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Summit History 2 (Independent Study)

Summit History 2 (Independent Study)

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Second graders continue their investigation (spanning grades 1–4) into history from the Stone Age to the Space Age.

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Course Overview

Second graders continue their investigation (spanning grades 1–4) into history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Through lively stories and activities, second graders will:

  • Explore ancient Rome and meet Julius Caesar
  • Learn about the beginnings of Christianity during the Roman Empire
  • Hear stories of the raiding and trading Vikings
  • Appreciate the achievements of early Islamic civilization
  • During the early Middle Ages in Europe, meet knights in armor, and hear stories of St. George, Robin Hood, and Joan of Arc
  • Visit the medieval African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
  • Travel the Silk Road across China, and meet the powerful emperor, Kublai Khan
  • Learn about the fighting samurai and the growth of Buddhism and Shintoism in feudal Japan

Course Outline

Getting Around This Great Big World

  • Practice with simple maps and globes to reinforce geographic awareness
  • Begin to understand the work of historians and archaeologists

Ancient Rome

  • Locate Rome on a map
  • Learn about Rome's mythical and historic origins
  • Explore life in Rome and Roman gods, goddesses, and myths

From Caesar to Augustus

  • Understand the significance of the Roman republic
  • Become familiar with the rise, rule, fall, and legacy of Julius Caesar

Roman Empire and Roman Peace

  • Learn about Rome under the rule of Augustus Caesar and subsequent emperors
  • Understand the historical beginnings of Christianity
  • Learn about the relocation of the Empire's capital to Byzantium

Byzantium Rises

  • Recognize the contributions of Rome to modern civilization
  • Identify the eastern part of the Roman Empire as the Byzantine Empire
  • Explain the contributions of Justinian and Theodora

Rome Divides and Falls

  • Recognize the significance of Attila the Hun
  • Understand how Rome fell to invading warrior tribes
  • Discover Rome's lasting contributions to society
  • Explore Constantinople

The Early Middle Ages in Western Europe

  • Explore the early settling of England and France
  • Discover the legendary saga of King Arthur and his court at Camelot
  • Learn about the role of monasteries in preserving knowledge

The Rise of Islam

  • Become familiar with the origins of Islam
  • Learn about major figures, events, and cultural achievements of the Islamic Empire

A World in Turmoil

  • Learn about Charlemagne's struggle to unify European tribes
  • Explore the Vikings' lives, beliefs, and heroes
  • Learn that Vikings raided, conquered, and settled lands on both sides of the Atlantic

The Feudal World

  • Become familiar with the concept of feudalism
  • Learn about the knight's code of chivalry and about real and legendary acts of honor, courage, and courtliness

Crusades Abroad and Changes in Europe

  • Become familiar with real and legendary heroes from the Crusades and the Hundred Years War
  • Understand the significance of the terrible plague that swept Europe

Medieval African Empires

  • Explore the rich, varied lands and people of medieval Africa
  • Follow the travels of Ibn Battuta through Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean

Medieval China

  • Learn about life during the Sui, Tang, Sung, and Yuan dynasties
  • Become familiar with the major figures and architectural feats in Chinese history
  • Learn about the discoveries of the compass and porcelain, and the development of Chinese trade with Europe

Feudal Japan

  • Learn about the history and governance of feudal Japan and about the samurai's code
  • Become familiar with the Shinto religion, haiku, and a popular Japanese folktale

Additional Information

Course Length 12 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials

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CONSUMABLE kits contain only those materials from the standard kit that are intended for one time use. Families who purchase a Standard kit for Child A could later purchase a Consumable kit for Child B to complete the same course.


Offered for added convenience, ADDITIONAL kits contain easily obtained materials needed for the course which a family may already have in their home. 

Coach and/or Student Reference Guides are available for purchase with some courses.  Electronic versions of these reference guides are also available within digital courses.

Course Start Date

Independent Study Courses

Courses can be started any day for independent study courses without a teacher. Full-year courses last 12 months and semester courses last 6 months.


Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall and Spring. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 5 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted This course is available in two forms: taught by a teacher or designed for independent use. This teacher-supported course is taught through K12 International Academy. It is also available as independent study, where a parent will guide the course.
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Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)


Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

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