This course is a high school level course in world history, open to students in grades 9 through 12. The course content is
organized as follows:
- First Semester: The Ancient World through the Voyages of Columbus
- Topic I: Introduction and an Overview of Ancient Civilization
- Topic II: Ancient Greek Civilization through Alexander the Great
- Topic III Rome: From Republic to Empire
- Topic IV: The Rise of Christianity
- Topic V: Byzantium, Islam, and Asia to the 1400's
- Topic VI The European Middle Ages
- Second Semester:
- Topic VII:
- Topic VIII:
- Topic IX:
- Topic X:
- Topic XI:
- Topic XII:
Lectures and Class Time
Class time will primarily be spent on instruction and discussion. Students should bring their Document Pack to each class,
and a pen or pencil for taking notes.
We will also endeavor to make videos of the lectures available on the website. Students will be able to use
the videos to cover any material that time constraints did not permit us to cover in our weekly class.
Or, if a student misses a class or needs to review the material, the course content will available online.
It will eventually be possible to take the entire course online.
This course has a focus on primary source documents. Instead of a textbook, students will be given a printed Document Pack
containing most or all of the required reading, which will consist of mostly primary sources and some
selected secondary source material. The Document Pack will also be available on the website in PDF format.
Reading assignments are an essential part of this course. Students will need to do the reading
in order to fully understand the lectures and discussions.
Homework, Tests and Grades
Students will be given specific assignments to complete each week. Assignments will consist of readings in the Document Pack,
instructional videos online, and written assignments.
Homework assignments can be found on the website and will be turned in for a grade.
One final exam for each semester will be taken in class at the end of each semester.
Students will receive a numerical grade for each semester and for the year.
Student work in this class will be evaluated in the following way:
- Test, closed book, on Topics I and II--25%
- Test, closed book, on Topics III and IV--25%
- Homework, open book, which will include short essay writing--30%
- Semester I Final Exam--20%
Joe Tribble, an Atlanta native, has been a teacher and coach at a private Christian school in the city since 1983.
He earned his BA from the University of Georgia graduating with a dual major in History and French Language.
He studied French history and culture for a semester at the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, before earning
his Master of Arts and Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College with a concentration in 20th Century German and
American History. Joe is a Boys’ Varsity Head Coach for cross country in the fall and an Assistant Varsity Coach
for boys and girls distance runners in the spring. Joe also teaches a course he created in 1996 that combines his
love of history and his passion for running and coaching. The course involves studying topics ranging from
prehistoric Stonehenge to the pulling down of the Berlin Wall. Joe then leads the students on a summer tour
of the previously examined sites found in the U.K. and Europe.
For 30 years Joe was married to his lovely wife Gail, until she passed away from cancer. Gail was a studio artist
and published illustrator who earned a degree in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. Their daughter,
Grace Marion, graduated from Columbia University in NYC, and went on to earn her Master of Philosophy
in Assyriology from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She is currently a writer. Joe sums up
his Christian faith with a verse from Paul’s letter to the Philippians (1:21)
that “…to live is Christ and to die is gain.”