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SPRING SEMESTER, WORLD HISTORY, SRJ, 2016

BIG TIME, WE’RE GOING TO ROCK IT THIS SEMESTER STARTING WITH THIS ASSIGNMENT THAT I HAVE A LOT OF OWNERSHIP OF…………….

LEARNING TARGETS-

  1. The student understands and applies reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, form, and evaluate positions through the processes of reading, writing, and communicating.

(Young adult lingo……You can come up with and defend a position)

  1. The student understands and applies knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes of world history in order to evaluate how history shapes the present and future.

(More YAL….You can recognize and analyze how a trend, event, theme in history is important and has an impact on the present and future)

Options in the buffet……………..to be researched in the library on Wed 2/3 and, if needed, Friday 2/5. Today (Tuesday 2/2), the goals are to:

  1. come up with a topic that you will work with to achieve the learning targets above



  1. write down a position you could take and defend relevant to that topic



  1. write down key words or phrases you will utilize in searching.

OPTIONS FOR SPRING OPENER MINI RESEARCH

Go back, dig deeper in earlier units, and come up with a position you could take, defend relevant to some of the broader topics below that were part of first semester….

  • Most significant inventions (printing press?? New sailing techniques??)

  • Most important moments in modern history… Tacking of the 95 Theses, Columbus landing in the New World, French Revolution….

  • Most important/significant revolution (Haitian, American??????)

  • Communism

(sample position…….communism as Karl Marx defined it, can never work because people are inherently selfish)

  • Capitalism (sample position, pure capitalism cannot be fair and just for the majority without a little socialism “sprinkled in”…)

  • Socialism

  • Imperialism

  • The exploitation of the New World---inevitable, avoidable, how might history have changed if this had “gone down” differently??

  • Most important figure in modern world history?

  • Most underrated figure in modern world history?

  • Most overrated figure in modern world history?

  • Or??????????

Chronicle changes in the world in a field that interests you, and argue what overall historical trend this represents. “Fields” could include…..

  • Music

  • Sports

  • Entertainment

  • Politics

  • Fashion

  • Gender Roles

  • Religion

  • Art

  • Or??????????????????????????

Move Forward and “dig deeper”…Investigate WWI

http://www.yale.edu/collections_collaborative/WW1/topics.html

WWI Topics

  1. Battles of WWI
    Choose ONE of the following major battles of WWI: The Battle of Tannenberg, 1914; The Defense of the Suez Canal, 1915; The Battle of the Somme, 1916; The Battle of Verdun, 1916; The Battle of Jutland, 1916; The Capture of Baghdad, 1917; the Battle of Gallipoli. Your writing must answer: Why was this battle significant to the war? Defend your answer with at least three reasons and detailed evidence.



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