Task: Students will locate, summarize, and analyze news articles that relate to themes in World History. Article can come from the newspaper, a magazine, or the internet, but should be at least 400 words.
Criteria: You must find six (6) articles, each of which will focus on how an historical theme impacts a specific region of the world. Use the theme that is paired with the region on the chart. Descriptions of each region and theme are located on the back of this sheet.
Directions: The write-up on each article should include the following titles (bolded and underlined) followed by the proper information:
A. Summary (1 Paragraph)
Identify the Region and Theme addressed in the article.
Summarize the main points of the articles.
Answer the “Who?”, “What?”, “Where?”, “When?”, “Why?”, and “How?” questions.
B. Analysis (1 Paragraph)
Discuss how the article relates directly to the Theme (additional research may be required).
Provide details and examples to support how the article relates to a Theme from Modern World History.
C. Evaluation (1 Paragraph)
Discuss the significance of this event (How does it impact the world? Why should I care?)
D. Opinion (1 Paragraph)
What is your opinion about the event in the article?
How, if at all, does this event affect you, the citizens of the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, and/or the United States of America?
Have you learned about this Region or Theme before?
Justify your opinion using evidence, details, and/or examples.
A. Each write-up should be at least one page, typed, 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced with 1” margins on all sides. Skip one line between paragraphs.
B. Type your name, course (“Modern World History”), title of the assignment, title of the article, the date of the article, Region, and the Theme on the top left-hand corner of the page.
C. At the bottom of the write-up, include the Internet URL/source (see example for format).
D. Paper clip all assignments together, or place them in a folder labeled with your name.
E. Have your assignments printed, stapled, and organized before entering class.
F. Failure to adhere to any part of this criteria will result is a deduction from your grade.
Region of the World Modern World History Theme
(China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, etc.)
Science and Technology
Throughout world history, different civilizations have attempted to better their lives through science and technology. From Neolithic people’s use of the first metal tools, to the development of the printing press and nuclear weapons, eras of history have been marked by important discoveries that shaped human society.
(United Kingdom, France, Ukraine, Serbia, Russian Federation, etc.)
When individuals from different cultures interact with each other, they share aspects of their culture – such as ideas, fashion, religion, technology, language, etc. This blending of cultural values often also leads to conflict and change in the regions where new ideas clash with traditional values.
(Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, Haiti, etc.)
Historically, the motivation to migrate can generally be understood as “push” or “pull” factors that influence the population migration. War, religious persecution, overcrowding, or a poor economy would be factors that “push” a population out of their homeland. Similarly, the promises of a better lifestyle, more prosperity, or greater personal freedoms are often factors that “pull” people towards a specific new location.
(Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc.)
Humans have always expressed a need to understand natural phenomenon and to answer questions regarding their way of life and what happens once they die. These needs resulted in the development of a variety of religions and philosophies that can be found throughout the world today.
(Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, etc.)
In its most basic sense, economics is a study of how people (either individually or as groups) decided to use their limited resources. These resources can include money, the environment, raw materials, and labor, to name a few.
(Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, etc.)
Conflict and Change
Throughout human history, various events have changed the way people have lived. These events can be political revolutions, social movements, religious changes, or even explorations to unknown places.
Below are examples of appropriate news sources for this assignment:
Al Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com
BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk
Cable News Network (CNN): http://www.cnn.com
Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com
National Public Radio (NPR): http://www.npr.org
The Economist: http://www.economist.com
The London Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk
The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com
Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/public/us
Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com
Please refrain from tabloid media such as The National Inquirer, People Magazine, etc.