World History explores the changes created by the events and people of the past, and explains how these changes impacted modern times. The material is organized sequentially, exploring history from 1400 CE to the present day. Starting with the Renaissance and the Reformation, the course will highlight the cultural, economic, political, and social impact of innovation and intellectual thought. Further changes will be uncovered with the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of imperialism and nationalism. The closing topics emphasize global conflicts and diplomacy, as seen in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Upon completion of the course, students have an appreciation for the patterns of historical change and their impact on modern society.
Mural Design [Mastery Project]
HOW DO MURALS REPRESENT THE VOICES OF THEIR TIME?
The arts council in the community where you live has commissioned students to sketch an image that will be used to create a large-scale public mural. A group of local citizens and political leaders have gathered and identified the need for murals telling the stories of their neighborhoods. Using your knowledge of the art form – particularly prehistoric, Renaissance, and contemporary murals – and inspiration from the examples you’ve studied, create a sketch of a mural to be displayed in your neighborhood to submit to your patron, the arts council. Along with your sketch, compose an artist’s statement that explains how your image represents the community and contributes to the millennia-old tradition of murals.
Revolutionary Rhetoric [Mastery Project]
WHAT IS THE RHETORIC OF REVOLUTION?
Because of your knowledge of the French Revolution and the revolutionary rhetoric of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789, the grassroots organization People for Political Progress has asked for your support to craft a brand new declaration of rights that will be shared across the airwaves to inspire change. What group will you help empower by articulating their goals and identifying their rights? People for Political Progress has asked for your declaration of rights in the form of a single typed document (intro, articles, and conclusion), including a link to the audio recording