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Tamalpais High School
"The purpose of history is to explain the past - to say why the world around us is the way it is."
[Crichton, Michael. Timeline. pg. 437.1999]
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Year Plan for the Tenth Grade Core 1999 - 2000
Unit I: Discovery Unit II: Revolution Unit III: Progress and
Urbanization Unit IV: Imperialism Unit V: WWI Unit VI: Totalitarians
and WWII Unit VII: Human Rights listing of Quick Response
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Unit I: Discovery
Unit II: Revolution
Unit III: Progress and Urbanization
Unit IV: Imperialism
Unit V: WWI
Unit VI: Totalitarians and WWII
Unit VII: Human Rights
listing of Quick Response [QR] topics
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The textbook referred to in the units below is:
Beck, Roger B. et. al. Modern World History 'Patterns of Interaction'. McDougal Littel, Boston, 1999.
Unit I: Discovery and Difference return to top of page
- the Age of Discovery and Exploration
- Shakespeare's The Tempest
Essential Questions:How does knowledge and background shape perception?
- 1491 Internet scavenger hunt questions provides a quick look and background build-up of the status of several of the cultures of Europe and the Americas before 1491.
[click here to download the scavenger hunt as a MS Word file]
- The Renaissance Art Scavenger Hunt question sheet combines a search of the textbook [pages 40-44] and the Internet to begin an understanding of how Renaissance values became reflected in the art it produced.
- Quick Response prompts 1 - 4
Visual Project "When Cultures Collide..."
- Prologue: pages 1-27
- Imperialists: pages 305 - 316
- China: pages 89-93
- Spanish conquests: pages 102-109
- Renaissance: pages 37 to 44
- Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present . Harper Perennial Library. rev. 1995
- Prologue summary outline [textbook: pages 1-27] with a focus on the growth of monarchy and democracy.
- Why Europe? outline and table discussing a number of the considerations that led certain regions towards colonization and imperialism.
- Two images of Zheng He's treasure ship that compare the sizes of Cina['s ships to those of Columbus
- The History of the Incas: their achievements, geography and history
- What inspired the Renaissance
Unit II: Revolution return to top of page
- The French Revolution
- Dickens' The Tale of Two Cities
- When are revolutions necessary?
- Are the 'costs' of revolution justified?
- What is a cause worth putting your life on the line for?
- TCI: Island simulation
- 'Why Can't I be Divine II?'
review and present pages 156-159
- Film: Jinnah
Colony to Nation
- The Age of Reason
worksheet for textbook pages 171 -177
- The French Revolution Begins
worksheet for textbook pages193 - 196
- French Revolution Timeline questions
worksheet for pages 197 - 203
- Napolean's Rise and Fall worksheet
question sheet for pages 204-212
- The Congress of Vienna worksheet
for pages 213-216
- Quick Response prompts 5 - 6
Assessments:Unit Project for The French Revolution
- Spain's empire: pages 133 -137
- French monarchy: pages 138 - 143
- Russian czar's: pages 151 -155
- English parliament: pages 156 -159
- English democracy: pages 17 - 21
- Enlightenment: pages 171 -177
- Revolution begiins: pages193 - 196
- Terror and war: pages197 - 203
- Empire: pages 204 - 208
- Napolean's collapse: pages 209 - 212
- Congress of Vienna: pages 213 - 216
- The French Revolution 1789-1792
Contains a superb linked timeline; each date goes to a clear site with at least one related image. In addition, there is a biography section that contains all the major players for 6 of the key events, with bios and pictures for person.
http://www.woodberry.org/acad/hist/FRWEB/home%20pages/home.htm McDougal Littell's
- NetActivities: The French Revolution
Move your mouse over the picture and explore the different sights that are displayed, then clcik on 'start here' to test your knowledge.
- McDougal Littell's NetActivities: links
- Paris, March 1793 [The Vendee Insurrection]
This web site discusses the counter-revolution with excellent biographies, many of the decrees and press reports of the time, some maps, timelines, any pictures and a summary of activities in both Paris and the VENDEE REGION.
- WEB MUSEUM: Paris: Revolution and restoration (1740-1860): France
View the art and images of the period.
- The French Revolution timeline
A timeline of the Revolution from 1789 - 1799
- The French Revolution home page
A collection of links and essays to the French Revolution. It includes bibliographies, essays of many of the leading figures, pictures and images, and the text ofmany of the French Revolution writings and pamphlets.
- The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
- The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Citizen
- Encyclopedia. com: Results for French Revolution
From Encyclopedia.com gives excellent overview of the French Revoution, with links to all the key figures and events, as well as links to pictures and images of the Revolution.
Unit III: Progress return to top of page
- November 15 - 24
- Industrial Revolution, Impact of Technology
- Variety of short stories [Sci-Fi and such] examining issues of progress and technology
Essential Questions:1. Why did the Industrial Revolution lead Europe towards colonization and imperialism?
2. What price did industrializing regions pay for development?
3. What did this price pay for?
ActivitiesThe Urbanization Game
- The Beginnings: pages 253 - 258
- Industrialization: pages 259 - 262
- Spread: pages 263 - 266
- Reforms: pages 267 - 272
- Internet Modern History Sourcebook
This Fordham University project provides us with excellent links, text and essays in a simple outline format from very general to very specific
- American Inventors and Inventions
The Smithsonian brings some of the American inventions since the patent office opened in 1790. Nice images and brief descriptions
- I N N O V A T I O N: Revolutionary Changes in Industry
From W. Rodgers, Ph.D, of the Learning Associates, we have an excellent overview of the beginnings and developing applications of many of the inventions of the Industrial revolution, from the steam engine, to the gas engine, electricity, oil and steel technology to aviation and robotics. Their overview has an exceptional set of related links built in.
short article on the Industrial Revolution with a few related links
- Document Studies on The Industrial Revolution
from the History Department of the University of Hong Kong
Great info, lectures, tables and statistics
- Industrial Revolutions homepage!
This page is a project of the University Scholars Industrial Revolutions class, fall 1998, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.
The works: pictures, essays, debates and definitions about and for the the Industrial Revolution
- Industrial Revolution primary source documents
The History department of Hanover College provides several primary source document links
- History of Economic Thought
The McMaster University Archive for the History of Economic includes both primary texts, studies of those texts and of their authors. For our immediate needs, it includes materials fro m Adam Smith, Toynbee, Marx and Malthus.
- Child Labor
From Hartwick College, we have a quick article, graphic and link
Unit IV: Perspectives on Imperialism return to top of page
- November 29 - December 17
- Imperialism in Africa and Latin America
focus on the effects of imperialism
- Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart
and/or a variety of films examining dynamics of imperialism
- What choices can an individual make in the face of political, economic and cultural upheaval?
- What are the consequences of those choices?
- How does imperialism affect traditional cultures?
- What happens to traditional values when they are threatened by outside forces?
- Imperialism case study worksheet
pages 310 - 315
- TCI Social studies skill builder: The Quest for Empire: Analyzing European Motives
- Exam Question Form
- Quiz [textbook: pages 305 - 309]
- Ghost of Imperilaism
- Unit exam
- Imperialists divide Africa: pages 305 - 309
- Imperialism: Nigeria: pages 310 - 315
- Muslim lands fall: pages 317 - 320
- British imperialsim in India: pages 321 - 325
- Western powers rule Southeast Asia: pages 326 - 329
- Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold's Ghost. Mariner Books, Boston1999.
A story of greed, terror nd heroism in Colonial Africa
- Stories from Nigeria, edited by D. Ashliman
Five online tales from Nigeria http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts2.html#nigeria
- African Stories Treasure
Sources for both online stories and an extensive bibliography of stories and indices of print resources
- Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart Study Guide
Reviewed Things Fall Apart chapter by chapter
- Conrad, Joseph (1857-1924). Heart of Darkness.
Also available online through the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
or you may download the full text through the ALEX Catalogue of Electronic Texts at
- Women in Achebe's World
Discussions about contemporary women from Achebe's world
- Henry Stanley and Dr. David Livingston 
Compton's Encyclopedia provides these two brief bio's of Stanley and Livingston
- The Berlin Imperialist Conference, 1884-5
The European powers began showing a renewed interest in Africa. Their meetings resulted in the Berlin Act of 1885, which divided up the continent to suit their own interests.
- Menelik II [1865-1896]
He successfully defended Ethiopia from the Italian aggression. This article gives some background to this period and event.
- The Boer War [1899-1902]
"1999 marks the centenary of the Anglo-Boer War, which devastated the land for three years, pitting British troops against Boer commandos - with African fighters on both sides."
[Be sure to visit the here for images of the Anglo-Boer War.]
Unit V: War and Conflict return to top of page
- January 3 - February 11
- World W ar I and the Lost Generation 
- Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front
- WWI poetry, excerpts from This Side of Paradise
- What is it like to live through a conflict?
- Why do people and nations fight?
- Pride and Power simulation
- WWI Webquest: What was it like to be a participant in WWI
- Auditory Presentations
- viewing of related video's
- Young Indiana Jones 'Battle of Sommes'
- The Great War
- Lost Generation essay
- jointly assessed by English and History
- the stage is set: pages 363-366 [activity sheet]
- war in Europe: pages 367 - 372 [review sheet] open as a MS Word file
- war affects the world: pages 373 - 380 [review sheet] open as a MS Word file
- a flawed peace: pages 380 - 383 [review sheet] open as a MS Word file
- an age of uncertqinty: pages 415 - 420 [review sheet] open as a MS Word file
- World War I: 1914 - 1918
From Oxford University, this section gives some very basic information about World War I with emphasis on the perspectives shared throughout British society.
- The First World War
From The Spartacus Internet Encyclopedia, With a clear index, this site provides a great deal of information regarding Great Britain and WWI.
- World War I Document Archive
From Brigham Young University's site, this archive of primary documents from World War I is international in scope, easy to use and includes lots of images.
- American's Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920's
From the Library of Congress American Memory exhibit, the Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders at the turn of the century. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential election of 1920.
- The Great War
From PBS Online, this interactive gallery will allow you to follow the changing face of eastern Europe during many of the critical events of the Great War. Excellent maps.
- World War I - Trenches on the Web
A member of the HistoryChannel.com Affiliate Program , this site presents an internet history of the Great War.
- Links to the Great War
Assembled in Holland, this page provides links and information for many aspects of WWI, including Internment camps, the war from many different nations view, many personal pages, magazines and more.
- Using Primary Sources in the Classroom - World War I
From the The Alabama Department of Archives and History is an excellent set of 5 lessons, each with 8 to 12 primary source documents to assist in telling the story. Topics cover the power of the press, the formation of the selective service, Black Alabamians, the homefront preparation and support of the action. Particularly good info on the range of views prevalent in Alabama, at the time.
- WWI Pictures and Artwork: Three sites that contain wonderful images are from the:
SUNET Index of Swedish WWW Resources
Australian History Museum
The Provincial Museum of Alberta: Poster War: Allied Propaganda Art of WWI
Unit VI: Totalitarians and WWII return to top of page
February 14 - March 31
History: Rise of Totalitarians and WWII
English: Orwell's 1984 and Night
Essential Questions:1. What are the elements, tools and weapons of a totalitarian state?
2. What (pre-) conditions might allow or encourage the creation of a totalitarian state?
- Understanding Stalin's 5-year plans: "Magnitogorsk: City of Steel"
"Wave" panel discussion questions
Night panel responses
- Night Quiz: parts 1 and 2
- Compare and Contrast 'Big Brother' to one of the listed Totalitarian leaders
- Textbook support:
- pages 389 - 394 (Revolutions in Russian): In-class review
pages 395 - 400 (Stalinist Russia): QR #8.
- pages 415 - 420 (Age of Uncertainty): review sheet or as a file
pages 427-430 semantic maps
Library research to complete annotated timelines on post-war nationalism
pages 445-461 Allies are victorious
Unit VII: Human Rights return to top of page
- April 10 - June 14
- Human Rights around the World
- Julia Alvarez's In the Time of butterflies
Core Literacy Portfolio
Essential Questions:Through the debate topics, students will explore:
- Topic #1:
- Resolved, human rights records should have no bearing on international trade relations.
- Topic #2:
- Resolved, human rights should be defined and enforced only by individual nations
- Topic #3:
- Resolved, the United States has no right to accuse others of human rights violations until it abides by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Topic #4:
- Resolved, the use of violence is justified when attempting to secure human rights.
ActivitiesOne-minute Human Rights presentations and notes
- 'real' eaxample
- close: 'so what is the big deal?'
TCI Aparthied worker simulation
South African Apartheid laws
Human Rights Debates
- Human Rights Debates
- Debate Packet
- debate teams members
debate team topics
team strategy sheet
Reading/video support:textbook: read pages 606-609
video: A Dry White Season
- The United Nations Cyber School Bus
- United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
Human Rights in Action
- The United Nations Home Page
- The Primary link for all things related to the United Nations, with a special link to information related to the Human Rights 50th Anniversary
- Amnesty International: the on-line human rights website
Human Rights Watch
Quick Response [QR] topics and prep: [return to the top of the page]
Your QR must address both questions.
1. Stalin built the Soviet Union into a totalitarian state. What are the elements of a totalitarian state. Give specific examples.
2. What were the weapons/tools that are often used to dominate in a totalitarian state? Explain each of them?
What is the connection between the Industrial Age and the growth of global imperilaism? You may use examples from the Urbanization simulation.
#6 [English parliament]
Why didn't England follow the path to absolute monarchy that the rest of Europe did?
#5 [Absolute Monarch]
Use a European monarch of the 16th-17th century as an example to explain Absolute Monarchy.
#4 [Native Americans]
Discuss an example of the culture of one of the Native American nations before 1491.
9/9 - 9/10
"Why don't we speak Chinese?"
9/2 - 9/3
European colonial rule altered African's lives.
Select one example of this change from your textbook reading assignment. Explain your choice.
8/31 - 9/1
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possesses their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression
This is a quote from Thomas Jefferson's presidential inauguration speech. Find and list three sources from the World History 'Prologue' which would support or disagree with this statement. Tell me why you chose each of the three.
Send questions or feedback to Barry Sovel
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