Expansion of Civilization and Discovering the Ancient World
Discovering the Ancient World
Time frame: Beginning of recorded history — 500 B.C.
Integrated history- and literature-based curriculum for eighth grade and up. Readings are taken from source documents: excerpts from ancient myths of a variety of civilizations, Egyptian and Chinese writings, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Code of Hammurabi, Iliad and Odyssey. Writing assignments draw on skills as taught by the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Questionnaires help the student distill facts in concise form. Students learn how to research and present their findings in oral reports. Map and timeline work establish context. Quizzes and tests gauge retention.
Expansion of Civilization
Time frame: 500 B.C. through A.D. 1500
The Classical and Medieval World
Integrated, research based, non-textbook curriculum. Its scope includes 18 units, two special projects, and 21 civilizations. The focus of the course is Humanities. Students study the art, music, architecture, and literature produced by each civilization. TRISMS takes a multi-cultural approach to literature and composition using the actual writings from the civilizations. The student takes a close look at the civilization as a society, noting human rights, religion, philosophy, government and laws, economics, and scientific advancements. Eastern and Western civilizations are studied chronologically and geographically.