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
Chapter 6 Objective Question Practice
Chapter 6 Written Question Practice
Chapter 6 Map Practice
Unit 1 Chapter 6 Section End Questions
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
Unit 2 Assignment 2: Medieval Typology
Unit 2 Assignment 2
Unit 2 Assignment 3
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 4
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
Assignment 5
Assignment 5 Rubric
Rise and Spread of Islam Cloze (PDF)
Disease! Formative Investigation (PDF)
Decline of Feudalism Review (PDF)
Self-Assessment Rubric (PDF)
Disease! (MOVIE)
The Rise and Spread of Islam (PPT)

The Midterm

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

The exam is divided into two parts: part 1is a standard objective test; and part 2 is a written one based on the procedure outlined in assignment 6.


Chapters 6, 8, 9 and 10


Part 1: Objective

Click here to open an information sheet explaining how to prepare for unique types of questions presented on the midterm.

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

Part 2: Written

Click here to open assignment 6. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

How Dark Were the Dark Ages? (MOVIE)





Note: the above video 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


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 Study of History During the Renaissance
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


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
Anselm and the Argument for God (MOVIE)
Aquinas and the Cosmological Argument (MOVIE)
Natural Law Theory (MOVIE)
Locke, Berkley & Empiricism (MOVIE)
Cartesian Skepticism (MOVIE)