NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies – Grade 10 Unit 3 Guide
This Passport to Social Studies teacher’s guide is for the third unit of the Global History and Geography II course, titled: Unresolved Global Conflict (1914 – 1991 CE). This curriculum was developed by a team of NYCDOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with scholars of global history and history education. Students immerse themselves in the topic by discussing historical questions, reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, and interpreting images, such as paintings, photographs, and maps.
In unit three, students examine the conditions and conflicts during a century that as one historian puts it, “No phase of global history has been shaped by warfare as extensively as the twentieth century.” To this end, students will explore the causes and legacies of World War I and World War II, and how these wars led to geopolitical changes, human and environmental devastation, and finally attempts to bring stability and peace. Students will work with the historical thinking skill of scaling throughout the unit to best understand how the myriad conflicts of the century affected the lives of individuals, nations, regions, and the world as well as how the causes and effects of these conflicts can be studied at different scales of time.
Please note that the NYCDOE 9-12: Passport to Social Studies materials also include a separate student Text Set for each unit.