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Project of New Imperialism: Asia and Africa

Contextualization

Welcome to an exciting journey into the era of New Imperialism! This period, which spanned from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, was marked by a surge in European colonialism in Asia and Africa. The driving forces behind this expansion were multifaceted, including economic, political, and social factors.

Firstly, the industrial revolution in Europe had created a need for more raw materials and markets to sell finished goods. This demand fueled the scramble for territories rich in resources, leading to the partitioning of Africa and Asia. Additionally, competition among European powers for prestige and power, known as the ‘Great Game’, also played a significant role.

Secondly, the rise of social Darwinism and the belief in racial superiority provided ideological justifications for imperialism. Europeans saw it as their mission to 'civilize' and 'uplift' the 'inferior' races of Asia and Africa. The effects of this ideology are still seen in the socio-cultural dynamics of these regions today.

Lastly, advancements in technology, particularly in transportation and communication, made it easier for European powers to establish and maintain control over their colonies. Steamships and railroads facilitated the movement of goods and troops, while the telegraph enabled swift communication between the colony and the mother country.

This expansion of European influence had profound impacts on the societies and cultures of Asia and Africa. It disrupted traditional systems of governance, altered economic structures, and created new social hierarchies. The scars of this era are still evident in the borders and conflicts of many nations in these regions.

Understanding this period of history is not only essential for comprehending the present but also for shaping the future. The legacy of New Imperialism still echoes in the global power dynamics, economic disparities, and cultural stereotypes that exist today. By delving into this topic, we can gain valuable insights into the complexities of our modern world.

Resources:

  1. BBC Bitesize - The British Empire
  2. Khan Academy - Imperialism
  3. Duiker, William J., and Jackson J. Spielvogel. World History: To 1800. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2008.
  4. CrashCourse World History: Imperialism
  5. The British Library - The Industrial Revolution and the changing face of Britain
  6. Imperialism in Africa: Crash Course World History
  7. Imperialism in Asia: Crash Course World History

Practical Activity

Activity Title: "The Impacts of New Imperialism: A Role-Play Investigation"

Objective of the Project:

This project aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the causes, methods, and effects of the New Imperialism, focusing on its impacts in Asia and Africa, through a role-play simulation. It encourages collaboration, research, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving among students.

Detailed Description of the Project:

Students will form groups of 3 to 5 and each group will be assigned to represent a different European country during the era of New Imperialism. They will conduct research on their assigned country's imperialistic activities in either Asia or Africa, their motivations for expansion, the methods they used to maintain control, and the impacts of their rule on the colonized people.

Using this information, each group will create a role-play scenario depicting a significant event or series of events from the perspective of their assigned country and the colonized people. The scenario should highlight the complexities and power dynamics of the imperialistic relationship.

After the role-play, each group will engage in a discussion on the impacts of their country's imperialism. They will also analyze the broader themes of the New Imperialism, such as the motivations for expansion, the methods of control, and the legacies of imperialism in Asia and Africa.

The project will culminate in a written report, following the structure of Introduction, Development, Conclusion, and Used Bibliography, where students will detail their findings, reflections, and learnings from the activity.

Necessary Materials:

  • Access to a library or the internet for research
  • Notebooks and writing materials for note-taking and brainstorming
  • Costumes or props for the role-play (optional)
  • A quiet space for the role-play and discussion

Detailed Step-by-Step for Carrying Out the Activity:

  1. Research Phase (5 hours): Each group will conduct research on their assigned country's imperialistic activities in either Asia or Africa. They will gather information on their country's motivations for expansion, the methods they used to maintain control, and the impacts of their rule on the colonized people.

  2. Scenario Development Phase (5 hours): Based on their research, each group will develop a role-play scenario. This scenario should be a significant event or series of events that occurred during their assigned country's imperialistic rule.

  3. Rehearsal Phase (3 hours): Each group will rehearse their role-play scenario, ensuring that all group members understand their roles and the key points of the scenario.

  4. Role-Play and Discussion Phase (2 hours): Each group will perform their role-play scenario in front of the class. After the role-play, the class will engage in a discussion on the impacts of imperialism.

  5. Report Writing Phase (5 hours): Each group will write a report detailing their research, the development of their role-play scenario, the findings from the role-play and discussion, and their reflections and learnings from the project.

  6. Presentation Phase (1 hour): Each group will present their report to the class, summarizing their key findings and learnings from the project.

The project duration is estimated at 21 hours per student and must be completed in one month.

Project Deliverables:

At the end of the project, each group will produce the following deliverables:

  1. Role-Play Scenario: A creative and accurate depiction of a significant event from their assigned country's imperialistic rule in Asia or Africa.

  2. Class Discussion Contribution: Active participation in the class discussion on the impacts of imperialism.

  3. Written Report: A detailed report that covers their research, the development of their role-play scenario, the findings from the role-play and discussion, and their reflections and learnings from the project. The report should be structured as follows:

    • Introduction: Contextualize the project, its relevance, and the objectives.
    • Development: Detail the theory and history behind the chosen scenario, explain the work done, the methodology used, and present the obtained results.
    • Conclusion: Revisit the main points, explicitly state the learnings obtained, and draw conclusions about the project.
    • Used Bibliography: Indicate the sources relied on to work on the project, such as books, web pages, videos, etc.

This project will not only enhance students' understanding of the New Imperialism but also develop their research, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills. They will also gain a deep appreciation of the complexities and ongoing impacts of historical events.

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Voyages of Exploration

Contextualization

Voyages of Exploration have shaped the world we live in today. These journeys, motivated by economic, political, and religious factors, have had profound impacts on societies, cultures, and the exchange of knowledge. Beginning in the 15th century, European explorers set sail to search for new trade routes, resources, and to spread their influence across the globe. Their voyages not only transformed the map but also had significant consequences for the peoples they encountered, and for those who sent them.

The Age of Exploration, also known as the Age of Discovery, was an exciting and often dangerous period in history. This period saw European navigators travel around the world, opening up new lands and cultures to exploration and colonization. The first wave of exploration began in the late 1400s with Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas and Vasco da Gama's journey to India, facilitated by the development of advanced navigational tools and technologies.

These voyages led to the establishment of vast colonial empires, the forced migration and enslavement of millions of people, and the exchange of goods, ideas, and diseases between the Old World (Europe, Asia, and Africa) and the New World (the Americas). They also set the stage for the development of global trade networks, the spread of European languages and religions, and the scientific and cultural revolutions that would follow.

Resources

For a better understanding of the topic and to prepare for the project, you can use the following resources:

  1. Book: The Age of Exploration: From Christopher Columbus to Ferdinand Magellan by John Perritano.
  2. Website: The Mariners' Museum. This online resource offers a comprehensive look at the Age of Exploration, including interactive maps, primary source documents, and detailed biographies of key figures.
  3. Video: Crash Course World History: The Voyages of Zheng He. This engaging video explores the voyages of the Chinese explorer Zheng He, a contemporary of Christopher Columbus.
  4. Documentary: The Age of Exploration: The History and Legacy of the Explorers Who Transformed the World and Charted the Unknown. This documentary series provides a detailed and visually stunning exploration of the Age of Exploration.
  5. Museum: The British Museum. The British Museum's online collection includes artifacts from the Age of Exploration, providing a tangible look at the goods and technologies that were exchanged during this period.

Practical Activity

Activity Title: "Mapping the Age of Exploration: A Global Journey of Discovery"

Objective of the Project:

The goal of this project is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the voyages of exploration from the 15th to the 17th centuries, their causes, effects, and the key figures involved. This will be achieved through a creative, collaborative, and in-depth exploration of these voyages, resulting in the creation of a detailed map, an informative report, and an engaging presentation.

Detailed Description of the Project:

This project will be conducted in groups of 3 to 5 students and will require a time commitment of at least 12 hours per student over the course of one month. Students will be tasked with researching, mapping, and presenting on a specific voyage or group of voyages from the Age of Exploration. The project will culminate in a detailed report, a hand-drawn or digital map, and a 10-minute multimedia presentation.

Necessary Materials:

  • Access to the school or local library for research.
  • Art supplies for map creation (if opting for a hand-drawn map).
  • Digital resources (such as Google Slides, Canva, or Adobe Spark) for report and presentation creation.
  • Reliable internet access for research and collaboration.

Step-by-step for Carrying Out the Activity:

  1. Research Phase (4 hours): Each group will select a specific voyage or group of voyages to research. This should include the reasons for the voyage, the key figures involved, the routes taken, the encounters with indigenous peoples, and the impacts of the voyage(s) on both the Old and New Worlds. Use the provided resources and any other reliable sources you find during your research.

  2. Mapping Phase (2 hours): Using the information gathered in the research phase, create a detailed map of the voyage(s). This can be a hand-drawn map or a digital map created using an online tool. Include key geographical features, the route(s) taken, and any significant encounters or events that occurred during the voyage(s).

  3. Report Writing Phase (4 hours): Based on your research and map creation, write a detailed report (approximately 1500-2000 words) that explains the voyage(s) in depth. This report should include an introduction, where you explain the purpose of the voyage(s) and their historical context, a development section, where you detail the voyage(s), and a conclusion, where you summarize the main points and discuss the impacts of the voyage(s).

  4. Presentation Creation Phase (2 hours): Create a 10-minute multimedia presentation (such as a PowerPoint or video) that summarizes your research, map, and report. Be creative and engaging in your presentation - use images, videos, and other visual aids to help tell your story.

  5. Presentation Phase (Approximately 30 minutes per group): Each group will present their project to the class. Be prepared to answer questions and engage in a discussion about your voyage(s) and your project.

  6. Reflection Phase (1 hour): After all groups have presented, each group will participate in a class-wide discussion about the voyages of exploration. Reflect on what you learned from the project and how it deepened your understanding of the topic.

Project Deliverables:

Each group will submit the following:

  1. A detailed report (1500-2000 words) covering all aspects of their chosen voyage(s) of exploration.

  2. A hand-drawn or digital map(s) of their chosen voyage(s) of exploration.

  3. A 10-minute multimedia presentation summarizing their research, map, and report.

Project Grading Criteria:

The project will be graded based on the following criteria:

  1. Content (40%): Accuracy and depth of the research, understanding of the historical context and significance of the voyage(s), and the quality of the information presented in the report and map.

  2. Creativity (20%): Originality and creativity in the map design and the presentation of the report.

  3. Collaboration (20%): Effective communication and collaboration within the group, demonstrated through the quality of the report and the presentation.

  4. Presentation Skills (20%): Quality of the delivery of the presentation, including public speaking skills, use of visual aids, and ability to answer questions.

Remember, the goal of this project is not only to deepen your understanding of the voyages of exploration but also to develop your research, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Good luck and have fun exploring the world!

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History

Joe Biden

Contextualization

Joe Biden, a prominent figure in American politics, has had a long and storied career that has seen him serve as a senator, vice president, and now, the 46th President of the United States. As a key player in American history over the past several decades, studying Joe Biden offers us a lens into some of the most critical events and decisions that have shaped the nation.

Joe Biden’s political career began in 1972 when he was elected as a senator from Delaware, making him one of the youngest people ever elected to the Senate. Over the course of his time in the Senate, Biden played a crucial role in several key pieces of legislation, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, foreign policy, and civil rights. His experience and expertise in these areas would come to define much of his later work.

In 2008, Biden was selected as the running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Their successful campaign led to Biden's historic election as the first African American vice president in U.S. history. Over the course of his two terms as vice president, Biden played a vital role in shaping the Obama administration’s response to several major challenges, including the economic crisis, the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

In 2020, Joe Biden became the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States. He campaigned on a platform that aimed to address issues such as climate change, healthcare, racial inequality, and the COVID-19 pandemic. After a closely contested election, Biden was inaugurated as President on January 20, 2021.

Importance

The study of Joe Biden's career and presidency is not just a lesson in one man's life; it's a lesson in American history and the nature of American politics. It's an examination of the challenges and decisions that have shaped the nation over the past several decades, and a glimpse into the future as Biden seeks to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Understanding Biden's career and presidency also provides valuable insight into the workings of American government and the role of the vice president and president. It's a chance to explore the powers and responsibilities of these offices and how they can be used to effect change.

Finally, studying Joe Biden offers an opportunity to discuss and debate some of the most important issues of our time. From climate change to healthcare to racial justice, these are topics that are not just relevant in the context of Biden's career, but in the world we live in today. By understanding Biden's approach to these issues, we can better understand the debates and decisions that will shape our future.

References

Students are encouraged to explore the following resources to delve deeper into the life and career of Joe Biden:

  1. Joe Biden's White House Biography - This resource provides an overview of Biden's life and career, as well as his policy positions.
  2. The Atlantic's Joe Biden: The Atlantic's coverage of the 46th president - This collection of articles from The Atlantic offers a range of perspectives on Biden's career and presidency.
  3. Joe Biden's Senate Record - This resource provides detailed information on the legislation Biden sponsored and his voting record during his time in the Senate.
  4. Joe Biden: Promise Tracker - This resource from PolitiFact tracks Biden's progress on his campaign promises.
  5. Joe Biden’s Plan to Fight Climate Change - This is an example of one of Biden's major policy proposals, providing a deeper dive into his approach to a specific issue.

Practical Activity

Activity Title: "Joe Biden: A Journey through American History"

Objective of the Project:

The project aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of Joe Biden's life, political career, his role in shaping American history, and his presidency. The groups will research, discuss, and present their findings, developing both their knowledge of US History and their collaboration and communication skills.

Detailed Description of the Project:

Students will be divided into groups of 3 to 5. Each group will be assigned a specific period of Joe Biden's life and career: the early years and Senate period (1972-2008), the Obama-Biden administration (2009-2017), the 2020 election campaign, and the first year of his presidency (2021-2022).

The groups will research and prepare a timeline of the significant events and decisions that took place during their assigned period, focusing on Joe Biden's role and the impact these events had on American history. Additionally, the group will discuss Biden's policy positions, the challenges he faced, and the actions he took to address these challenges.

Necessary Materials:

  • Access to the internet for research
  • Note-taking materials (notebook, pen)
  • Art supplies for the timeline (poster board, markers, etc.)
  • Presentation software (PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.)

Detailed Step-by-Step for Carrying Out the Activity:

1. Research (2 hours)

Each group will conduct research using the provided resources and any other reliable sources they find. They will note down the key events, decisions, policy positions, and challenges of their assigned period.

2. Timeline Creation (1 hour)

Using the information they gathered, each group will create a timeline on a poster board or using digital tools. This timeline should include significant dates, events, and decisions related to Joe Biden's career.

3. Discussion and Analysis (2 hours)

The group should discuss the timeline they created, analyzing the patterns, connections, and impacts of the events. They should also discuss Biden's policy positions, his actions, and the challenges he faced during their assigned period.

4. Presentation Preparation (1 hour)

Each group will prepare a 10-15 minute presentation summarizing their findings and analysis. They should also prepare to answer questions from their classmates.

5. Presentation and Discussion (1 hour)

Each group will present their findings and analysis to the class. After each presentation, there will be a brief discussion and Q&A session.

6. Reflection and Report Writing (2 hours)

After the presentations, each group will write a report that includes:

  • Introduction: The group's assigned period and its relevance in Joe Biden's career and American history.
  • Development: Details of the timeline creation, the research process, the findings, and the analysis. It should include a reflection on the discussion and the presentation.
  • Conclusion: A summary of the main points and the group's learnings about Joe Biden and American history from their assigned period.
  • Bibliography: A list of the sources used for the project.

Project Deliverables:

  1. A timeline of Joe Biden's life and career during the group's assigned period.
  2. A 10-15 minute presentation summarizing the findings and analysis from the timeline.
  3. A written report detailing the project's process, findings, discussion, and learnings.

Project Connection:

This project connects Joe Biden's life and career with American history, allowing students to develop a better understanding of the historical and political context of various periods of Biden's life. It also promotes research skills, critical thinking, collaboration, and presentation skills. The project intersects the disciplines of History and Collaboration and Communication, providing a multidisciplinary approach to learning.

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History

Latin American Modernism

Contextualization

Latin American Modernism, a movement that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a diverse and complex cultural and intellectual phenomenon. Its main objective was to break with the traditional norms and practices of the past and pave the way for a new, more encompassing vision of Latin American societies and cultures. This movement significantly impacted not just the arts, literature, and intellectual thought, but also the political and social fabric of Latin America.

The roots of Latin American Modernism are deeply intertwined with the socio-economic and political conditions of the time. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Latin America was grappling with the challenges of modernity, such as industrialization, urbanization, and globalization. This period also witnessed the rise of nationalism and a quest for identity, as Latin American countries sought to define themselves in the context of a rapidly changing world.

In this context, Latin American Modernism emerged as a response to these challenges and as an attempt to reconcile the tensions between tradition and modernity, local and global, and the individual and the collective. It was a movement that celebrated the unique cultural and historical experiences of Latin America while also engaging with the broader currents of modern thought and aesthetics.

Importance

The significance of Latin American Modernism lies in its role as a catalyst for cultural, social, and political change in the region. The movement not only produced some of the most important artistic and literary works in Latin American history but also fostered a new sense of cultural and national identity. This, in turn, laid the groundwork for the social and political movements that shaped the region in the 20th century.

Latin American Modernism also had a profound impact on global intellectual and artistic thought. It challenged the Eurocentric narratives of modernity and offered a unique perspective on the complexities of colonial and post-colonial societies. The movement's engagement with themes of identity, race, and class anticipated many of the debates and struggles that would define the 20th century.

Resources

  1. Latin American Literature: History and Culture by Encyclopaedia Britannica.
  2. The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History by José C. Moya.
  3. Modernism and the New Spain: Britain, Cosmopolitan Europe, and Literary History by Gayle Rogers.
  4. The Modernist Nation: Generation, Renaissance, and Twentieth-Century American Literature by Laura Winkiel.
  5. Latin American Art of the 20th Century by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  6. A Companion to Latin American Literature and Culture edited by Sara Castro-Klaren.

Practical Activity

Activity Title: "Exploring Latin American Modernism: A Multidisciplinary Journey"

Objective of the Project:

The project aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Latin American Modernism through an engaging, multidisciplinary approach. By combining the study of literature, visual arts, and history, students will explore the key themes and ideas of the movement, their socio-political context, and their impact on Latin American societies.

The project will be carried out by groups of 3 to 5 students over a period of one month, with an estimated workload of 10 to 15 hours per participant.

Detailed Description of the Project:

In this project, each group will create a "Modernism Portfolio" that will consist of a short story, a painting, and a historical narrative. The story and painting should be original works created by the students, while the historical narrative should be a research-based piece of writing that contextualizes the story and painting within the broader themes and ideas of Latin American Modernism.

The short story and painting should be inspired by a key figure, event, or theme from the Latin American Modernist movement. They should reflect the students' understanding of this figure, event, or theme and their creative interpretation of its significance. The historical narrative, on the other hand, should provide a more objective and scholarly account of the chosen topic, drawing on academic sources and citing them correctly.

This project will not only test students' knowledge of Latin American Modernism but also their creativity, teamwork, and time management skills. It will also give them an opportunity to engage with the key concepts and debates of the movement in a hands-on and practical way.

Necessary Materials:

  1. Art supplies (for creating the painting)
  2. Access to a library or online resources for research
  3. Access to a computer for writing and formatting the historical narrative

Detailed Step-by-Step for Carrying Out the Activity:

Step 1: Group Formation and Topic Selection (1 hour)

Form groups of 3 to 5 students. Each group will then select a key figure, event, or theme from Latin American Modernism as the basis for their project. This could be a writer, an artist, a political movement, a social issue, etc.

Step 2: Research (6 to 8 hours)

The group will then conduct research on their chosen topic. They should use a variety of sources, including books, articles, and online resources, to gather information and develop a deep understanding of the chosen subject.

Step 3: Creation of the Short Story and Painting (1 to 2 hours)

Based on their research, the group will create an original short story and painting that reflect their understanding of the chosen topic. The story and painting should be complementary and should help to illustrate the main ideas and themes of their research.

Step 4: Drafting and Revising the Historical Narrative (2 to 4 hours)

The group will then write a historical narrative that contextualizes their story and painting within the broader themes and ideas of Latin American Modernism. They should use the research they conducted in step 2 as the basis for their narrative and should pay close attention to proper citation and referencing.

Step 5: Portfolio Compilation and Presentation (1 to 2 hours)

Finally, the group will compile their short story, painting, and historical narrative into a "Modernism Portfolio" and prepare a short presentation to share with the class. The presentation should highlight the main points of their research and give their classmates a sense of their creative process and the insights they gained from the project.

Project Deliverables:

Each group will submit their "Modernism Portfolio" and a written document detailing their work. The written document should include the following sections:

1. Introduction: The students should provide a brief overview of their chosen topic, its relevance to Latin American Modernism, and the objective of their project.

2. Development: This section should detail the theory behind the chosen topic, the methodology used to carry out the project, and a step-by-step description of the creation of the short story, painting, and historical narrative.

3. Conclusions: The students should revisit the main points of their project, reflect on what they have learned, and discuss the insights they gained from the practical application of the theoretical concepts.

4. Bibliography: The students should list all the sources they used in their research and in the creation of their project. They should ensure that they correctly cite and reference all the information they have used.

This written document should be an integral part of the project, as it will not only help the students to reflect on their work but also to communicate their ideas and insights in a clear and structured manner.

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