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Essential Questions: 
  • What level of responsibility do Americans have to other cultures and peoples?
  • Who are human rights for and how did the nation's commitment to human rights affect U.S. policies in the 1950s and 1960s? 
  • How did the U.S. emerge as a world power in the 20th century?
  • How does one learn to make personal choices from reading about human experience? 
Habits Of Mind: 

Habits of mind involve tracking assignments, being prepared for daily discussion, collecting notes in a well organized fashion, and presenting information to the class in a teaching format.


As a result of these studies, students will understand:

  • The roots of the Cold War conflict and its most memorable events.
  • How post-World War II realignments led to the post-Colonial Era and the increase of modern nations.
  • That ongoing issues of daily life in many parts of the world are integrally tied to daily life in the United States
  • How the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 affected world politics
Skills and Processes: 
  • Expository writing and critical comment, extending work on paragraphs.
  • Reading for meaning.
  • Journaling, reflection, and creative response about Case Studies. Incorporation of Human Rights work from Fall Term.
  • Discussion and listening skills.
  • Participating fully in Socratic Seminars.

*Peer Review
*Oral Presentations
*Paragraph and Essay Rubrics
*Nightly assignments
*Long term project leading to a class lesson

  • Kampung Boy by Lat ---memoir from Malaysia
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi ---memoir from Iran
  • The Wall by Peter Sis---memoir from Czechoslovakia
  • "A Force More Powerful" video series about the Gandhian motif in 20th century events
  • Global Studies, edited by Erwin Rosenfeld and Harriet Geller
  • Reading packets in preparation for Socratic Seminars
Multicultural Dimension: 

*Using texts from non-American writers
*Malaysian and Iranian text both have Islamic themes.
* Understanding that power can be defined and measured in many different ways.
* Understanding the affect of power on those without it.
* Giving voice to cultures that have been dominated politically/economically by another country.

Integrated Learning: 

*In 2011, this unit coincides with the reading of Animal Farm by George Orwell in English class. Orwell based his themes and characters on Cold War era politics as well as on issues around leadership, power, and human rights.