זְכר יְמוֹת עוֹלָם בִּינוּ שְׁנוֹת דּר וָדר שְׁאַל אָבִיךָ וְיַגֵּדְךָ זְקֵנֶיךָ וְיאמְרוּ לָךְ
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
-George Bernard Shaw
Ninth grade World History & Geography is an interesting and exciting course. It is a historical overview that incorporates history, geography, economics, politics, and culture. As a thinking young adult, your daughter will be introduced to a long story of our world’s past and seek meaning in the broader scheme of where we have been and where we are going.
The core content starts with prehistoric times. It continues on to the ancient river civilizations (3000 BCE) of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. Classic civilizations (2000 BCE-500 CE) such as Greece and Rome follow. Studies continue on to ancient China, Japan, and Russia (400 BCE-1000 CE). The focus then comes back to Medieval Europe and the Crusades (500 CE-1500 CE). History moves on to the Bubonic Plague, Renaissance, and Protestant Reformation (1200-1500 CE). The year’s learning winds itself down with Europeans encountering the New World (1500-1650 CE).
Students will accomplish much over the year in global studies including:
- Connecting the impact of geography on the historical saga
- Comparing different peoples from different ages
- Discovering consistent patterns across time periods and continents
- Synthesizing Jewish history into the context of the world story
- Analyzing and interpreting important primary sources
Woven throughout the years, students will be assessed with formal tests, in addition to projects. Some projects will be individual, such as “The Culture of my Family Project”. This is an in-depth study of each student’s unique elements that comprise her family’s identity. Other projects will be group based, such as in class presentations on daily life in ancient civilizations. As well, students are expected to complete weekly homework.