Common Core Curriculum: World History, Grades K-2

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  • Copyright: 2014-03-03
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The book will be a companion to the Common Core ELA Curriculum Maps, so that elementary level teachers could move easily between them and middle school ELA and social studies teachers could use them to work in close partnership.  They will also incorporate the best existing state history and civics standards. Based on these standards, the maps will provide units with student objectives, readings, activities, and model lesson plans that feature the key content students need to know.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Use the Alexandria Plan

Era Summaries

Era 1 From First Fire to First Community: Humanity Evolves (ca. 200,000 BCE to 3000 BCE)

Human Origins and Migration

Palelithic Societies and the Emergence of Human Culture

The Agricultural Revolution

Technology, Trade, and the Rise of Settled Communities

Era 2 Civilizations Emerge: The Power of Words and of Bronze (ca. 3500 BCE to ca. 1000 BCE)

The First Cities: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China

States of the Early Bronze Age

The Invention and Impact of Writing

The Later Bronze Age in West Asia and the Mediterranean

Era 3 From Iron to Ideas: Religion and Freedom Take Shape (ca. 1700 BCE to 400 BCE)

Bronze Age Collapse and the New Peoples of the Iron Age

Ancient Israel and the Roots of Eurasian Monotheism

The Revival of Greek Culture and the Expansion of Greek Influence

The Brief Glories of Classical Athens

Era 4 The Classical Era: Hellenistic Greece and Rome Flourish (400 BCE to 476 CE)

Alexander’s Empire and the Hellenistic Legacy

Rome Rises

Imperial Rome and Its Breaking Point

Christianity, Constantine, and the Decline of the Western Empire

Era 5 Religion and War: Driving Change in Asian Empires (1750 BCE to ca. 1650 CE)

India: From the Vedas to the Guptas—Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Wider World

Imperial China Emerges

China from Tang to Qing

Lands beyond China: Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia

Era 6 The Rise of Islam: Religion Travels on a Road of Silk (ca. 610 CE to 1500s)

Islam’s Origins and Rapid Conquests

Political Division and Cultural Achievement

Amid Chaos, Continued Expansion

Later Islamic Empires

Era 7 Europe after Rome Fell: The Middle Ages Descend (400s to 1350)

Europe Rebuilds in the Wake of Rome’s Fall

The Carolingian Empire and Its Successors

The Feudal States of Western Europe

European Commerce and Culture: The Medieval Revival

Era 8 The Renaissance: Thought Reborn and Made Beautiful (ca. 1300 to 1648)

The Changing World of Late Medieval Europe

Classical Revival, the Expansion of Learning, and the Rise of the Renaissance

Exploration and the Roots of European Expansion

The Reformation and Its Consequences

Era 9 Americas North and South: The “New” World (ca. 20,000 BCE to ca. 1500 CE)

Early Human Settlement of the Americas

The Native Peoples of North America

The Native Peoples of Mesoamerica

The Native Peoples of South America

Era 10 Europe’s Global Expansion (1492 to ca. 1700)

Spain Takes On the New World

Other European Powers Enter the Americas

The African Slave Trade Intensifies

Europe Expands into Asia and Eastern Colonialism Begins

Era 11 The Revolutionary Roots: The Modern West (ca. 1600 to 1800)

Uneven Growth and Economic Modernization

Freedom versus Power: England and France in the 17th Century

New Ideas Emerge in a Rapidly Modernizing Europe

America and France Enter the Age of Revolution

Era 12 The Industrial Revolution: Nationalism Unites (1790s to 1880s)

Napoleon’s Europe

Industrialization, Technology, Science—and Turmoil

Napoleon’s Wake: Rising Threats to Europe’s Old Regimes

Nationalists, Conservatives, and the Unification of Italy and Germany

Era 13 Modern Imperialism: A Race of Conquest and Supremacy (ca. 1790s to 1900)

European Empires Face Decline in the Americas

Britain Takes Over India as Europe Edges into Africa

The West’s Heavy Hand in the Pacific

Late-Century Climax: The Disintegration of China and the Scramble for Africa

Era 14 National Rivalries: The Eruption of Global Conflict (1880s to 1918)

Empires in Collision

Europe’s Tinderbox

Europe’s Tensions Erupt into World War

A New World of Science, Technology, War, and Culture

Era 15 Depression after Versailles: The Rise of Totalitarian Powers (1919 to 1930s)

The Versailles Settlement and Its Discontents

Totalitarians Rising

The Global Depression and the Entrenchment of the Nazis

Science Advances in a World of Growing Danger

Era 16 Global Calamity: Appeasement Failed and Global Conflict Returned (mid-1930s to 1945)

Fascist Aggression Intensifies

As Appeasement Fails, Europe Slides toward War

Hitler Sweeps across Europe

Global Conflict and the Devastation of Total War

Era 17 Post-War World: An Iron Curtain Divides the Globe (1945 to 1960s)

The Emerging Cold War

Deterrence and the Uneasy Balance of the Superpowers

The End of the Colonial Empires and the Rise of New Nations: South Asia and the Pacific

Africa and the Middle East

Era 18 The Cold War Thaws: Uneasy Cooperation between Nations (1960s to Present)

Global Conflict and Diplomacy: Détente, China, and the Middle East

The Cold War Ends and European Communism Falls

The Changing Post–Cold War World

Recent Trends: Global Ties and Conflicts

Who Is Common Core



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