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I’ve created a series of classroom posters and visual tools to help my students focus on the historical reasoning skills and learn how to decode the writing prompts. See a preview below and check out my TpT page for the full posters!
Unit 0 (8000 BCE – 1200 CE. Whoa.)
Big Idea: Civilizations rose and developed methods of building and maintaining states that would be continued throughout history.
Lesson: Continuities in State-Building 101 (Students use SPICE-T to discuss how they would administer a large state and then the class looks at documents from the Ancient and Classical eras to evaluate common ways states attempt to maintain power.
Foreshadowing: How will these elements of state building continue or adapt as new civilizations with increased interaction and technology arise?
Unit 1: The Global Tapestry (1200-1450)
Big Idea: Roll call! What major states are dominating each region in the late postclassical era? And what common factors are they utilizing to maintain state power in the region?
Lesson: Regional Continuities in Asia (Students analyze sets of documents relating to general continuities throughout history in either China, the Middle East, or India.)
Foreshadowing: Which postclassical states will benefit from economic, environmental, and cultural exchange? Which postclassical states might be resistant to new ideas from other regions?
Unit 2: Networks of Exchange (1200-1450)
Big Idea: Now, how did those late postclassical states interact and what economic, environmental, and cultural exchanges occurred as a result of global trade networks?
Foreshadowing: How will those exchanges help Europe re-enter, and ultimately dominate, global networks of exchange?
Unit 3: Land-Bases Empires (1450-1750)
Big Idea: Across Asia, states were continuing to utilize traditional methods to maintain power in their land-based empires.
Foreshadowing: How will these land-based empires be impacted by and react to the rise of European maritime empires?
Unit 4: Transoceanic Interactions (1450-1750)
Big Idea: Maritime empires were established, dominating the Americas, Atlantic trade and port cities in Africa and Asia; and they competed with traditional land-based powers in older trade networks like the Indian Ocean.
Foreshadowing: How are the early European settlements and ports of trade going to grow into global empires? And how will traditional land-based empires respond?