Contemporary: Accelerating Global Change and Realignments

The twentieth century was marked by two distinct forces: conflict and progress. Examine the ways that wars and technological competition, industrialization and decolonization, and all antecedent forces and relationships to this point led to a century of dizzying ups, downs, and enduring questions.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Tie into an existing unit about the last century, or base your curriculum on the central question and materials provided
  • Allow learners to create their own short animation or video prompted in the closing activity using school cameras, personal devices, or any other accessible media
Classroom Considerations
  • Check the resource list for each individual lesson, as additional materials and videos are listed
  • Does not discuss many specific events in the later part of the 20th century, including any of the 21st century, but the central theme of conflict and progress makes it easy to fold recent events into a discussion or writing prompt
  • Combines media literacy, poetry analysis, and historical content into one unit
  • The last few pages of the resource teach students how to create their own Crash Course video
  • Central questions makes a great focus for an entire semester of world history
  • Handouts for students are marked as such
  • None