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Below I have posted general unit plans for all our units of study. Things may change over the course of the semester, but this will give you a general overview of the course.

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World - Unit Plans: Tests & Assignments


10.1/10.2 UNIT PLAN

This unit will examine the development of the ideals that are the foundation of Western Political Thought. We will examine in detail the development of the concept of individualism from its beginnings in Ancient Greece through the Enlightenment. We will study how this concept influenced the development of representational government and a respect for individual rights. In addition we will examine the influence of the Judeo-Christian traditions in shaping Western views on right and wrong.

This unit will also examine the influence of Enlightenment principles in creating changes in government through revolution. We will examine two major revolutions, the American and the French. We will determine how the Enlightenment ideals were implemented and the results of each revolution in promoting lasting change. We will also examine in brief the other revolutions in this period.


Students will examine the industrialization of Britain and the rapid political, economic, social and cultural changes that resulted. Students will be exposed to primary documents of the time, activities designed to emphasize the effects of industrialization, and debates about the fundamentals of a capitalist economy. Students will compare this information with the situation in countries currently undergoing industrialization to identify patterns.


The unit will focus the impact of Imperialism in the areas of India, Africa, and China to identify patterns of its progress and effects. Students will examine the arguments for and against imperialism through both the literature and political cartoons of the time. A series of presentations and activities will cover the progress and effects of Imperialism on the affected regions. Students will create a PowerPoint presentation explaining impact of Imperialism on one of the selected regions.

10.5/10.6 UNIT PLAN

The unit will focus on the multiple causes of World War I. Students will read first hand accounts to gain insights of the thinking of the time. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of propaganda in mobilizing countries for war. An activity will be used to illustrate the effect of industrialization in transforming how wars were fought. This will be reinforced by watching a video that portrays these events. Finally, the motivations and terms of the Treaty of Versailles will be studied to lay the ground work for understanding the events that led to World War II.


Students will analyze and evaluate the post World War I political, social and economic conditions that gave rise to totalitarian dictatorships in Europe.


Students will examine the events and policies that led to the beginning of the Second World War. The course of the war will be examined with attention to the political, economic, and ideological factors that led to tension among allies leading to the post war bi-polar world.
Students will study the Nazi genocide of the Jews of Europe and the subsequent creation of an international war crimes tribunal to try those responsible for it. Finally, students will identify the geographic resolutions that helped shape modern Europe.

10.9/10.10 UNIT PLAN

Students will examine the developments of the post World War II world that led to the conflict between the Soviet and U.S. Blocks. Students will analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural effects of this conflict on the countries of Europe. Students will also examine the fight for influence between the superpowers in Africa, the Middle East, and South America.

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