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

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Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Qing Dynasty

  • Opium Wars

  • Taiping Rebellion

  • Boxer Rebellion

  • Meiji Restoration

  • Key accomplishments of the Meiji Restoration

  • Russo-Japanese War of 1905

  • Japanese Invasion of Korea 1910

Teaching Ideas:

  • Students create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the responses and results to Western pressure from China and Japan.


  • China and the New Imperialism,

  • Imperialism in China and Japan,

  • Imperialism in the Far East,

  • Imperialism and the Open Door,

  • Japan’s Rapid Rise and Fall,

  • Meiji Imperialism: Japan Joins the West,

Standard 6 – An Era of Global Conflicts, Challenges, Controversies, and Changes: c.1900 to the Present

Students analyze and explain trends and events of global significance, such as world wars, international controversies and challenges, and cross-cultural changes which have influenced our modern world.

WH.6.1 Trace and explain the long-term and immediate causes (including Nationalism, Imperialism, Militarism, and Alliances), major events and global consequences of World War I.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • M.A.I.N acronym – Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism

  • Change in warfare techniques and technology with a focus on trench warfare

  • Total War

  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and its alliance consequences

  • Treaty of Versailles and the formation of the League of Nations

  • Wilson’s Fourteen Points

Teaching Ideas:

  • Create a menu/tic-tac-toe/choice activity using various aspects of WWI and use the BBC website to explore those topics.

  • Have students create a Venn Diagram comparing the Treaty of Versailles to Wilson’s Fourteen Points.

  • Have students connect the M.A.I.N. concept to a powder keg and then connect the assassination as the “spark” that lit the fuse.


  • The Causes and Consequences of World War I

  • M.A.I.N. Video


  • The Great War

  • Harry Truman’s WWI

  • Lesson 4: Fighting for Peace: The Fate of Wilson's Fourteen Points

WH.6.2 Explain the causes and consequences of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Marxism and Communism

  • V.I. Lenin and the Bolsheviks

  • New Economic Policy and the establishment of the U.S.S.R.

Teaching Ideas:

  • Students can create a “Recipe for Revolution” as an exit ticket/assessment to explain what led up to the revolution, how it occurred and what the results were.


  • The Russian Revolution: Timeline, Causes & Effects

  • Russian Revolution Lesson Plan

WH.6.3 Examine the events and developments of the interwar period and their impact on the beginning of WWII including the impact of WWI on society, the Great Depression, and the rise of totalitarianism.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Age of Anxiety or Uncertainty through science, music, literature and the arts

  • Totalitarianism- specifically Nazism in Germany, Fascism in Italy and the leadership of Stalin

  • Global Economic Depression with emphasis on hyperinflation in Germany and Stock Market Crash in the United States

Teaching Ideas:

  • Students can role-play and create a budget with their income for the year 1928 and then have to determine the changes they would make after the stock market crash with a lowered monthly income and situation.

  • Have students make a T-chart of the events of the 1920’s with one side marked as “The Roaring 20’s” and the other as “Age of Anxiety.” They have to determine where events of the decade belong and justify in 2-3 sentences their choices.


  • The Search for Peace and Stability in the 1920s and 1930s

  • The Great Depression

  • The Great Depression Lesson Plans

  • The Rise of Totalitarianism, the Start of World War II and the US Response

WH.6.4 Identify the causes and key events of World War II and analyze the impact this war had on the global


Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Appeasement and Aggression including the Munich Pact

  • Review end of WWI and formation of the League of Nations and the terms of the Treaty of Versailles

  • Axis Powers vs. Allied Powers

  • Nonagression Pact

  • D-Day Invasion

  • Overview of various WWII Battles and theaters of war

  • Blitzkrieg

  • Atomic Bomb

  • Life on the front- war and home front (revisit concept of total war)

  • Results of the war including the formation of the United Nations, division of Germany, destruction of Europe

Teaching Ideas:

  • Have students take the role of various nations- as each act of aggression happens (Japan attacks Manchuria, Italy invades Ethiopia) have them determine what role their country should take. Reveal after their decision what the countries of the world actually chose to do.

  • Research individual battles from the war and have students create battle theaters based on the location of their battle (western front, pacific, eastern front, North Africa and Mediterranean).

Resources: (for WH.6.4)

  • The War

  • The National WWII Museum


  • WWII on the Homefront: Civic Responsibility

  • The Causes and Consequences of World War II

WH.6.5 Examine the causes, course, and effects of the Holocaust including accounts of camp inmates, survivors,

liberators, and perpetrators; and, summarize world responses including the Nuremberg Trials.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Nuremberg Laws

  • Kristallnacht

  • Anti-Semitism

  • Hitler’s Final Solution

  • Nuremburg Trials

Teaching Ideas:

  • Have students read an interview of a Holocaust survivor and write a summary.

  • Have students make a cause and effect chart from the Nuremberg Laws to the Final Solution (e.g. Cause: Nazi’s passed laws discriminating against Jews. Effect: Jews were deprived of rights to German citizenship, property, jobs and were identified by yellow stars.)


  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center (located in Terre Haute, IN)

  • The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

  • Teaching the Holocaust: Lesson Plans

  • A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust


WH.6.6 Explain the causes and consequences of the Cold War and describe the role it played in ethnic or nationalistic conflicts in various parts of the world.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • NATO versus the Warsaw Pact

  • Post WWII division of Berlin, Berlin Airlift and Wall

  • Détente Period

  • Cold War around the World- Direct and Indirect Conflict

  • Brinkmanship

  • Nuclear Arms Race

Teaching Ideas: (for WH.6.6)

  • Examine the Nuclear Arms race through the Butter Battle Book by Dr. Suess.

  • Have students create a Cold War thermometer using Cold war events to explain how the war came close to direct conflict or “hot” war and how during periods like détente war time tensions were lessened or “cold”.

  • Create a menu/tic-tac-toe/choice activity using various topics of the Cold War from different decades.

Resources: (for WH.6.6)

  • The Cold War

  • Surviving a nuclear attack,

  • Cold War Lesson Plans for High School

  • The Origins of the Cold War

  • Cold War International History Project

  • The Butter Battle Book: World Conflict

  • Surviving a nuclear attack,

WH.6.7 Describe the paths to decolonization and independence from colonial rule in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms

  • Methods of Decolonization: Negotiated Independence/Civil Resistance, Violent Revolution

  • Results of Decolonization: Civil War, Incomplete Decolonization

  • Decolonization Leaders: Examples Ho Chi Minh, Jomo Kenyatta, Kwame Nkrumah, Gandhi

Teaching Ideas:

  • Have students do a case study of a movement for independence and decolonization and then have them pair and share their case studies. Students should focus on methods used, success, and leadership.


  • Decolonization

  • This Land is Our Land

  • Post-WWII Independence Movements Around the World: History & Examples

  • A Multitude of Sovereign States

WH.6.8 Explain the origins of the modern State of Israel.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Balfour Declaration

  • Palestine

  • Zionism

  • United Nations role in creating Israel post WWII

Teaching Ideas:

  • Have students create multiple maps of Palestine into modern Israel and Palestine as they show each historical change and explain how it changed the allocation of territory.

Resources: (for WH.6.8)

  • Heritage: Civilization and the Jews “Into the Future”

  • Broken Promises Made to Arabs and Jews during WWI

  • How the Middle East Got that Way

  • Israel/Palestine and the Cold War

WH.6.9 Trace the rise of communism in China including its foundations, the Cultural Revolution, and

modern day developments.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Rise of Nationalism in China

  • Sun Yat Sen

  • Chiang Kai Shek

  • Mao Zedong and the establishment of Communism

  • Great Leap Forward

  • Cultural Revolution

  • Deng Xiaoping and the Four Modernizations

  • Tiananmen Square

  • Chinese concerns about industrialization, one-child policy, elderly, access to technology.

Teaching Ideas:

  • Have students explore modern issues in China through a gallery walk.

  • Make a cartoon showing the development from Dynastic China to Communist China and changes that have occurred in China under different leaders.


  • "One Nation: Two Futures?"

  • The Chinese Family in the Twentieth Century

  • China from the Inside

  • Morning Sun: A Film and Website about the Cultural Revolution

  • A Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilization

  • Asia for Educators

  • The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

WH.6.10 Describe and analyze the global expansion of democracy and globalization in the late 20th century.

Suggested Topics/Key Terms:

  • Demography and Demographic Transition Model

  • Regional Trade Agreements such as NAFTA or MERCOSUR

  • International Organizations such as WTO, Red Cross, United Nations and their role in the world

  • Global Culture

Teaching Ideas:

  • Use the Big Mac Index, iPhone, Starbucks Latte as the example of a global product worldwide and how they can be used compare global economies, show spread of culture, etc…

  • Determine the purpose and role of International Organizations

  • Look at the spread of a global culture phenomena like hip-hop, soccer, etc… and how it can be used politically for change (e.g. hip-hop in Senegal)

  • Examine the role of population growth throughout history and into the future- connect them with what has caused major spikes in the population and what has caused major drops (agricultural achievement, spread of disease, etc…)


  • World of 7 Billion

  • Globalization101

  • International Monetary Fund

  • Population Reference Bureau

  • International Organizations

WH.6.11 Investigate current global issues such as terrorism, genocide, and environmental issues

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