World Studies Unit 5 Theme:

International Conflicts (1870-Present)

Getting started
Overview of unit theme

Human history is filled with devastating tragedies: war, economic depression, genocide, ethnic cleansing. Nations go to war from many different reasons. This unit will examine the causes and consequences of international conflicts

  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Cold War (Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia)
  • Conflict in the Middle East
  • War on Terror (Iraq and Afghanistan)
Essential questions
  • What economic, political, social, and geographic factors lead nations to fight with each other?
  • What factors lead to peace between nations?
  • What are the economic and political implications and outcomes of war?
  • What is the role of international agreements and organizations in international relationships?
Background reading
Need to know Words Places Things
Unit plan
Connections to ABC-CLIO:
Guiding questions
Connections to the text
(eras, events,
geographic locations,
  • - Ch. 14
  • - Ch. 15
  • - Ch. 16
  • - Ch. 17
  • - Ch. 18
  • Developing a thesis
  • Interpreting and analyzing primary sources (text, music, art, and artifacts)
  • Understanding historical context and bias
  • Evaluating analyzing point-of-view
  • Supporting analysis with accurate evidence
  • Imbedding quotes and evidence in text
  • Citing sources and developing a bibliography
Supporting videos
Primary Sources
Sample formative assessments
  • Socratic seminar
  • Journal questions
  • Geography activities
  • Philosophical Chairs
  • primary source evaluation (DBQ)
  • reading assessment (summary/quiz/reading guide)
  • Think-Write-Pair-Share
  • Exit slips
  • Annotated article/reading
Sample summative assessments
  • Classroom Based Assessment (CBA)
  • Research Paper
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Unit Exam
Suggested CBA

1.2.3: Evaluates the impact of various forms of government on people in the past or present

1.3.1: Analyzes the relationships and tensions between national interests and international issues in the world in the past or present


2.4: Understands the economic issues and problems that all societies face


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


4.1.2: Understands how the following themes and developments help define eras in world history: International conflicts (1870-present)

4.2.1: Analyzes how individuals and movements have shaped world history

4.2.2: Analyzes how cultures and cultural goups have shaped world history

4.3.1: Analyzes and interprets historical materials from a variety of perspectives in world history

4.3.2: Analyzes and interprets historical materials from a variety of perspectives 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

5.1.2: Evaluates the precision of a position 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.

5.2.2: Evaluates the validity, reliability, and credibility of sources when researching an issue or event
5.3.1: Evaluates one's own viewpoint and the viewpoints of others in the context of a discussion.