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Learners examine world history by writing an essay in class. In this World War II lesson, students identify the attack on Pearl Harbor, the response from the U.S and the effect it had on Japanese-Americans. Learners define Japanese internment and write a five paragraph essay regarding the situation.
Young scholars explore the History of China by analyzing images. In this Boxer rebellion lesson, students define the impact of the Industrial Revolution on China and define the group known as "Boxers." Young scholars view an image in a PowerPoint presentation and use their investigative skills to determine who is in the photograph and what actions are taking place.
In this lesson students research an important event in American history and use drama, art, music, and dance to express their findings. Suggested activities include illustrating a time line, decorating a shoe box, reciting a speech, putting on a play, or singing a traditional song from a particular time period.
Students explore world history by answering philosophical study questions. In this Chinese history lesson students read assigned text which discusses the cultural revolution China experienced only 40 years ago. Students answer study questions based on the ideology of China and their philosophical changes.
Learners explore how empires around the globe have impacted the world in which they have existed. They analyze whether or not the United States is an imperialist nation and create their own empires based on their understanding of empires in history.
Students research five hundred years of social, economic, territorial, and political history in South Africa, with a focus on the apartheid system. They present their research in the form of a timeline.
Students research the events and results of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. As a class, they discuss the role of the military in the entire European theater and write a paper describing the situations and conditions the soliders faced. They watch the clip from "The War" and compare and contrast the German and American experience in the battle.
Students investigate recent archaeological challenges to theories of human origins. They research the history and geography of various African regions to create proposals for future excavations.
Begin this powerful study on the Guatemalan genocide with a nine-minute video clip, which can be easily found online. The excerpt introduces the class to this tragedy through a personal account, which is what they will be collecting. Discussion questions following the clip drive scholars to deeper thinking about oral histories and justice, and they view a website dedicated to keeping memories of victims alive (linked). Learners then interview Guatemalans or other members of their community, collecting oral histories and reflecting on the experience. Another site offers guidance for this process.
Learners investigate the lives of some of the religious leaders attending the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations and 'interview' the leaders on their beliefs and views of the world.
Students create a piece of poetry or a prose poem about an historical event of historical or personal significance in this High School lesson adaptable for a Language Arts or World History class. This is lesson 5 in a unit on the Yalta Conference.
Young scholars participate in a Socratic discussion about world hunger. In this world hunger lesson, students review the Socratic discussion method and use it to discuss an initiative to reduce world hunger. Young scholars answer discussion questions and may prepare position papers for the topic.
Students investigate the geography of Canada by analyzing a map of the country. In this North American geography lesson, students identify the 13 provinces of Canada and their locations by examining a Canadian map. Students may use computers and encyclopedias to help fill in their Canadian maps.
Young scholars recreate a "60-minutes" interview using cue cards and historical information on the Chinese explorer Zheng He. This lesson is an excellent introduction to World History during the 1400's.
How did the world react to Austria's declaration of war? This activity, guided by the McDougall Littell text, World History, has historians examining the beginnings of WWI through cause and effect analysis. Groups reference the text as they fill out a worksheet with various effects resulting from the listed causes. Finally, they apply their findings by analyzing a military strategy and battle map, examining the role of geography in the war. The worksheet is linked.
Students explore world history by answering a list of study questions in class. In this China lesson, students identify the era of the Qing Dynasty the peace it brought to China. Students identify economic problems as well and answer study questions based on the assigned text.
Sixth graders explore World History by analyzing a picture book. In this middle ages lesson, 6th graders view the picture book Knights in Shining Armor and identify the tools of a medieval warrior. Students complete a worksheet based upon adjectives used to describe people, specifically medieval knights.
Using places can help students identify with the history-making women associated with them.
What were the Allied and Axis countries doing just before the start of World War II? Take a peek into American, British, Spanish and German life (among others) on the eve of the most destructive war in world history. This is part one in a five part series. This WWII footage is in full color, a rarity for documentary images from this time period. The images are described in relation to what war is, how Germany fell to Hitler's control, and the new world order. Primary source documents such as letters, journals, and personal accounts of the war are read alongside riveting footage.
This unit focuses on the differences between North and South Korea as they are seen from an American point of view. Learners view the Frontline documentary, "North Korea Suspicious Minds," complete a series of handouts, read a variety of primary source documents, and engage in a class discussion. Handouts, web links, and discussion questions are highlights of this short unit.