History+ III: Upper Elementary First Course in World and US History
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History+ III: History III is divided into two semesters.
The first semester covers World History, “Pre-History” through the Fall of Rome.
The second semester covers America from the beginning with Adam and Eve through the Adamic, Jaredite and Nephite civilization; Native American History; and US History through discovery, exploration, settlement and colonization, independence and the establishment of the Constitution. The last month is spent on learning various aspects of the Constitution.
In this course students are expected to write out answers to questions for each day’s reading, writing their own “Journal History of the World, Part One” or “Journal History of the United States, Part One”.
They are also expected to learn parts of the Constitution and be able to pass weekly reviews.
Our History journey begins with the Grand Council in Heaven and progresses through the stages of the world to the end of Rome.
Along the way, we learn of what is now termed “Pre-History,” the Era from the Fall through the Flood and the founding of Sumer. We learn of the Patriarchs, especially Adam, Seth, Enoch, and Noah. We learn of government by examining how Heavenly Father governs, and the resulting patterns of government in families and in the Church. We learn of Priesthood colonies led away at the time of the Tower of Babel, and the continuation of the War in Heaven between those who follow Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and those who fight against them.
We learn a bit about each of the four river valley civilizations of the Ancient World: Yellow, Indus, Nile, and the Tigris-Euphrates. We examine the economic, governmental, cultural, and religious patterns.
Then, we concentrate on Abraham and the establishment of the Abrahamic Covenant, and the Hebrew Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. We learn of Moses, what happened when the Hebrews obeyed God, and what happened when they didn’t obey God. We also learn the 10 Commandments upon which most western governments are based, and the representative form of government suggested by Moses’ father-in-law Jethro.
Next, we will catch-up with the rest of civilization in the Middle East and around the world, considering among others the Medes and the Persians, the Jaredites and the Nephites, Greece and Rome through to the time of Christ. We will examine how the world was uniquely ready for the spread of the Gospel, and the effect of that spread through the end of the Roman Empire in 476 A.D.
Semester II covers highlights of United States History especially taking into account the history of the land, and the judgments resting upon the land, from “Pre-History” through the heroes of the Founding Era, and the establishment of the Constitution.
All of this will be accomplished through reading of the texts, lectures, video presentations, guest speakers, Journaling answers to given questions, using Scriptures, the works of noted scholars, texts depicting parts of American history, and the “Spine Texts” for this and the following two levels of History+.
“Spine Texts” are texts used as a basis and a beginning of knowledge. In this case, they are especially suited to exciting the interest of elementary students in history due to their illustrative and chronological formats. The “Spine Text” for World History is The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History with Internet Links. It costs about $40.00, but for two to four years of use is somewhat of a bargain. The “Spine Text” for United States History is American History: A Visual Encyclopedia by David C. King, published by DK and the Smithsonian. Cost is about $16.00, and an excellent bargain for two years of use! Neither text is required at the beginning of their respective semesters, so you have time to budget in your purchases.
Other items required for the course are 1) printing of selected maps which you may wish to enhance with colored pencils, and 2) access to Ascent and other videos.