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    Global History and Geography Curriculum Outline

    Global History and Geography is a two-year course at White Plains High School.  The first year of the course examines world history prior to 1770.  Beginning with the birth of civilization and continuing with a cross-cultural, chronological journey through the ages, Global History and Geography I challenges students to rediscover life before the advent of the Industrial Revolution.  It is a window into the world’s past, a state-mandated course culminating in a Regents examination.  Global History and Geography II examines the modern world from the Age of Revolutions to the present-day.

     

    A Model Outline for Global History and Geography I:

    By: Pat Cutaia and Elizabeth Napp

     

    Rationale:  Given the scope and sequence of the Global History and Geography curriculum, students need a manageable approach to the course.  By emphasizing key concepts, lessons, skill development, and a culminating, comparative regional review, students can achieve mastery in the Global History and Geography classroom.  Since the course is divided into two years, it is highly necessary in the first year of the sequence to emphasize skill development and completion of the curriculum to the 1770s.  The purpose of this model is to provide a manageable plan for the first year of the sequence, offering a culminating unit in comparative, regional review to ensure an understanding of global history with a unique regional approach. 

     

    Unit I: An Introduction to Social Sciences and River Valleys

    Introduction to Global History and Geography

    What is History?

    Archaeology and Anthropology

    Geography Awareness

    Mesopotamia: The Tigris and Euphrates 

    Egypt: The Gift of the Nile 

    India: Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro

    China: The Huang He

     

           Unit II: Classical Civilizations

    Greeks and Alexander the Great 

    Romans

    Maurya
    Gupta
    Shang and Zhou
    Qin and Han
    Olmecs, Toltecs, Mayans

    Trade Routes (Silk Road/Indian Ocean)

     

          Unit III: Belief Systems

    Animism and Shinto

     The Rise of Monotheism: Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam

    The Religions of South Asia: Hinduism and Buddhism

    East Asian Belief Systems: Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, Buddhist Fusion 

     

         Unit IV: The Post-Classical World

    Byzantines and Russia

    Medieval Europe

    Islamic Civilization

    Islamic Golden Age

    Crusades
    T’ang and Song Dynasties
    Introduction to Japan

     

         Unit V: Global Interactions

    Japanese Feudalism

    Mongols

    African Kingdoms and Ibn Battuta 

    The Plague  

    The Effects of the Plague

    Renaissance and Reformation

    Scientific Revolution 

     

        Unit VI: Birth of the Modern World

    Rise of Nation-States
    Global Absolutism
    Ming and Ching

    Ottomans and Relationship to Safavids

    Mughal India

    Aztecs

    Incas

    New Trade Routes and the Rise of the Commercial Revolution

    Age of Exploration

    Conquistadors

    Colonization and the Latin American Hierarchy
    Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade 
    Introduction to the Enlightenment

     

         Unit VII: Get Ready for Global I Final

        A Cross-Cultural Comparative Regional Review

     

     

    A Model Outline for Global History and Geography II:

    By: Pat Cutaia and Elizabeth Napp

     

    Rationale:  Given the scope and sequence of the Global History and Geography curriculum, students need a manageable approach to the course.  By emphasizing key concepts, lessons, skill development, and a culminating, comparative regional review, students can achieve mastery in the Global History and Geography classroom.  Since the course is divided into two years, it is highly necessary in the second year of the sequence to emphasize skill development and completion of the curriculum to the present-day.  The purpose of this model is to provide a manageable plan for the first year of the sequence, offering a culminating unit in comparative, regional review to ensure an understanding of global history with a unique regional approach. 

         Unit I: Age of Revolutions

    Review of Global History and Geography I

    Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment

    Political Revolutions and Wars of Independence

    Reaction against Revolutionary Ideas

    Economic and Social Revolutions

    Japan and the Meiji Restoration

    Nationalism as a Unifying and Dividing Force

    Imperialism 

     

        Unit II: Crises and Achievements

    Road to War, Causes and Effects of World War I

    Revolution in Russia

    Rise of Totalitarianism and Great Depression

    World War II and the Holocaust 

     

        Unit III: The Post-War World

    The Birth of United Nations and the Cold War

    Nationalism and Decolonization

    The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union 

     

        Unit IV: Conflict and Change in Global Regions

    Conflict and Change in the Middle East

    Challenges of Economic and Political Development in Africa

    Chinese Communist Revolution and Economic Reforms

    Political and Economic Change in Latin America

    Europe Redefines Itself

    Turmoil in Southeast Asia

    India and Pakistan

     

        Unit V: Global Issues

    Environmental Issues and Overpopulation

    Migration, Globalization, and Class Issues

     

        Unit VI: Get Ready for Global Regents

         A Cross-Cultural Comparative Regional Review