World History 10

Course Description

This year-long course examines the major events and turning points of world history from the
Enlightenment to the present. Students investigate the foundational ideas that shaped the modern world
in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and then explore the economic, political, and
social revolutions that have transformed human history. This rigorous study of modern history examines
recurring themes, such as social history, democratic government, and the relationship between history
and the arts, allowing students to draw connections between the past and the present, across cultures,
and among multiple perspectives.
The course implements Common Core literacy skills by encouraging students to read and write in a
variety of formats. Assignments and projects encourage students to apply critical thinking skills and show
their learning in a variety of modalities. Students use a variety of primary and secondary sources,
including legal documents, essays, historical writings, and political cartoons to evaluate the reliability of
historical evidence and to draw conclusions about historical events. Students also sharpen their writing
skills in shorter tasks and assignments, and practice outlining and drafting skills by writing full informative

and argumentative essays.

Units of Study
Semester 1
• Enlightenment and Revolution
• Nationalism and the Growth of NationStates
• Industrialization
• The New Imperialism
• World War I
• Effects of World War I
Semester 2
• Totalitarianism
• World War II
• The Post-War World
• The Cold War
• Nation Building in the Modern World
• Challenges of the Modern World
Curriculum Briefing (continued)
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Course Features
• Each lesson begins with a warm-up activity that provokes student thinking and orients students
toward the central concepts at the heart of the lesson.
• Lesson questions help students focus on big ideas.
• On-screen teachers use clear graphic organizers to present lesson goals and lesson organization
in a student-friendly manner.
• In each lesson, students interact with multimedia stimuli, including maps, charts, graphs,
photographs, and videos.
• Students investigate challenging and complex texts at grade level, including excerpts from primary
source documents.
• Academic and domain-specific vocabulary is emphasized and studied in every lesson.
• Each reading assignment utilizes the CloseReader™, which provides text mark-up tools,
language support, word look-up, embedded comprehension questions, and audio and text
commentary to scaffold challenging texts.
• Short writing assignments provide opportunities for students to write clearly and concisely on a
variety of important historical topics.
• Project assignments allow students to conduct research and utilize their creative thinking skills.
• Academically rigorous writing lessons engage students in developing a variety of essay types

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