NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies – Grade 9 Unit 1 Guide
This Passport to Social Studies teacher’s guide is for first unit of the Global History and Geography I course, titled: The First Civilizations (c. 10,000 BCE – c. 900CE). 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.
This guide offers a multitude of perspectives on a very long period of global history spanning over ten thousand years, from early hominids and pre-historic migrations through the classical period. Throughout the unit students begin to develop a deeper awareness of the field of global history, the role of history as an interpretive discipline, and the importance that geography has had in shaping events in our distant past.
This guide includes multiple components:
• Day-by-Day Planner
• Model Lesson
• Unit Assessment (and rubric)
• Historical Thinking Tools and Analysis Strategies
• Key Standards
• Connections to the Regents Exam in Global History and Geography II
To evaluate student mastery of content knowledge, cognitive processes, and critical thinking skills, this unit includes opportunities for formative assessments and a performance-based unit assessment.
Please note that the NYCDOE 9-12: Passport to Social Studies materials also include a separate student Text Set for each unit. Each of the subsequent Grade 9 and Grade 10 units will be posted on WeTeachNYC in accordance with the NYCDOE Social Studies Scope & Sequence pacing during the 2018-19 school year.