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Course SummaryLet us help you grab your students' attention with the engaging lesson plans in this Western Civilization II syllabus resource course. Turn our quizzes and text lessons into your own interesting curriculum, or show our short video lessons in class to bring a fresh approach into the classroom.
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You can use this Western civilization course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of Western civilization, from the beginnings of modern Europe to Western art and literature in the years following World War II. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific Western civilization course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the creation of Prussia or the attack on Pearl Harbor. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on the Second Industrial Revolution includes key terms like internal combustion engine and Model T as well as important names such as Alexander Graham Bell, Gottlieb Daimler and Guglielmo Marconi.
As you work on your Western civilization lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like the Central and South American independence struggles if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like causes of the early socialist movement and the impact of the scientific revolution on society.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the Peace of Paris to the reforms of Russian Tsar Peter the Great, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the causes of the French Revolution or the Chinese Revolution? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about the westernization of Japan, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on 19th and 20th century imperialism, you can point your students to the transcripts on the Berlin Conference of 1884-85, European colonization of Africa, imperialism in Asia, U.S. colonization in the Americas, the consequences of these actions and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from the 1923 Great Coalition in Germany to key facts, like the year that Benito Mussolini declared himself dictator of Italy.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on Napoleon Bonaparte? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: Do you think the use of atomic bombs was necessary to force Japan's surrender in World War II?
Below is a sketch of the Western civilization syllabus modeled on a 14-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe (1648-1715)||The Thirty Years' War, the decline of Spain, the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic, England's limited monarchy, Louis XIV and France|
|Week 2||Power Shifts in Eastern Europe 1648-1740||Decline of the old empires, Austria and the Hapsburgs, Peter the Great and changes in Russia|
|Week 3||Empire and Expansion in the 18th Century (1700-1799)||Economic power, society and culture, the Seven Years' War|
|Week 4||The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, 1500-1790||Leaders of the scientific movement, impact of the scientific revolution, key thinkers of the Enlightenment and their ideas|
|Week 5||The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte, 1780-1815||Causes of the revolution, the overthrow of the government, Napoleon's rise to power and his fall|
|Week 6||Industrialization, 1700-1900||Advances in agriculture, the First Industrial Revolution and key inventions, urbanization|
|Week 7||Political Developments, 1760-1848||Systematic expression of political ideas, revolutions, the roots of Communism|
|Week 8||The Age of Nationalism, 1850-1914||The Crimean War, the unifications of Germany and Italy, Austria-Hungary, the U.S. Civil War, western influence in Japan|
|Week 9||European Life and Trends, 1850-1914||The Second Industrial Revolution and its inventions, economic changes, science, art and religion|
|Week 10||Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries||European imperialism, U.S. imperialism, the Russian war with the Ottoman Empire, the colonization of Africa and Asia|
|Week 11||World War I (1914-1919)||Factors that caused World War I, major battles, diplomacy, the Russian Revolution|
|Week 12||Between the World Wars (1919-1939)||Political changes, the Great Depression, Stalin in the Soviet Union, Hitler's rise to power|
|Week 13||World War II (1939-1945)||Causes of the war, fighting in Europe, the Holocaust, the Pacific Theater, war's end|
|Week 14||Western Civilization Since 1945||Rebuilding Europe, the Cold War, space exploration, the fall of Communism, post-war Western culture|
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