Welcome to Mr. Lienau’s 
Grade 10 World History Course! 
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General Information


Course Framework

Grade 10 World History is a class that allows students to explore 250 years of world history (the Modern and Contemporary Periods of World History) and learn valuable skills related to history and to prepare to take the CST history test in late April-early May.  Students in Grade 10 World History are expected to read historically-based material, use their reading to form their own ideas, and actively participate in class discussions.  Students study major turning points that shaped the modern world from the mid-eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. Students trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts.  Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.


This particular section of Grade 10 world history is part of the CNEC California Technical Education (CTE) Health Careers Academy.  That does not mean that every student in this class is necessarily part of the academy.  However, special attention will be paid to the history of medicine as it fits into the broader scope of this period of world history.  This, of course, will happen only as it is appropriate to do so within the regular course framework.  This course will not require any work beyond that of any other section of world history being taught at CNEC. 


Course Goals

  • Strive to make connection between historical events and present-day issues
  • Gain an appreciation and understanding of one's own history, while discovering one's place in a world of diverse people and cultures
  • Compare and contrast the patterns of political, social, economic, cultural and intellectual development from the 18th century
  • Use available technology to become competent in gathering and organizing data for class discussions and projects
  • View history as an exciting and interesting story, which includes romance, struggle, victory, defeat and personal triumph of men and women who lived during different historical periods
  • Continue to increase reading, writing and social science skills while using primary and secondary sources