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History-Social Science in Tenth Grade

Parents - what your child is expected to learn in tenth grade

What You Need to Know: 

Tenth-grade history-social science students study modern global history.  While in the past, this course had a Euro-Centric or Western Civilization approach, in the past couple of decades, world history has changed dramatically to provide students with a much more global perspective of the past.  In the past two hundred years, people, products, diseases, knowledge, and ideas spread around the world as never before. As students move through the years 1750 through the present, they consider how a modern system of communication and exchange drew peoples of the world into an increasingly complex network of relationships in which Europe and the U.S. exerted great military and economic power. The chapter encourages students to explore how people, goods, ideas, and capital traveled throughout and between Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe.  Some of the questions that students consider in tenth grade are:
  • How did ideas associated with the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, the Age of Reason, and a variety of democratic revolutions develop and impact civil society?
  • Why did imperial powers seek to expand their empires? How did colonies respond? What were the legacies of these conquests?
  • Why was the modern period defined by global conflict and cooperation, economic growth and collapse, and global independence and connection?

Between April and June:  

Between April and June, tenth-grade students might:

Lessons and Source Sets:

Tyranny and the Rule of Law (10th grade lesson)
Effects of WWI - Middle East Maps (10th grade primary source set)
Communism and Fascism (10th grade primary source set)
WWII (10th grade lesson)
The Cold War (10th and 11th grade multi-lesson unit)