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World History: Renaissance to Modern Day, Volume 2
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World History: Renaissance to Modern Day, Volume 2


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Grade Level Grades 7-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan

About This Lesson

Core Knowledge History and Geography unit, entitled: World History: The Ancient World to the Medieval Era Volume 1; and World History: Renaissance to Modern Day Volume 2.  The Student Volume provides traditional narrative text and high-quality images that recount important historical themes and events in world history. Interspersed with the text and images are three types of activity boxes that encourage students to think about the content, extend their knowledge through research, and express their understanding through writing.

Student Volume 2 contains eleven chapters covering such content as:

  • The Renaissance marked a renewed interest in the past as well as exploration of philosophy and artistic styles.
  • The Protestant Reformation and the Counter-Reformation transformed European religion and politics.
  • Interest in Asian trade and the development of new technologies sparked European exploration and colonization.
  • During the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, Western scientists and thinkers applied reason and systematic study to understand the physical world, human nature, and society.
  • World War I was shaped by new technologies such as tanks, machine guns, and poison gas.
  • World War II was a global effort to stop German expansionism in Europe and Japanese expansionism in Asia.
  • After World War II, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union helped to shape events in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
  • The dissolution of colonial empires after World War II included conflict in South Asia, Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
  • The early twenty-first century has been shaped by globalization, migration, terrorism, regional conflict, eradication of disease, and climate change.


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