Virtual Virginia

2216 World History & Geography 1500 A.D. to the Present

Field of Study

The World History II course enables students to explore the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from 1500 to the present.Throughout the course, students interact with the course content and display their knowledge, understanding and historical skills through a variety of assignments and shared activities with their peers.

Material Covered

Students will study the origins of much of our heritage using primary documents, maps, pictures, stories, diagrams, charts, chronological skills, inquiry/research skills and technology skills. The primary focus of the content in the course is from 1500 to the present, giving a clearer and more detailed view of how the world shifted from Medieval ways of life and thinking to “modern” thought and action. Content will begin with the Renaissance in Italy (c.1350) and extend to the modern day. It includes categories of historical studies such as politics and government, economics, military, society, and culture.

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of 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. to Present 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: The Modern Era
    ISBN13: 978-0133723946 ISBN10: 0133723941
    Prentice Hall