inventions, and trade along the Silk Road.
Unit 5 Feudal Japan (4 weeks)
Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Medieval Japan. Students study the influence of China and Korea on Japanese culture. Students trace the development of various forms of Buddhism in Japan. Students examine the social and political roles of people in Japanese society. Students analyze the rise of the samurai military society and the lasting influence of the warrior code of conduct.
Unit 6 Medieval Europe (6 weeks)
Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of Medieval Europe. Students study how feudalism was the foundation of European political, economic, and social structures. Students examine the development of castles and castle life. Students analyze the role of Christianity in Medieval European society. Students discuss the bubonic plague. Students examine the causes and effects of the Crusades.
Unit 7 Renaissance & Reformation (4 weeks)
Students analyze the origins, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance. How the revival of classical learning and the arts fostered an interest in humanism. The importance of Florence in the spread of Renaissance ideals. The spread of information as a result of the printing press. Advances in literature, the arts, science, mathematics, cartography, engineering, human anatomy, and astronomy. Theological, political, and economic ideals of the Reformation. Major figures of the Reformation and counter-Reformation.
Unit 8 Scientific Revolution & the Age of Exploration (2 weeks)
Students analyze the historical developments of the Scientific Revolution and its lasting effect on religious, political, and cultural institutions. Students will discuss the significance of new inventions and theories. Students will trace the voyages if discovery and discuss the exchange of plants, animals, technology, and culture that occurred.
Unit 9 Aztecs, Incas, Mayas (3 weeks)
Students compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Meso-American and Andean civilizations. Students study the roles of people in each society, including class structure, family life, warfare, religious beliefs, and slavery. Students examine the art and architecture of each society, as well as their achievements in astronomy, mathematics, and medicine. Students examine the events leading to the conquest of each civilization by Spain.
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