World History 2

Mondays @11am Pacific

Mondays: Sept.14,21,28; Oct.5,12,19,26; Nov.2,9,16,30; Dec.7,14

This class is from a Christian Perspective. We will discuss many historical events that shaped the world during the Middle Ages and after. History will be discussed in a chronological sequence using the Mystery of History as our guide in starting from 33AD with Pentecost and continuing until the end of the Middle Ages at about 1500AD. Each class will focus on a few topics with lecture, pictures, and some fun stories. Each student will work on a lapbook throughout the session to be completed by the end as well as some fun crafts and a few presentations along with way.

This is a live online class. Each week the student will use their computer/iPad to logon using Zoom to participate in the class. All students will be visible (if they choose) as well as the teacher. The students will have the ability to ask questions and dialog with the teacher and other students. It will be the student/parent’s responsibility to print all materials needed for the lapbook and procure all supplies for the projects. All classes will be recorded, so if a student misses a class, it will be available for viewing via password protected page.

Special Note on Lapbooks:  A lapbook is two manila file folders stapled in the middle to form a book.  Minibooks are added on each topic we discuss in class.  Thus, by the end of the course, your student will have a book filled with minibooks charting history in this time period.  Each minibook includes some fill-in-the-blank and/or a map to color.  They will be cut, folded and glued into the manila file folder.  A video will be posted to show exactly how to cut, fold and glue each minibook into the lapbook.

Special Note on Projects: Most projects will have a video posted to show the student exactly how to complete the project.  Materials needed for the project will be posted at least one week in advance.  

Regarding Videos: Please keep in mind that although I usually preview all videos, there may be some that you need to view yourself to make sure you approve of the material.  Especially the longer videos, I don’t always have time to watch every minute prior to posting.  All videos are intended to engage the child in the subject being taught.  If it doesn’t work for your child, feel free to not let them watch.

Recommended: Mystery of History Companion Guide.

Week 1: Pentecost, Saul of Tarsus, Paul the Apostle. What does Pentecost mean and what is its importance?  How is Pentecost related to Passover?  Who was Saul of Tarsus and Paul the Apostle?  What is the Great Commission and how did Paul fulfill that?

Project: Make your own cross.

Week 2: Roman Emperor Nero, Catacombs, Martyrs, Josephus. How did Nero treat the early Church and Christians?  What were the catacombs?  What and who is a martyr?  Who was Josephus and how is he relevant to the study of History?

Project: Make your own catacomb from air-dry clay.

Week 3: Masada.  Dead Sea Scrolls.  Pompeii. What is Masada?  How is Masada significant today?  What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?  Who found them?  How are the scrolls important for the Christian faith?  Where is Pompeii?  What is Pompeii’s historical importance?

Week 4: Bar-Kokhba, The Apostles’ Creed, St. Valentine.  What was it like to be in Bar-Kokhba’s army?  What made this army different from others?  What was the Apostle’s Creed?  Why was it important?  Who was St. Valentine and what is his story?

Week 5: Diocletian, Constantine, Golden Age of India. Who were Diocletian and Constantine?  What made the Golden Age of India?

Week 6: Mayan Empire, St. Augustine of Hippo, Jerome. Where was the Mayan Empire?  When did the Mayan people live?  Who were St. Augustine of Hippo and Jerome?  What was their historical importance?

Week 7: St. Patrick of Ireland, St. Attila the Hun, Fall of Rome, Dark Ages.  Who were St. Patrick and Attila the Hun?  Why did the society of Ancient Rome fall?  How did Rome fall?  Why are they called the ‘Dark Ages’? 

Week 8:  King Arthur, Justinian I & Theodora, Columba, Prince Shotoku.  Who were King Arthur, Justinian and Theodora?  What territory did Justinian rule?  How did Theodora influence Justinian?   Who were Columba and Prince Shotoku?

Week 9: Gregory the Great, Sui & Tang Dynasties, Mohammed, Islam.  Who was Gregory the Great and what made him so ‘Great’?  How did the Sui and Tang Dynasties rule China?  Where were their rulers?  Who was Mohammad and how did he change History?

Week 10: Wu Zetian, Epic of Beowulf, Al-Andalus.  Who was Wu Zetian?  What is the story of Beowulf?  Why is it important?  Where was Al-Andalus?  Who ruled Al-Andalus?

Week 11:  St. Boniface, Iconoclast Controversy, Charles Martel.  Who were St. Boniface and Charles Martel?  What was the Iconoclast Controversy?  What was Charles Martel’s biggest moment in history?

Week 12:  Charlemagne, Arabia, Vikings.  Who was Charlemagne and what country did he rule?  What is special about the 1001 Arabian Nights stories?  Who were the Vikings?  How did the Viking’s change the course of European History?

Week 13: Vikings, Methodius & Cyril, Alfred the Great.  Who were Methodius & Cyril?  Who was Alfred the Great?  What was Alfred’s greatest accomplishment?

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