World History


Essential Questions 

Course Name:  World History                                                      Course Number:  900-902                                
Revision Date:  Sept., 2011                                                           Grade/level:  9 S/CTP/H
Course Length:  Semester (90 minutes)


Course Description:
(Mission Linked)
This course will trace man’s progress from the development of civilization to the 20th century.  It will emphasize Eastern and Western Civilizations, mankind’s struggles, achievements and contributions.  The legacies, traditions and prejudices of history will be explored to make it possible for students to better understand today’s problems and prepare for the future.  Students will be expected to complete assignments including regular reading and writing assignments, participation in class discussions, skills application and one major project per quarter.  


Suggested Instructional Strategies:
Instructional strategies will include an array of both primary and secondary source readings, documentaries and film, media center research and projects, class lecture and discussions, collaborative group work, mapping activities, and analysis of current world events.    


   
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Describe how the Neolithic Revolution led to the development of similar traits of civilization.
Describe the significance of:
  • Domestication of plants and animals
  • Specialization of labor led to advanced technology
  • Innovations and technologies of the time
Identify the 7 Traits of Civilization:
  • Cities
  • Government/military
  • Religion
  • Writing
  • Social Structure
  • Art/Architecture
  • Technology/material possessions
Identify contemporary scientific discoveries such as:
  • Lucy
  • Dating Technologies
  • Iceman
  • Cave paintings
Explain the significance of ancient discoveries such as:
  • Fire
  • Clothing
  • Agriculture
  • Tools
  • Irrigation
Identify traits of the Ancient River Valley Civilizations and the Ancient Civilizations of the Near East.
Explain the impact of the political, philosophical, and cultural legacies of Ancient Greece and Rome, including the Byzantine Empire

Explain the significance of the following legacies:
  • Democracy
  • Empire
  • Absolutism vs. Relativism
  • Christianity
  • Pax Romana
  • Latin Language
  • Preservation of ancient texts
Explain the significance of the following legacies:
  • Fall of Rome
  • Codification of laws
  • Pericles
  • Julius Caesar
  • Caesar Augustus
  • Justinian
  • Socrates/Plato
  • Stoicism
  • Cynicism
  • Jesus
  • Alexander the Great
  • Herodotus/Thucydides
  • Theater


Describe the fundamental similarities and differences of the 5 most common religions in the world today. (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam)

Explain the impact the following religions have had on various civilizations.
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam



Explain the significance of the following legacies:
  • Caste System/Varna’s
  • Dharma/Karma
  • Ahimsa
  • Eightfold Path
  • Four Noble Truths
  • Abraham’s Covenant
  • Exodus
  • 10 Commandments
  • Jesus’ teachings
  • Divisions of Sunni/Shiite Muslims

Explain how Christianity, the classical heritage, and Germanic practices combine to form a new European civilization and how that lay the foundation for modern European life

Define feudalism and discuss the influence of the Church in early medieval Europe as well as explain the effects of the Crusades and the development of Europe in the later Middle Ages
  • Breakdown of Feudalism
  • Increased authority of kings
  • Increased commerce
  • United Islam

Describe the development of Parliamentary and Common law as well as evaluate events in Europe during the Middle Ages for their impact on society, culture, economy, and political systems:   
  • Hundred Years’ War
  • Crusades
  • Black Death
  • Development of Trade and Cities

Explain how the Renaissance emphasized individualism and how the Protestant Reformation established new forms of Christianity

Identify factors that inspired the Renaissance and describe how the Catholic Church tried to halt the spread of Protestantism
  • Humanism
  • New literature
  • Scholarship
  • Council of Trent
  • Inquisition
  • Catholic Reformation
  • Missionary work
  • Martin Luther




Identify the great artists of the Renaissance and evaluate their achievements
  • Giotto
  • Da Vinci
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Filippo Brunelleschi

Describe the revolutionary changes that transformed early modern Europe including the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions and political revolutions in England and France









Analyze the different phases of the French and English Revolutions and trace the ways in which those revolutions transformed Europe
  • The Glorious Revolution
  • Three Estates
  • Political Spectrum
  • Congress of Vienna
  • Napoleon’s Coup

Explain and describe the following ideas as the pertain the Age of Revolution
  • Liberalism
  • Nationalism
  • Democracy
  • Science and Reason
  • Locke and Hobbes

Describe the political movements and global conflicts that gripped the world between 1914 and 1945, including the rise of fascism and communism in Europe, the growth of nationalism in the developing world and World War I and World War II

Discuss the causes, events, and results of World War I and World War II
  • European Alliances Rivalries and militarism
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Schlieffen Plan
  • Rise of Nazism
  • Collective Security

Trace the growth of fascist and Communist dictatorships in Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union and explain the upsurge of nationalism in Asia, Africa, and Latin America from 1919 to 1939
  • Bolshevik Revolution
  • Benito Mussolini
  • Vladimir Lenin
  • Joseph Stalin
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Mao Zedong
  • American Intervention in Latin America




CORE COMPETENCIES: (3-5)
Students will be able to describe the enduring legacies that impact the global civilizations of today.
Students will be able to analyze the development of major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and their affects on the cultures of the world and how peoples continue to interact with each other.
Students will be able to identify and describe the world’s rapid political, social and cultural changes in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries (Renaissance through Industrial Revolution).
Students will be able to analyze the world conflicts of the 20th century and explain how they are a consequence of nationalism and imperialism.












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