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Global​ ​Studies/History

Students at Ashreinu receive a rigorous History course each year. Studies vary each year.
Subjects include:
● Ancient World History
● European History (Post-Roman Empire-Renaissance)
● European History (Renaissance-World Wars)
● Medieval World History
● U.S. History (English Colonies-Pre-Civil War)
● U.S. History (Civil War-Present)
Students learn to use a variety of sources as they travel through time, both primary and
secondary:
● Art
● The Declaration of Independence
● The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
● A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
● The English Bill of Rights
● First-person observations
● The Magna Carta
● The Military 100 by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Lee Manning
● Noted speeches
● The United States Constitution
● World History textbooks (McDougal Littell)
Ashreinu students make history come alive through a wide array of classroom activities and
projects, including:
● Class Newspapers
● Debates
● Dioramas
● Essays
● Filmmaking
● Geography Studies
● Mapmaking
● Museum Exhibits
● Music Mixes
● Plays
● Research
● Role-Playing Games
Whether students are involved in the ancient inventions of Mesopotamia, the philosophies of
Ancient Greece, the political intrigues of Ancient Rome, comparing Medieval Europe to
Medieval Japan, analyzing the impact of the Crusades and the Plagues on the Jewish
population, recognizing the Mongol Empire as both a shaper of Eurasian nations and the last
gasp of nomadic global power; the global ripples of the American and French Revolutions, the
conflicting power of the Enlightened Absolutists, the crushing impact of feudal serfdom and
slavery, and the terrible conflicts of global warfare from the Seven Years’ War to the Cold War,
they will:
● Master a Sense of the Past
● Feel Its Impact on the Present
● Make Predictions and Contributions for Our Future
The ultimate goals of Ashreinu’s History courses are to teach a variety of academic skills
through a multitude of means that are challenging, fun, and stimulating; that help students make
direct connections between past events and present; that encourage positive student interaction
to shape their own futures; that give the students a real feel and control of the world that they
live in today and will grow up in tomorrow.