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!
You can access the handouts related to your summer learning opportunity on our class’s Google Docs Folder, here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bz4ivoIWK8xjcFY5eXdwZ3VYRkU?usp=sharing.
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