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Dawn of New Revolutions - Social Studies Lessons

The fourth quarter World History curriculum will continue its goal of exploration into the past in order to understand the present. Resources and the dominant role they have in human interactions throughout the globe will be explored. Chronologically speaking, we will be focusing on the 20th century in this quarter as we apply what we understand about political interactions to a dominant theme of war and warfare. In this lesson, students will explore concepts they hold about war and how to apply them to the real world. Students will be researching both World Wars and addressing why, how, when, and where they happened. Students will then continue on their quest for information by looking at two of the biggest results of World War II: the creation of the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights and the ‘not so cold’ Cold War. The quarter will end with a challenge to think about the implications of political, social, and economic issues in environmental health, resource availability, quality, and control and how that impacts children throughout the world. As students pursue these themes in World History, we draw upon skills and understanding gained in language arts, math and biology.
Big Idea
Understanding War! Conflict of multiple factors, including resources, can result in War.
( 20th Century global conflicts)
Question
Why do Wars Occur?
Learning Cycle
Lesson Title
Objective
Students will:
Class Period & week
Engage
What is War?
The purpose of this lesson is to invite students to start thinking about how they feel about issues, their world, history, and to defend their positions.
Establish what war signifies to them and demonstrate this by voting on statements.
1 class – Wk 1
Explore
What are the components of War?
The purpose of this lesson is to encourage students to understand war the many parts that make up war? Inherent in following this inquiry is for them to make an association to resources as one of the components of war.
1. Identify components of war and connect relationships by developing webs.

2. Illustrate their understanding of war in multimedia and produce a dialectical analysis of this illustration.
2 classes – Wk 1
Explain
Why study War?
The purpose of this lesson is to challenge study to continue making connections in order to understand the reality of what war represents and why it is necessary to study it.
Connect causes of war to the components they have already identified on their web.
1 class – Wk 2
Apply
Two World Wars
The purpose of this lesson is to help students to understand that in order for them to form an opinion of a situation they must first apprise themselves with the facts in order to better defend their opinion.
1. Using online resources research leaders, causes, effects and technology of both WW and synthesize this information in a comparison matrix.

2. Analyze propaganda materials for both WW for overt and subversive messages and write an analysis.
WWI = 4 classes – Wk 2
WWII = 4 classes – Wk 3
Matrix = 1 class – Wk 3
Project
The Reality of War
The purpose of this lesson is to use their notes to address what the possible answers to the student evaluation questions could be.
Using research materials developed earlier, students will synthesizing data to formulate an argument for or against war
1. 5 classes – Wk 4

 

Big Idea
We are all entitled to Equal Rights! Searching for Human Rights and the need for negotiation. Following significant global wars people strive to create a system of global checks and balances.
Question
Has human equality been reached in our world?
Learning Cycle
Lesson Title
Objective
Students will:
Class Period & week
Engage
What are Your Human Rights? : Post World War II and Human Rights
After studying war and various destructive events/trends in world history, students come to understand the background and need for creating a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Translate formal language of UDHR into a graphic organizer and compare with own ideas of human rights.
3 classes – Wk 4
Explore
Unity and the United Nations
Students should be aware of the role of the United Nations in our contemporary world. The purpose of this Explain lesson is for students to be able to make the connection between the Declaration of Human Rights and current abuses of them today.
Identify current world crisis, UN policies in dealing with them, and the individual U. S. involvement in each case through research analysis.
3 classes
– Wk 5
Explain
WAR Child Canada's : GENOCIDE
The purpose of this lesson is to help students put into perspective why an organization such as the United Nations is necessary by introducing them to one of the most atrocious acts of human inequality in the world: Genocide.
Identify reasons genocide occurs through group research into specific Genocide incidents of the 20th century.
4 classes
Wk 5 & 6
Apply
How can you be a Revolutionary?
The United Nations serves many roles and one of the most prominent is to ensure that everyone has equal and fair access to a safe and nourishing life.
Identify their priorities in human rights for children by taking part in Say Yes for Children. Suggest solutions through verbal visual vocabulary poster.
2 classes Week 6
Project
     

 

Big Idea
Superpower Power Games! Following WWI &II efforts to avoid WWIII were made, but still global conflict arose: Cold War
Question
What did the Cold War signify globally?
Learning Cycle
Lesson Title
Objective
Students will:
Class Period & week
Engage
Locating the Cold War
After WWII, countries sought a means to ensure stability and avoid a third world conflict. By identifying the two superpowers location on the map as well as their allies, students can learn how the world divided itself.
Identify major players in the Cold war& place on world map.
1 class – Wk 6
Explore/Explain
Warring Philosophies: The Cold War
Despite the creation of the United Nations, the world entered a new period of conflict with the rise of two superpowers with conflicting systems: capitalist democracy and communism.

Identify major players in the Cold war& place on world map.
1 class – Wk 7
Apply
The Cold War in Popular Music
Having addressed a brief account of the Cold War, students need to understand that these were very scary times for people.
Analyze pop culture songs for cold war themes and chart.
2 classes – Wk 7
Project
 

 

Big Idea
(Threaded theme)
Resources belong to Everyone! Resources are a driving force in conflict development & resolution.
Question
How important are resources to human survival?
Learning Cycle
Lesson Title
Objective
Students will:
Class Period & week
Engage
Resources - Can’t live without them!
This is meant to be a review of concepts and ideas previously explored in the first quarter. Students are reminded of what resources are, the types of resources which exist, and what role they can potentially have in international affairs.
Students will identify different types of resources , their role in influencing wars in other countries, and will then explain the relationship to their own country.
2 classes – Wk 1
Explore/Explain
Reviewing Resource Conflict
The purpose of this reading is to help transition students into the final project by revisiting Resource once more.
Read a relevant document addressing current issues and identify 4 major factors that contribute to resource conflict.
1 class – Wk 7
Apply
Youth Voices : Fair Access to Resource and Quality of Life
The forum is the major component of the quarter project. Student delegates conduct a “United Nations” style session in which they are challenged to develop a resolution or resolutions that address how to feed a growing population, taking into consideration quality of life and the impact on the environment.
Explore UN as a global forum.
Wk 7
Project
 
 

 

 



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