Honors GLOBAL Notes

Daily Lesson Plan (Honors):


Test #1:

9/5:  Guns, Germs & Steel

  • Objectives:  Students will analyze why//how Europeans were able to colonize over 80% of the world's landmass

9/8:  Abrahamic Religions Jigsaw

  • Objectives:  Students will compare and contrast the main beliefs and ideas behind the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

9/13: Islam          

  • Objectives:  Students will note how Islam began, and review the 5 pillars as primary tenets off Muslim faith.
  • Crash Course Islam 

9/18:  Sunni & Shia

  • Objectives:  Students will discover the fundamental differences between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam through reviewing the history of the Caliphs and subsequent religious leaders. 

9/20:  Saudi Arabia & Turkey

  • Objectives:  Students will profile different degrees of Islamic law and cultural practices present in governments through examination of the political systems of Saudi Arabia and Turkey.  Students will also define Sharia Law, understanding its origins and interpretations. 

9/26:  ISIS

  • Objectives:  Students will research and discuss the origins, goals, and responses to the violent extremist/terrorist group ISIS.

Test #2:

10/4: Creating the Modern Middle East 

  • Objectives:  Students will review the Sykes-Picot agreement, Treaty of Versailles and subsequent documents to understand how the British and French Mandate System impacted current Middle Eastern country relationships and the formation of Israel.
  • Crash Course Israel // Palestine 

10/6:  Israel and Palestine Notes

  • Objectives:  Students will note the historic timeline of major events in the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict over land, dating from Israeli independence in 1948-present. 

10/12: Israel and Palestine Peace 

  • Objectives:  Students will review the problems that need to be solved to achieve peace, according to the Oslo Accords, and the two-state // one-state solution. 

10/16: Arab Spring

  • Objectives:  Students will define the Arab Spring, discover when it began, who started it, and note the major overall motivations.

10/18: Arab Spring Group PowerPoints A // C // D // F

  • Objectives:  Students will create research based PowerPoints about three countries involved in the Arab Spring, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, noting the similarities and differences between the movements.

10/23: Iran & (Nuclear Program)              

  • Objectives:  Students look at Iran's recent history and define IAEA and NPT through looking at Iran's Nuclear program,and its relationship with the US. 


Test #3:


11/20: Climate Change

  • Objectives:  Students will review climate change, paying particular attention to international policy making and cooperation (UNFCCC, COP (Paris), IPCC)


12/1:  India Independence Movement (Prezi)

  • Objectives: Students will look at the India Independence Movement, paying close attention to the INC, and major players in Independence.

12/16: Hinduism (Prezi)  

  • Objectives:  Students will note the major aspects of Hinduism.

12/12:  India Today

  • Objectives:  Students will look at the India's country profile, and the 2014 parliamentary elections.
  • NYT Documentary:  India at a Crossroads

Test #4:



1/4:  China Timeline              

  • Objectives:  Students will complete a timeline with major events in China during the 20th Century.

1/10: "Sunrise over Tiananmen Square"                

  • Objectives:  Students will discuss the political, cultural and economic shift in China from Mao to Deng Xiaoping using the film "Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square". 
  • Film 

 1/12: CCP- Chinese Communist Party

  • Objectives:  Students will look at the structure of the CCP, noting China's current leadership. 

 1/18: China's Economy 

  • Objectives:  Students will examine China's current status in the global economy paying particular attention to:  SEZ, Socialist with Chinese Characteristics, PPP, GDP.
  • World Economic Forum:  China's New Silk Road ARTICLE

1/18: Hong Kong and Taiwan:  Political Outliers

  • Objectives:  Students will understand the "One China Policy"
  • Audio Slideshow:  Hong Kong Memories
  • CFR: China's Maritime Disputes

1/19: Religion in China 

  • Objectives:  Students will look at the role of Buddhism in Chinese society today.

1/19: China and the Environment

  • Objectives:  Students will look at the effects industry has on the environment and the myriad of solutions the government offers. 


Test #5:


1/31:  Russia, A Timeline

  • Objectives:  Students will briefly note the transition of Russia from Tsars to Commissars for use as a reference guide during our study of Russia 
  • Crash Course:  RUSSIA

2/6:  Russian Revolutions

  • Objectives:  Students will look more in-depth into the causes of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.   

2/12: USSR Under Stalin

  • Objectives:  Students will note the Soviet's 5-year plans and look into Ukraine's Holodomor. 

2/13: Teaching the Soviet Gulag System

  • Objectives:  Presentation compliments of Cris Martin from Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. 

2/16:  Cold War

  • Objectives:  Students will note important terms from the Soviet perspective on the Cold War.

2/26:  Soviet Leaders


2/28: Post-Soviet Russia: Part 1 (Yeltsin)

  • Objectives:  Students will look at the political beginning of the Russian Federation (1990's Yeltsin)

3/1: Post-Soviet Russia: Part 2 (Putin)

  • Objectives:  Students will look at Putin's Presidency


Test #6:


European colonization of Africa in 1800's, and rapid decolonization of Africa in the 1950's, is in large part the origin for many of the continent's political and economic turmoil today.  However, after over 60 years of independence, African lives have greatly improved, and the continent is entering an extremely hopeful era.

4/12: Africa Colonization

  • Objectives:  Students will define Colonization.  Students will understand why Europe felt justified colonizing Africa.  Students will understand how Europe colonized Africa (Berlin Conference of 1884).

4/23:  Independence

  • Objectives:  Students will look at the general structure of colonization and independence in Sub Saharan African countries.

4/25:  Rwanda

  • Objectives:  Students will look at the colonial origins of the Rwandan genocide and understand events leading up to 1994.  Subsequently, students will look at reconciliation efforts (namely the ICTR) and international inaction, debating responsibility.  

5/2:  Sudan

  • Objectives:  Students will understand Sudanese history from colonization through decolonization, independence, civil wars, and independence of Southern Sudan.  Students will look at the genocide in Darfur.

5/3:  South Africa

  • Objectives:  Students will understand the colonial history of South Africa as it relates to the implementation of apartheid.  Students will then follow the internal struggles against apartheid, and debate the merits of the TRC, viewing South Africa as a superpower today. 

5/9:  Transitional Justice (Prezi)

  • Objectives:  Students will learn about the 4 different types of transitional justices methods (as determined by the ICTJ) and debate which is most important in the healing process. 

5/15:  Africa Jigsaw (Ms. Mattie-Brown's notes)

  • Objectives:  In groups, students will research an assigned African country, paying attention to colonial legacies, then present findings to the class.