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Objective 1: Explain why physical geography affected the development of early civilizations.
- Identify the major physical features of the regions where ancient civilizations flourished.
- Describe how these features influenced the success or decline of the civilizations.
- Compare maps of these ancient civilizations to current political maps and make inferences about the continuing affects of physical geography on cultural development.
Evaluate how religion has played a central role in human history from ancient times to today.
- Explore the importance of religion in the cultural expression of ancient civilizations (e.g. customs, artistic expression, creation stories, architecture of sacred spaces).
- Identify key tenets of the major world religions (i.e. Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism).
- Analyze how religious ideas influence current issues.
Explain how modern governments can trace some of their attributes to the systems of power, authority, and governance established in ancient civilizations.
- Identify forms of government within these civilizations.
- Compare those forms to existing systems of governance in today’s world.
Analyze how the earliest civilizations created technologies and systems to meet community and personal needs.
Students will understand the transformation of cultures during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and the impact of this transformation on modern times.
- Identify innovations in manmade structures over time (e.g. irrigation, roads, building materials) and their influence on meeting needs.
- Examine the evolution and importance of writing.
- Identify cultural expressions that reflect these systems (e.g. architecture, artistic expression, medicine, philosophy, drama, literature).
- Compare social classes, vocations, and gender roles within ancient civilizations.
Students will understand how revolutions have had an impact on the modern world.
Explain how physical geography affects economic and cultural expansion.
- Identify natural resources and physical features that affected expansion.
- Describe the development of international trade via the desert, sea, and land and the resultant cultural exchanges between Asia, the Middle East, and Europe (e.g. the Silk Road)
Explore the importance of religion in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and its relevance to modern times.
- Explain the influence of religion on cultural expression (e.g. the arts, architecture, government, education, family structure).
- Compare relations between the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths during the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the modern world (e.g.
Crusades, periods of peaceful coexistence, periods of conflict).
Examine how systems of governance began steps toward self-rule during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
- Examine relationships between significant events and ideas and their influence on systems of government (e.g. the rise of the merchant class, the Magna Carta, the impact of the Black Death, Germanic tribes, feudalism, manors, city-states).
- Compare individual rights of people in the United States today with the rights of selected groups in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (e.g. serfs, nobility, merchant class).
Explain the importance of the Renaissance as a rebirth of cultural and intellectual pursuits.
- Investigate how technological and scientific developments of the time promoted literacy and the exchange of ideas that continue to this day (e.g. moveable type, telescope, microscope).
- Identify leading Renaissance artists and thinkers and their contributions to visual arts, writing, music, and architecture (e.g. Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Palestrina, Shakespeare, Tallis).
Students will understand current global issues and their rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world.
Understand processes of revolution.
- Examine social, religious, and economic issues that may lead to revolution.
- Identify and compare how revolutions develop in multiple areas of human life (e.g. scientific, agricultural, industrial, political, medical).
Analyze the impact of selected revolutions.
- Identify representative people from selected revolutions (e.g. Napoleon, Martin Luther, James Watt, Isaac Newton, Madame Curie, Anton Van Leeuwenhoek).
- Examine the outcomes of selected revolutions (e.g. the Scientific and Industrial revolutions, the Reformation, the French Revolution).
Analyze how major world events of the 20th century affect the world today.
- Spotlight on America: 20th Century Wars, by Robert W. Smith; ISBN: 1420632191
Worksheets and information on the wars – a must-have for background information
- Atlas of World History, by Nystrom; ISBN: 0782509401
- World War II, by Tom MacGowan; ISBN: 0531156613
Nonfiction on World War II; each short chapter explains one year of the war
- Feathers and Fools, by Mem Fox; ISBN: 9780613284820
Differences ignite fear and two flocks of birds learn about war and peace. (picture book)
- Identify key events, ideas, and leaders of the 20th century (e.g. World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts, dynamic Asian economies).
- Describe the impact of these events on the world today.
Explore current global issues facing the modern world and identify potential solutions.
- Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, by Bill Bigelow & Bob Peterson; ISBN: 9780942961287
Activities and information on social issues from child labor to genetic engineering and more
- Teaching About Global Awareness with Simulations and Games, by Steven L. Lomy; ISBN: 9780943804859
- Conflict Activity Cards, by Caroline Starbird; ISBN: 9780943804958
- Dangerous Planet, by Bryn Barnard; ISBN: 0375822496
Nonfiction natural disasters that changed history
- A Picnic in October, by Eve Bunting; ISBN: 0152016562
Story of an Italian-American immigration and the Statue of Liberty (picture book)
- The Composition, by Antonio Skarmeta and Alfonso Ruano; ISBN: 0888995504
About peace/social justice in Chile (picture book)
- Current Events: Contemporary Issues for Classroom Debates, Discussions, and Writing, by Diane Sylvester; ISBN: 9780881603255
Activities to get kids thinking about everything from bullying to terrorism and civil rights
- The Lotus Seed, by Sherry Garland; ISBN: 0152494650
A Vietnamese tale about connections to one’s culture/history (picture book)
- Fly Away Home, by Eve Bunting; ISBN: 0395559626
A homeless boy finds hope in a bird escaping (picture book)
- Smoky Night, by Eve Bunting; ISBN: 0152699546
Unlikely friendships form during the Los Angeles riots
- Encounter, by Jane Yolen; ISBN: 0152259627
Another perspective on Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. (historical fiction picture book)
- BLACK GOLD: A Technology-Filled Simulation
A simulation book on oil and distribution issues-also has a website: www.interact-simulations.com
- Investigate pressing issues facing the world today (e.g. environmental, pollution, political turmoil, hunger, poverty, genocide, famine, natural disasters, child labor).
- Identify potential solutions to pressing issues.
- Identify individuals and groups making positive changes in the world today and support these choices with evidence.
Determine human rights and responsibilities in the world.
- Teaching Writing Skills: A Global Approach, by Steven L. Lamy; ISBN: 0943804159
Incorporates language arts ideas with social responsibility
- Kids Care! 75 Ways to make a difference for people, animals and the environment, by Rebecca Olien; ISBN: 0824967925
Service project ideas
- Teaching Kids to Care: Nurturing Courage and Compassion, by Bettie B. Young, Joanne Wolf, Joani Wafer, & Dawn Lehman; ISBN: 9781571745484
Civic responsibilities are taught through discussion and activities
- Teaching Human Rights - Third Edition, by David Shiman; ISBN: 9780943804798
- Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney; ISBN: 0670479586
Miss Rumphius makes the world more beautiful (picture book)
- The Dog Poop Initiative, by Kirk A. Weisler; ISBN: 1932280839
Everyone plays soccer around poop until finally someone takes the initiative to clean it up. (picture book)
- Running Shoes, by Frederick Lipp; ISBN: 1580891764
Hope and determination for a small girl in Cambodia (picture book)
- The Wartville Wizard, by Don Madden; ISBN: 0689716672
Littering becomes a real problem for this community (picture book)
- Something Beautiful, by Sharon Dennis Wyeth; ISBN: 0385322399
A little girl makes her own world more beautiful (picture book)
- If Everybody Did, by Jo Ann Stover; ISBN: 0890844879
Shows what a disaster life would be if everyone just did their own thing for their own self. (picture book)
- The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects by Barbara A. Lewis ; ISBN: 0915793822
Service project how-to book
- A Kid’s Guide to Hunger and Homelessness, by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.; ISBN: 1575422409
How to take action on hunger issues
- Peace Begins with You, by Katherine Scholes; ISBN: 0316774405
People are different and how individuals can create peace by accepting different human needs and wants (picture book)
- It’s Our World, Too, by Phillip Hoose; ISBN: 0613573080
A collection of vignettes by and for kids to show how one person can make a difference in the community, along with tips on how to get started.
- Identify rights considered essential for all humans (e.g. health care, education, safety, freedom from fear, freedom of expression).
- Propose steps individual students can take to protect these rights (e.g. support for sister schools, energy and resource conservation, letter writing, career choices, fundraising efforts).
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