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Ancient History

World history from creation



Jennifer Edmunson


Class size:

minimum 8, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time: Meets once/week

(Tues-3) 12:05-1:25


Pre-requisites for class:



Graduation requirement:

1 credit history

  • Course Description

What better way to begin high school history than at the beginning?  While history doesn't repeat itself, it does rhyme, and we can learn to see themes that transcend centuries and millennia and apply those to current world situations.   This class will be taught from a Christian worldview and this course and will feature biblical passages.


Some of the events covered include the Creation; Early Civilizations; Egypt; Syria; Israel; Greek versus Persians, Diaspora; Roman Republic; Roman Empire; and the Messiah.  


While this class can stand alone, there is an overall goal for all history students.  In taking all four years of history, students will have an overall understanding of human history from the beginning through the year 2000. Understanding history includes understanding different perspectives, motivations, biases, even location. Students will learn to sift primary and secondary sources, determine a viewpoint that is consistent with known understanding of events, grasp the subject in order to participate in intelligent discussions, and understand this subject across multiple contexts including literature, philosophy, natural sciences, and even our common culture/literacy.


In addition to studying our text, each year will also have an additional focus:


  • Ancient - Confessions by St. Augustine

  • Medieval - The Comedies by Dante

  • Early Modern - Multiple Passages of Memorization

  • Modern - 12 Years a Slave, The Great Gatsby, Unbroken, Anthem

  • Classwork / Homework

Students will engage in presentation/lecture, note taking, class discussion, independent study, classical literature, original texts, memorization, and even food to use the past as a lens to understand our current world. Students will complete homework assignments online in Google classroom each week and a final project will be due each semester.   Each student will also keep a binder of all notes, maps, homework, handouts, for a final grade. To aid your student in the above task, it is imperative you have a working printer for documents that must be printed each week and brought to class.  I will provide certain handouts, maps, exams, and class activities.

Approximate homework time: 2 hours/week

  • Required Books & Materials

Year 1 - Ancient History

Consider the Years

available in ebook or hardcopy

(There will be a 15% discount code for purchase.)

  • 3 ring binder

  • Reinforced notebook paper (please no spirals)

  • Writing utensils

  • Binder pocket dividers (4)

  • Map pencils or fine markers

  • Scissors

  • Clear Box tape (not transparent wrapping tape)

  • Electronic device to take quiz in class each week

    • Phone, iPod, Tablet, Laptop, iPad

    • Instructor has 2 devices that are available to use in class for quizzes only

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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