High School World History Course

Time4Learning offers an online, interactive high school curriculum that correlates to state standards. It can be used as a primary homeschool curriculum, a supplement to your current curriculum and as an afterschool or summer skill building program. At the high school level, Time4Learning is organized by courses rather than grade levels, so parents have the option of choosing any four as part of membership.

The World History curriculum is one of five Social Studies courses offered at the high school level. World History is taught using a combination of multimedia lessons, instructional videos, worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects. The World History course is designed to prepare students for the US History II course.

Chapter 1 – What is World History?

The materials in this chapter identify the importance of learning world history, consider world geography and the concept of civilization, and examine the Neolithic Revolution that led to settlement. It is organized into sections that will teach, reinforce, and test students on ways we look at history, geography, chronologies, and civilizations.

The lesson in this chapter covers:

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to World History – Students consider how we look at history including, trends, periods and conditions, geological times and geographic conditions. Students organize dates and consider what a chronology is. Students consider relative and absolute chronologies and what defines a civilization. Students explore known information about the Neolithic Revolution and the trend to settle and use agriculture to survive.

Chapter 2 – Beginnings to 500 CE

The materials in this chapter examine early civilizations in the ancient world, including floodplain civilizations and ancient classical civilizations. It is organized into sections that will teach, reinforce, and test students on the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, and Rome, and the further development of religions after the fall of Rome.

Lessons in this chapter are organized into the following sections:

  • Lesson 1 – Floodplain Civilizations – Students are introduced to historical eras from the Big Bang forward through history. They consider the floodplain civilizations of Mesopotamia, based along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers; Egypt along the Nile; and Harappan, Aryan, Shang, and Zhou societies of South and East Asia.
  • Lesson 2 – Classical Civilizations 1 – Students trace the development of classical civilizations in China and India. Students consider Chinese dynasties, trade, and Confucian thought and political, economic and social institutions in India and the Hindu, Buddhist, and Greek religious influences. Students will compare and contrast the relationships between religion and politics in the different societies.
  • Lesson 3 – Classical Civilizations 2 – Students trace the development of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. Students explore the histories of important figures such as Homer, Alexander the Great, and King Xerxes and the wars and transfers of power between warring city-states and warring cultures. Students trace the rise of Rome and learn about its scholars, government, society, and conquests. Students compare and contrast Roman society and the Han Dynasty.
  • Lesson 4 – Further Development of Religions – Students compare Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam. Students consider how aspects of Democratic government from ancient Greece and the Roman Republic have influenced democracies today.

Chapter 3 – 500-1400

The materials in this chapter identify and compare the significance of early world cultures and their effects on one another as they moved from their postclassical forms to the Renaissance. It is organized into sections that will teach, reinforce, and test students on the post-classical era, including trade and influence between cultures and the feudal system; the rise of regional empires; and the early modern era, including the Ming Empire and the effects of the plague on civilization.

Lessons in this chapter are organized into the following sections:

  • Lesson 1 – Post-Classical Era 1 – Students consider trade between early world cultures and those cultures’ influences upon one another. Students will examine Islam and Southwest Asian culture; Africa, the Great Kingdoms, and slavery; and the Byzantines and Slavs.
  • Lesson 2 – Post-Classical Era 2 – Students will explore the feudal system in Europe including the system of manorialism and the role of the Roman Catholic Church. Students will learn about Charlemagne, the Crusades, and the Middle Ages. Students will trace the development of culture, technology and economics, art, architecture and religion in China. Students explore events and cultures during this period in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and China.
  • Lesson 3 – The Rise of Regional Empires– Students trace the rise of civilizations in the Andes and Mesoamerica. Students learn about the plagues and the roles of wildlife, environment, and agriculture in spreading disease. Students examine exploration, migration, and trade through study of the Polynesian people and the Swahili coast. Students will learn about the Mongol Empire and the travels of Marco Polo.
  • Lesson 4 – The Early Modern Era – Students compare major empires of the world during this period. Empires considered include the Ottoman Empire and Ming China. Students explore the formation of the English Government, the Renaissance, and the effect the plague had on the development of nations.

Chapter 4 – 1450-1750

The materials in this chapter analyze interactions between worlds during the Age of Exploration. It is organized into sections that will teach, reinforce, and test students on the development of Europe and western ideas and ideals, Latin America and the Columbian Exchange, role of slavery in the colonial economy, and Asia’s role in the world community.

Lessons in this chapter are organized into the following sections:

  • Lesson 1 – The West and the World – Students explore the effects of religious and political growth in Europe prior to the Age of Exploration. Students consider how the Renaissance may have influenced Columbus. Students trace the rise of the nation-state, the Reformation, and the scientific revolution and the effects each had on enabling the Age of Exploration.
  • Lesson 2 – Latin America – Students examine Native American civilizations. They explore different pre-Columbian cultures, the Columbian Exchange, and other effects of the early contact between explorers, conquistadors, and Native Americans.
  • Lesson 3 – Economic Effects of Exploration – Students examine the movement toward a global economy with Europe, Africa, and America playing their parts. Students trace the role of slavery in the colonial economy and the economy of Africa. They follow the history of abolition in Barbados. Students explore the role of religious persecution in migration to the Americas.
  • Lesson 4 – Asia and the World – Students evaluate Asia in terms of its role in the global community. They consider the Muslim empires, India, the role of Europeans in Asia, and compare the works and legacies of Confucius and Socrates. Students trace the global balance of power and the role of geography and ideology in colonization.

Chapter 5 – 1750-1914

The materials in this chapter examine revolutions around the world and their effect on industrialism and imperialism. It is organized into sections that will teach, reinforce, and test students on the rise of revolutions during the period, the Industrial Revolution in the United States, parallel revolutions, industrialism and imperialism, and the events and causes leading to World War I.

Lessons in this chapter are organized into the following sections:

  • Lesson 1 – An Age of Revolution – Students examine the rise of revolution during this period. They explore political revolutions in France and Haiti, reform movements in Great Britain, the United States and Russia, and the rise of nationalism in Japan and China. They trace the effects of the Industrial Revolution on western culture and society. Students use a map to trace the effects of the Industrial Revolution in the United States.
  • Lesson 2 – Parallel Revolutions – Students examine the revolutions that took place around the world in the period from 1750-1848. They assess the effect on of the American Revolution on the rest of the world. Students consider the French and Haitian Revolutions and the rise of Napoleon. Students explore world revolutions in 1848 and look closely at Karl Marx, Maximillian, and the US Civil War. Finally, students consider the effect the American Revolution had on the rest of the world.
  • Lesson 3 – Industrialism and Imperialism 1 – Students compare Japan and Russia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and consider their cultures, economies, and industrialization. Students consider Darwin’s theories and how they affected New Imperialism. Students explore the rise of nationalism and socialism in unifying Germany and Italy. Students trace the events of the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars. Students explore the effects of socialism and social reform on North America and analyze Nationalism in Latin America.
  • Lesson 4 – Industrialism and Imperialism – Students compare industrialism and change in different parts of the world including the United States, Mexico, Japan, and Germany. Students note the effects of imperialism on Southwest Asia and Africa. Students consider the US Civil War, the Boer War, the Opium Wars, and the Boxer Rebellion. Students analyze and compare the effects of industrialization in different parts of the world.
  • Lesson 5 – The Coming of War – Students explore contributions of science and modernism and evaluate their contributions to society. Students explore the causes of World War I and the tensions, animosities, and alliance systems in Europe that led to conflict.

Chapter 6 – 1914-Present

The materials in this chapter follow major events from the early twentieth century leading up to today. It is organized into sections that will teach, reinforce, and test students on the revolution in Mexico, World War I, the period between the wars, the effects of the Great Depression, Fascism and Stalinism, World War II, the Cold War, and the new century.

Lessons in this chapter are organized into the following sections:

  • Lesson 1 – Revolution in Mexico – Students examine the themes of this era, including revolution, economic depression, decolonization, and world conflict. Students trace the events and ideologies of the Mexican Revolution. Students explore the ideas of the different factions and alliances formed during the reign of Porfirio Diaz and make conclusions about the most ideal future for Mexico.
  • Lesson 2 – World War I – Students compare the two sides in the conflict. They will consider the effects of air power and trench warfare and the main events of the war. Students trace military campaigns outside of Europe and the participation of empire armies in the war. Students consider the Russian Revolution and compare Bolshevik communism and the Tsarist government. Students explore the events and issues leading to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. They consider whether the conditions laid out in the treaty ultimately led to the rise of Hitler and World War II.
  • Lesson 3 – Between the Wars – Students trace world changes during the inter-war years including: the decolonization of India, the end of the Great Game, US recognition, and Nationalism in Africa. Students compare and contrast the end of colonization in America with the end of colonization in Africa.
  • Lesson 4 – World in Upheaval – Students recognize the effects of the Great Depression on the world and compare reactions and solutions in different parts of the world. Students explore the changes in Germany, Italy and the USSR as a result of Fascism and Stalinism. Students analyze the rise of organizations in the US that protect modernity over traditionalism. Students note changes in governments and ideologies in Latin America. Students compare totalitarian regimes in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
  • Lesson 5 – The Coming of World War II – Students evaluate conflicts that led to Asia’s involvement in World War II. Students compare motivations involved in China’s turn to Marxism and Japan’s quest for Imperialism. Students trace the decolonization of Southeast Asia and the subsequent effects of the war in Europe.
  • Lesson 6 – World War II – Students identify Allied and Axis powers and hear primary source accounts of life on the Home Front. Students identify major turning points of the war in Europe and the war in the Pacific and examine the role that technology played in the war. Students will closely examine the Nuremburg Trials and also examine military operations during the course of the war.
  • Lesson 7 – Postmodern Era 1 – Students analyze the events and themes of the period of the Cold War. Students evaluate the devastation in Japan and Europe after the war and consider the creation of the United Nations. Students evaluate the rise in technology during the Cold War, looking particularly at the use of submarines. Students will consider the effects of the Cold War including, Communism in East Asia, the Cuban Missile Crisis, regional conflicts between Russia and Eastern Europe and the rise of the US and USSR as global super powers. Students will also consider decolonization in Africa and independence and end of partition in India during this period.
  • Lesson 8 – Postmodern Era 2 – Students consider relations and conflicts between the West and Southeast Asia after World War II, including conflicts between Israel and the Arab nations, the importance of oil in Iran, the division of India and Pakistan, the Russo-Afghanistan war, and the invasions of Iraq. Students will consider the post-Cold War Global reality including the European Union and the many social and political changes that have taken place.
  • Lesson 9 – The New Century – Students consider the period from 1968 through today. Students trace the influence of new technology and global politics and economy in our world. Students consider the effects of natural disasters such as the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and of climate change on global relationships and environmental policies. Students explore the role of terrorism in the modern world and how instances of terrorism or the threat thereof affect global relations.

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