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World History Version: CPS08-09

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Unit Name: 01 - Rise of Civilizations in Asia, Africa, and Europe

Essential Question

This unit centers on the rise of civilizations in Asia, Africa, and Europe. The origins and spread of world religions, social organization, and commercial interactions of ancient world civilizations will be analyzed. The complex interactions that developed between the Middle East, Asia and Europe will be examined. In addition the cultural legacy of the Greco-Roman world, including systems of government and the impact of Roman law, will be examined.

Enduring Understanding

Although civilizations share common elements, differences develop.

  • How do the institutions of religion, government, and the economy shape the development of civilizations?
  • How did the role of religion in society change with the rise of the major world religions and ethical systems of Hinduism, Judaism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Christianity?

    The movement of people and ideas through trade results in cultural diffusion.

  • How did writing influence the ancient civilizations?
  • How did ancient civilizations interact with each other?
  • How did cultural diffusion across time and geography create the golden or classical ages in the Mediterranean World, China and India?

    Power, authority and governance evolve through the rise and fall of empires and nations.

  • How did imperial structures affect the societies of Rome, the Gupta Empire and the Han China?
  • How did the rule of law evolve throughout the rise and fall of ancient empires?
  • How is the treatment of conquered people and peasants related to the progression of governmental institutions?
  • Why did the ancient civilizations fall? (SSWH2a,c; SSWH3b,e)

    Institutions and civilizations of the past continue to impact our world.

  • How did the Greek culture develop?
  • How did the Greeks and Romans influence the modern world?
  • Why was Athens a democracy and Rome a republic?
  • How did the Roman Empire enable the rapid diffusion of Christianity?
  • Individuals impact human history

  • How did the ancient philosophers influence the development of the modern world?
  • Why were philosophers important to the development of the ancient and modern worlds?
  • Topic 1

    Structure of Society

  • The need for societies
  • Common characteristics
  • Unique civilizations
  • Impact of influential individuals
  • Topic 1 Vocabulary

    • Polytheism
    • Sumer empire
    • Zhou dynasty
    • Hammurabi's Code
    • dynasty
    • delta
    • Fertile Crescent 
    • city- state
    • democracy
    • republic
    • pharaohs
    • theocracy
    • Monotheism
    • Mandate of Heaven
    • Caste system
    • Hinduism
    • Papyrus
    • Monsoons
    • Mummification
    • Hieroglyphs

    Topic 1 Standards and Elements


    Topic 2


    Why trade developed

    Consequences of trade

    Topic 2 Vocabulary

    • Cultural diffusion
    • Migration
    • Royal Road
    • Persian Wars
    • assimiliation
    • Asoka
    • Cyrus
    • Darius
    • Confucius
    • Assyria
    • Satrap
    • Zoroaster
    • Filial piety
    • Doaism
    • Legalism
    • bureaucracy
    • Laozi
    • Qin dynasty

    Topic 2 Standards and Elements


    Topic 3

    Power, Authority, and Governance

  • Development of government
  • Relationship of religion and political authority
  • Topic 3 Vocabulary

    • dynasty
    • Shang
    • Mandate of Heaven
    • Zhou
    • Aryans
    • beauracracy
    • Qin dynasty
    • Shi Huangdi
    • autocracy
    • caste system
    • monarchy
    • democracy
    • republic
    • patricians
    • plebeians
    • tribunes
    • consuls
    • senate
    • dictator
    • Legions
    • Triumvirate
    • Julius Caesar
    • Augustus
    • Pax Romana
    • Constantine
    • Diocletian
    • Mauryan empire
    • Asoka
    • Tamil
    • patriarchial
    • matriarchial
    • civil service

    Topic 3 Standards and Elements


    Topic 4

    Ideas and Beliefs

  • Religious development and influence
  • Topic 4 Vocabulary

    • Hinduism
    • SiddharthaGuatama
    • Caste System
    • Confucianism
    • Reincarnation
    • Enlightenment
    • Ten Commandments
    • Judaism
    • Analects
    • Vedas
    • Karma
    • Torah
    • Abraham
    • Covenant
    • Moses
    • Israel
    • Diaspora
    • Buddhism
    • Monotheism
    • Judah
    • Confucius
    • Filial piety
    • legalism
    • Daoism
    • Paul
    • Hinduism
    • Judaism
    • Mahayana
    • Theravada
    • Bhrama
    • Paul
    • Constantine
    • Nirvana
    • Vishnu
    • Shiva
    • Petrine Doctrine
    • Pope
    • Bishop
    • Peter

    Topic 4 Standards and Elements


    Topic 5

    Cultural Diversity

  • Writing and language
  • Topic 5 Vocabulary

    • pictographs
    • stylus
    • papyrus
    • oracle bones
    • scribe
    • Rosetta Stone
    • hieroglyphs
    • cuneiform
    • alphabet

    Topic 5 Standards and Elements


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