Unit 9

Acceleration

Acceleration

(This is part of the Big History Project Program)

Teachers

Allison Bruning

Prerequisite

Unit 8: Expansion and Interconnection

Subjects

History, Science, Reading and Writing

Ages

10 - 17 years old

   

Sessions

 

Session 1:  Historical Periods

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will define Modern Revolution and periodization

Students will examine how they would periodize the past and how periodizing something reframes it.

Students will investigate what people’s lives were like at different periods in human history.

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 2: The Modern Revolution

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Threshold 8: The Modern Revolution" 

Students will construct their own periodization of human history.

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

 

Session 3: The Appetite For Energy

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will examine how energy consumption has changed from 1,000, 500, 100 to today.

Students will review the vocabulary for this unit.

Students will complete and discuss their answers on the Vocabulary: Part 1 worksheet.

Students will watch and discuss "Threshold 8: The Modern Revolution" 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework. 

Session 4: The Industrial Revolution

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will examine the Driving Question Notebook and Discussion Guide.

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course: The Industrial Revolution".

Students will read, analyze and discuss "The Industrial Revolution" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Students will choose an Industrial Revolution project to complete as a homework. 

HOMEWORK:

Industrial Revolution Research Project

Session 5: Acceleration

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "How Did Change Accelerate?".

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Acceleration" using the Three Close Reads method. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework. 

 

Session 6: Is Change Accelerating? 

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will debate whether or not innovation can keep up with acceleration.

Students will review Threshold 8: The Modern Revolution

HOMEWORK:

No Homework 

Session 7: Anthropocene

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course: The Anthropocene and the Near Future".

Students will review the vocabulary for this unit.

Students will complete and discuss their answers on the Vocabulary: Part 2 worksheet.

Students will read, analyze and discuss "The Anthropocene" using the Three Close Reads method. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 8: Population 

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Anthropocene Africa: Out of Every Crisis, an Opportunity" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Students will analyze the nature and patterns of human population growth over the last 10,000 years. 

Students will construct an essay in which they discuss what they think are the three biggest impacts of human population growth in the modern era.

HOMEWORK:

Finish your essay

Session 9: Changing Economy

Students will present their essay.

Students will examine the Driving Question Notebook and Discussion Guide.

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Collective Learning (Part 4)" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Students will watch and discuss "A Big History of Everything – H2".

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 10: Economy

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Smith, Marx, and Keynes" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Students will chose a topic about Modern Revolution that they want to research. 

HOMEWORK:

Research and analyze the article about your topic that you have chosen. You may use the internet, magazines, scholarly journals or newspapers.  

Session 11: Revising Scientific Writing

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present their homework. 

Students will revise their Investigation 8 papers based on a rubric and what they’ve learned. 

HOMEWORK:

Finish your revisions and read the Investigation 9 articles. 

Session 12: Investigation 9

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will write a five- to six-paragraph essay (about 2 pages) explaining to what extent has the Modern Revolution been a positive or negative force?

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 13: The Creation of the Modern World - Industrialism

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will identify jobs that exist today that did not exist before the Industrial Revolution.

Students will watch and discuss "How Was the Modern World Created?"

Students will read, analyze and discuss “Why Is that T-Shirt So Cheap? The Origins of the Industrial Revolution" using the Three Close Reads method. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 14: Globalization

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course World History: Globalization I - The Upside?"

Students will take an object they purchased or consumed in the last week, and they will trace what it took for them to get it 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 15: The Creation of the Modern World - Modern States and Identities

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will explore some of the characteristics that define them and make them unique, specifically in terms of their identities.

Students will explore the idea of nationalism, which emerged from the Atlantic revolutions.

Students will read, analyze and discuss “You Say You Want a Revolution: Change on Both Sides of the Atlantic" using the Three Close Reads method.

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 16: Imperialism

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course World History: Imperialism".

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Imperialism and Resistance Shape a Modern World: 1850–1914" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Students will create a timeline of major events related to human rights and resistance from this lesson.

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 17: World War I

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Crisis and Conflict on the Global Stage" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Students will critically evaluate some of the causes and consequences of World War I while also paying attention to the methods that historians use to draw conclusions.

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course World History: Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I".

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 18: Great Depression and World War II

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will examine gross domestic product (GDP) and how it helps gauge the economic health of countries.

Students will use data to help them understand the impact of the Great Depression around the world. 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course World History: World War II".

Students will analyze World War II propaganda.

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 19: The Early 20th Century

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will read, analyze and discuss "A Bird’s Eye View: Acceleration and Global Chaos in the Early Twentieth" using the Three Close Reads method.

Students will gather and use data to make sense of the past.

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 20: Ghandi 

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will analyze the 10 most populous cities in the world over time to consider worldwide historical patterns.

Students will read, analyze and discuss "And Then Gandhi Came: Nationalism, Revolution, and Sovereignty" using the Three Close Reads method.

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 21: Declaration of Rights

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Declaration of Rights Documents Reading List" using the Three Close Reads method.

Students will compare rights documents from around the world. 

Students will use the declaration of rights documents and some research to create a timeline that shows when different nations became independent. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 22: Space - The Final Frontier

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will brainstorming about life on Mars and what they would need to survive there.

Students will watch and discuss "TED-Ed – Who Won the Space Race?".

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Which Way To Space?" using the Three Close Reads method. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 23: Space Debate

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will debate both sides of the following prompt: "Private companies should be allowed to enter the market of space travel, letting competition drive the market, and thereby moving away from a government-controlled space program.”

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Will We Ever Colonize Mars?" using the Three Close Reads method. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 24: Surviving Mars

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "TED-Ed – Could You Actually Live On Mars?".

Students will review what they have learned, edit the list items they will need for a four-year stay on Mars and work as a group to make a master list.  

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 25: Humans and Energy

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will think about the energy sources with which they are familiar, and have them begin forming questions about different kinds of energy. 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course World History: Humans and Energy" and "Nuclear Energy Explained: How Does It Work?".  

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 26: Renewable Energy - Part 1

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will read, analyze and discuss “Benefits of Renewable Energy Use” and “Comparing the Costs of Renewable and Conventional Energy Sources”  using the Three Close Reads method. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 27: Renewable Energy - Part 2

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Running On Renewable Energy".

Students will synthesize the information they learned in this lesson about different energy sources, their associated risks and benefits, and their leveled costs of electricity in order to create a plan for a city that wishes to become “greener.”

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

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