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State Standards / The Academic Course

7.1 Students analyze the causes and effects of the vast expansion and ultimate disintegration of the Roman Empire.

7.2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Islam in the Middle Ages.

7.3 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of China in the Middle Ages.

7.4 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the sub-Saharan civilizations of Ghana and Mali in Medieval Africa.

7.5 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Japan.

7.6 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe.

7.7 Students compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Meso-American and Andean civilizations.

7.8 Students analyze the origins, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance.

7.9 Students analyze the historical developments of the Reformation.
medieval and early modern periods; locate missions on a world map.

7.10 Students analyze the historical developments of the Scientific Revolution and its lasting effect on religious, political, and cultural institutions.

7.11 Students analyze political and economic change in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries (the Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason).


Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s) and Student:

Welcome to another school year! It is my hope that you, as student, will keep an open mind, ask a lot of questions, and enjoy the opportunity to learn about the world around you.
As a teacher, I will try to teach to the best of my ability, striving to be interesting and creative in lesson planning; firm and fair in matters of discipline; caring and understanding in how I relate to my students.

The following information will be helpful to you:

1. Course Outline: The study of world history and geography continues this year with an examination of social, cultural, and technological change during the period A.D. 500 - 1789.

1st Trimester: How we learn about the past; Fall of Rome; Islam, Africa
2nd Trimester: Asian Civilizations - China and Japan; Early American civilizations - Maya, Aztec, Inca; European rule and expansion
3rd Trimester: Feudal Europe, Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment.

2. Grades: Weighted grading:

90% Assessments, e.g. Tests and Projects
10% Homework and Classwork

3. Homework: Homework will be given at least twice a week. Homework Hot line: #783-7788, ext.114
4. Absences: If absent, the student may find missed assignments at the "Assignment Center" in the classroom. The student is responsible for picking up missed assignments.
5. Late Assignments: If an assignment is late due to an excused absence, full credit will be received; otherwise, points will be deducted for each day the assignment is late.
6. Materials for Class: The student should bring to class daily: 1) pen and pencil, 2) three hole binder paper, 3) three hole binder, 4) student planner.

I am excited about the year and have great expectations!

Sites of Interest

Why study World History?

World History For Us All

What is Historical Thinking?

National History Project

Historical Thinking

Web Sites to Practice Historical Thinking

Historical Thinking Exercises
(interesting web site)

America's History in the Making

HTM: Historical Thinking Matters

Themes for teaching / organization: World History

National History Project

World History For Us

PDF file on World History Themes

PDF file on College

SCORE: Skills to be taught in History

Secrets of Great History Teachers

More Interesting Sites

Miniature Earth: If the world's population were reduced to 100,
it would look something like this...

Dancing around the World with Matt

Time around the World

Speaking languages

Writing your name in another language

Email Pals

Panoramic Tours

Oops.bizland: more virtual tours

National Geographic Videos

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Definition and game




Virtual Tour

BBC: School for Romans

Roman Page

Teacher Oz and the Romans

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Maps Islam

The Camel

Islam stats

Islam Pictures

Hajj in Pictures

Speaking Arabic

Write in in Arabic

Etymology and Arabic / English words


University of North Florida:

Islamic Studies (University of Georgia)

Islamicity Site: Hajj

Recitation of the Qu'ran:

Qu'ran and Women:

Virtual Tour of Cordoba

Shia vs. Sunnis

Shia and Sunni Chart

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PBS: Regions of Africa (PowerPoint Project) (for audios and movies)

More animal sounds

Powerpoint Tutorials


NIEH Tunes
Sammy Tunes
DaNo's TV tunes
Simply the Best Tunes


Photo essays by PBS

School in Africa PBS

Sahel Music PBS

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Silk Road Lesson

Silk road: Ancient Route

SCORE: Silk Road lesson

Get a Chinese Name

Chinese Zodiac

Writing Chinese numbers

Dragons of Ancient China

Splendors of Imperial China

Zheng He Ship

Zheng He map

Forbidden City Tour

Forbidden City Interactive map

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Facts about Japan

Your name in Japanese

Brief History of the Samurai

Samurai Archives


You are a Samurai

My Samurai name

My weapons of choice

My favorite quotes


My Bushido Code

Introduction to Buddhism

Tale of Genji

Tale of Genji Scroll

Excerpts from Murasaki


Headline stories
Prince Shotoku
more Shotuku

Interview: a Buddhist monk about Buddhist customs
Customs and Traditions

Infomercial: Visit Mt. Fuji
A guide to Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji again

Headline Stories
Kamakura clan

Interview: Geisha women
About Geisha
More Geisha

Infomercial: How to make a Zen Garden
Zen Gardens
More Zen

Headline Stories
Ashikaga Clan

Interview: Sumo Wrestler
Sumo History
More Sumo

Advertisement (Place to Relax): Tea House
Tea Ceremony
Tea Time
More Tea

Headline Stories
Oda Nobunaga

History of Judo
Jujutsu: Martial Arts

Advertisement: What to do for fun
Noh Theater: brief history
Noh Theater

Headline Stories
Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Interview: Ninja
History of Ninja

Advertisement: Place to Visit
Osaka Castle
Osaka again
360 degree shot of castle

Headline Stories
Tokugawa Ieyasu

Interview: What musical instruments make Japanese music?

Advertisement : Sushi
More Sushi

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Middle Ages In Europe Middles Ages Source Book

Teacheroz. com

Castles, Plague, Witch Trials, Church, Royalty

Tour a castle

Life in the Middle Ages

Life in the Middle Ages Kennesaw

Middle Ages for Kids

Middle Age Pictures

LCS Medieval Times

Project: Knight's Children Book

Knights and Armor


Castles on the Web

Castles in the World

Creating a Castle

Black Death

Boise State: The Plague

Eyewitness: The Plague

Middle Ages and Medicine

Ye Olde English Sayings


Internet Renaissance Band's Medieval Music

Education World Resources


Michelangelo's Timeline

Leonardo da Vinci's History

Leonardo's machines


Central beliefs of Reformation


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Mr. Donn:

Maya Codex

Dresden Codex

Maya Calendar 1

Sample calendar

Maya Calendar 2

Calendar explanation

Maya Math

Maya Religion

Maya gods

Journal Writing: Collapse of Copan

Choose either site to do your Tour script:

Maya Ruins:

Journey through Tikal

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For your drawings: Latin American Studies

Images from codices

Crystal links

Aztec calendar:

Mr. Donn:

PBS: Fall of the Aztecs

UC Irvine Codices

Odyssey lessons

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Mr. Donn and the Incas

The Odyssey

Inca sacrifice / archaeological dig:

Machu Picchu lesson:

Machu Picchu trail: virtual hike

*Nova: Ice Mummies

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Teacher Research

Search for 7th grade topics

Collecting images of the past (art, photos):

Librarian index to the internet:

Awesome Library:


The Internet Public Library:

World History Sites


Social Studies Service: Ancient Civilizations

Around the World:

Architecture around the world:

United Nations CyberSchoolbus:

Why civilizations collapse: CPB exhibits

Travel the World

The Africa Guide:
Accomodating Asia:
The European Tourist Information center:
Travel North America:

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