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Students will understand the transformation of cultures during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and the impact of this transformation on modern times.
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.
- 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.
Objective 1:Web sites
Explain how physical geography affects economic and cultural expansion.
- Ancient Egyptian Overseas Trade
Information on trade and routes with Egypt.
- Medieval Times to Today
Lesson plan on trade during the Middle Ages/Renaissance
- Marco Polo and His Travels
Background information on Marco Polo and His Travels
- Late Medieval Maps
Currently the Index, Bibliography and Time Charts of Late Medieval Maps are provided, along with a selection of low resolution images and accompanying monographs.
- Maps: Middle Ages
Search results for Middle Ages maps.
- 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)
Objective 2:Web sites
Explore the importance of religion in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and its relevance to modern times.
- Medieval Fiefdom Web Site
This interactive site has information about a town and castle in the Middle Ages with reference to church and its effects on families and individuals
- Middle Ages
An interactive tutorial about life in the Middle Ages.
- Tales of the Middle Ages
Stories, fables, and anecdotes from the Middle Ages.
- Mostly Medieval - Exploring the Middle Ages
Here you will find information on heraldry, myths and legends, religion, medicine, and other aspects of life in Britain during the Middle Ages.
- Medieval Crusades
Background information about the Crusades.
- 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).
Objective 3:Web sites
Examine how systems of governance began steps toward self-rule during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
- Castles for Kids
Learn about the parts of a castle, what they have inside them, and the people that lived in castles.
- Ghosts in the Castle
National Geographic for Kids, exploring a castle virtual tour.
- The Vikings
The companion website to "The Vikings," a two-hour NOVA program originally broadcast on May 9, 2000. The program examines a new, less barbarian image of the Norsemen based on recent archeological investigations.
- Ottoman Empire
Information on the Ottoman Empire.
- The Middle Ages: Life on a Manor Activity Packet
A free printable reading and worksheet packet about life in the Middle Ages.
- 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).
Objective 4:Web sites
Explain the importance of the Renaissance as a rebirth of cultural and intellectual pursuits.
- English Bible History Erasmus
A biography of Erasmus.
- The Song of Roland
Wikipedia article about "The Song of Roland"
- The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection.
- Depicting Devotion
Illuminated Books of Hours from the Middle Ages.
- 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).
Objective 1:Web sites
Analyze how major world events of the 20th century affect the world today.
- Lesson 1. WWI: Beginnings and Progression
WWI website with printable pages for students.
- Trade - Lesson Plan on Why Nations Trade
Global trade lesson plans and explanations.
- WWII Voices in the Classroom
WWII information & details on how to complete an oral history.
- The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949
Cold War lesson plans and background.
Contributions of blacks in American history.
- 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.
Objective 2:Web sites
Explore current global issues facing the modern world and identify potential solutions.
- Stop Disaters
A disaster simulation game from the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
- The Greens
A site for kids about looking after the planet.
- World Day Against Child Labour 2008
Information about World Day Against Child Labor.
- Natural Disasters
See natural disasters occur.
- If the World Were a Village of 100 People
If the world were a village facts.
- Economy of Asia
Difficult reading on Asian economic problems.
- Global Issues
Information about a variety of global issues for independent research.
- What the World Eats, Part I
Pictures from The Hungry Planet comparing what a family eats in a day in various countries.
- 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.
Objective 3:Web sites
Determine human rights and responsibilities in the world.
The state of the world in easy-to-understand language.
- Learning to Give
Lessons and resources that teach giving and volunteerism, civic engagement, and character through service learning.
- Free Rice
Kids can do word study and donate rice at the same time!
- Amnesty International, USA
Human rights information from around the world.
Ready-to-use graphic organizers will help children classify ideas and communicate more effectively.
- Graphic Organizers
Put your ideas and notes in order with these graphic organizers!
- Utah Debate
- 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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