Middle School World History A

Enrollment Message:

Somebody discovered the wheel. Somebody discovered written communication. Somebody even figured out how to count to ten. From the ancient river civilizations to China and its ancient dynasties, different civilizations left their mark on history. They also left their mark on how we live today. In this course, students join travel agent Mr. Lightfoot to travel back in time digging out the past of these ancient civilizations. In ancient Egypt students visit the pyramids and find out the secrets of preserving mummies. They see how the Mayans developed astronomy to a precise science. They even investigate the difference between the Athenians and the Spartans. Students will journey through India discovering their contributions to medicine, moving on to Africa to follow the rise and fall of the ancient east African kingdoms of Kush and Axum. Throughout the centuries, and still today, our world is made up of dozens of different cultures. They all are different, and they all have made big contributions to what we know and who we are. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • interpret primary and secondary sources
  • describe the methods and tools historians use
  • describe how history relates to the other social sciences
  • describe the roles of historians and recognize how historical interpretations may differ
  • use timelines to draw conclusions
  • use maps and relative locations to understand relationships
  • analyze the relationships between physical geography and the advantages and challenges faced by populations
  • interpret how geographic boundaries affect migration and interaction with others
  • use maps to trace significant migrations and their results
  • explain how the environment and resources affected the development and spread of commodities and ideas
  • identify the characteristics of civilization
  • explain how ancient civilizations were influenced by their locations and natural resources
  • understand the workings of ancient civilizations' governments
  • compare the economic, political, social, and religious institutions of select civilizations
  • describe and identify traditional and command economies as they appear in different civilizations
  • explain why international trading requires a medium of exchange
  • identify factors that increase economic growth
  • analyze map projections and explain uses of various types of maps
  • compare maps of the world in ancient times with current political maps
  • explain aspects of the democratic process as it was developed in ancient Athens
  • identify and explain key events, figures, and achievements of ancient civilizations, including the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs, Phoenicians, Greeks

Course Outline:

Module 1: Ancient Origins

Module 2: Ancient River Civilizations

Module 3: Ancient America

Module 4: Ancient Greece

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/

Lightweight devices such as Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, and tablets have limited support for Java which still appears in a small percentage of FLVS courses. FLVS has worked to de-Flash its courses. Students may need extra work-around steps or alternate browsers to engage with some portions of select courses or may be required to utlize text-alternatives for some interactive objects. FLVS recommends students have a Windows or Mac based computer available to complete coursework in the event that your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course. Fully supported Operating Systems for FLVS courses include Windows (7 or higher), Mac OS X (10.8 or higher), and MacOS (10.12 or higher). Supported Browsers include the most recent versions of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari on devices that support Java and HTML5. Browsers need to be up to date, and some FLVS courses may require installation or enabling of the following Plug-ins: JavaScript enabled, Cookies enabled, Java installed. https://www.flvs.net/student-resources/system-requirements

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@mivu.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: N/A

Details


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Michigan K-8 Grade Level Content Expectations
NCAA Approved: N/A - Grade Level
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 54051
MDE Endorsement Code: RX - Social Studies
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus