Time Traveler

Time Traveler: World History

Syllabus

Mentors: LaRayne Miller, Angela Silva, Alysia Hurtado

Time: 3:00 to 5:00

Description: We will study world history with the intent to gain a BREADTH of knowledge – to gain a BIG-PICTURE PERSPECTIVE of important time periods, events, philosophies, peoples, and places that have shaped the world we live in today. All will be taught from an LDS, faith-based lens. Students will also dig deep into parts of history that fascinate them or catch their imagination. They will gain a DEPTH of knowledge as they focus on the parts of history they are interested in.

SKILLS students will learn:

  • How to read like a scholar
  • How to participate in and lead a colloquium
  • How to sift through loads of information to find important pieces of knowledge
  • How to capture that important knowledge and make it theirs
  • How to see cause, effect, patterns, connections, themes, and fulfillment of prophesies in history
  • How to sift through conflicting views and false theories and come to conclusions of truth
  • To recognize and understand world views that shape people and events in the world
  • A broad understanding of our world’s history
  • A deep understanding of parts of history that they are interested in.

TOOLS we will use to learn these skills:

  • Keep a timeline book with memorized anchoring dates/events/people.
  • Create notebook pages to go in their timeline book
  • Read historical fiction and participate in colloquiums
  • Keep a scholar journal of truths learned
  • Write papers to share with the class about the history they are learning
  • Projects, media, presentations to learn and teach history to friends in class
  • In-class games, activities, discussion, and lectures
  • Possible field trips, read-a-thon events, and history movie nights
  • Possible excursion to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City in May 2018 for students who complete the 100 Challenge (read 10,000 pages of historical books)!!!

TIME PERIODS we will study:

  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Classic World
  • Middle Ages
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Modern Age

***As you can see, that is a lot to cover in one year so we will not get to EVERYTHING — just the big picture and the aspects of history that students are interested in. ***

LEVEL OF SCHOLARSHIP:

This is a COMMITTED JOURNEYMAN AND MASTER LEVEL class which means students are interested, want to be there, will follow through on doing the assignments each week and are looking for a scholarly adventure and challenge. The work is not difficult or complex, but will take dedicated study time. Students must be willing and able to spend at least 5 hours each week on studying for this class and will come on time and prepared to participate fully in class.

I am committed as your mentor and expect eager, committed students. We are going to have a BLAST and you will love this class as you do the hard work to gain a breadth and depth education of World History!

Level: Master
Depth or Breadth? Depth
Ages: 14 and up (see teacher for exception)

Tuition: $60 fall semester, $10 winter semester

Prerequisites: 

  • Complete Master Application.
  • Pay for timeline book ($65) by June 10, paid directly to Sister Miller.
  • Attend an introduction meeting in June (we will find the best date that most can meet).
  • Add 58 Key Dates (will be given at the intro meeting) to their timeline book over the summer.
  • Read at least 1,600 pages of history/ historical fiction over the summer.

Materials Required: 

  • set of sharp color pencils
  • 1-2 rolls of washi tape (In scrapbook sections at craft stores)
  • glue sticks
  • small scissors
  • nice thin black pen (I love pilot G-2 .38)
  • pencil with eraser
  • a portable place to keep these materials handy in class and at home (can, jar, case, bag)
  • a library card as the students are going to be challenged to read 10,000 pages of historical fiction books on their own through the year.
  • World History spine books that the student can use as a reference and guide to world history. Such as: Usborne World History or World History Encyclopedia. Something that is visual and interesting and covers all of world history. (Provided with this class tuition is The Big Fat Notebook World History, but several of these spine books for reference would be good).

Homework: This is a COMMITTED MASTER LEVEL class which means students are interested, want to be there, will follow through on doing the assignments each week and are looking for a scholarly adventure and challenge. The work is not difficult or complex, but will take dedicated study time. Students must be willing and able to spend AT LEAST 5 HOURS EACH WEEK on studying for this class and will come on time and prepared to class. For detailed list of what kind of homework to expect see the class description under SKILLS and TOOLS.

Notes: 

*Imagine studying everything and anything you’ve ever wanted to learn about. It all happened sometime in the history of the world so chances are you will study it in this class!

*Imagine a year-long read-a-thon devouring books that will impact your life and the way you see the world!

*Imagine having a map of the world’s history imprinted in your mind that will assist you for the rest of your education – which is really the rest of your life.

*Imagine being able to clearly carve out truth from false teachings about the world’s history and be able to see the hand of God throughout the human saga of this world. God is in it ALL!

Take this class and you don’t have to imagine it anymore – it will be yours! I promise that as you do the hard work to learn in this class your brain will be expanded and your understanding of our world will explode! I’m sooooo excited about this class – can you tell?!? 🙂
~LaRayne Miller

Books Students Provide

Students will only need to purchase historical and historical fictions books if they can’t get enough from the library or their home library, or it there is a specific book from the list of suggested books that they want to read that they don’t have and can’t find at the library.