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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies – Grade 9 Unit 6 Guide

Note to Teachers: To help with remote learning, student graphic organizers for this unit are available on the NYCDOE TeachHub in a Google Drive folder along with Passport to Social Studies lessons that have been adjusted for remote learning. Access these materials by following these instructions.

This Passport to Social Studies teacher’s guide is for the sixth and final unit of the Global History and Geography I course, titled: Interactions and Disruptions During the First Global Age (ca. 1400-1750 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, objects, and maps.

In this seven-week unit students examine the development of global connections and the effects of European expansion during the First Global Age through the lens of the Essential Question: How did the Encounter transform the Atlantic world? Students examine the diffusion of ideas and developments in technology during the late medieval and early modern period and how these changes spurred European expansion, and the historical role of commodities such as sugar, silver, and tobacco in causing European expansion and colonization. Then, students investigate the ecological, demographic, and economic transformations of the First Global Age, including the Columbian exchange, European colonization, and the development of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. At the conclusion of the unit, students consider how these changes affected power relations between Asia and Europe. During the unit assessment, students write a historical argument to determine and evaluate the driving forces of First Global Age.

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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