Essentials World History A

Course Description:

Join modern time travelers Ali and Soo-jin as they journey through World History and help students discover how world events and eras are connected. In Segment 1, students will learn how the Roman Empire developed in two very distinct directions. Next, students will discover the great intellectual and cultural contributions of the Islamic Empires. They will journey through the Middle Ages of Europe and Japan to learn how knights and samurais lived. While investigating the rise and fall of some of the great kingdoms of the Americas and Africa and then travel back to the Europe of the Renaissance and Reformation era. Segment 2 begins with a bang as students learn about advancements in science and thought during the Age of Enlightenment, as well as the social and political revolutions that followed as a result. As students meander through the 19th century, they will learn about the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial world and the many changes that resulted from that shift. Students will then learn about the interconnectedness of nationalism and colonialism and the two massive world wars that were the end result. As students approach the finish line, they will learn about development in our modern world and the implications that historical events have on us today.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Essentials World History A
Course Title (NCES SCED) : World History—Overview
Course Provider : Michigan Virtual
Content Provided By : Florida Virtual School
Online Instructor Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Standards Addressed : Michigan Merit Curriculum, Michigan High School Content Expectations
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Open Entry / Open Exit
Subject Area : Social Sciences and History
Course Identifier : World History—Overview
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

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Additional Course Information:

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Describe the growth of the Roman and Byzantine Empires/li>
  • Compare the major beliefs and principles of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Describe achievements, contributions, key people, as well as key economic, political, and social developments of the Islamic Golden Age.
  • Compare and contrast the Old Roman Empire and the old Roman Empire and describe Constantine the Great’s establishment of “New Rome” and his recognition of Christianity as a legal religion
Describe the medieval social hierarchy, the role of the Church in medieval society and how and why the concept of private property developed./li> Describe the impact of the Greco-Roman culture, the Judeo-Christian ideals, and the impact of northern European peoples upon the western medieval culture./li> Identify key figures and the course and consequence of the Crusades/li> Identify key figures in art, architecture, literature, and intellectual achievements during the Middle Ages./li> Trace the growth and development of national identity in France, Spain, and England and describe the significant rulers in medieval Europe./li> Summarize the major cultural, economic, political, and religious developments in medieval Japan/li> Identify key significant economic, political, and social characteristics of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai/li> Analyze the legacies of the Olmec, Zapotec, and Chavin cultures on later Mesoamerican and South American civilizations including the Maya, Inca, and Aztec societies./li> Assess the social and economic impact of pandemics on a global scale, including the Great Famine of 1315-1316, the Black Death, the Great Schism of 1378, and the Hundred Years War on Western Europe/li> Identify the major artistic, literary, and technological contributions of individuals during the Renaissance/li> Summarize religious reforms associated with Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Henry VIII, and John of Leyden and the effects of the Reformation on Europe./li> Summarize the causes that led to the Age of Exploration, and identify major voyages and sponsors/li> Explain the origins, developments, and impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade between West Africa and the Americas/li>

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Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met Communicated in the syllabus, the Michigan Virtual website, and the Blackboard LMS.
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met This information is provided in the course syllabus.
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Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met This rating is based upon limited testing of select WCAG 2.0 principles and guidelines. Further testing may be necessary to ensure full compliance.
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Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met Course is password protected; the privacy policy is communicated in the Blackboard LMS.

Review Conducted By: Michigan Virtual
Date of Review: 08/07/2019

Course Outline:

Module 1: West Meets East Meets West

Module 2: Medieval Europe and Japan

Module 3: Great Empires

Module 4: The Birth of New Ideas

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Accelerated 01/26/2021 07/06/2021 04/30/2021 08/13/2021 100 $225 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Students may access their course from their enrollment start date to their enrollment end date. A completion is a 60% final score or higher. Accelerated 01/26/2021 07/06/2021
Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
19-20 45 33 73.33%
Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube. It is also recommended that students possess or access a scientific calculator for this course.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: