World Studies Unit 2 Theme: Global Expansion and Encounter

Getting started
Overview of unit theme

People have been motivated throughout history to explore and encounter other societies, cultures, and places in the world. Primary reasons/motivations include:

  • Economic (Trade/Resources)
  • Religion
  • Political/military expansion
  • Scientific
Essential questions
  • How are societies transformed in an era of global trade?
  • What are the economic, political, geographic, and social implications of cultural expansion?
Background reading
Need to know Words Places Things
Unit plan
Connections to ABC-CLIO:
Guiding questions
Connections to the text
(eras, events,
geographic locations,
  • Interpreting and analyzing primary sources
  • Applying an understanding of geography to historical events
  • Understanding historical context and bias
  • Evaluating and analyzing point-of-view
  • Participate in Socratic Seminar or class discussion
  • Supporting analysis with accurate evidence
  • Research relevant primary and secondary sources
Supporting videos
Sample formative assessments
Sample summative assessments
  • Research paper and annotated works cited page
  • Essay test involving essential questions
  • Vocabulary concept map
  • Map of colonization over time
Suggested CBA
  • Technology Through the Ages
  • Cultural Interactions

1.3.1: Analyzes the relationship and tensions between national interests and international issues in world history (1450-present)

Economics 2.1.1: Analyzes how the costs and benefits of economic choices have shaped events in world history (1450-present)
2.4.1: Analyzes and evaluates how people across the world have addressed issues involved with the distribution of resources and sustainability (1450-present)
Geography 3.1.2: Identifies major world regions and understands their cultural roots.
3.2.2: Understands and analyzes examples of ethnocentrism
3.2.3: Understands the causes and effects of voluntary and involuntary migration in the world in the past or present.
3.3.1: Understands how the geography of expansion and encounter has shaped global politics and economics in the past or present.

4.1.1: Analyzes change and continuity within a historical time period.
4.1.2: Understand how the following themes and developments help to define eras in world history:

Global expansion and encounter (1450-1750).
4.2.1: Analyzes how individuals and movements have shaped World History (1450-present)
4.2.2: Analyzes how cultures and cultural groups have shaped world history (1450-present)
4.3.1: Analyzes and interprets historical materials from a variety of perspectives in world history (1450-present)
4.3.2: Analyzes the multiple causal factors of conflicts in world history (1450-present)
4.4.1: Analyzes how an understanding of world history can help us prevent problems today.

SS Skills 5.2.1: Creates and uses research questions that are tied to an essential question to focus inquiry on social studies issues and historical events
5.3.1: Evaluates one’s own viewpoint and the viewpoints of others in the context of a discussion.
5.4.1: Evaluates multiple reasons or factors to develop a position paper or a presentation.