World History, Book 2

World History, Book 2, covers the years 1201–1900 and focuses on renaissances, reformations, and revolutions. Part 1, The Renaissance in the East, explores cultural revival and brilliance in the Middle East and Near East. Lessons include China’s Renaissance in Ink Painting and The Development of Japanese Culture. Part 2, The Reformation, connects changes in religion, geography, and politics. Lessons include Martin Luther: By Faith Alone and Counterpoint: Monks and Meditation in the Orient. Part 3, Kings and Nations, studies monarchs who ruled to the benefit of their people and those who ruled at their expense. Lessons include The Rise of Monarchies and Tribal Organization in Africa. Part 5, The Age of Revolution, considers factors that contributed to sudden shifts in power. Lessons include France: Revolution and Terror and Human Rights: A Giant Leap for Mankind. Part 5, After Napoleon: Tradition vs. Change, considers revolutions in philosophy, science, literature, and art. Lessons include Industrialism: Invention and Art: The Human Image in History.

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Social Studies curriculum units contain complete lesson plans with preliminary and follow-up work, teacher notes with background and rationale, ready-to-use worksheets, and suggested answers for student questions. These materials encourage the development of thinking , reading, speaking, research, and writing skills as well as critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

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Student Activities

Beginning with the Renaissance in the East and concluding with lessons on the Industrial Revolution, students are challenged to analyze the causes, courses, results, and impact of historical events. Academic activities include reading, writing, questioning, charting and mapping, small- and large-group discussions, problem solving, student presentations, panels and debates, role-playing and simulations, and addressing “what-if” situations.