The Middle Ages and Modern History
Enduring Understanding: The Events of the past result in the evolution of cultures and their governments.

TERM I:The Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Term II:

The Age of Enlightenment

Term III:

The War of the World

Term IV:

The Post-War and Contemporary Era

Established Goals:Students will be able to explain the impact of religion and the Plague as a cause of the changing governments, social structure and the cultural explosion known as the Renaissance.
Established Goals:Students will be able to explain the transition of social thought from the Renaissance through the Age of Enlightenment as well as the impact this new worldview changes governments and societies.
Established Goals:Students will be able to explain the events that led to Great War.
Students will be able to explain how the events of the of the Great War led to the Great Depression.
Students will be able to explain the relationships among the Great War, the Great Depression and World War II.
Established Goals:
Students will be able to explain the decline of the relationships between the west and the east and the resultant 'Cold War' and it's impact upon worldviews.
Students will be able to explain the social upheaval of the '60s' and the resultant long term radical changes in western culture.
Essential Question: How did the plague lead to the Renaissance?How can catastrophic events change social orders and structures?
Essential Question:How did the Age of Enlightenment change the Western view of individuals and individual rights?
Essential Question:What were the international conditions that led to The Great War?
How did The Great War lead to international financial collapse?
How did these two events lead to new social order, new forms of government and eventual world war?
Essential Question:What was the impact of the Cold War on the relationships between countries? What was the impact of the Cold War on the American psyche? How did the western world change as a result of the '60s'
Essential Understandings:Society is continually evolving.

Major events can result in huge leaps in social evolution
Essential Understandings:The way people view the world can rapidly change.

New world-views can change the structure of governments, cultures and social structures.
Essential Understandings:The actual causes of wars are usually complex.

The results of war and/ or financial collapse can result in new social structures and governments.

Conversely, new social structures and governments can result in war.
Essential Understandings:The Cold War was both real fighting (Korea, Vietnam) and psychological (Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, Arms Race).

The fear of atomic was had an impact on the American psyche.

The '60s' completely change the social structure and the worldview of the Western World.