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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies – Grade 9 Unit 2 Guide

This Passport to Social Studies teacher’s guide is for the second unit of the Global History and Geography I course, titled: Expanding Interregional Networks: Exchange and Encounter (c. 500- c. 1500 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.

This guide explores a time in history that saw new power arrangements emerging across classical civilizations in Afro-Eurasia and Mesoamerica between c. 500 and c. 1500 CE, when a variety of methods were used - belief systems, systems of law, forms of government, military forces, and social hierarchies - to expand and maintain control over vast territories. Throughout the unit students will compare and contrast these classical and postclassical empires by evaluating competing claims in primary and secondary source texts. They will also gain understandings and develop evidence to write about the internal and external forces that led to the eventual decline of these empires.

This guide includes multiple components:
• Overview
• 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.

Quality Review Indicators 1.3 Leveraging ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and PedagogyDanielson Framework for Teaching 1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of StudentsDanielson Framework for Teaching 1c: Setting Instructional OutcomesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1e: Designing Coherent InstructionDanielson Framework for Teaching 1f: Designing Student Assessments
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