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Global Awareness Initiative

Grade Levels

10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade

Course, Subject

Geography,History
Related Academic Standards
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  • Big Ideas
    Characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations impact culture, economic interdependence, settlement patterns, and control of the Earth’s surface.
    Geographic representations are essential to explain the spatial organization of people, places, and environments.
    Geography is used to explain the past, interpret the present, and plan for the future.
    Historical context is needed to comprehend time and space.
    Historical interpretation involves an analysis of cause and result.
    Human actions modify the physical environment, and physical systems affect human systems.
    Perspective helps to define the attributes of historical comprehension.
    Physical processes shape patterns of the Earth’s surface, including the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems.
    Places and regions have physical and human characteristics, and one’s culture and experiences may influence perception of place.
    The history of the Commonwealth continues to influence Pennsylvanians today, and has impacted the United States and the rest of the world.
    World history continues to influence Pennsylvanians, citizens of the United States, and individuals throughout the world today.
  • Concepts
    Appropriate connections to the United States and/or contemporary issues make world history more relevant to students in Pennsylvania.
    Biography explores the life of an individual.
    Biography is a historical construct used to reveal positive and/or negative influences an individual can have on civilization.
    Biography is a historical construct used to reveal positive and/or negative influences an individual can have on Pennsylvania’s society.
    Biography is a historical construct used to reveal positive and/or negative influences an individual can have on world history.
    Comprehension of the experiences of individuals, society, and how past human experience has adapted builds aptitude to apply to civic participation.
    Conflict and cooperation among social groups, organizations, and nation-states are critical to comprehending past cultures throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
    Conflict and cooperation among social groups, organizations, and nation-states are critical to comprehending societies throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
    Cultural changes influence people's perceptions of places and regions.
    Current and past settlement patterns construct place and region.
    Demographic characteristics of populations influence migration streams over time.
    Demographic trends, including spatial distribution, size, and density, stimulate patterns of population distribution and movement.
    Historical causation involves motives, reasons, and consequences that result in events and actions.
    Historical causation involves motives, reasons, and consequences that result in events and actions. Some consequences may be impacted by forces of the irrational or the accidental.
    Historical literacy requires a focus on time and space, and an understanding of the historical context of events and actions.
    Historical literacy requires a focus on time and space, and an understanding of the historical context, as well as an awareness of point of view.
    Historical skills (organizing information chronologically, explaining historical issues, locating sources and investigate materials, synthesizing and evaluating evidence, and developing arguments and interpretations based on evidence) are used by an analytical thinker to create a historical construction.
    Human activity, including cultural conflicts and forces of cultural convergence, has an effect on the human characteristics of place and region.
    Human organizations work to socialize members and, even though there is a constancy of purpose, changes occur over time.
    Learning about the past and its different contexts shaped by social, cultural, and political influences prepares one for participation as active, critical citizens in a democratic society.
    Long-term continuities and discontinuities in the structures of Pennsylvania culture provide vital contributions to contemporary issues.
    Long-term continuities and discontinuities in the structures of Pennsylvania society provide vital contributions to contemporary issues. Belief systems and religion, commerce and industry, innovations, settlement patterns, social organization, transportation and trade, and equality are examples continuity and change.
    Patterns of physical features and spatial patterns of human features change over time.
    Physical characteristics of places and regions are impacted through the interrelationships among the components of Earth’s physical systems: atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.
    Physical systems influence how people depend on, adjust to, and modify physical systems.
    Social entities throughout the world clash over disagreement and assist each other when advantageous.
    Spatial patterns of political units, including role of political alliances and the impact of political conflicts, fashion the division and control of the Earth’s surface.
    State and local history can offer an individual judicious understanding about one’s self in the dimensions of time and space.
    State and local history can offer an individual, discerning judgment in public and personal life, supply examples for living, and thinking about one’s self in the dimensions of time and space.
    Technology reshapes spatial processes of cultural convergence and divergence.
    Textual evidence, material artifacts, the built environment, and historic sites are central to understanding the history of Pennsylvania.
    The spatial distribution of economic activities are reshaping businesses and effecting changes and movements in factors of production.
    World history can offer an individual discerning judgment in public and personal life, supply examples for living, and thinking about one’s self in the dimensions of time and space.
    World history can offer an individual judicious understanding about one’s self in the dimensions of time and space.
    World history looks for common patterns that emerge across all cultures.
    World history looks for common patterns that emerge across all cultures. Long-term continuities and discontinuities in the structures of societies provide vital contributions to contemporary issues.
  • Competencies
    Analyze a primary source for accuracy and bias and connect it to a time and place in Pennsylvania.
    Analyze how people perceive and use place over time.
    Analyze how perception and self-interests play a role in conflict over territory and resources.
    Analyze how the communications and transportation technologies, that contribute to cultural convergences, may also stimulate cultural divergence.
    Analyze the interaction of cultural, economic, geographic, political, and social relations for a specific time and place.
    Apply the theme of continuity and change in Pennsylvania history and relate the benefits and drawbacks of your example.
    Articulate the context of a historical event or action.
    Compare the characteristics of settlement in developing and developed countries.
    Construct a biography of a non-American and generate conclusions regarding his/her qualities and limitations.
    Construct a biography of a Pennsylvanian and generate conclusions regarding his/her qualities and limitations.
    Describe how social, cultural, and economic processes shape the features of places.
    Evaluate cause-and-result relationships bearing in mind multiple causations.
    Evaluate how changes in the physical environment can diminish its capacity to support human activity.
    Evaluate the impact of population numbers and patterns, including human migration, on physical and human systems.
    Evaluate why multiple criteria can be used to define a region and how a location can be in different regions.
    Explain why places have specific physical and human characteristics in different parts of the world that impact economic activity.
    Explain why places have specific physical and human characteristics in different parts of the world.
    Summarize how conflict and compromise in world history impact contemporary society.
    Synthesize a rationale for the study of a non-American individual in world history.
    Synthesize a rationale for the study of individuals in Pennsylvania history.

Description

The Global Awareness Initiative is a resource designed to bring history, geography, and current affairs to life in your classroom.  Transport students to the frontlines of combat or the far-away deserts of the Middle East. 

 

Sponsored by the Veteran's National Education Program, this interactive map details each country’s government, people, religions, US military presence, and current issues.

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Content Provider

The Veteran's National Education Program's (VNEP) mission is designed to teach U.S. modern history through the understanding of the humanistic and cultural aspects of America’s military conflicts and how they have influenced the fabric of our global society. In carrying out this mission, its goals are to:

  • Teach military history (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan) through the stories of those who have served
  • Help students become engaged, thoughtful citizens by expanding their knowledge base, developing vital critical thinking and decision-making skills, and enhancing their understanding of the United States’ most cherished values: honor, liberty and freedom
  • Streamline early US history materials to allow teachers ample time to teach U.S. modern history
  • Ensure educational materials fulfill state/national standard requirements
  • Partner with entities that will help us fulfill VNEP's mission
  • Promote national pride and bolster a positive national image of America’s veterans
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