Summer Learning Opportunity

Honors World Studies II Course Description
This survey course of world history examines the major historical movements of the world from the Modern Era (1350 CE) to the present. Studies will include an exploration of the history, literature, art, and lives of world cultures through the lens of the political, economic, and social systems of the world. Areas of study will include the Renaissance, Reformation, and Exploration eras, periods of Revolutions and Imperialism, the Rise of Nationalism and the World Wars, and the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. This course will include substantial and challenging reading material at or above grade level. Writing assignments will include formal essays based on course information and independent research.

Honors World Studies II is designed to give the advanced high school student the opportunity to read and analyze texts and primary sources to gain a sophisticated level of understanding of the events, people, and issues that have shaped world history. Students will be completing extensive evaluation and essay writing to develop their own personal understanding of world history while examining the historiography of the content covered in our course. Students must discover their own ideas and opinions while accepting the existence of and learning how to work with opposing viewpoints. Students will be challenged to ask questions, take sides, and defend their positions both in writing and during class discussions.

A Note From Mrs. Wagner About Your Summer Learning Opportunity
Summer is a time to relax, reflect, and enjoy time with family and friends. Like other seasons, there are activities associated with it, like going to the beach, attending cookouts, and enjoying watersports. But during all seasons, you have the opportunity to do new things, meet new people, and learn new information. My goal as your teacher is to keep your head in the thinking and learning game this summer. As such, I would like you to complete one short activity – twice: once at the end of this school year and once again before school starts in the fall. While I want to keep you reading and thinking, I don’t want you to work on an assignment that is so overwhelming it crowds out your other special summer activities!

Please be aware that this is a REQUIRED assignment with specific due dates and formatting; you MUST complete the work as assigned by the deadlines or you will be unable to participate in Honors World Studies II next year (you will be required to enroll in Academic World Studies II). Proving that you are able to adhere to specific guidelines is a marker of having good academic skills, qualities that you MUST have in order to be successful in an Honors-level course.

STEP 1: Read through the Fake news is making news, and it’s a problem and complete the tasks as outlined.

STEP 2: Complete the Ten Questions For Fake News Detection Google Doc and share it with me along with a copy of the story you based it on. Remember, this step must be done twice, once by July 6th and again between August 13th and August 17th. If you are unable to adhere to these due dates for reasons outside of your control (family trips, internet or computer issues, etc.) please let me know and we can make alternate plans for due dates.


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