Regional Current Events Presentation


First Semester (August 18 - December 16)

Unit 1 (August 18 - September 30)

The First Civilizations
We look at the development of urban, preindustrial civilizations such as the Sumerian civilization in Mesopotamia, and the intricate patchwork of city-states between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

Evolution of Civilization - Mesopotamia

The Anthropology of Religion
We look at the development of religious institutions in relation to other social institutions, and the comparison of religious beliefs and practices across cultures.


The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Islam

Hinduism and Buddhism


Early “Civilizations”
We look at the development and growth of human cultures in Greece, Rome, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and the Americas that are complex in terms of technology, science, and division of labor.

Ancient Greece

Ancient Rome

Legacy of Rome

Ancient China

The 400 year Dynasty

Genghis Khan's Conquest

Ancient Japan

Mesoamerica before Invasion

"The High Middle Ages"
We look at the development and growth of many forms of intellectual, spiritual and artistic works during this period. The unit will look at the rebirth of city-states in Western Europe, precursors to the early modern nation-states, the rediscovery of the works of Aristotle, which led Thomas Aquinas and other thinkers to develop the philosophy of Scholasticism, and at the architecture of the period, which saw many of the most notable Gothic cathedrals built or completed during this era.

The Crusades

Unit 2 (October 10 - December 16)

"The Renaissance and Reformation"
We look at the Renaissance, which began in Italy in the 1300s and later spread to northern Europe. Art, literature, and humanist thought all flourished during this period.
Changes continued in the 1500s with the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Church’s Counter-Reformation.
By the 1600s Europe was split across religious lines. During this period, the lives of ordinary people also underwent economic, social, and cultural changes.

Renaissance in Italy

Northern Renaissance

The Reformation

“Exploration and Expansion”
We look at the Scientific Revolution, which occurred during the 1500s and 1600s and profoundly changed the ways people thought about the world. Scientists made important discoveries in astronomy, medicine, physics, and other fields. Technological advances also brought an era of exploration and soon turned to colonization and the development of the Atlantic slave trade. Spain created an empire in the Americas, and the Dutch set up trading colonies in Asia and the Americas.

European Exploration

“Asia in Transition”
We look at two powerful dynasties, the Ming and the Qing, which ruled China as a self-sufficient state for more than 500 years. During this time, internal trade increased, population grew, and popular culture developed. However, growing contact with Europeans weakened the Qing dynasty and gradually undermined China’s sovereignty. Despite its rulers’ desire to prevent foreign contact and trade, European influence also began to be felt in Japan.

“Islamic Empires in Asia”
We look at the rise of Islamic Empires.During the 1300s and 1400s the Ottomans built a strong empire in the area of present-day Turkey. Meanwhile, Safavid rulers created a powerful Shi’ite Muslim empire in what is today Iran. In the 1500s, Mongols attacked Turkish Muslim rulers in India and established the Mughal Empire. During the following two centuries, the Mughals unified a vast and diverse Muslim empire.

Safavid Empire and Cultural Blending

“Monarchs of Europe”
Under the Bourbon kings, France become an absolute monarchy and Europe’s leading power. Russia under Peter I and Catherine II became a westernized and powerful nation, while in Central Europe the Hapsburgs od Austria and the Holhenzollerns of Prussia vied for power. English monarchs tried to rule with absolute power but met with serious opposition from Parliament.

Second Semester (January 9 - June 14)

Unit 3 (January 9 - March 16)

“Enlightenment and Revolution in England and America”
Friction between the English monarchy and Parliament led to conflict change. By the 1700s Britain was a constitutional monarchy, as well as a great colonial and commercial empire. During the Age of Enlightenment, philosophers challenged traditional views of government. Drawing on Enlightenment thought, Britain’s North American colonies broke away in 1776 to form a new kind of conditioned government.

Ideas of the Enlightenment

“The French Revolution and Napoleon”
A revolution, inspired by events in America, broke out in France in 1789. The French established a republic with a limited monarchy. Radical revolutionaries began a Reign of Terror and led France through wars with other European nations. During this chaotic period, Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power. Napoleon dominated Europe until other major states joined forces to defeat him. European countries sought to restore stability by returning to a conservative status quo.

End of French Monarchy

Causes of French Revolution

Effects of French Revolution

Europe After Napoleon

“The Industrial Revolution”
The discoveries during the Scientific Revolution led people to apply scientific advances in a practical way.
New machines and land practices led to the Agricultural Revolution in the 1700s. The Industrial Revolution followed with advances in industry, transportation, and communication. Cities grew as people flocked to the thriving new centers of industry. Lifestyles and living standards changed as a result of the Industrial Revolution.

Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution Spreads

“Life in the Industrial Age”
Advances such as electricity, the telephone, and the combustible engine transformed the ways in which people lived, worked, and thought. Changes in occupations and living conditions brought more leisure time as well as new social problems. Artists and writers wrestled with the ever-changing industrialized society. Interest in a new field of study, the social sciences, grew. Concern about health and education led to calls for reform to make life better, as well.

Living During the Industrial Age

Industrialization Case Study - Manchester

Philosophers of Industrialization

Primary and secondary sources of the Industrial Revolution

“The Age of Reform”
During the 1800s Great Britain become more democratic. Grounded in a political philosophy of the Enlightenment, the government moved toward the protection of individual rights and civil liberties. The United States expanded its territory and fought a Civil War. Changes in France led to a republic governed by a coalition of parties. Latin American countries won independence from Spain.

Philosophers of Industrialization and Reforms

Age of Reforms

“Nationalism in Europe”
During the 1880s nationalism became a driving force for change in European regions. Italy, unified for a time under Napoleon, was divided into several states as the result of the Congress of Vienna. Nationalists began a campaign for liberation and unification. People in Germany, too, thought the unified nation-state was the best way to gain individual rights. By the late 1800s both Italy and Germany had achieved unification.

Nationalism in Europe

Nationalism in Italy and Germany

“The Age of Imperialism”
As the ideas of nationalism swept through Europe, the countries that accepted change emerged as stronger and more unified states. Growing industries created competition for new sources of raw materials. The years between 1870 and 1914 were the height of the Age of Imperialism. By 1914 the great powers of Europe, Japan, and the United States controlled a large part of the world.

Influence of Imperialism in Africa

Imperialism - Case Study - Nigeria

Imperialism in India

Imperialism in China

“World War I and the Russian Revolution”
Tensions among the world’s industrialized powers increased rapidly during the last half of the 1800s. At the turn of the 20th century, tension was particularly high in Europe, where nations such as Great Britain, France, and Germany vigorously pursued economic expansion. This tension exploded in World War I (1914-1918). At about the same time, years of war and poverty in Russia led to the Russian Revolution.

Causes of World War I

Major Events of World War I

Affects of World War I

Treaty of Versailles - Europe agreement

The Russian Revolution

Russia Under Stalin

“The Great Depression and the Rise of Totalitarianism”
The Treaty of Versailles forced defeated European countries to pay enormous reparations and limited their freedom to rebuild. Meanwhile, the economic damage caused by the war led to the Great Depression, which was an almost total collapse of the global economy. In some parts of Europe, totalitarian governments used the economic chaos as a means to gain power.

The Rise of Fascism

Unit 4 (March 19 - June 14)

“Nationalist Movements Around the World”
Just as the economic turmoil of the 1930s helped lead to the rise of dictatorships in some European nations, it led to revolutionary movements taking place in other parts of the world. Empires began to crumble as nationalist movements in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East gained momentum.

Nationalism in India and Southwest Asia

“World War II”
Under the leadership of the dictator Adolf Hitler, Germany began breaking rules and conditions of the Treaty of Versailles. Great Britain and France took no action in response. Emboldened, German aggression increased. Japan and Italy joined Germany in its campaign of fascist aggression, and World War II erupted. The war lasted from 1939-45 and ended with the defeat of the Axis powers and the dawn of the nuclear age.

Aggressors Provoke War

World War II - Europe

World War II - Japan

World War II - Holocaust

World War II - Conclusion and Affects

“Europe and North America in the Postwar Years”
With the war over, prewar differences that had divided the Western European democracies from the communist Soviet Union reemerged. The United Nations was formed, the Cold War began, and slowly the United States and the nations of Europe began to recover.

Cold War Begins

Cold War - War in Korea and Vietnam

Cold War - Worldwide Affects

Cold War Cools Off

“Asia Since 1945”
The European armies in Asia began to crumble as nationalist sentiments grew and new political parties gained influence. Asian nations made the transition from colonial possessions to independence. Conflicts between communism and democracy led to armed conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. China took steps toward an open society, and Japan made a miraculous recovery.

Post World War II - Japan Development

Collapse of Chinese Imperial Rule and Civil War

Communist Revolution in China

Modern China

Independence in India

“Africa and the Middle East Since 1945”
After World War II leaders in Africa demanded independence from European colonial powers. New Middle Eastern leaders were determined to break free from European domination. The nation of Israel was created, apartheid ended in South Africa, and tensions escalated in the Middle East.

End of Imperialism - Independence in Asia

End of Imperialism - Independence in Africa

Democracy Evolves in Africa

Tension in the Middle East

“Latin America Since 1945”
Latin American nations struggled to established economic and political stability. Mexico made progress toward democracy, while other nations’ dictators were overthrown by communist revolutionaries. Fidel Castro established a communist state in Cuba.

Democracy in Latin America

“The Superpowers in the Modern Era”
New tensions surfaced as the political and economic battles of the Cold War began. The United States and the U.S.S.R. emerged as the world’s superpowers with opposing ideologies. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the United States became the world’s sole superpower.

USSR experiments with Reforms - Secretary General Gorbachev

Collapse of the Soviet Union

The Modern World”
New styles in the arts reflected a rapidly changing world. Science, technology, and a new commitment to human rights brought about many of these changes, which included the new world of the Internet.

Global Economic Development

Floating Unit: Historical Inquiry (all unit, all quarters)
The student will understand how to apply research skills through an in-depth investigation of historical topics.
The student will understand how to analyze historical evidence and draw conclusions.

The student will understand to analyze and apply geographic elements as applied to social studies.
The student will understand how to acquire information, manipulate data, develop and present policies, arguments, and stories, and construct new knowledge.