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Mr. Desmarais
Spaulding High School
Barre, Vermont

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Text: World History: Connections to Today, Ellis and Esler

Unit 1: Introduction, Easter Island, Mesopotamia, Egypt,  Chapter 2

Essential Questions:

1.  What laws are truly just?
2.  How do we know what to believe in the study of history?

Unit 2: India and China, Chapters 3,4

Essential Question:

1.  Are philosophy and conduct related?

·        What do we believe, as Americans?

·        Does the rest of the world think like us?

·        What is more important, what we believe, or what we do?


Unit 3: Greece, Chapter 5

Essential Questions:

1.  What are the characteristics of an ideal person?

·        What types of people do we admire? Why?

·        What type of person am I?

2.  What is Western culture?

Unit 4: Rome, Chapter 6

Essential Questions:

1.  Why do empires and countries rise and fall?

·        Will the United States always be what it is today?

2.  Which is more important: freedom or security?
3.  How do American ideas differ from non-American ideas?

Unit 5:  Islam and the Middle East, Chapters 10, 11

Essential Questions:

1.  What motivates religious extremists?

2.  How does Islam differ from Christianity and Judaism?

Unit 6: Medieval Times,  Chapters 8, 9

Essential Questions:

1.  What is a “crusade”?
2. To what extent does globalism affect daily life?

·        Why do we get so much from China?

·        Does it matter?

Unit 7: Renaissance and Reformation,  Chapter 14

Essential Questions:

1.  What is beauty?
2.  What is a Renaissance man or woman?

·        Who would be considered a Renaissance man or woman today?


3.  What knowledge is essential to all people? To what knowledge should access be restricted?

Skills:  Students will…

  • Read and understand writing on world history.
  • Write effectively about historical topics by summarizing, paraphrasing, and analyzing historical writing, and responding to what they read.
  • Conduct an original research project.
  • Identify and describe important events from each of the time periods under study and make comparisons with important events in history and today.