Seventh Grade: World History: Settlements to 1500

  • Instructor Bryan C. Gersbeck
  • Code WH52
  • Student Ages 11–14
  • Terms Fall Semester 2023
    Spring Semester 2024
    Full Year
  • Day Wednesday
  • Time 1:00 P.M.


This course introduces students to world history beginning with various theories of early human migrations and progressing through to the creation of complex civilizations. Students will examine diverse societies of early civilizations and how they differed in art, warfare, and family life. They will investigate the many Meso-American nations of the Americas, including the Aztec, Cherokee, Inca, Iroquois, Maya, Sioux, and Taos peoples, all of whom have rich and diverse beliefs. Students will discuss the ways in which these cultures evolved through a changing world, and they will investigate their folktales, unique gender roles, and the creation of complex oral traditions.

Next, the discussion will move to the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will debate the fall of the Roman Empire and its lasting impact on Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. They will research the competing religions of the time and the great conflicts of the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades in Arabia, and the Conquista in Spain. They will examine how the cultures blended and changed, creating new, energetic nations. Students will then focus on the dynamic relations between the Asian countries, and they will compare China, India, Korea, and Japan by examining differences in art, language, and architecture. At the end of the course, the students will develop questions about a diverse and collective world.

Class Meetings: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Fall Semester: September 6 – December 13, 2023
Spring Semester:
January 10 – May 8, 2024

Student Support: The instructor is available via email and for special individual sessions with students as needed.

Feedback/Assessment: Students will be assessed on their written work.

Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet. Please have a working printer for special assignments.


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