Honors Western Civilization

The Honors Western Civilization course is designed to be a general survey of major ancient civilizations from all over the world. It is a two-semester course taught on a ninety-minute block schedule. The class meets every other day. The survey includes the beginnings of Human Society, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, China, Africa, and the Americas and the European Middle Ages. Physical Geography is also incorporated into the curriculum throughout the course. 

To succeed, students must possess sound reading and writing skills. Student must also be prepared to devote substantial time to out of class study. Higher level thinking skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating are stressed in this course. In addition to factual content, essay questions, interpreting primary and secondary sources, and understanding historiography are the primary emphases of this course.

Honors Western Civilization is co-joined with Honors World Literature. This collaboration forms the Humanities block, which allows the better integration of the history, culture and literature of the world civilizations.

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 ***Each nine-week grading period will include several common assessments (intra-departmental) that consist of quizzes, tests and writing assignments.***

Students will:
Develop an appreciation for the study of history.

  • Develop an appreciation for a variety of methods of historical inquiry and various schools of thought.
  • Develop skills in interpreting documents and primary source material.
  • Develop skills in essay writing.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, especially analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
  • Develop a mastery of a wide range of knowledge about ancient civilizations develop an understanding of major events and issues pertaining to ancient civilizations.
  • Engage in activities that encompass Common Core standards.