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1.
Chronological/
Spatial Thinking

Create a time line of inventions in Europe.

Create maps that outline the areas of Africa held by European countries in 1890, 1918, 1940, and 1997.

Make a map that identifies natural resources found in Africa and explain what they are used for.

Create a pictorial time line of major events leading to World War I ending with the Treaty of Versailles.

Draw two political world maps: one pre- and one post-World War I. Write a paragraph using the maps to explain what changed during the war

2.
Examining
Evidence

View slides of Impressionist paintings and create a list of words that describe them. Speculate on what Impressionist artists thought of Europe during this period

Use photos and paintings to compare urban and rural life in Europe during the Industrial Revolution and discuss what students view.

Look at posters and documents designed to mobilize support for World War I. Analyze what messages were being conveyed.


Look at maps of German troop movements during World War II at the height of Nazi power, and speculate on the difficulties faced by the German army.

 

3.
Diversity : Multiple
Perspectives

Read accounts of children working in mines and factories during the Industrial Revolution. Then write a poem or diary entry describing the
conditions and how the children may have felt.

Write an explanation from the point of view of a wealthy manufacturer on why some people are rich and others poor

Explore student views of patriotism by writing a learning log. Share the log with others m the class.

Read speeches of political leaders such as Lloyd George and Teddy Roosevelt and compare their ideas with those expressed in the film Gallipoli.

Read White Man's Burden by Kipling, Shooting an Elephant by Orwell, and Facing Mount Kenya by Jomo Kenyatta and compare their points of view.

4.
Historical
Interpretation

View the movie Harnessing Steam and create an advertisement that either
portrays the benefits or depicts the adverse impact of the steam trains.

Read Things Fall Apart and write an essay that discusses how the British impacted African culture.

Write poems that describe the views of those for and against Gandhi's nonviolent movement for independence.

Using evidence such as maps, statistics, posters, speeches and literature, write a one-page analysis paper. The paper should be
of the role nationalism in World War I and outcome.

Show the cartoon "Riki Tiki Tavi" and discuss it as a metaphor of colonialism.

Develop a metaphor with an explanation for colonialism.

5 .
Determining Historical/ Geographical Significance

Create a newspaper set in Victorian England which Includes advertisements for new important products, reviews of important cultural events, news, political cartoons, and an editorial page discussing the rights of workers and owners

Select the two most important inventions during the Industrial Revolution and explain why they are the most important.

Research a current conflict in Africa that has its roots in colonialism and write a paper. The paper should be divided into three parts: the history of the African civilization prior to imperialism, the history of imperialist rule, and how this history connects to the problem being researched.

Write an opinion piece answering the question, "Is nationalism a good thing?" drawing upon knowledge of World War I and current issues.


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