Challenge your students to build a broad and deep knowledge of the 20th century and create something they love.
I went to a graduation the other day and a father walked me to his son’s bedroom and showed me his son’s timeline, pinned to his bedroom wall. The young man completed it three years ago and still had it on his wall. I run into former students in the community and they tell me they still have their timelines from six or seven years ago!
As history teachers we see the themes and chronology of events in our minds and after your students complete this they will be able to visualize the 20th century as well. All major events of the 20th century are researched, synthesized and placed on a 10’ x 36” sheet of paper. This forces students to “handle” the topics multiple times and arrange them in a thematic and chronological format so that it is embedded in their long term memory.
The instructions have been honed down over the years and are very easy to follow. Students are required to arrange items in a logical manner that allows easy grading. I assign this to freshmen but it could easily be used for grades 7-12. Once you grasp the concept this project can be tailored to any historical period and/or your individual state standards.
A Power Point of good and not so good examples plus instructions is included.
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Broad required topics, which are broken down for students in the instructions into more specific items, include:
WWI: CausesThe War Effects of WWI
Russian Revolution: Causes The Revolution Effects
WWII: Causes of WWII The Fighting in WWII War in Europe: Western Front War in Europe: Eastern Front The Pacific Theater The war by numbers
Effects of WWII UN Replaces League of Nations A Bipolor World Emerges
Pictures of each president
The United States becomes a world power:
Major political, economic and social developments of the 1920s:
More people enjoy more freedoms
Individuals freedoms are restricted
Create a chart Comparing Capitalism in the US to Communism in the USSR. with emphasis on these four characteristics:
Causes and consequences of major political, economic and social developments of the 1930s:
US participation in World War II
The impact of U.S. participation in World War II:
The Cold War Begins: Democratic Capitalism versus totalitarian communism
The end of Imperialism in Asia and Africa
Persistent conflict in the Middle East
Causes of the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War
The end of the Cold War: the USSR collapses and communism falls in Eastern Europe
Consequences of the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War
Globalization and cultural diffusion.
The Cold War and U.S. foreign policy after 1945
Major domestic developments after 1945
Social unrest, protest and change of the 1960s
Political Action Groups (PACs) are formed
Major Supreme Court decisions
Individual Rights are Restricted
Free Trade and Globalization
The Post 9/11 World
Major world leaders include Lenin, Stalin, Gorbachev, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Hitler, Ayatollah Khomeni, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan, Bush and others.
Students must complete World History and US History themes. A third, optional topic theme allows students to select a topic that interests them. Students have chosen sports, conspiracy theories, medical advances, movies, art, literature, weaponry, and even their own families.
The Past is a blast