World History Curriculum
For Grade 10
World History Studies is the only course offering students an overview of the entire history of humankind. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in world history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world. Students evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major historic events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems. Students analyze the process by which democratic-republican governments evolved as well as the ideas from historic documents that influenced that process. Students trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. Students examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Students analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies, and they use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence.
To support the teaching of the essential knowledge and skills, the use of a variety of rich primary and secondary source material such as biographies and autobiographies; novels; speeches and letters; and poetry, songs, and artworks is encouraged. Selections may include excerpts from Hammurabi's Code. Motivating resources are also available from museums, art galleries, and historical sites.
The eight strands of the essential knowledge and skills for social studies are intended to be integrated for instructional purposes with the history and geography strands establishing a sense of time and a sense of place. Skills listed in the geography and social studies skills strands in subsection (c) of this section should be incorporated into the teaching of all essential knowledge and skills for social studies. A greater depth of understanding of complex content material can be attained when integrated social studies content from the various disciplines and critical-thinking skills are taught together.
Throughout social studies in Kindergarten-Grade 12, students build a foundation in history; geography; economics; government; citizenship; culture; science, technology, and society; and social studies skills. The content, as appropriate for the grade level or course, enables students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nations, as referenced in the Texas Education Code, §28.002(h).
The student is expected to:
- understand traditional historical points of reference in world history
- understand how how the present relates to the past
- understand how, as a result of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, new political, economic, and social systems evolved, creating a new civilization in Western Europe
- understand the the influence of the European Renaissance and the Reformation eras
- understand causes and effects of European expansion beginning in the 16th century
- understand the major developments of civilizations of sub-Saharan Africa, Mesoamerica, Andean South America, and Asia
- understand the impact of political and economic imperialism throughout history
- understand causes and effects of major political revolutions since the 17th century
- understand the impact of totalitarianism in the 20th century
- understand the influence of significant individuals of the 20th century
- use geographic skills and tools to collect, analyze, and interpret data
- understand the impact of geographic factors on major historic events
- understand the impact of the Neolithic agricultural revolution on humanity and the development of the first civilizations
- understand the historic origins of contemporary economic systems
- understand the historical antecedents of contemporary political systems
- understand the process by which democratic-republican government evolved
- understand the significance of political choices and decisions made by individuals, groups, and nations throughout history
- understand the historical development of significant legal and political concepts, including ideas about rights, republicanism, constitutionalism, and democracy
- understand the history and relevance of major religious and philosophical traditions'
- understand the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created
- understands the roles of women, children, and families in different historical cultures
- understand how the development of ideas has influenced institutions and societies
- understand how major scientific and mathematical discoveries and technological innovations have affected societies throughout history
- understand connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies and societies in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries
- apply critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology
- communicate in written, oral, and visual forms
- use problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings
Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II
Chapter §113.33 (9th)
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills for World History Studies
Subchapter C. High School
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