Life of the Mind
Critical Thinking in the Humanities
This course will focus on using the humanities to foster critical thinking. Through an interdisciplinary approach, you will examine the creative endeavors that have shaped World History and develop skills that are instrumental in improving your ability to think more critically and creatively. Through the development of specific thinking skills you will have the opportunity to understand and discover what has been termed the, “life of the mind”.
This year we will study world history using a thematic approach. The 10th grade curriculum covers world history from the mid 1700’s to modern day. The curriculum established will allow students to explore past events in various regions and civilizations and analyze the cause and effect relationship of global interaction. Students in Global History 10 will study four units: Age of Revolutions, Century of Crisis, The 20th Century Since 1945 and Global Connections. Because Global History is such a content based subject students will categorize the past using various themes. This process will simplify student understanding of world history and allow students to make global connections.
AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides five themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.