World History by Era Teacher Resources
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Students collect and examine the oral histories of various Vietnam War participants and share the results of their historical research. They investigate the oral histories of one of the defined participants of the Vietnam Era. Students present to the class their participant's oral history.
Starting out with a brief explanation of eras, periods, and ages, this lecture presents general information on the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. Using images and a timeline, the narrator covers the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic eras, stressing the importance of the development of agriculture. He ends with a shorter segment on the Bronze Age and the beginning of writing.
Darwin kept a travel diary as he voyaged to South America, noting the politics, geography, cultures, animals, and interesting facts he encountered. Your class will do the same. Each student chooses a country to research and keep a five day travel diary describing key facts about the country they have "traveled" to. This is a fun way to connect social studies and creative writing.
Those studying the history of India and the legacy left by the Gupta Empire will have no problem answering these three short answer questions. Learners compose three short paragraphs describing the Gupta Empire, the historical population of India, and the caste system. Use as homework or as a comprehension quiz.
Learners explore World History by researching the Holocaust. In this Nazi Germany lesson, students identify the ghettos and death camps that many Jewish civilians were sent to in order to be controlled and later killed. Learners collaborate in small groups in order to answer study questions about the WWII era and complete worksheets about day to day situations in Nazi Germany.
Sixth graders explore world history by researching the geography of the Americas. In this ancient civilization lesson plan, 6th graders identify the Aztec people, their reign of power, and the location of their civilization. Students complete a Mesoamerica assessment worksheet after researching the era.
The intent of this resource is to explore Latin American accomplishments in baseball, recognizing the changes in demographics of players over the last century. Social studies classes begin with a discussion and brainstorm surrounding African American baseball players' struggle for acceptance in the major leagues. Then they work in small groups to record notes after viewing several video clips. The main activity involves researching and collaborating on a multi-media museum exhibit on a particular Latin American player who was born outside of the US. Groups use a graphic organizer to help them plan and create this exhibit. A rubric and the handouts are provided, as well as related websites. Suggestion: to strengthen this lesson plan, consider expanding the focus to immigrant contributions beyond professional sports, for example, civic leaders, scientists, activists, etc. Additionally, many of the standards listed for this resource are only loosely addressed.
Sixth graders create a time line using the conventions of B.C. and students will build an understanding of the conventions used to put the dates of historical events in order. This helps to put the historical events studied in order as to their actual occurrence.
Students explain how international politics, religion, and cultural beliefs influenced the life of Mary Queen of Scots. They watch a film about Mary, Queen of Scots and participate in a discussion and variety of extension activities.
Eighth graders use the book Ellesmere Chaucer and draw conclusions about Medieval English society and the Dark Ages. In this Dark Ages literature analysis lesson, 8th graders discuss the Middle Ages and read the Old English and contemporary version of "The Lord's Prayer." Students read parts of the Canterbury Tales and discuss it as the old and modern versions. Students interview their parents about slang.
Sixth graders explore World History by completing worksheets in class. For this Middle Ages lesson, 6th graders identify the importance of shields during the era and design their own shields. Students complete a Knight vocabulary worksheet and review facts about the Medieval times.
Get a global perspective and examine the challenges facing Mahmoud Abbas, the newly elected president of the Palestinian Authority. Thoughtful classroom citizens write letters to Mr. Abbas, asking him questions and suggesting advice. This is an extremely well written lesson, which includes links to solid source materials.
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Did you know that the world's first novel was written by a woman? Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji, was published in 1021. Class members research Eastern and Western cultures in the 10th and 11th centuries, view modern adaptations of this classic of Japanese literature, and prepare a PowerPoint presentation in which they compare a classic western novel to Murasaki Shikibu's story.
Tenth graders discuss the events leading up to antisemitic behavior in Europe during World War II. Through various activities, 10th graders acquaint themselves with the political ideology of Nazism and assess responsibility for the Holocaust. Materials to complete this unit are included.
Students examine the instances in history in which groups of people were segregated by race or ethnicity. After reading an article, they discover how apartheid impacted people's attempt to an education. Using the internet, they research various apartheid policies and write a perspective of people who lived in South Africa during these times.
Students, through video and Internet activities, are exposed to rites of passage in two modern day West African cultures, the Fulani and the Dogon, and how slavery served as a rite of passage for many West African people in the past.
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 explore what life was like during the Industrial Revolution. In this United States History instructional activity, students analyze a specific job then complete a webquest about that job. Once their research is complete, students work in groups to discuss their findings and develop an opinion about which job they think was the worst.
Students discover how the history of a place or event affects one's present perceptions of that place or event. They examine the current tensions caused by the decision to make Weimar, Germany Europe's cultural capital.