General Description: World History 1 is a semester long Social Studies class that is a study of the geography, politics, economics, society and history of the world. This course explores world history from 1450 to the 17th Century.


  • Geographic luck and patterns of migration
  • Culture, race and racism
  • Development of religious thought
  • Government and economic systems
  • Expansion and collapse of ancient non-European civilizations
  • Encounter, exploration and cultural exchange


  • Collaborative and/or cooperative learning groups
  • Inquiry-based instruction
  • Project-based learning experiences
  • Primary source analysis and lectures
  • Film and readings

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: