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Saturday, January 28, 2012

1-28-2012 Exchanges and Encounters in Global History

Continuing my way through the standards, offering links, lessons, and ideas to help teach the 
Core Curriculum Content Standards
Social Studies Grades 6-8
Content Area
Social Studies
6.2 World History/Global Studies: All students will acquire the knowledge and skills to think analytically and systematically about how past interactions of people, cultures, and the environment affect issues across time and cultures. Such knowledge and skills enable students to make informed decisions as socially and ethically responsible world citizens in the 21st century.
Expanding Exchanges and Encounters (500 CE-1450 CE)
Grade Level
By the end of grade 8
Content Statement
Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)
4. Expanding Exchanges and Encounters

The emergence of empires (i.e., Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas) resulted from the promotion of interregional trade, cultural exchanges, new technologies, urbanization, and centralized political organization.

The rise and spread of new belief systems unified societies, but they also became a major source of tension and conflict.

While commercial and agricultural improvements created new wealth and opportunities for the empires, most people’s daily lives remained unchanged.
A. Civics, Government, and Human Rights
Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.
Compare and contrast the Japanese and European systems of feudalism and the effectiveness of each in promoting social, economic, and political order.
Determine the influence of medieval English legal and constitutional practices (i.e., the Magna Carta, parliament, and the development of habeas corpus and an independent judiciary) on modern democratic thought and institutions.
B. Geography, People, and the Environment
Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.
Assess how maritime and overland trade routes (i.e., the African caravan and Silk Road) impacted urbanization, transportation, communication, and the development of international trade centers.
Determine how Africa’s physical geography and natural resources posed challenges and opportunities for trade and development.
Explain why the Arabian Peninsula’s physical features and location made it the epicenter of Afro-Eurasian trade and fostered the spread of Islam into Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
Explain how the geographies of China and Japan influenced their development and their relationship with one another.
Explain why the strategic location and economic importance of Constantinople and the Mediterranean Sea were a source of conflict between civilizations.
Explain how the locations, land forms, and climates of Mexico, Central America, and South America affected the development of Mayan, Aztec, and Incan societies, cultures, and economies.
C. Economics, Innovation, and Technology
Explain the interrelationships among improved agricultural production, population growth, urbanization, and commercialization.
Analyze how trade, technology, the availability of natural resources, and contact with other civilizations affected the development of empires in Eurasia and the Americas.
Explain how the development of new business practices and banking systems impacted global trade and the development of a merchant class.
Analyze the relationship between trade routes and the development of powerful city-states and kingdoms in Africa.
Determine the extent to which interaction between the Islamic world and medieval Europe increased trade, enhanced technology innovation, and impacted scientific thought and the arts.
D. History, Culture, and Perspectives
Explain how contact between nomadic peoples and sedentary populations had both positive and negative political, economic, and cultural consequences.
Analyze how religion both unified and divided people.
Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.
Analyze the causes and outcomes of the Crusades from different perspectives, including the perspectives of European political and religious leaders, the crusaders, Jews, Muslims, and traders.
Assess the demographic, economic, and religious impact of the plague on Europe.
Determine which events led to the rise and eventual decline of European feudalism.
Analyze the immediate and long-term impact on China and Europe of the open exchange between Europe and the Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty.
Determine the extent to which the Byzantine Empire influenced the Islamic world and western Europe.
Explain how and why Islam spread in Africa, the significance of Timbuktu to the development and spread of learning, and the impact Islam continues to have on African society.
Compare the major technological innovations and cultural contributions of the civilizations of this period and justify which represent enduring legacies.

Please post a comment below if you have a site or lesson idea to share for teaching these concepts.  I would love your input!

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