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Students study the effects of colonialism on Africa. In this world history lesson plan, students identify and locate the colonial powers within Africa as well as the make-up of Africa today as they read and analyze writings/readings from multiple perspectives. Students analyze the reasons for the colonial break-up in Africa and identify stereotypes of Africa and work to dispel these myths/stereotypes.
In this ideas instructional activity, 7th graders are to answer seven general areas of questions (about things such as the geography, government, religious beliefs, art, and culture) about a civilization of their choosing. They are then to create a poster following guidelines and incorporating the answers to these questions.
Students compare and contrast the economic roles of women throughout history in the United States, India, and Israel. After examining pictures of women from various time periods, they share observations. They watch video clips and examine case studies of women from India and Israel and conclude by writing essays on the topic.
Learners consider how current events are directly and intricately tied to past events, decisions and other influences. The island of Guam is used as a case study as the events of WWII have continued to affect the people of Guam today.
Students are introduced to the purpose of the World Bank and its president Paul Wolfowitz. After reading an article, they work together to complete a writing exercise in which they use primary source documents to state their viewpoint. They also write a persuasive essay supporting or refuting calls for him to step down.
Students research and identify how Holocaust events affected lives of real people who lived in Europe from 1933 through 1945 and after, and create original artwork, poetry, and essays that reflect understanding of Holocaust, and its causes and effects.
Teachers can use these art history lesson plans as a way to get students to look at art in a new light.
Fifth graders investigate a famous structure. In this Wonders of the World lesson, 5th graders examine the architecture of a famous structure of the world. Students answer questions about their structure. Students gather research, write a paragraph and find a picture of their structure. Students share in an exhibit.
Young scholars role-play as invitees to the World's Fair to develop a virtual electronic pavilion or poster presentation about the United States, its history and challenges. They act as tour guides giving their presentations and answering questions.
Students review Jerusalem's long and vital history. They view the video Jerusalem: History of the Holy Land. Students are explained that to portray Jerusalem's compelling history as a site of crucial importance to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Ninth graders explore the implications of the Japanese occupation of Korea during World War II. In this World War II lesson, 9th graders read Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood or When My Name Was Keoko. Students write book reviews that include plot synopses, cultural settings, and their personal reactions to the literature.
Pupils research and record the people, events, and locations important to each of two developments and accurately place them on a timeline representing 1400-1800. In this database lesson plan, students write three well-developed paragraphs describing the two events and record information necessary for providing correct citations in MLA style.
Who's who in World History? Help your historians keep track of major figures with this World History People Review, where students match 96 world figures to the appropriate descriptions. The matching questions are grouped by historical era or subject. This could be a final class exam, or could be filled out throughout the year as a reference guide.
Fifth graders examine and discuss the concept of chronological order. They research an assigned continent and construct a chronological timeline using a list of historic events.
Ninth graders play a Jeopardy style game to review World History. In teams, 9th graders choose a category and a value for their question. Students are given an answer, and they give the correct question to match the answer.
It's test day! Keep your historians from groaning by using a straightforward format like this world history unit exam. Students answer 30 multiple choice questions and 1 essay prompt about the Renaissance, the Black Death, and the Reformation. The final essay allows writers to choose 1 of 2 prompts. Consider giving 4 prompts as a review, letting the class know only 2 will be offered on test day.
Continued conflict in the Middle East makes this lesson relevant, and the inclusion of a critique of Lawrence of Arabia might increase student interest in a potentially challenging topic. The resource includes a solid introduction to the history of the region, suggested readings (both primary and secondary sources), and instructions for writing a movie review that addresses the historical accuracy of the film. A general rubric for the paper is included as well as a sample essay. Though the lesson indicates that it is suitable for grades 9-12, it may be better suited to juniors and seniors.
Wars have profound and lasting effects, not only on soldiers and their families, but also on their countries. As part of a study of World War I, class members read the letters of Paul Green, a soldier from North Carolina, who served in the Great War. Using the provided worksheet, individuals participate in a guided reading activity that directs their attention to specific details in Green’s letter to his sister, Erma. Consider extending the exercise by providing learners with letters from Bernard Edelman’s Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.
Students explore the passing of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1397, which backs plans for the creation of a Palestinian state, as a springboard to investigating the history different countries that have been redefined in the 20th century.
Students explore women's history through films and filmaking. They explore various websites, conduct research on a famous woman, and in small groups write and produce a screenplay based on an autobiographical narrative.