Big Idea: Civilizations rose and developed methods of building and maintaining states that would be continued throughout history.
“Unit 0 Viewing Guide” (Teacher Key for Patreon subscribers)
Skillbuilder: Comparing Religions
SPICE-T Chart: World Religions (Already filled out, I give this to them after they watch the “Unit 0” video as a reference throughout the year.)
Skillbuilder: MCQ (Good as an informal assessment after Comparing Religions)
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?
Unit 1 Introduction Video for Students
– YouTube Video
– Guided Worksheet (editable version exclusive for Patreon subscribers)
– PowerPoint presentation
– Teacher Key (exclusive for Patreon subscribers)
1.1 Song Dynasty documentary
(This is from a great BBC documentary called “The Story of China.” I made an EdPuzzle assignment where I cut down the video and inserted questions to make sure students were paying attention! I have my notes on the entire documentary available to Patreon subscribers.)
1.2 Deep Dive PPT: House of Wisdom Video for Students
– YouTube video
– Guided Worksheet (Editable version exclusive for Patreon subscribers.)
– Teacher Key (Exclusive for Patreon subscribers)
Project: Anatomy of a Postclassical State (Exclusive for Patreon subscribers)
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?
Unit 2 Introduction
Skillbuilder: Causation with Trade Routes
Mapping the Spread of Buddhism through Architecture
Project: Trading City Tourism Posters (Exclusive for Patreon subscribers)
SAQ: Consequences of Connectivity (Exclusive for Patreon subscribers)
Big Idea: Across Asia, states were continuing to utilize traditional methods to maintain power in their land-based empires.
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.
Big Idea: In the West, traditional power structures were challenged, although the new systems that replaced them were not always radically different. And traditional socio-economic structures were challenged as methods of production became drastically more efficient.
Big Idea: The West is using its industrial strength to gain territory across Africa and Asia. Traditional non-western states have to decide whether to assimilate, adapt, or reject new western ideologies and practices.
Big Idea: Regional conflicts in Europe bring most of the globe into two world wars. As European powers promote national pride and the fight for “freedom,” colonized people will take those ideas and apply them in their own push for independence.
Big Idea: Between 1945 – 1991, the world is “bipolar,” every state is forced to choose between the two sides of the Cold War: capitalism and the U.S. or communism and the U.S.S.R. This is the backdrop for the decolonization of Africa and Asia, whose internal conflicts often become proxy wars for the Cold War superpowers.
Big Idea: Throughout the 20th century, the world experienced technological transformations unlike any in world history. These new technologies allowed for growing interconnectivity, improved trade and travel, but often at the expense of the environment and local culture.