Indiana Academic Standards Resource Guide World History and Civilization Standards Approved March 2014

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Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Famous explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Dias

  • Treaty of Tordesillas

  • Isolationism and Closed Country Policy of East Asia

  • Colonies

  • Technological advances allowing for exploration

Teaching Ideas:

  • Students can research an explorer and create a modern social media project (twitter/facebook) of that explorers journey explaining the time it took, motives, technology used, achievements and results of the journey for their home country.


  • The Age of Exploration

  • Exploration through the Ages

  • Famous Explorers

  • Oceanic Ventures and the Joining of the Continents

WH.4.5 Explain consequences of the conquests and colonization as a result of the worldwide voyages of exploration including the transatlantic slave trade, Columbian Exchange, and the effects on native populations in the Americas.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Triangular Trade and the middle passage

  • Columbian Exchange and its effects on diet and disease transmission

Teaching Ideas:

  • Columbian Exchange and Thanksgiving- have students evaluate Thanksgiving recipes and determine what ingredients are Old World and what are New World. How “American” is a a traditional Thanksgiving meal?


  • The Columbian Exchange and Its Consequences

  • Examining the Middle Passage

  • The Middle Passage

WH.4.6 Examine the growth and development of the European economic system as a result of exploration and the growth of mercantilism.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

Teaching Ideas:

  • Classroom Mercantilism Simulation


  • The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

  • Early Global Commodities

  • The Global Economy Takes Shape

WH.4.7 Trace the development of the gunpowder empires such as the Ottoman, Mughal, and Ming empires and their reaction to Western interaction.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Examine the leadership of of key leaders such as Shah Jahan, Suleiman, Akbar and Hongwu.

  • Role of Islam in building empires

Teaching Ideas:

  • Have students create a chart comparing the rise, achievements, use of religion in their empires, leadership, and fall of each empire.


  • Rulers with Guns: the Rise of Powerful States

  • Gunpowder Empires

WH.4.8 Trace the development and impact of absolute monarchies in Europe

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Divine Right as the basis of Absolutism

  • Louis XIV, Philip the II, Peter the Great as examples of absolute monarchs

Teaching Ideas:

  • Examine how well the above demonstrate the characteristics of an absolute monarch

  • Have students research an absolute monarch and complete a RAFT assignment taking the role of that absolute monarch.


  • Absolute Monarchs Visuals

  • Age of Absolutism

  • Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

WH.4.9 Describe the progression of events in England that led to constitutional monarchy such as the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, and the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Signing of the Magna Carta establishing a constitutional monarchy and Parliament

  • Habeas Corpus

  • Progression from James I to William and Mary and the English Bill of Rights

Teaching Ideas:

  • Have students create a timeline with the various steps that lead England to a constitutional monarchy.


  • Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe (1648-1715)

  • England and the Glorious Revolution

Standard 5 – Revolutions, Nationalism, and Imperial Power: c.1500 to c.1900

Students examine the causes, events, and global consequences of intellectual, economic, social, and political movements and revolutions—c .1500 to c.1900.

WH.5.1 Explain the key developments of the Scientific Revolution and its impact on the world.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Geocentric/heliocentric models of the Universe

  • Copernicus

  • Kepler

  • Galileo and his trial

  • Isaac Newton

  • Rene Descartes

  • Francis Bacon

Teaching Ideas:

  • Assign each student a different person to investigate. Have them research key ideas and the effects of the person. Do a gallery walk or sharing activity where students teach each other about their particular person. Then end the lesson with coming up with generalizations about the Scientific Revolution.

  • Retrying Galileo,


  • Ptolemy, Copernicus, and the Church,

  • Scientific Revolution,

  • The Scientific Revolution: Lesson Plans,

WH.5.2 Explain the key ideas of the Enlightenment in European history and describe its impact upon political and religious thought and culture in Europe and the Americas including the foundation of American government.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Thomas Hobbes

  • John Locke

  • Baron von Montesquieu

  • Jean Jacques Rosseau

  • Voltaire

  • Cesar Beccaria

  • Mary Wollstonecraft

  • Salons

  • Way the Enlightenment spread and its effects

  • Ideas of the Enlightenment reflected in the American government

Teaching Ideas:

  • After identifying the key ideas of the Enlightenment philosophes, examine the Declaration of Indepence and/or the US Constitution and identify key Enlightenment ideas.


  • The American Revolution and Enlightenment,

  • The Enlightenment,

  • Enlightenment Salon,

  • The Growth of Democratic Tradition: The Enlightenment,

  • Influence of the Enlightenment on the Beginning of America,

  • Leaders of the Enlightenment, 1650-1800,

  • Lesson 2: The Enlightenment Salon,

  • Role-playing the Enlightenment,

WH.5.3 Examine the key causes, events, and consequences of the French Revolution as well as the rise and fall of Napoleon.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Three Estates

  • National Assembly

  • Storming of the Bastille

  • Reign of Terror

  • Directory

  • How Napoleon came to power

  • Key accomplishments of Napoleon and their effects

  • Reasons for Napoleon’s Defeat

Teaching Ideas: (for WH.5.3)

  • Compare and contrast the American and French Revolution through looking at the national anthems, Star-Spangled Banner and Le Marseilles.

  • The French Revolution and Reign of Terror Lesson Plan,


  • Betterlesson, LP16: French Revolution,

  • Causes of Revolution,

  • The French Revolution (History Channel viewing guide),

  • The French Revolution,

  • French Revolution and Napoleon,,d.b2I

  • Making the French Revolution Meaningful,

  • Napoleon’s Domestic Plan,

  • Napleon Lesson Plan,

  • PBS Napleon: Classroom Materials,

WH.5.4 Trace events, explain the causes, and analyze the outcomes for the Latin American independence movements of the nineteenth century.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Influence of American and French Revolutions

  • Creoles

  • Toussaint L’Overture

  • Simon Bolivar

Teaching Ideas:

  • Have students research the different revolutions in Latin America. Then have them complete a body chart showing the key influences, ideas, people, and results.








WH.5.5 Explain the reasons for the rise of nation-states and the effects of nationalism in Europe, North America and Asia.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Define nationalism

  • Nationatlism as a force for unity versus nationalism as a force for division

  • Unification of Italy

  • Unification of Germany

  • Problems in Austria-Hungary, Russia, and/or Ottoman Empire

Teaching Ideas:

  • Nationatlism Lesson Plans and DBQ,


  • Nationalism in the Modern World,

  • New Identities: Nationalism and Religion,

WH.5.6 Explain the causes and conditions of the Industrial Revolution in England, Europe, and the United States.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

Teaching Ideas:

  • Craft and Factory Production Lesson Plan,


  • The Industrial Revolution,

  • The Industrial Revolution as Macro-Change,,d.b2I

  • The Industrial Revolution as a World Event,

WH.5.7 Examine the economic, social, and political changes caused by the Industrial Revolution and their impact on the development of political and economic theory.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Rise of consumer culture and advertising

  • Growth of the middle class

  • Capitalism

  • Utilitarianism

  • Socialism

  • Marxism

  • Workers’ Movements

  • Social Programs (Abolition, Education, Social Welfare)

  • Legislative Reform (Factory Act of 1833, extension of suffrage)

Teaching Ideas:

  • Students assume the role of children who worked in factories and role-play what that life must have been like.

  • Industrial Revolution: 6 Lesson Plans,

  • Students draw their own town over the course of 150 years to see what effects industrialization has on it,

  • Students research and then draw cartoons representing the different political strategies which developed to solve the problems of industrialization.


  • Child Labor in Factories,

  • Factory Conditions,

  • The Industrial Revolution,

  • The Industrial Revolution as a World Event,

  • The Inventions and Effects of the Industrial Revolution,

WH.5.8 Analyze the causes and consequences of European imperialism upon the indigenous peoples of Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Social Darwinism

  • Need for raw materials and markets

  • White Man’s Burden

  • Technological innovation (Machine gun, quinine, railroads, telegraph)

  • Scramble for Africa

  • Berlin Conference

  • Different types of imperialism and colonies

Teaching Ideas:

  • Colonialism in Africa DBQ Lesson Plan,,d.b2I

  • Students read through the poem “White Man’s Burden” by Rudyard Kipling and identify the key reasons for imperialism.

  • Scramble for Africa Simulation,

Resources: (for WH.5.8)

  • The Age of Imperialism: A Unit Plan,

  • The Experience of Colonialism,

  • Imperialism in India,

  • Imperialism Political Cartoon Assessment,

  • Resistance to Imperialism in Africa, Asia, and the Americas,

WH.5.9 Compare and contrast the responses of China and Japan to challenges by Western imperial powers.

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