World History

This is an introductory course to World History, the course that students will learn in 10th grade. We will cover many periods and motifs in history, including (but not limited to) early human history, different forms of government, imperialism, the two major World Wars, genocides, and communism. History teaches us many important lessons that resonate through the ages, and by the end of this course students should see “history” in a whole new light.

Dates: Sundays Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 23, April 30, May 7

Time: 10:45–11:45am

Location: 10070 Imperial Ave, Cupertino, CA, 95014


Sam Yang

Hi! I’m Sam Yang, and I am a sophomore at Monta Vista High School. I will be teaching History in the spring. Ever since I first started learning about history, I have been captivated by the stories of those who lived before us, and I am particularly fascinated by World War I and II. History is important because a large portion of history is people doing wrong to other people, and I want to help educate today’s kids to be more tolerant, more sociable, and more intelligent people than those before them. I want them to walk away from this class as not only more knowledgeable, but better people. I have theatre and acting experience, so I intend to make my class as fun, interactive, and interesting as possible. In my free time, I play the guitar, sing, do theatre and play baseball. I look forward to teaching this class!

Teaching Assistant

Sean Yang

I am Sean Yang, an 8th grader at Kennedy Middle School. This year I am very excited to be the teaching assistant in the World History class. I have been playing piano for seven years and just passed my level-8 certification last year. I also play baseball, and swim on a competitive team. I’m currently learning how to play the guitar which is really fascinating. In a recent middle school production of Singin’ in the Rain, I was fortunate enough to play the lead role, Don Lockwood, and learned a great deal about working in a team.

World History Syllabus

In this class, students will learn about the following topics in world history:

  • Homo Sapiens, 3 Major Revolutions, Civilization
  • Types of Government (Focus on democracy)
  • Imperialism, Nationalism
  • WWI, Treaty of Versailles
  • WWII and the Holocaust
  • Communism and the Cold War

Class Photos