Pre AP World History and Civilization
Pre-AP World History is a two-semester course. It emphasizes events and developments in the past that greatly affected large numbers of people across broad areas of the earth and that significantly influenced peoples and places in subsequent eras. Some key events and developments pertain primarily to particular people and place; others, by contrast, involve trans-cultural interactions and exchanges between various peoples and places in different parts of the world. Students are expected to practice skills and processes of historical thinking and inquiry that involve chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research, issues-analysis, and decision-making. They are expected to compare and contrast events and developments involving diverse peoples and civilizations in different regions of the world. Students are expected to examine examples of continuity and change, universality and particularity, and unity and diversity among various peoples and cultures from the past to the present. Finally, students are expected to apply content knowledge to the practice of thinking and inquiry skills and processes. There should be continuous and pervasive interactions of processes and content, skills and substance, in the teaching and learning of history.
At NHS, first semester emphasis is on the importance of the ancient and classical civilizations and the study of world religions. Second semester study includes the emergence of western civilization and the impact that their growth has on all parts of the world. The text, research projects, simulation activities, computer work, audiovisual materials, and selected outside reading will be utilized to maximize students’ understanding of world history.
Prerequisite: A in 8th grade Language Arts or A or B in Bridges L/A and a strong Social Studies student
- A Core 40 and AHD course
- A year long course (2 credits earned)