This unit is designed to introduce students to the political, economic, social, and environmental changes throuhgout the Modern World (20th Century to Present). This unit surveys political developments such as: various modern governments and the political spectrum; embedded racism and corruption within governments; political changes and/or resistance associated with Westernization; impact of nationalism, revolution, and war; the rise of global terrorism. In terms of economics, this unit surveys: what economic changes are associated with Westernation, how nations are connected through globalization, and what impact does the development of trade have on economic unions. Social issues include: racism in the modern world and social changes and the standard of living associated with Westernization. This unit also addresses environmental changes that include: environmental issues associated with Westernization, increased pollution an dthe impact on the earth and people, scarcity of natural resources, and the development of reusable technologies.
Performance Proficiencies and Unit Objectives:
Students will be able to:
§ Conduct research following a step by step process.
§ Write a comprehensive research paper utilizng MLA format.
§ Discuss an overview of political, social, ecomonic, and enviornmental issues throughout the 20th century.
§ Present findings of research and participate in a discussion regarding global issues.
Final Research Paper Due: Monday, June 10th 2013
Final Assessment – Comprehensive Research Paper Description (GRAPS Format)
Students will be responsible for completing a comprehensive research paper of at least 850 words that defends a perspective addressing global issues through the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will take on the role as a historian utilizing primary and secondary sources for the paper. Students will present papers formally to the rest of the class. Students will be evaluated using a comprehensive rubric packet, where standards of success are thoroughly outlined. Students will be responsible for formally reflecting upon the research process.
World History Research Paper
Issues and Topics in the Modern World (20th and 21st Centuries)
Rationale: A main component of this course, a requirement for graduation, is the completion of authentic research to be presented in a formal paper. Students will be forming a worthwhile research question utilizing content from The Modern World Unit. After conducting research that aligns with that particular question, students will outline an argument and present this information in a formal paper. Students are required to follow a step-by-step process, which is detailed in the research paper packet.
Requirements for the United States History Research Paper
§ Proposal Document
o Due: Monday, May 20th 2013 (Beginning of Class)
§ Works Cited in Correct MLA Format
o Due: Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 (Beginning of Class)
§ Research Paper Outline & Meeting with Miss Zvaleuskas
o Due: Wednesday, May 22nd 2013 (End of Class)
§ Research Paper First Draft & Meeting with Miss Zvaleuskas
o Due: Wednesday, May 29th 2013 (End of Class)
§ Research Paper Final Draft
o Due: Monday, June 10th 2013 (End of Class) on turnitin.com
§ Research Paper Reflection
o Due: Wednesday, June 12th 2013 (Beginning of Class)