Global History and Geography I

Global History and Geography I provides students with the opportunity to explore stories of mankind from prehistoric civilizations to the 18th century. This is the first half of a two-year sequence in global history and geography. In Global History and Geography II, students will continue the story of mankind from the 18th century to the history of the modern world, including numerous current issues.

By the end of this course, students will be able to use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments and turning points in global history and geography from a variety of perspectives. At the conclusion of this course, every student must pass the global history and geography Regents examination, which meets the requirements set forth by the New York State Education Department. All content material directly aligns with the New York State Common Core Grades 9-12 Social Studies Framework.

Required Texts

“Glencoe World History” by Jackson J. Spielvogel

Required Supplies

  • Notebook or folder
  • Writing implement
  • Internet access (In the event any student does not have access to the internet to receive course material, a hard copy will be provided.)

Course Format and Procedures

In order to  support  the development of intellectual skills students are required to gain in becoming college and career ready, this course will utilize multiple formats. Formats may include lectures, discussions, group learning projects and presentations. In addition, each student will be provided a BPCSD gmail account in order to access Google Apps for Education. This account will be used for educational purposes only and will be monitored by the BPCSD IT Department.

Grading Procedures

  • Quarter 1: 20%
  • Quarter 2: 20%
  • Midterm: 10%
  • Quarter 3: 20%
  • Quarter 4: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Student and Parent Resources

  • Student Resources: All course material will be posted to the “Stream” or “About” portal and available 24 hours via Google  Classroom. In addition, to Google Classroom the following resources are available:
    • Ninth period review (1:50-2:25 p.m.)
  • Parent Resources: If students are not performing well, the following resources are available to parents:

Course Outline (Tentative)

Unit I:

  • Ancient world: civilizations and religions (4000 B.C.-500 A.D.)
  • Early people and river valley civilizations
  • Classical civilizations
  • Rise and fall of great empires
  • Emergence and spread of belief systems

Unit II:

  • Expanding zones of exchange (500-1200)
  • Gupta Empire in India
  • Tang and Song dynasties
  • Byzantine Empire and Russia
  • Islamic civilization
  • Medieval Europe
  • The Crusades

Unit III:

  • Global interactions (1200-1650)
  • Early Japan and feudalism
  • Mongols and impacts
  • Global trade and interactions
  • Resurgence of Europe
  • African civilizations

Unit IV:

  • The first Global Age (1450-1770)
  • Mesoamerican civilization
  • Ming Dynasty
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Explorations, encounters and imperialism
  • Absolutism and the Puritan revolution

Note: The content of this syllabus is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the class and/or instructor.