World History I: Ancient to Early Modern Times (Second Semester)

From: $90.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 9th–12th (8th with prior permission)

Live Class: Tues 4:00–5:15 p.m. ET

Dates: Aug 22–Apr 28

Price: $399 (includes texts)

Instructor: Lisa Hawkins 

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Course Description

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Students are welcome to join the second semester of this full year history course in progress.

This live graded world history class traces the social, economic, and political development of world civilizations and the growth of important ideas from ancient times through Early Modern Period. Live class sessions will cover both Western and non-Western cultures, with particular attention devoted to the history of China and surrounding regions, India, the Mediterranean World, and Europe.

Each student will master much historical content. They also have plenty of opportunity to think critically about what they are learning. Our time together is built around questions that I pepper throughout our live sessions. So, when we discuss the ancient Greeks, I ask students:

  • “What options does a society have when they don’t have enough resources to feed their people?”

When we’re talking about the Middle Ages, I ask,

  • “Why would people who are living in oppressed conditions continue to go along with the status quo?”

When we’re talking about worldviews in medieval Europe, I ask,

  • “Why do you think this time period was not famous for many rebellions against the status quo?”

Student contributions get woven in meaningful ways into the class material. My aim is to make the course as interactive and thought-provoking as possible. I’m also interested in all of us having a good time together while we learn history. From the feedback I’ve received over the years from parents and students, I am confident that I’ve been able to create a class environment where we have a lot of fun while exploring the past and improving critical thinking skills.

Course Structure

The course is built on a pattern of eight Units, each containing four weeks: Week A, B, C, and D. Certain assignment types fall dependably on particular weeks so that students and parents can rely on a regular, repeated schedule of work throughout the year.

Live class sessions are designed to engage students at different levels. Homework assignments are designed to meet the needs of the average student. However, for families who wish a more challenging, honors-level course, additional homework and testing expectations can be added to the course. Parents simply have to contact me to opt their students into the honors-level track. For the typical student, weekly workloads should average about 4 or 5 hours.

For families who are interested in a more detailed “tour” of my classes, along with an excerpt of an actual live meeting, please click on this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Who should enroll?

This course is primarily for 9th-12th graders, although parents of advanced 8th graders can contact me about the possibility of their son/daughter joining.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

The course is designed to improve critical thinking and historical reasoning skills particularly during our live class sessions. Regular homework assignments promote mastery of content. If parents want to opt their children into more writing-intensive or project-based assignments, they can contact me and we can work those aspects into the course for their children.


Parents are encouraged to contact me through the Canvas messaging system.

Required Texts


  • Instead of using a traditional textbook, this course will have students learning historical material from a variety of sources, both written and audio-visual. One of them is, a company that has compiled thousands of educational resources, created by professional educators.
  • In addition, the teacher will upload customized history readings to serve in the place of a traditional textbook, containing both secondary material (material written by historians about the topics we are studying) and primary material (documents written in the time period we are studying).
  • Students will be able to read this material directly from the course website, or if they prefer, print it out. Access to these materials is included in the course tuition.



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Instructor Bio

Lisa Hawkins

I love history, I love teaching, and I love students. I put a great deal of thought and time into constructing courses that are engaging, challenging, and well-organized. I also care a great deal about humanizing the on-line experience, and you will see that priority woven into many aspects of my course. I majored in history at Swarthmore College, where I also earned my high-school teaching certification. I also did graduate work at Widener University with a focus on English and education. I worked for four years at an inner-city classical high school, where I taught American History and American Literature and served as Dean of Students. In 1997, I earned my Masters in History at Temple University, and soon began teaching college courses for Drexel University and Peirce College for adults returning to school. In 2005, I began teaching online, and to date have independently created nine different online college courses, ranging from survey American History courses, to the History of American Business, Colonial History, Revolutionary History, and Western Humanities surveys. I have been awarded “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” by one of the universities I currently teach for. I am also an official grader of AP US History exams, receiving extensive training in the process and participating in College Board and ETS seminars. Despite all my experiences at the high school and college level, and despite my appreciation for the more profound academic and cultural expressions, I am nevertheless a shameless fan of English Premier League soccer, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, and MST3K.

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