Similar to the College Preparatory sections of the course, the Honors course focuses on broad developments that characterize world history from the post-classical period (roughly the sixth through the fifteenth centuries C.E.) through the early modern period (roughly the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries C.E.). The theme of movement of goods, people, and ideas is stressed throughout the course, using relevant examples from multiple regions in the world across the entire time span. The first quarter focuses particularly upon the post-classical period, with specific attention to the rise and spread of Islam and the rise and spread of Mongol society during this period. The second quarter focuses on the emergence of modern western society in Europe from the Renaissance through the French Revolution, and the impact of the expansion of European countries during the Age of Exploration and settlement. Students will be expected to read challenging materials including primary documents, and to write extensively in a formal style. There are also a number of projects that involve research, creation of visual materials, technology skills, and the development of verbal presentations. The course comprises a summer assignment intended to introduce students to the content, and to the level of work that characterizes the course.
The Honors World History Summer Assignment can be found at:
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