World History I

This course traces the social, economic, and political development of world civilizations and the growth of important ideas from ancient times, beginning with Mesopotamia and Egypt, progressing through Greece and Rome, and then focusing on development  from the end of the Roman Empire through the mid seventeenth century.  Not only will students be mastering much historical content, they will also be learning how to ask questions, seek answers, and make arguments like historians.  Students will engage in a variety of learning methods, including textbook study, primary document exploration, creative writing, group discussions, and other projects.     My choices for assignments are well-considered and my classes are very lively.  I do everything I can to overcome the limitations of the ‘virtual divide.’

World History I:  Ancient to Early Modern: Course Meeting Time, Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1:30PM, Eastern Standard Time

Course Length: 32 weeks

Recommended for: 9-12 grade (Parents of interested 8th graders should contact me before registering.)

Cost: $625, plus a $25 materials fee.   Enroll through Aim Academy.

Required Texts: This course partners with Study.com, a company that employs qualified instructors to create video and text-based learning.  In lieu of buying outside course materials, a $25 materials fee will be automatically added to each family’s $625 tuition when they enroll at Aim Academy.    In addition, students will be reading historical documents and watching documentary clips.  All required material are uploaded into the course.

Note: Some families might wish to have their student read a traditional textbook in addition to the required Study.com material in the course, for more challenge or future standardized test-taking preparation.    If that is the case, I will recommend an excellent one and upload review tests (not used for grading purposes) for the student to work through.  Contact me about this.

Live Sessions: Weekly class meetings will be conducted on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:30 EST almost every week the course is in session for discussion and instruction.  When we do not have a live class scheduled, students will be watching a teacher-created presentation or directed to do some other related activity.  All live sessions will be recorded and available for students to play back at their convenience.   Although attendance in the live sessions is not necessary, it is highly recommended.  Not only do the students gain a lot from them, but we also have a lot of fun.

Time Commitment: The qualified student will spend 5-8 hours per week on this class. This includes time for reading the assigned texts, completing weekly homework, and participating in weekly class sessions (via live session or archived recording).

Test Readiness: The course is aligned with skills and content covered in a pre- AP World History, the SAT Subject Test in World History or the CLEP Western Civilization I test.   Students do not need, however,  to be preparing for a standardized test to take this class.

Prerequisites: None.  Application not necessary for high school students.

Live Sessions: Weekly class meetings will be conducted on Tuesdays 12:15-1:30PM, EST almost every week the course is in session for discussion and reviewing of material.  When we do not have a live class scheduled, students will be directed to view a related presentation or video. All live sessions will be recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience.  Attendance at the live sessions is not required, but highly recommended!  We really enjoy our live sessions together.

This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas.  Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time.

Time Commitment: Students will spend 5-8 hours per week on this class. This includes time for reading or viewing  the required course material, completing weekly homework,  participating in weekly class sessions (via live session or archived recording), and working on on-going projects.