World History I

World History I

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Course Overview

Acellus World History I examines world civilizations from Pre-history through 1200 AD. Course topics include:
  • Prehistory to Early Civilizations
  • Nile River Civilizations
  • Ancient India and China
  • Classical Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Civilizations in the Americas
  • Chinese and Indian Empires
  • The Rise of Islam
  • Ancient Africa
  • East Asia
Acellus World History I is the first in a two-part series taught by Acellus Instructor Paula Keltner. Acellus World History I is A-G Approved through the University of California.

Course Objectives & Student Learning Outcomes

Students learn about prehistoric and ancient societies. They examine the beliefs and philosophies of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome. Students investigate the economic, cultural, social motives, and religious practices of each culture. The course covers the conflicts and contributions of each society. Students also learn about the early civilizations in the Americas, and the rise of Chinese and Indian empires. The rise of Islam is compared and contrasted with Judaism and Christianity, and the influence of ancient Africa on trade and religious practices is examined. This course emphasizes the development of historical analysis skills such as comparing and contrasting the cause-and-effect relationship between the civilizations in each area of the world. Intertwined in the chronological sequence of history is a strong focus on the changing conditions in the daily lives of the people due to the influence of trade, religious practices, and philosophies. Engaging video presentations for each topic help all students, including struggling readers, acquire the knowledge of these influential societies and their contributions to our history. The student has the opportunity to answer a series of questions designed to test their grasp of the concept presented in the video.
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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Prehistory to Early Civilizations This unit presents a review of archaeology, then discusses the paleolithic age and Border Cave, agriculture and the Neolithic Age, Catal Huyuk: an example from the Neolithic Age, Oetzi the Iceman, river valley civilizations, the Fertile Crescent as the cradle of civilization and the empires that existed there, contributions of Ancient Mesopotamia, the foundations of Judaism, and the Persian Empire. Unit 2 – Nile River Civilizations This unit discusses the gifts of the Nile; old, middle, and new kingdoms of Ancient Egypt; Hatshepsut and Ramses II; religious practices, daily life, and contributions of Ancient Egypt; kingdoms of Nubia; and Egyptian influence on the Kush. Unit 3 – Ancient India and China This unit discusses the geography of India, civilizations of the Indus River Valley, Aryan culture, the foundations of Hinduism, Hindu practices, the foundations and teachings of Buddhism, the geography of China, the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, culture, ancient belief systems, and the birth of Chinese philosophy. Unit 4 – Classical Greece This unit discusses trade between the Minoans and Mycenaeans, the birth of Greek city-states, greek culture, Athens versus Sparta, the development of democracy, Greek warriors, war with Persia, the Golden Age of Athens, the Peloponnesian War, contributions of Ancient Greece, the rise of Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic Age. Unit 5 – Ancient Rome This unit discusses early Roman influences, the rise of the Roman Republic, the Punic Wars, citizenship in Rome, the rise and fall of Caesar, the rise of the Roman Empire, Rome's Pax Romana, daily life in Rome, contributions of Ancient Rome, the birth of Christianity, Christian Apostles and churches, and the fall of Rome. Unit 6 – Civilizations in the Americas This unit discusses early people of the Americas, including North American Natives, the Olmac, the Maya, the Aztecs, and the Inca. Unit 7 –Chinese and Indian Empires This unit discusses the Qin Shi Huangdi, Qin, and Han Dynasties; Confucian Philosophy in China; contributions of Ancient China; the Silk Road; India's Mauryan Empire; Asoka's death; regional powers; India's Gupta Empire; daily life in India; Hinduism; and Buddhism. Unit 8 – The Rise of Islam This unit discusses the geography of Arabia; the foundations, five pillars, and diffusion of Islam; comparing and contrasting Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Sunnis and Shiites, the Umayyad and Abbasid Dynasties, and Muslim culture. Unit 9 – Ancient Africa This unit discusses the geography and early people of Africa, people of East Africa, the travels of Ibn Battuta, the West African kingdoms, gold and salt trade, African culture, and Islam. Unit 10 – East Asia This unit discusses the Chinese Sui and Tang Dynasties, the contributions made by the Song Dynasty, Chinese agriculture and trade, the Mongols, Kublai Khan, the Yuan Dynasty, Marco Polo's expeditions, Mongol Manchuria, the geography of Japan, foreign influences in early Japan, the Heian Period, Fujiwaras, the geography of Korea, early Korea, the Southeast Asian Kingdoms, rice cultivation, and women in Asian cultures.

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