History through World Literature

AP English III and AP World History

Course Overview
History is not a collection of facts; it is a collection of stories. In this course, we will view history through the lens of people from that era. In the real world, no one will quiz you on historical trivia. However, a careful understanding of why history progressed the way it did will be invaluable to understanding the world around you. The History through World Literature course will focus on exposing students to the paradigms of times past through literature. Instead of reading the drab textbook, you will read writing from people who witnessed historical events or have firsthand experience of them. After being immersed in the writings of all these cultures, you will have a better intuition of why things happened, and you will be able to express your thoughts better for future generations who will wonder the same thing about ours. The ability to transfer your knowledge into a coherent piece of writing will be one of the many skills gained in this course. The majority of our assessments will be written compositions. There will be an emphasis on analyzing literature and world events as a class. We will implement Socratic learning methods in which you will question motives and formulate your own theses. Critical thinking will be one of the most important skills that we will develop throughout the year. Often there will be no objective answer, and you must defend your stance on the issue being analyzed. This course will count as dual credit for AP English III and AP World History. You will be prepared to take both AP exams and write the various essays required. Although you will not have a textbook, an AP review book will be provided to supplement your knowledge. Several AP practice tests will be given, and the AP essays will be integrated with the various units. The primary sources that you read throughout the year will be used to write the English rhetorical analysis, the synthesis essay, and the history document based question, among others. Every week, a guest speaker will come to the institute. These speakers will have knowledge pertinent to this course. They could be history professors at a nearby university, Holocaust survivors, or authors. You will experience firsthand history and literature as they are used in the real world, and this will be a chance for you to ask any questions you might have.

Ultimately, every student that passes through this course should learn to engage their brain in new ways and develop skills that will be applicable outside the History and English domains. Specifically, students should be able to: 1. Develop original ideas about history and be able to defend them with facts, logic, and other elements of persuasion. 2. Read critically and determine an author’s purpose, bias, and motives, and realize how an author’s environment affected his worldviews. 3. Recognize literature from all cultures and eras, and have a deeper knowledge of the world. 4. See the cause and effect chain of history and its influence on contemporary thought. 5. Compose their own literature that will incorporate writing strategies and techniques, and express ideas without ambivalence or ambiguity.

For those for despise reading, this course should be avoided at all costs. The homework load will be heavy since it will be a dual AP credit class, but it will be rewarding. Each night, expect reading from various sources, such as novels, essays, speeches, and dramas. There will also be papers you will have to write to demonstrate understanding of course material. At the end of each six weeks, there will be a comprehensive project due; you will have significant free reign in these projects.

Grades will be calculated as follows: Writings 40% Projects 25% Quizzes 25% Participation 10%

Writings: These make up a large percentage of your grade because they will be written often and will be the focus of our course. They’re also a major component of the English and History AP tests. These essays will include the papers you write at home, timed writings in class, and practice AP essays. Subjects will include anything ranging from historical analysis of the Classical civilizations to a postmodern poem. Projects: There will be a project assigned at the beginning of every six weeks. It will synthesize all the elements from that unit. For example, you might be asked to choose a form of government, such as anarchy, democratic socialism, or parliamentary monarchy, and make a presentation to present your research. You would be expected to debate the merits of your government in class with other students. Since this one grade would be 25% of your six weeks average, you would be advised to put in serious effort into this project. Quizzes: Quizzes will be used to make sure you have understood the material. There will be two types of quizzes: reading checks for English and knowledge quizzes for history. These will be short answer and should be relatively straightforward if you have paid attention in class and read the required literature. There will also be several practice AP exams sprinkled throughout the semester, and they will fall into this category. Participation: In class, we will analyze books through Socratic seminars and class discussions. Each student should actively should actively speak and participate in class. The teacher will note each student’s contributions and grade accordingly.

Attendance and Make-Up
We will cover important information each day in class so it is important to try and be in class. However, we know that there will be sick days and you will miss class occasionally. If you do miss class try and learn in advance what work you will need to do and keep up with the required readings and project. We will help you to catch up on any work you missed. We also follow school wide policies for unexcused absences and tardies, and the consequences that result in too many of either. If you miss an assessment in class you will have a make-up test as a replacement. This should be taken as soon as possible, preferably within two or three days.

The school will furnish everyone with a Microsoft Surface tablet. This tablet will be used as a reference tool in the classroom for quick access to facts and as a research and notetaking device. Books and reading for the class will be distributed via the tablets. (If you prefer a hard copy, please see the teacher.) It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the technology does not distract them. You will only be missing the crucial information needed for your assessments.

Course Outline
1st Six Weeks
We will cover the era from the Neolithic Revolution until the Rise of Islam. Classical Civilizations in the Mediterranean, Asia, Africa, and Americas will be looked at in depth. The rise of Christianity and Islam will be compared and contrasted. Works to be read (some historical documents are not included in this list): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Odyssey by Homer Excerpts from The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous Excerpts from The Art of War by Sun Tzu Excerpts from Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu Writings from Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates Excertps from The History of Rome by Livy Excerpts from the Bible and the Qur’an

2nd Six Weeks
This will be the time from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. We will analyze the causes of the Renaissance and changes and similarities to the previous ages. In Asia, we will briefly look at the Mongol Empire and Chinese dynasties. Works to be read (some historical documents are not included in this list): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Excerpts from The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Excerpts from The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo Excerpts from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Excerpts from Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio Sonnets from Petrarch Henry IV by William Shakespeare

3rd Six Weeks
The third six weeks will cover the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution, religious conflicts in Western Europe, and European exploration and new global connections. The focus will be on the expanding network that began to bring the world’s various cultures closer together, and how the connections made then influenced centuries to come. Works to be read (some historical documents are not included in this list):

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Candide by Voltaire Excerpts from 95 Theses by Martin Luther Excerpts from 2nd Treatise on Government by John Locke Excerpts from Leviathon by Thomas Hobbes Excerpts from Enlightenment philosophers: Descartes, Rousseau, Kant, etc. Excerpts from the journal of Christopher Columbus

4th Six Weeks
This will be the Age of Revolutions, extending to Romanticism and Industrialization. We will look at revolutions in South America, North America, and Europe. The vast social structure changes will be a key idea in this unit. Works to be read (some historical documents are not included in this list): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas The Bet by Anton Chekhov The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson Excerpts from Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Walden by Henry David Thoreau Selected poems from Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, and Lord Byron Declaration of the Rights of Man

5th Six Weeks
The period covering Western Imperialization through World War I and the period before World War II will be analyzed during this six weeks. In particular, the ability of the European powers to dominate other cultures and the conflict that results will be examined in detail. Along with the lasting effect of the war on literature and people worldwide. Works to be read (some historical documents are not included in this list): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Excerpts from Treaty of Versailles and Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka Excerpts from All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque Excerpts from The Chinese Opium Wars by Jack Beeching

6th Six Weeks
The final six weeks will cover the remaining years of history until the present including WWII, the Cold War, and a rapidly globalizing society. The global implications and varying viewpoints of these events will be stressed. Also, the close relation that these modern events share with our current time will be analyzed. Works to be read (some historical documents are not included in this list): 1. 1984 by George Orwell 2. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler 3. Excerpts from Quotations from Chairman Mao

4. 5. 6. 7.

I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King Jr. and speeches by Nelson Mandela Speeches from Presidents Kennedy and Reagan Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett Excerpts from 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars by Kurt Eichenwald

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