Introduction: Thinking About History PowerPoint

Introduction: Thinking Like a Historian Video

Unit 1: Introduction to the Roman Heritage
509 BCE to 476 CE

Unit 1 covers the decline and fall of the Roman empire setting the stage for the rest of the course by providing an opening context for why things unfolded as they did in the Western World.


Chapter 6: Pages 118-133

Unit 1 Chapter 6 Thinking About History
Practice with Infographics
Chapter 6 Objective Question Practice
Chapter 6 Written Question Practice
Chapter 6 Map Practice
Unit 1 Chapter 6 Section End Questions
Unconscious Bias at Work (VIDEO)
Prezi on Bias in History
Unit 1 Assignment 1

Fall of the Roman Empire (MOVIE)

Unit 2: Foundations of Medieval Europe

500-1500 CE

Unit 2 presents topics related to the rise of feudalism and the eventual replacement of medieval political structures with strong, centralized, national monarchies.


Chapter 8: Pages 161-177


Unit 2 8 Thinking About History

Chapter 8 Objective Practice Questions
Chapter 8 Written Questions Practice



Unit 2 Chapter 8 Section End Questions
The Risks of Using Social Media
Evaluating a Source's Reliability
Unit 2 Assignment 2
The Dark Ages (MOVIE)

Unit 3: The Height of Medieval Civilization

1050-1350 CE

Unit 3 covers topics related to the revival of trade, flowering of medieval culture, and the launching of the Crusades by the Catholic Church to free the Holy Land from Muslim control.


Chapter 9: Pages 180-195


Unit 3 Chapter 9 Thinking About History

Chapter 9 Objective Practice Questions
Chapter 9 Written Questions Practice
Chapter 9 Map Practice
Unit 3 Chapter 9 Section End Questions
Assignment 3
The Crusades: Pilgrimage or Holy War? (MOVIE)

Unit 4: Building National Monarchies

1000-1500 CE

Unit 4 covers the growth of royal power in England, France, Spain; the struggle between popes and emperors/kings; and the decline of medieval society.


Chapter 10: Pages 198-215

Unit 4 Chapter 10 Thinking About History

Chapter 10 Objective Practice Questions
Chapter 10 Written Questions Practice
Unit 4 Chapter 9 Section End Questions
Magna Carta Assignment
Magna Carta Rubric
Assignment 4
Assignment 4 Rubric
What is Magna Carta? (MOVIE)
Medieval Europe (MOVIE)

The Midterm

The Midterm is based on content studied for units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The exam is divided into three parts: part 1 is an objective exam; part 2 requires students to complete a listening and responding activity (similar to the Magna Carta assignment completed during Unit 4); and lastly, completing a writing and analysis assignment where students measure the reliability of secondary sources.

The tasks are organized from left to right in the columns to the immediate right.

Click here to open the overall organizing document for the Midterm.


Chapters 6, 8, 9 and 10


Part 1: Objective Exam

Click here to play a Midterm review game to master important concepts, events, people, etc. from the units we have studied.

Click here to play an older Midterm review game.



Part 2: Listening & Responding

Click here to open the "Disease" listening and responding assignment. Read and follow the instructions carefully.


Part 3: Writing & Analysis

Click here to open Assignment 5. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

How Dark Were the Dark Ages? (MOVIE)
The End of the Feudal System (MOVIE)
Disease! (MOVIE)





Note: the above videos will help reinforce some concepts for you and is worth spending the five minutes to watch; moreover, the blue sections at the end of each chapter in the text present valid review activities.

Unit 5: The Renaissance & Reformation

1350-1600 CE

Unit 5 covers the flourishing of culture beginning in Italy in the 14th century eventually culminating in the permanent division of Christianity into Catholic and Protestant denominations.


Chapter 14: Pages 324-345
Women in the Renaissance
Renaissance Accomplishments


Unit 5 Chapter 14 Thinking About History

Chapter 14 Objective Practice Questions
Chapter 14 Written Questions Practice
Unit 5 Ch. 14 Section End Questions
Unit 5 Assignment 6
The Renaissance (MOVIE)
The Reformation (MOVIE)


Unit 6: The Age of National Monarchs
1000-1500 CE

Unit 6 covers topics and events related to the creation of strong central monarchs and the origins of the modern nation state.


Chapter 16: Pages 327-393


Unit 6 Chapter 16 Thinking About History

Chapter 16 Objective Practice Questions
Chapter 16 Written Questions Practice
Unit 6 Ch.16 Section End Questions
Assignment 7
Essay Rubric for Assignment 7
Absolute Monarchies (MOVIE)

Unit 7: The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment

1500-1800 CE

Unit 7 covers topics, personalites and events that contributed to the great advances in human understanding, culture, and technology during the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.


Chapter 17: Pages 400-411
Women in the Enlightenment


Unit 7 Chapter 17 Thinking About History

Chapter 17 Matching Activity 1
Chapter 17 Matching Activity 2
Chapter 17 Matching Activity 3
Chapter 17 Objective Questions Practice
Chapter 17 Written Questions Practice
Unit 7 Ch 17 Section End Questions
Assignment 8
Presentation Rubric for Assignment 8
Locke, Berkley & Empiricism (MOVIE)
Cartesian Skepticism (MOVIE)
The Scientific Revolution (MOVIE)

Unit 8: The French Revolution & Revolutions and Reactions

1780 to 1848 CE

Unit 8
covers the French Revolution with particular attention paid to the significance of this particular event, e.g. the assumption society could be engineered towards a single purpose emerged out of this event giving rise to modern totalitarianism; it also spread democratic ideals across Europe making future change possible. This unit also covers events related to the response of the old order to the democratic forces unleashed by the Revolution.


Chapter 19: Pages 432-451
Chapter 20: Pages 454-468



Unit 8 Thinking About History

Chapter 19 Objective Question Practice
Chapter 20 Objective Question Practice
Chapters 19/20 Written Questions Practice
Unit 8 Ch. 19/20 Section End Questions
Unit 8 Assignment 9
The French Revolution (MOVIE)
Ideologies & Upheavals (MOVIE)

The Final Exam

The Final Exam is based on content studied for units 5, 6, 7 and 8.

The exam is divided into two parts: part 1 revolves around students working with primary documents; and part 2 focuses on the completion of a more conventional exam.


Chapters 14, 16, 17, 19, and 20



The Exam Outline

Click here to download an MS Word file with a glossary of important terms you will have to know. Click here if you would prefer to work with a PDF.

Click here to open the Thinking About & Responding to Primary Sources assignment.

The 18th Century (MOVIE)
The Scientific Revolution (MOVIE)


Note: the above videos will help reinforce some concepts for you and is worth spending the five minutes to watch; moreover, the blue sections at the end of each chapter in the text present valid review activities.