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Vocabulary: The attached vocabulary list came from the Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum and should be covered throughout the course of the year if you're following the MC3 units.
"I Can" Statements The attached "I Can" statements were developed during the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District curriculum review for Social Studies.

Common Core Writing Examples from Mason Lake Oceana ISD's Social Studies Network.
Common Core (College and Career Readiness Standards) for content literacy in 9th and 10th grade Social Studies.

assessment.jpgThere are Northern Michigan Learning Consortium Assessments available for some of these units. Please click here to learn more about how to access them.

folder.jpgMC3 Unit 1 - Foundations of World History: Eras 1-3, Beginnings to 300 CE

WHG F1: World Historical and Geographical “Habits of Mind” and Central Concepts - Explain and use key conceptual devices world historians/geographers use to organize the past including periodization schemes (e.g., major turning points, different cultural and religious calendars), and different spatial frames (e.g., global, interregional, and regional).

resource.jpgRESOURCE: The Cro-Magnons
High School World History presents a fantastic opportunity to delve deeply into primary and secondary sources. This one from Classzone.com could be CCRS ready by determining central ideas (CCRS Reading 2), context clues for unfamiliar words (CCRS Reading 3)
resource.jpgRESOURCE: Science Odyssey
This presents a graphical look at the evolution of humans, and includes the ability to hover over a picture to learn more about each stage of development. After viewing this together and giving students access to the site, you could do a brief writing to hit CCRS Writing Standard 1.a which details the development of humans.

WHG F2: Systems of Human Organizations - Use the examples listed below to explain the basic features and differences between hunter-gatherer societies, pastoral nomads, civilizations, and empires, focusing upon the differences in their political, economic and social systems, and their changing interactions with the environment.

  • Changes brought on by the Agricultural Revolution, including the environmental impact of settlements

  • TWO ancient river civilizations, such as those that formed around the Nile, Indus, Tigris-Euphrates, or Yangtze

  • Classical China or India (Han China or Gupta empires)

  • Classical Mediterranean (Greece and Rome)

resource.jpgRESOURCE: A Hymn to the Sun and A Hymn to the Sun
Using both of these links to the same poem (different translations) a discussion or group activity in class centered around the different translations and whether or not the overall message of the "Hymn to the Sun" remains the same between translations could hit CCRS Reading Standard 6.

WHG F4: Regional Interactions - Identify the location and causes of frontier interactions and conflicts, and internal disputes between cultural, social and/or religious groups in classical China, the Mediterranean world, and south Asia (India) prior to 300 C.E.

folder.jpgMC3 Unit 2 - Era 4: Expanding and Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 300 CE to 1500 CE


WHG 4.1.1: Crisis in the Classical World - Explain the responses to common forces of change that led to the ultimate collapse of classical empires and discuss the consequences of their collapse.

WHG 4.1.3: Trade Networks and Contacts - Analyze the development, interdependence, specialization, and importance of interregional trading systems both within and between societies including
  • land-based routes across the Sahara, Eurasia, and Europe
  • water-based routes across Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, South China Sea, and Red and Mediterranean Seas.

folder.jpgMC3 Unit 3 - Era 5: The Emergence of the First Global Age, 15th to 18th Centuries


WHG 5.1.2: World Religions - Use historical and modern maps to analyze major territorial transformations and movements of world religions including the expulsion of Muslims and Jews from Spain, Christianity to the Americas, and Islam to Southeast Asia, and evaluate the impact of these transformations/movements on the respective human systems.

WHG 5.3.1: Ottoman Empire through the 18th Century - Analyze the major political, religious, economic, and cultural transformations in the Ottoman Empire by
  • using historical and modern maps to describe the empire’s origins (Turkic migrations), geographic expansion, and contraction
  • analyzing the impact of the Ottoman rule.

WHG 5.3.2: East Asia through the 18th Century - Analyze the major political, religious, economic, and cultural transformations in East Asia by
  • analyzing the major reasons for the continuity of Chinese society under the Ming and Qing dynasties, including the role of Confucianism, the civil service, and Chinese oceanic exploration
  • analyzing the changes in Japanese society by describing the role of geography in the development of Japan, the policies of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and the influence of China on Japanese society.

WHG 5.3.3: South Asia/India through the 18th Century - Analyze the global economic significance of India and the role of foreign influence in the political, religious, cultural, and economic transformations in India and South Asia including the Mughal Empire and the beginnings of European contact.

WHG 5.3.4: Russia through the 18th Century - Analyze the major political, religious, economic, and cultural transformations in Russia including
  • Russian imperial expansion and top-down westernization/modernization
  • the impact of its unique location relative to Europe and Asia
  • the political and cultural influence (e.g., written language) of Byzantine Empire, Mongol Empire, and Orthodox Christianity.

folder.jpgMC3 Unit 4 - Era 6: An Age of Global Revolutions, 18th Century to 1914

WHG 6.1.1: Global Revolutions - Analyze the causes and global consequences of major political and industrial revolutions focusing on changes in relative political and military power, economic production, and commerce.

WHG 6.2.1: Political Revolutions - Analyze the Age of Revolutions by comparing and contrasting the political, economic, and social causes and consequences of at least three political and/or nationalistic revolutions (American, French, Haitian, Mexican or other Latin American, or Chinese Revolutions).

WHG 6.2.2: Growth of Nationalism and Nation-states - Compare and contrast the rise of the nation-states in a western context (e.g., Germany, Italy) and non-western context (e.g., Meiji Japan).

WHG 6.3.1: Europe - Analyze the economic, political, and social transformations in Europe by
  • analyzing and explaining the impact of economic development on European society
  • explaining how democratic ideas and revolutionary conflicts influenced European society, noting particularly their influence on religious institutions, education, family life, and the legal and political position of women
  • using historical and modern maps to describe how the wars of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods and growing nationalism changed the political geography of Europe and other regions (e.g., Louisiana Purchase).

folder.jpgMC3 Unit 5 - Era 7: Global Crisis and Achievement 1900-1945

WHG 7.1.1: Increasing Government and Political Power - Explain the expanding role of state power in managing economies, transportation systems, and technologies, and other social environments, including its impact of the daily lives of their citizens.

WHG 7.1.2 Comparative Global Power - Use historical and modern maps and other sources to analyze and explain the changes in the global balance of military, political, and economic power between 1900 and1945 (including the changing role of the United States and those resisting foreign domination).

WHG 7.1.3: Twentieth Century Genocide - Use various sources including works of journalists, journals, oral histories, films, interviews, and writings of participants to analyze the causes and consequences of the genocides of Armenians, Romas (Gypsies), and Jews, and the mass exterminations of Ukrainians and Chinese.

WHG 7.1.4 Global Technology - Describe significant technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs in transportation, communication, medicine, and warfare and analyze how they both benefited and imperiled humanity.

WHG 7.1.5: Total War - Compare and contrast modern warfare and its resolution with warfare in the previous eras: include analysis of the role of technology and civilians.

WHG 7.2.1: World War I - Analyze the causes, characteristics, and long-term consequences of World War I by
  • analyzing the causes of the war including nationalism, industrialization, disputes over territory, systems of alliances, imperialism, and militarism
  • analyzing the distinctive characteristics and impacts of the war on the soldiers and people at home
  • explaining the major decisions made in the Versailles Treaty and analyzing its spatial and political consequences, including the mandate system, reparations, and national self-determination around the globe.

WHG 7.2.2: Inter-war Period - Analyze the transformations that shaped world societies between World War I and World War II by
  • examining the causes and consequences of the economic depression on different regions, nations, and the globe
  • describing and explaining the rise of fascism and the spread of communism in Europe and Asia
  • comparing and contrasting the rise of nationalism in China, Turkey, and India.

WHG 7.2.3: World War II - Analyze the causes, course, characteristics, and immediate consequences of World War II by
  • explaining the causes of World War II, including aggression and conflict appeasement that led to war in Europe and Asia (e.g., Versailles Treaty provisions, Italian invasion of Ethiopia, Spanish Civil War, rape of Nanjing, annexation of Austria and Sudetenland)
  • explaining the Nazi ideology, policies, and consequences of the Holocaust (or Shoah)
  • analyzing the major turning points and unique characteristics of the war
  • explaining the spatial and political impact of the Allied negotiations on the nations of Eastern Europe and the world
  • analyzing the immediate consequences of the war’s end including the devastation, effects on population, dawn of the atomic age, the occupation of Germany and Japan
  • describing the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as global superpowers.

WHG 7.2.4: Revolutionary and/or Independence Movements - Compare two revolutionary and/or independence movements of this era (Latin America, India, China, the Arab World, and Africa) with at least one from the previous era.

WHG 7.3.1: Russian Revolution - Determine the causes and results of the Russian Revolution from the rise of Bolsheviks through the conclusion of World War II, including the five-year plans, collectivization of agriculture, and military purges.

WHG 7.3.2: Europe and Rise of Fascism and Totalitarian States - Compare the ideologies, policies, and governing methods of at least two 20th-century dictatorial regimes (Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Soviet Union) with those absolutist states in earlier eras.

WHG 7.3.3: Asia - Analyze the political, economic, and social transformations that occurred in this era, including
  • Japanese imperialism
  • Chinese nationalism, the emergence of communism, and civil war
  • Indian independence struggle.

WHG 7.3.4: The Americas - Analyze the political, economic, and social transformations that occurred in this era, including
  • economic imperialism (e.g., dollar diplomacy)
  • foreign military intervention and political revolutions in Central and South America
  • nationalization of foreign investments.

WHG 7.3.5: Middle East - Analyze the political, economic, and social transformations that occurred in this era, including
  • the decline of the Ottoman Empire
  • changes in the Arab world including the growth of Arab nationalism, rise of Arab nation-states, and the increasing complexity (e.g., political, geographic, economic, and religious) of Arab peoples
  • the role of the Mandate system
  • the discovery of petroleum resources.

folder.jpgMC3 Unit 6 - Era 8: The Cold War and its Aftermath, 1945 to 2000


WHG 8.1.1:Origins of the Cold War - Describe the factors that contributed to the Cold War including the differences in ideologies and policies of the Soviet bloc and the West; political, economic, and military struggles in the 1940s and 1950s; and development of Communism in China.

WHG 8.1.2: Cold War Conflicts - Describe the major arenas of conflict, including
  • the ways the Soviet Union and the United States attempted to expand power and influence in Korea and Vietnam
  • ideological and military competition in THREE of the following areas: Congo, Cuba, Mozambique, Angola, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Bolivia, Chile, Indonesia, and Berlin
  • the arms and space race.

WHG 8.1.3: End of the Cold War - Develop an argument to explain the end of the Cold War and its significance as a 20th-century event, and the subsequent transitions from bi-polar to multi-polar center(s) of power.

folder.jpgMC3 Unit 7 - Contemporary Global Issues, Past to Present

WHG CG1: Population - Explain the causes and consequences of population changes over the past 50 years by analyzing the
  • population change (including birth rate, death rate, life expectancy, growth rate, doubling time, aging population, changes in science and technology)
  • distributions of population (including relative changes in urban-rural population, gender, age, patterns of migrations, and population density)
  • relationship of the population changes to global interactions, and their impact on three regions of the world.

WHG CG2: Resources - Explain the changes over the past 50 years in the use, distribution, and importance of natural resources (including land, water, energy, food, renewable, non-renewable, and flow resources) on human life, settlement, and interactions by describing and evaluating
  • change in spatial distribution and use of natural resources
  • the differences in ways societies have been using and distributing natural resources
  • social, political, economic, and environmental consequences of the development, distribution, and use of natural resources
  • major changes in networks for the production, distribution, and consumption of natural resources including growth of multinational corporations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations (e.g., OPEC, NAFTA, EU, NATO, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, Red Crescent)
  • the impact of humans on the global environment.

WHG CG3: Patterns of Global Interactions - Define the process of globalization and evaluate the merit of this concept to describe the contemporary world by analyzing
  • economic interdependence of the world’s countries and world trade patterns
  • the exchanges of scientific, technological, and medical innovations
  • cultural diffusion and the different ways cultures/societies respond to “new” cultural ideas and patterns
  • comparative economic advantages and disadvantages of regions, regarding cost of labor, natural resources, location, and tradition
  • distribution of wealth and resources and efforts to narrow the inequitable distribution of resources.

WHG CG4: Conflict, Cooperation, and Security - Analyze the causes and challenges of continuing and new conflicts by describing
  • tensions resulting from ethnic, territorial, religious, and/or nationalist differences (e.g., Israel/Palestine, Kashmir, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, al Qaeda, Shining Path)
  • causes of and responses to ethnic cleansing/genocide/mass extermination (e.g., Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia)
  • local and global attempts at peacekeeping, security, democratization, and administering international justice and human rights
  • the type of warfare used in these conflicts, including terrorism, private militias, and new technologies.