textbook World History and Geography (Big History Project)

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Course Materials:

Course Syllabus

Textbook Online for WHAG-A
Chapter 20: The Atlantic World (.pdf file)
Textbook Online for WHAG-B
Chapter 34, Section 4: Conflicts in the Middle East (.pdf file)

Schedule of Homework ("Evidence Flowcharts") for Trimester One (2016-2017).
Schedule of Homework ("Evidence Flowcharts") for Trimester Two (2016-2017).
Schedule of Homework ("Evidence Flowcharts") for Trimester Three (2016-2017).
Samples of exemplary "Evidence Flowcharts" done by students.

*** Sample of a Common Core World History Test (Acrobat .PDF format). You can also download this test in MS Word .doc format. This is a paper-and-pencil version of the Smarter Balanced computer based assessments (for Trimester A Theme: “Interregional Interactions” OR for Semester 1 Years: 3000 BC to AD 1800).

*** Guide to Dunbar's Grading Symbols for Analytical Writing ***
*** Evidence Flowcharts *** for homework and in-class activities. View sample Evidence Flowcharts (click here to view as an Acrobat Reader .pdf file).
*** Quick Flowchart *** for quick planning of ideas.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing
Strunk and White's The Elements of Style
Strunk Guide for History
The Keys to Effective Business Presentations

Examples of Course Content:

Reading Like a Historian - World History (Stanford University)
Primary sources v. secondary sources
Importance of Analytical Writing
The Genographic Project
* Debate: Fair taxes in Sumer? (five characteristics of civilizations)
* Debate: The best of the four major early river valley civilizations: Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley, China
* Debate: Laws and the Code of Hammurabi; Use of Capital Punishment by Civilizations
* Debate: Development of the major belief systems: world religions and ethical systems
* Debate: Best of the three early belief systems for sustaining civilizations: Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism
* Are clear laws that are strictly enforced (such as the Code of Hammurabi enough to maintain order in society or are widely held belief systems also required?
* Debate: The truly great leader?: Queen Hatshepsut v. Alexander the Great
* Debate: The Trial of Socrates
Top 10 Trials That Shook The World (from TIME magazine)
* Debate: The Roman Empire v. The Han Dynasty
* Debate: More major empires compared
(Mauryan/Gupta, Olmec/Mesoamerica, Chavin/Moche/Nazca, Aksum, Muslim World)
* 1001 Inventions of Muslim Civilizations
* Inside Islam - form the History Channel
* The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Promises Project

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TRIMESTER 1 & 2 (Course: WHAG-A) - Inquiry Questions Evidence Flowcharts & Big Debates:
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Essential Question Every Civilization Has Tried to Answer: How do you best organize society?

For every question/statement/debate listed below you have the option to: Support, Refute, or Modify (or Propose an Alternative Thesis/Claim/Assertion)

* Read Chapter 1: What event or development in early human history was the most significant (language, migration, tools, fire, agriculture, or other thesis)? (also see p. 24)
* Read Chapter 2: Which was the best of the four major early river valley civilizations: Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Indus Valley, or China (considering all of their features and innovations)? (also see p.56 and p. 112-114)
* Read Chapter 3: Are clear laws that are strictly enforced (such as the Code of Hammurabi) enough to maintain order and prosperity in a society or are widely held belief systems (major religions and/or ethical systems such as Hinduism, Buddhism, or Judaism) also required? (also see p. 84, p. 115, p. 282-296)
* NEW DEBATE: What was the primary reason that early belief systems and religions came about when they did in world history?
* Read Chapter Sections: 6.2, 6.5, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.3, 9.2: Which was the best organized empire: Rome, Gupta (India), Han (China), Aksum (Africa), or Olmec (Mesoamerica)? (consider major beliefs, art, science & technology, architecture, military, wealth, happiness, etc.)(also see p. 252-255)
* Read Chapter 10: To what extent did the rise of the religion of Islam affect the everyday lives of Muslims, contribute to the Golden Age of the Islamic World, and lead to the rebirth of learning in Europe?
* Read Chapter Sections: 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12, 4, 13.2, 15.2: Which society had the most effective governmental structure: the Tang & Song Dynasty, the Mongol Empire, Feudal Japan, Feudal Europe, or the Empire of Ghana?
* NEW DEBATE: Which society was best organized to provide opportunities for women and girls?
Teams by region: East Asia v. Europe v. Africa v. the Americas (Mesoamerica)
Time period: Only societies mentioned in Chapters 12-16
"The measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls."
--Michelle Obama, October 13, 2016
* Read Chapter Sections 12.2, 13.2, 14.1: Who were the worst “war criminals” during the Middle Ages: the Christian Crusaders led by the Pope, the Mongol Warriors under Genghis Khan, or the Viking & Magyar Invaders? (Mock Trial at the “ICC” of the Middle Ages)
* Read Ch. 13 (13.4) and Ch. 14 (14.1): Were the Crusades primarily motivated by religious, economic, or political factors?
* Read Ch. 14 (14.4): How and why did the world react and respond to the Plague in the ways it did?
* Read Chapter 20: Overall, did Christopher Columbus have more of a positive or negative impact on the course of world history?
or
* Should Christopher Columbus be remembered as an evil villain in world history or does that label go too far?

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TRIMESTER 3 (Course: WHAG-B) - Inquiry Questions Evidence Flowcharts & Big Debates:
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For every statement you can: Support, Refute, or Modify (or Propose an Alternative Thesis/Claim/Assertion)

* Read Chapter 22. Choose ONE of the following questions:
-- Was Galileo guilty of breaking the law of the Injunction of 1616?
-- Was the Scientific Revolution primarily concerned with scientific advancement or challenging the existing power structure in society?
* Read Chapter 22 and 23. Choose ONE of the following questions:
-- Which revolution was more successful: the American Revolution or the French Revolution?
-- Should Napoleon Bonaparte be remembered as a hero or a villain?
* Read Chapter 24.
-- Which was the most successful of the Latin American Revolutions: Haiti, Mexico, Brazil, or other?
* Read Chapter 25. Choose ONE of the following questions:
-- Which reformers had the best ideas to address the negative effects of the Industrial Revolution: the Capitalists, the Marxists/Socialists, or Social Reformers?
-- Which economic system would have helped more people living through the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s in Britain and the U.S.: Capitalism or Socialism?
* Read Chapter 27. Choose ONE of the following questions:
-- Which country had the best response to imperialism (circa 1850-1914)?
Ethiopia (Emperor Menelik II; Battle of Adwa)
Egypt (Muhammad Ali)
India (the Sepoy Rebellion/Mutiny)
Philippines (Emilio Aguinaldo)
Hawaii (Queen Liliuokalani)
-- What weaker nation’s reaction to imperialism in 1900 was the most effective in the short run and the long run?
-- What was the primary motivation for U.S. imperialism in the Philippines in 1900?
* Read Chapter 29. Choose ONE of the following questions:
-- Should the U.S. have entered WWI?
-- Is “total war” ever justified or should there be rules to war?
-- Should the U.S. Senate have rejected joining the League of Nations after WWI? Why or why not?
* Read Chapter 32. Choose ONE of the following questions:
-- Should the draft (military conscription) in the U.S. have included women during WWI and WWII?
-- To what extent did the anti-Semitic views of some U.S. officials contribute to U.S. inaction on the Holocaust during WWII?
-- Did the world community have a moral obligation to create a Jewish homeland in Israel after WWII?
-- Should the U.S. have dropped atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945? Why or why not?
* Read Chapter 33. Choose ONE of the following questions:
-- Who is primarily responsible for the Cold War: the U.S. or the Soviet Union?
-- Should the U.S. have gotten involved in the Korean War?
-- Should the U.S. have gotten involved in the Vietnam War?
* Read Chapter 34. Choose ONE of the following questions:
-- Who is primarily responsible for the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
-- Should the U.S. get involved in trying to resolve current conflicts in the Middle East (e.g. in Syria)?