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Syllabus for Tenth Grade Global History and Geography

 

This tenth grade Global History and Geography Course will be a comprehensive study of global history from the Seventeenth Century to current times. We will be looking at significant cultures from a variety of perspectives including historical, artistic, philosophical, social, economic, political and religious. Throughout the year, I will always stress the importance and relevance of these cultures to our own lives and culture today. I hope to make the course as exciting, inspiring and fascinating as the great societies we will discover.

 

The tools we will use in this discovery process will include reading, writing, discussing, the Socratic method and the arts. As much as possible, you will read primary source material and explore basic evidence of other cultures so that you may get a true feel for what they were really like. Frequent writing will allow you to develop your thoughts on the subjects we study. Through these methods, you will discover the skills you need to become lifelong learners.

 

Class Expectations

As we have much to discover and as much of the material is challenging, you will need to give your best everyday. This requires that you take responsibility for your own learning. It is important that absences be as few as possible and always excused. Although I will help you make up missing work, all class work and homework is your responsibility. Class will begin promptly and lateness will not be tolerated. Expect homework every night, and I will check it. If you are absent more than three days in a row, I will expect you to email me so that you do not fall too far behind. As I am usually busy after school, you may attend tutoring with Ms. Johnson or make an appointment with me. These expectations are necessary so that we can have meaningful class experiences. Always remember the unyielding formula that the more you put into an experience the more you will get out of it.

 

Grading Policy

  • Your grade, which will be updated on daily basis, will be posted online. Email me if you need your access code. It will be an average of three elements:

 

    • Tests and major essays                                    75%
    • Homework                                                      15%
    • Class participation                                           10%

 

  • If you are absent on a test day, you must bring in a doctor’s note in order to retake the exam. Failure to take an exam or turn in an essay results in 0 and a failure for the entire marking period.

 

  • I do not accept late homework; this means that if you are even a minute late to class, I will not accept your homework. If you have an excuse note, I will accept the homework one day late.
  • Class participation is not just about behaving in ways that support the learning of the entire class. I also expect every student to contribute to class discussion every day and no student to monopolize class time.

Course Description

 

I.                   Age of Exploration and Exploitation – Would the world have been a better place without Columbus?

a.       Causes and motivations for exploration

                                                             a.      Mercantilism

                                                            b.      Technology

                                                             c.      “Guns, Germs and Steel”

b.      The exploitation of the indigenous people

                                                             a.      Encomienda system

                                                            b.      Slave trade

                                                             c.      Spread of disease

c.       Results

                                                             a.      Cultural diffusion and migration

                                                            b.      Collapse of native civilizations

                                                             c.      Colombian Exchange

                                                            d.      Rise of Monarchy and the Catholic church

II.                Age of Monarchy – What conditions might justify absolutism?

a.       Spain’s Golden Age

b.      Peter the Great and the westernization of Russia

c.       Henry VIII and the Anglican Church

d.      Elizabeth I and the rise of England

e.       Louis XIV and height of Absolutism

III.             Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment - Where does the “Truth” come from?

a.       Astronomy

b.      Political Philosophy

                                                             a.      Conservative monarchists – Machiavelli and Hobbes

                                                            b.      Liberal democrats – Locke, Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesquieu 

IV.             French Revolution – How can democracy spin out of control?

a.       The decline of the Louis’s

b.      Major steps in the rise of democracy

c.       The rise and fall of Robbespierre and the Reign of Terror

d.      Napoleon – The child of the revolution

e.       Congress of Vienna

f.       Impact of the French Revolution in Latin America

                                                             a.      Haiti expels the slave masters

                                                            b.      Bolivar as the Latin George Washington

V.                Industrial Revolution – How did some nations become so powerful?

a.       Agricultural Revolution creates a food surplus

b.      Geography benefits the winners

c.       Social changes

                                                             a.      Rise of the middle class

                                                            b.      Urbanization

                                                             c.      Workers’ rights

                                                            d.      Irish potato famine

d.      Economic theory – Adam Smith vs. Karl Marx

VI.             Imperialism – Did the Europeans do more good or damage?

a.       Africa

                                                             a.      Review African history

                                                            b.      Reasons and methods for imperialism

                                                             c.      Independence movement

                                                            d.      Apartheid

b.      India

                                                             a.      Review Indian history and geography

                                                            b.      Reasons and methods for imperialism

                                                             c.      Ghandi

                                                            d.      Split of India and Pakistan

c.       China

                                                             a.      Review Chinese history and geography

                                                            b.      Reasons and methods for imperialism

                                                             c.      Independence movements

                                                            d.      Communism and Mao’s policies

                                                             e.      Modern China

d.      Japan

                                                             a.      Review Japanese history and geography

                                                            b.      Commodore Perry opens up Japan

                                                             c.      Meiji Restoration modernizes Japan

                                                            d.      Modern Japan

VII.          World War I – What made it different from all previous wars?

a.       Causes

b.      Technology and strategy

c.       Versailles Conference

VIII.       Russian Revolution – How was it similar and different to the French Revolution?

a.       Czars carry on absolutism into the 20th Century

b.      Two revolutions in a year

c.       Lenin’s Policies

d.      Stalin and the rise of totalitarian state

IX.             World War II       

a.       Mussolini as Hitler’s role model

b.      How did Hitler gain so much power?

c.       The Holocaust

d.      War strategies and battles

e.       The War in the Pacific

f.       Peace Conferences

X.                Cold War

a.       Emergence of the Superpowers

b.      Changes in geography divide Europe with an Iron Curtain

c.       Hot spots lead to worldwide devastation

d.      Fall of the Wall

e.       Europe unifies

Materials

Readings

Most of the class reading will come from worksheets and packets that I will distribute. These allow you to read primary source materials, maps, and analytic essays. In addition, homework will be assigned from the textbook World History, Connections to Today. You will also receive the Glencoe Regents review book Global History and Geography to use as a reference guide.

Useful Websites

regentsprep.org has tutorials and model questions from old Regents exams.

The historyteachers page on youtube.com has hilarious videos set to pop songs. Just Google Lady Gaga and French Revolution.

Powerpointpalooza.com has many of the Powerpoints that I use in class and more.

This teacher from Buffalo has many links of videos and songs for the Regents: http://www.mrklaff.com/globalregentsreview.html

My Powerpoints, many worksheets and other course information is below

Interesting maps to make you think about the world in new ways: http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/maps-that-will-help-you-make-sense-of-the-world/

Short Video of battles of WWI: http://youtu.be/gj2v7-0tAC0

Remember

There are two primary ideas I want you to keep in mind throughout this course. The first is how much we can learn about ourselves and our culture by studying other cultures and peoples. The second lesson is how critical it is to always ask “why?” Everything has a reason and it is only by asking the right questions that we can hope to understand the world and ourselves.

 


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