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Students 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." Students 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 learners 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 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.
Young scholars 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.
Students 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.
High schoolers 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.
Students 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. Students 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 instructional activity, 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.
Students recreate a "60-minutes" interview using cue cards and historical information on the Chinese explorer Zheng He. This instructional activity 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.
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.
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.
Students investigate one of the largest religious structures in the world, Angkor Wat, a temple in Cambodia. The temple's place in Southeast Asian history, its history and the migration of ideas of both Hinduism and Buddhism is examined in this instructional activity.
Incorporating the arts into regular classroom practices isn't an easy task. Learners will research background information regarding Russian culture, history, and conflict then see how those things have applied to the rigors of Russian Ballet. They then research Rudolf Nureyev, his performance, and life. They then discuss choreographing a full length ballet in the classroom.
Ninth graders research the cultural implications of wedding celebrations around the world. They study wedding celebrations before creating world map on which they place an appropriately attired wedding couple on the country they studied. From their research they design a cultural wedding celebration that begins with pre-parties and continues through the wedding and reception as cultural appropriate.
Young scholars explain the basic historical and geographical facts about the Afghan region, and identify themes in the history of Afghanistan from the sixth century B.C. to the present.