Learning Recommendations: Students considering this course should be skilled at critically reading various text formats; critically thinking regarding responses; able to fluently write a five paragraph essay; able to share responses in a large and small group format; and be willing to do independent research.

General Description: Modern European Studies integrates English and Social Studies disciplines. It is designed to expand essential skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and research. Honors students are expected to work independently and be self-motivated. Higher level thinking and inferential questions will be emphasized. Required summer reading will be assessed at the beginning of the course.


  • Renaissance/Reformation
  • Enlightenment and Revolutions
  • Industrialism
  • Rise of Nation State
  • World Wars

Strategies: European Studies is a student-centered curriculum that integrates Literature and History to present a holistic cultural picture. In block classes, teachers collaborate to ensure the curriculum encourages students to make connections and think critically. Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies to foster these connections: cooperative learning groups, inquiry based instruction; project based learning experiences, and other direct instruction formats

Equipment to be provided by Student: USB memory stick (thumb drive) recommended