Course Description: Beginning with pre-history all the way until the present, this class will cover the developments and events that shape the modern world we live in today. In this course we will analyze various aspects that make different civilizations and people unique, these aspects include but are not limited to: art, civics, geography, economics, religion, technology, philosophy, politics, law, and military. The course will highlight connections between our lives and those of our human ancestors around the world. Students will study patterns of behavior, research historical events, themes, and explore historical movements and concepts.
Information/Biography: My name is Joshua Olin and I have taught since 2013. I was born and raised near Denver Colorado. In 2010 I graduated with an Associate's of Arts Degree from From Front Range Community (FRCC) College. While at FRCC I enhanced my study habits, strengthened my research practices, and increased my public speaking skills. Following my graduation, at FRCC I enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where I used the knowledge I gained at FRCC to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in History with a minor in Geography. After only two short years I graduated from MSU Denver with the B.A. degree I had strived to obtain. In 2013 I was offered a job to work at a Denver Public School called Noel Community Art School (NCAS) as a Social Studies Teaching Fellow. At NCAS I worked and collaborated with a group of 9 other teaching fellows discussing, planning, and implementing lesson plans for the 350 students in the Middle School. After my time at NCAS I had the opportunity to teach at a private school in Murray Utah, called Mt. Vernon Academy. At Mt. Vernon I was offered to teach an array of different classes at the high school level including: Intro to Psychology, World Civilizations, US History, and Physical Education. I was also asked to coach the Varsity Baseball and Varsity Soccer team, which I gladly accepted. At Mt. Vernon I was rewarded with great students from all over the world with different educational backgrounds. Following my time at Mt Vernon, I moved to Southern California where I worked with students with autism. This was a rewarding and impactful experience. After a short time in California, I moved back to Colorado where I began teaching 7th grade Social Studies. Intended Learner's: My students come from various walks of life with different backgrounds. I teach 6 classes of 25 with different skills and academic levels. Most of my students have little to any knowledge of World History. My classes are broken up by skill levels. For example, I have a class with students that are gifted and talented and then I have students that are SPED or ELD. My students are not proficient in any of the subjects that they will learn within this class.
Objectives: The main objective of this course is to gain an in-depth knowledge of World History while learning and practicing the necessary skills to be successful in the future. These skills include reading, writing, time management, and communication skills. The student will be expected to participate actively in class or group discussions. By the end of the year, students will: demonstrate and strengthen their ability to write formal essays/research papers, learn and solidify note-taking skills, compare, contrast and analyze a variety of sources including primary and secondary sources, and learn how to properly speak in front of an audience. Along with these skills, students will learn and analyze various aspects and events that have shaped World History. Instructional Design/ Embedded Theories/ etc. Students are going to engage in conversation that will support the constructivist theory. They are using a variety of different sources to come up with solutions to a problem. Within every lesson in this four-week unit, I will have students use different primary and secondary sources. I am applying the Cognitive Flexibility Theory, which is having students learn from a variety of different sources. When students are learning from different sources it is allowing neurocognition.
Week One: The Bering Street to Columbus
I. Neolithic/Paleolithic Discussion
II. Mesopotamia and Egypt Discussion
III. Assignment: Compare Contrast Essay Mesopotamia and Egypt
Week Two: The Rise of Ancient Greece
I. The Contributions of Ancient Greece
II. Ancient Rome
III. Assignment: How did ancient Greece influence modern societies
Week Three: Modern Day Asia
I. Genghis Khan
II. Marco Polo
III. Silk Road
IV. Assignment: How did religion influence the Silk Road?
Week Four: Tran-Atlantic Slave Trade
I. Life Before the Suez Canal
II. Spanish Colonization
III. Impact of Conquest
IV. Assignment: Essay biggest impact of Colonization on North America
- Teacher: Joshua Olin