The Colonies Become 

New Nations

(1945 - present)

The Colonies Become New Nations

$150 for 5 weeks


Allison Bruning


We will be using "World History: Patterns of Interaction, Student Edition Survey" by Holt McDougal. ISBN: 978-0547491127. This textbook is available on Amazon.


Homework assignments are given through Classcraft. Students will have 4 - 8 assignments per week that build from simple to complex. The homework listed below is the final assignment (complex one) for that week in Classcraft. 




12 - 18  years old




Session 1: The Indian Subcontinent Achieves Freedom


Students will identify

Congress Party, Muslim League, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, partition, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Benazir Bhutto. 

Students will describe how they would build a new nation after their country had been freed from an European power.

Students will analyze the geographical locations of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslims and Sikhs in the Indian subcontinent during 1947.

Students will describe the historical importance of Kashmir. 

Students will explain why Pakistan and India fought over Kashmir. 

Students will summarize the life and historical contribution of Jawaharial Nehru.

Students will contrast the history of Pakistan and India from 1970 - 2010. 

Students will compare how the history of Pakistan in 1971 paralleled the history of India in 1947, 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 970.

2) Read pages 1004 - 1011 in course textbook.

3) Read "Changing Times in Southeast Asia" and complete Connect to Today question on pages 1010 - 1011.

Session 2: Southeast Asian Nations Gain Independence


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sukarno and Suharto.

Students will analyze the geographical locations of former European colonies in Southeast Asia.

Students will explain why the United States might have been interested in maintaining military bases in the Philippines. 

Students will summarize the life and historical contribution of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Students will compare what the top economies listed by the Geneva World Economic Forum have in common. 

Students will analyze a speech given by Megawati Sukarnoputri on July 23, 2001 to determine what she claims are the cornerstones of democracy. 

Students will summarize how Southeast Asia is changing. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 1009.

2) Read pages 1012 - 1016 in course textbook.

Session 3: New Nations in Africa


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Negritude movement, Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, Ahmed Ben Bella, and Mobutu Sese Seko.

Students will summarize the life and historical contribution of Jomo Kenyatta.

Students will contrast how the granting of independence to the British colonies of Ghana and Kenya differ. 

Students will contrast the geographical locations of African countries in 1955 and 1975.

Students will explain why Congo was vulnerable to turmoil after independence. 

Students will describe the effects of genocide in East Africa. 


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment and Multimedia Activity on page 981.

2) Read pages 1017 - 1023 in course textbook.

Session 4: Conflicts in the Middle East


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify

Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, PLO, Yasir Arafat, Camp David Accords, intifada, Oslo Peace Accords, Menachem Begin, and Yitzhak Rabin. 

Students will summarize the recommendations the UN made for the Palesine Mandate.

Students will summarize the life and historical contribution of Golda Meir.

Students will describe some of the effects of the Arab-Israeli conflicts.  

Students will contrast primary sources from the Palestine and Israeli views of their conflict. 

Students will explain the significance of the Camp David Accords. 

Students will analyze key events in the Israeli-Arab struggle from 1947 - 2000.


1) Complete Section 4 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 1023.

2) Read pages 1024 - 1027 in course textbook.

Session 5: Central Asia Struggles


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Transcaucasian Republics, Central Asian Republics, mujahideen and Taliban. 

Students will explain why there was little ethnic or religious strife in Central Asia during Soviet rule. 

Students will analyze the geographical locations of Central Asian countries. 

Students will explain why the Soviets finally decided to leave Afganistan. 

Students will explain why the Taliban destroyed important historical artifacts. 

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