World History

Mrs. Ross


To study history is to delve into human behavior, human habits and human systems. We study history to gain a greater understanding of ourselves both individually and collectively. We also study history to develop critical thinking skills, looking to models that shape a culture. History guides to an understanding we all are the result, to some extent, of the culture we are born into. Specifically, the study of World History develops a stronger identity and deeper understanding of other world ideologies. Our world is small. Our governments are intermeshed with each other. Our economies are reliant upon one another. Our cultures are no longer radically distinct. A study of World history enables us to understand other people inhabiting out planet; this empowers each of us. Jesus summed up all the Law and the prophets, ‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.’ As we study history we gain a greater understanding of ourselves and other. We are called to love. The study of history is a powerful tool enabling us to love others well and to see God’s hand in His story.


During this class, we will use the Visual History of the World by National Geographic as a reference book as we follow a timeline from civilization to the present. We will investigate how philosophies, religions, and economics have influenced the world in which we now live. The remaining books, movies, TED TALKS, internet articles, etc. will serve to weave clarity and introspection into the study.


  • Visual History of the World by National Geographic (forward by Douglas G. Brinkley). Used copies on Amazon start at $7.50 ( available at Barnes and Noble for $35.00 new. ISBN #978-0-7922-3695-5

  • Jesus Freaks DC Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs. Used copies on Amazon start at $2.99 (      

  • Once An Arafat Man by Tass Saada. Used copies on Amazon start at $1.00 (

  • Killing Christians by Tom Doyle. Used copies on Amazon start at $1.78 (

  • Movies:

    • China Cry (Available with Amazon Prime)

    • The Hiding Place (Available on Amazon Prime)

    • The Viceroy's House (Available on Netflix)

    • Other movies may be assigned throughout the course

  • KJV or NKJV Bible (free at Salvation Army or use an app)

  • Class materials: $10.00 (payable with tuition on August 1)

  • 2 notebooks: one lined, one unlined or graph to be used for a timeline

  • 5 colors of highlighters

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