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World History I

World History I is an introductory course focused on exploring the four primary river valley cultures: Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ancient India and Ancient China--before transitioning to the Greco-Roman world. Students study and consider interactions of dominant cultures across space and time. World History I explores origin stories by tracing the evolution of humans’ rise through the earliest stages of physical and cognitive development across diverse societies. Following this, the course transitions to the Agricultural Revolution, in which students learn how humans domesticated plants and animals, transitioning from roving hunters and gatherers to sedentary farmers, and eventually to the rise of first cities and complex societies.

Students will:

  • Examine archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution.
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush, and how these systems supported permanent settlement and early civilizations.
  • Trace the development of agricultural techniques that enabled the emergence of cities as centers of culture and power.
  • Understand the relationship between religion and the social, political, and moral systems across communities.
  • Trace the evolution of language and its written forms.
  • Develop research skills using print and electronic sources to create research bibliographies.
  • Understand the complexities and value in utilizing multiple perspectives and primary and secondary sources for historical analysis.
  • Synthesize complex ideas to present balanced information with clarity, conciseness, and presentation skills.
  • Practice paragraph structures and short answer responses, as well as collaborate to create more complex essay-based writing.
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