History Class Information 

Prattville Junior High School

8th Grade World History


Teacher: C. Jackson

Phone: PrattvilleJunior High School (334) 365-6697

Student Text: World History: Journey Across Time

Time Periods: -World History and Geography to 1500 B.C.

-Early Civilizations to 500 B.C.

-Classical Civilizations: 500 B.C. to 500 A.D.

-World Expansion of Agrarian and Commercial Civilizations:

500 A.D. to 1500 A.D.

Course Objective: Eighth Grade World History and Geography to 1500 directs students

to think critically about the various forces that combined to shape the

world today. Emphasis is placed on geographic impact, development

of civic knowledge/responsibilities, and emerging economic systems

within a chronological context.


Critical thinking and analysis are important in this course; consequently,

asking questions about societies and comparing and contrasting

civilizations over time are essential. Through historical inquiry, students

need not focus on world history and geography as endless factual detail;

rather, rather, they may gain an understanding and appreciation and

appreciation of history as an exciting story of people much like themselves

at other times and places.

Topics of Discussion:

· Understanding our past

· First Civilizations: Africa andAsia (3200 B.C.-500 B.C.)

· Early Civilizations inIndia andChina (2500 B.C.-256 B.C.)

· Empires ofIndia andChina (600 B.C.-A.D. 550)

· AncientGreece (1750 B.C.-133 B.C.)

· AncientRome and the Rise of Christianity (509 B.C.-A.D. 476)

· Civilizations of theAmericas (1400 B.C.-A.D. 1570)

· The Rise ofEurope (500-1300)

· The High Middle Ages (1050-1450)

· The Byzantine Empire andRussia (330-1613)

· The Muslim World (622-1650)

· Kingdoms and Trading States ofAfrica (750 B.C.-A.D. 1586)

· Spread of Civilizations inEast Africa (500-1603)

· The Renaissance and Reformation (1300-1600)