Virtual Virginia

2215 World History & Geography to 1500 A.D.

Field of Study

In World History I, students take a journey back in time to explore civilizations, world events and notable people from prehistory through 1500 A.D. Throughout the course, students interact with the course content and display their knowledge, understanding, and historical skills through a variety of assignments and interactions with their peers.

Material Covered

Aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning, this course begins with the Paleolithic time period and the dawn of humankind, then moves to examine ancient river valley civilizations, like Mesopotamia and Egypt, ancient India and China, classical Greece and Rome, the Byzantine Empire, early Russia, the Islamic Empire, early African and American civilizations, and Europe during the Middle Ages. Culminating with the Renaissance, World History I features information about the birth and growth of the five major world religions and centralized political entities. Through interactivities, media-rich content, and engaging activities, students learn about historical patterns and events, and find their relevance to today.

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of homework assignments and required readings for each module. They will participate in discussion boards. This course contains a mix of writing, multiple-choice, and other assignments. Students are expected to complete all course work according to the schedule posted by the instructor. Students should plan on several hours per week of work outside of the regular school day. All students must complete a final exam at the end of the course.

Additional Information

World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. offers students the opportunity to think about our past in a new way and to better understand how yesterday’s actions will impact the present and future. In addition to preparing students for the corresponding SOL test, this course will also help students in better developing their research, writing, and analytical skills, which will serve them well, both academically and in their future careers.


  • Enrolled in grades 9-12.
  • There are no prerequisites, but completion of a middle school level civics class is preferable.

Course Texts and Materials


  • World History: Volume I
    ISBN13: 978-0133723977 ISBN10: 0133723976
    Prentice Hall