Course Description

Welcome to the captivating journey through the annals of human civilization in our 9th grade Ancient World history class. Spanning from the cradle of civilization in Ancient Mesopotamia to the pivotal year of 1500 AD, this course offers a panoramic view of the key events, cultures, and transformations that have shaped our world. We’ll traverse the majestic landscapes of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and beyond, unraveling the mysteries of ancient civilizations, the rise and fall of empires, pivotal religious and philosophical movements, and the dynamic exchanges that forged our global history. Through engaging lectures, immersive readings, and thought-provoking discussions, we’ll journey through time, exploring the triumphs, conflicts, innovations, and enduring legacies that have sculpted the tapestry of human existence.

In this historical expedition within the context of our Christ-centered school, our course takes a special journey to illuminate the profound influence of Jesus Christ and Christianity on the vast canvas of human history. Rooted in our faith-based approach, this exploration isn’t solely an academic pursuit; it’s an opportunity for students to deepen their spiritual understanding and fortify their faith in Christ. As we navigate the annals of time, tracing the origins and impact of Christianity, we aim to not only uncover historical truths but also to empower students in their spiritual growth. Understanding the historical context of Jesus Christ’s life and the spread of
Christianity, its enduring significance will serve as a beacon, guiding students in strengthening their faith and fostering a more profound spiritual connection with the teachings and principles of Christ. This course is designed not just to inform minds but also to nourish hearts, encouraging students to reflect on the intersections of faith, history, and personal spiritual journeys.

Course Details

Ancient World History

Ninth Grade

Unit Descriptions

  • Foundations of Civilization: Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Classical
    • Greece – wars, conflicts, and global diffusion of culture and architecture
    • Rome – Kingdom, Republic, Empire, and the fall
  • Medieval Europe: Feudalism,
  • Crusades, and Renaissance
  • Encounters and Explorations: Age of Discovery and Global Connections

Skills Description

This course isn’t just a chronological study of history; it’s a gateway to acquiring a spectrum of skills that will enrich students’ understanding of the past and their perspectives on the present. Throughout our exploration of ancient civilizations to the threshold of the early modern era, students will:

• Develop critical thinking skills by analyzing historical sources, events, and their implications.
• Cultivate research and analytical abilities through studying primary and secondary historical texts.
• Enhance writing proficiency by crafting well-structured essays and historical arguments.
• Foster cultural empathy by examining diverse societies and their contributions to human history.
• Refine communication skills through class debates, presentations, and collaborative projects.
• Gain a deeper understanding of global interconnectedness and the development of civilizations.
• Recognize the enduring legacies of ancient societies and their impact on contemporary cultures.
• Engage in interdisciplinary connections between history, geography, art, literature, and religion.
• Cultivate a sense of historical perspective and appreciation for the complexities of human societies. 


Coming soon.

Mr. Paul Farrell

Paul received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University Idaho, where he studied social studies education with an emphasis in U.S. history. He has previously taught AP Human Geography for IDEA Kyle College Prep, in Kyle, Texas. Teaching social studies is a passion.  Paul also has a love of music. He plays the acoustic guitar, violin and viola. In addition, he received classical voice training for nearly four years while in college. Paul and his wife have two daughters and a son.