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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies – Grade 10 Unit 6 Guide

Note to Teachers: To help with Remote learning, student workbook pages and/or student graphic organizers for this unit are available in Microsoft Word format on the NYCDOE TeachHub in a Google Drive folder along with Passport to Social Studies lessons that have been adjusted for remote learning. Corresponding translated workbook pages are included. Access these materials by following these instructions.

This Passport to Social Studies teacher’s guide is the sixth unit of the Global History and Geography II course, titled Globalization and the Changing Environment. 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 this three-week unit, Globalization and the Changing Environment, students explore contemporary global history through the lens of the Essential Question: Is globalization a force for progress and prosperity? Lessons examine how technological changes, such as changes in communication and transportation systems, have resulted in a more interconnected world affecting economic and political relations, and leading in some cases to conflict while in others to collaborative efforts. Students investigate how globalization and population pressures have led to strains on the environment, while nearly instantaneous interconnections and networks of exchange between people and places have lessened the effects of time and distance.

Throughout the unit, students strengthen historical thinking skills of gathering and interpreting evidence while considering the implications of certain periodization models. They develop a museum exhibit making an argument for the most significant enduring issue from the period 1750–present, sourcing, contextualizing, and evaluating the reliability of documents as they create and present their exhibits.

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.

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