World History 7 & 8

Fall Semester, 2009

A.     World History – 7th and 8th 

B.     Jonah A. Maidoff –

C.    Civilizations and Cultures –

a.      In a two year course we study the foundations of human society and the development of cultures around the world.    The scope of our study is broad from our most distant ancestors through to the Holocaust.   Students gain a deep understanding of human behavior and the role of geographic location in the development of societies.  We examine the archeological and scientific evidence for African genesis and human migration across the globe.  We examine the rise of civilizations in river valleys and the spread of culture by the sea peoples around the Mediterranean.  The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome and the development of western civilization are examined.  The Course examines the environmental, social, political, religious and economic aspects of the classical world through to the Medieval European ages and Renaissance.

b.      A significant part of the course is Facing History and Ourselves; A study of the Holocaust and Human Behavior. We engage students in an examination of racism and prejudice. We work together to express and explore through stories, pictures, poetry, first hand accounts, film and art, the moral choices made and responsibilities ignored in Nazi Germany and the rest of the world.   Children confront prejudice in the world and in their own lives as citizens of a diversely populated democracy.


D.    Texts, Readings, video/DVD

a.      Textbooks

                    i.      Prentice Hall-  History of Our World

1.       An CD of the textbook may also be borrowed.

                    ii.      Facing History and Ourselves: the Holocaust and human behavior

b.      Readings

       i.      The Bear that Wasn’t

      ii.      Maus I: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

c.       Video

       i.      Guns Germs and Steel

       ii.      Tashlin – “The Bear that Wasn’t”

      iii.      Miligram Experiment


E.     Weekly Textual readings Assigned from History of our World.

a.      Bi – weekly examinations on the assigned chapters.

               i.      Students need to prepare for the examinations by reading the chapter and reviewing the chapter in the summary at the end of each.

               ii.      Students are to meet an 80% of better standard on the examinations.

1.       Retests are available and expected to be taken in HW Club – or Lunch period.

b.      Written assignments

                        i.      Creation story-board. 

1.       A storyboard of a selected creation story from any civilization.

                       ii.      Research Paper – on a major Early Civilizaton

2.       3-7 page research paper on a chosen civilization

a.      12 point Font -

b.      Double spaced

c.       Footnoted/end-noted

d.      Pictures that help explain the civilization under study

c.       Time Line of major Civilizations (ongoing assignment)

d.      Map of Civilization region (included in Museum Presentation)

e.      Weekly in-Class readings   – from Facing History and Ourselves.

                         i.      All work on Facing History will be in Class until the Spring Semester.

1.       Students are expected to keep a journal for facing history.

a.      Time will be given in-class to make weekly journal entries.

f.        Students are expected to be prepared for class and have all materials and assigned readings completed.

g.      Students needing assistive technology such as keyboard need to have that technology as part of an overall plan. 

h.     Papers are to be typed.  


Human Civilizations -

F.       Introduction to Human population of planet.

a.      Guns Germs and Steel.

b.      Science story (Jane will delve into the cosmos with students in Science)

c.       Age of Human existence versus/History

d.      Tools of the historian

e.      Culture and Civilization

f.        Environments Migration.

G.    Creation Stories –

a.      How humanity explains existence.

b.      Making a visual depiction of creation stories

c.       Telling creation stories.

d.      Presentation of Creation stories

  i.      How does the story show the geographic location of the people who created it?

H.    What is necessary to understand early civilization?

a.      Oral vs. Written traditions. 

b.      Artifacts

c.       Archeologists and Historians

d.      Paleoarchology

e.      Anthropology

f.        Sociology

I.       Museums

a.      Purpose of Museums

    i.      Cultural and social importance

   ii.      Selection of items

b.      Museum visits

c.       Building our own museum