With the foundations of the early modern world established in the previous unit, this content unit will analyze five intellectual, social, and political revolutions that shaped the “modern world” by the end of the 19th century. The Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, American Revolution, French Revolution, and the global Nationalist movements of the 19th century will be examined with specific focus on the following themes: Power & Authority, Science & Technology, and Revolution. This leaves out the Industrial Revolution, of course, but, being the revolution with the most striking implications, this will be covered extensively in Unit 3.
The literacy skills emphasized in this unit will continue to build off those of the previous unit. In Unit 1 student focused on identifying specific evidence from historical sources and synthesizing that evidence into sound historical claims, here evidence identification and synthesis will continue to be practiced, but with the addition of analyzing the implicit evidence presented in a source. This implicit evidence could include the author’s perspective, bias, intent, audience, etc. In addition to identifying this implicit evidence, instruction will also cover various strategies for introducing that evidence into writing.
Complete Content Unit (Essential Questions, CCSS, 21st Century Learning Standards, key learning activities, suggested formative assessments, summative assessments/performance tasks, rubrics, answer keys, resources)