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Ch 1: Foundational Concepts of World History Lesson Plans

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The Foundational Concepts of World History chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach world history basics in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes, and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Foundational Concepts of World History chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Eras in world history The technological and environmental changes, civilizations, regional interactions, global interactions, and realignments characterizing the six main periods in world history
Tuesday Civilization Cultural, agricultural, civic, and social elements of civilizations; origins of the world's first civilizations
Wednesday Historical change Cause-and-effect relationships driving historical change, intentionalism vs. functionalism, historiography
Thursday Geography Locations of major geographical regions and subregions, relationships between climate and civilization, cultural adaptations caused by geography
Friday Historical recurrence Major empires' rise and fall, military conquests, political rebellion, human migration, social norms and gender roles, technological and cultural developments, economic trade

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Foundational Concepts of World History Lesson Plans
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Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

1. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

In this lesson, we will look at the six periods of world history. We will learn the defining characteristics of each and highlight the major themes associated with each period.

What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

2. What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

In this lesson, we will define the term civilization. We will identify the core characteristics of a civilization, and understand the function of civilizations in the context of historical development.

Historical Change: Causes and Effects

3. Historical Change: Causes and Effects

In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.

The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

4. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we're going to look at a basic overview of major world regions and see how they collectively create the world map.

Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures

5. Recurring Themes in History Across Cultures

This lesson will explore the concept of historic recurrence. In doing so, it will highlight recurring themes in history like the rise and fall of empires, the development of technology, economic trade, military conflict, and gender roles

Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

6. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.

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