World Studies Unit 4 Theme:

Emergence and Development of New Nations

Getting started
Overview of unit theme

Nations have not always existed, but they have a major role in modern history and our world today. Students will learn how nations develop, interact with each other, and change over time. They will also make connections between globalization, imperialism, and independence movements around the world.

  • Nationalism
  • Growth of Democracy
  • Imperialism
  • Independence Movements
  • Revolution
Essential questions
  • What is required to build a nation?
  • What are the relationships between colonization, independence, and globalization?
Background reading
Need to know Words Places Things
Unit plan
Connections to ABC-CLIO:
Guiding questions
Connections to the text
(eras, events,
geographic locations,
  • Nationalism Triumphs in Europe - Ch. 10
  • Growth of Western Democracies - Ch. 11
  • A New Imperialism - Ch. 12
  • New Global Patterns - Ch. 13
  • Revolution in Russia - Ch 15
  • Nationalism and Revolution Around the World - Ch 16
  • Interpreting and analyzing primary sources
  • Applying an understanding of geography to historical events
  • Understanding historical context and bias
  • Evaluating and analyzing point-of-view
  • Supporting analysis with accurate evidence
  • Research relevant primary and secondary sources
  • Participate in socratic seminar or class discussion
Supporting videos
Primary Sources
Sample formative assessments
  • Socratic seminar
  • Journal questions
  • Geography activities
  • Informal student response quizzes (w/electronic "responders")
  • primary source evaluation (DBQ)
  • reading assessment (summary/quiz/reading guide)
  • Think-Write-Pair Share
  • (free on-line quiz maker)
Sample summative assessments
  • National development comparison chart
  • Classroom Based Assessment (CBA)
  • Compare and contrast essay
  • Research Paper
  • Vocabulary Concept Map
  • Unit Exam
Suggested CBA

1.3.1: Analyzes the relationship and tensions between national interests and international issues in world history.


2.1.1: Analyzes how the costs and benefits of economic choices have shaped events in world history (1450-present)

2.2.1: Understands and analyzes how planned and market economies have shaped the production, distribution, and consumption of goods, services and resources around the world in the past or present.

2.2.2: Analyzes how and why countries have specialized in the production of particular goods and services in the past or present.

2.3.1: Analyzes the costs and benefits of government trade policies from around the world in the past or present.

2.4.1: Analyzes and evaluates how people across the world have addressed issues involved with the distribution of resources and sustainability in the past or present.

Geography 3.3.1: Understands how the geography of expansion and encounter has shaped global politics and economics in the past or present.

4.3.2: Analyzes the multiple causal factors of conflicts in world history.

4.4.1: Analyzes how an understanding of world history can help us prevent problems today.

SS Skills 5.1.1: Analyzes consequences of positions on an issue or event.
5.2.1: Creates and uses research questions that are tied to an essential question to focus inquiry on an idea, issue, or event.
5.3.1: Evaluates one's own viewpoint and the viewpoints of others in the context of a discussion.