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Class Reports: Ancient History

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” –Edmund Burke

For those who enjoy learning about past civilizations, distant times, and faraway countries, consider taking Mr. Bill Crosby’s “Ancient History” class. Mr. Crosby says, “I particularly like that we can track the Old Testament in the class and the student really learns about the time period of the Exodus through Nehemiah and even into the New Testament period of Christ and the Apostles.” While this class is not a Jewish history class, students will be able to learn about many of the civilizations mentioned in the Bible. In addition, students will learn how to research and write history papers, a skill that is essential not only in high school but also in college.

Students will also study the history of the earliest civilizations throughout the Roman world, including the great river civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China. In addition, students will learn about the city-states of Greece and the spread of Hellenic culture. Lastly, students will study the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

Regarding homework, students should expect about four to six hours of homework per week. Students should expect to spend more time during the week during exam preparation, paper research, and writing weeks. There are two research papers on any topic in Ancient History during the year.

The books used in this class are “The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome” by Susan Wise Bauer, “The Genius of Ancient Man, Evolution’s Nightmare” by Don Landis, and the Bible. In addition, students will also utilize supplemental readings and videos. In addition, Mr. Crosby says, “We also use lots of supplemental readings and videos.”

The prerequisite for this class is that all students must be at the English 2 level. For those who have not taken TPS English, there is a placement test. Since “Ancient History” is an entry-level high school course, it is designed for eight to tenth graders. Mr. Crosby says, “This is a perfect [class]…to start your high school career with. We start at the ‘beginning’ and learn not only some of the details of great societies but also how to properly study them.” “Ancient History” is a great class for new freshmen, in order to get them accustomed to high school before rigorous AP, dual enrollment, or higher-level courses.

In conclusion, if you are a history nerd or want to take an exciting and fun history course, consider taking Mr. Crosby’s “Ancient History” class. Not only will you learn fascinating and intriguing facts about ancient civilizations and kingdoms, but you will be taught by an entertaining and compelling teacher.

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p.s. huge thanks to my amazing editor, Morgan! she’s absolutely amazing and I’m so grateful that I was able to work with her this year. 

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