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Unit of Study

Analyze and interpret the major eras and important turning points in world history from the age of enlightenment to the present, to develop an understanding of the complexity of the human experience.

Grade Level/Content 10th Grade/World History
Analyze the major turning points in world history between 1400 - present.
Analyze how  the major turning points in world history connect to human behavior.
Summative Assessment Create a website that highlights your interpretation of the major turning points in world history between 1400 - present. Analyze how those turning points have developed human behavior.
Formative Assessment Quizzes, homework using Flipgrid, in-class assignments
Learning Activities 1. Students will collaborate in teams of 3-4 to brainstorm key turning points in world history. Students will use their knowledge and the textbook as resources, avoiding the internet, the turning points should be organic. Using sticky notes, they will document their brainstorming narrowing down their choices.
2. Students will create a website that analyzes each turning point in world history, explains how the event connects to human behavior, and connects those ideas to their lives. 
3. Throughout the process of creating the website, students will use Flipgrid to use metacognition to explain the design process for creating a website.
4. Students will present their completed websites in front of a panel of teachers and their peers, defending their positions on why they choose their turning points.
5. Students will reflect on their progress and adjust based on the feedback given during their summative assessment.

Collaborative Space

Post here when you have chosen your historical turning points. Write the following: 1. Your name 2. Event and the year(s) it took place 3. Your rationale for choosing it.

Reply to at least five peers choosing posts with the least amount of posts.

Website Design Flipgrid

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Personalization and Differentiated Instruction Analysis


  • Flexible Learning - Beyond the first step of the project, students can work on this assignment within the setting they feel most comfortable, only confined to the time limits of the class.
  • Redefined teacher role - The student becomes the creator and generator of knowledge, justifying their choices for choosing the turning points in world history.
  • Project-based and authentic - This is a project focused on presenting to an authentic audience of many different teachers and administrators.
  • Student driven learning path - Students choose their own events to focus on as "turning points" and justifying why those specific turning points impacted world history.


  • Content - Within the subject of world history, students were able to choose, pinpoint specific events that were turning points.
  • Process - Students were not supplied with a specific process to complete their project, but to document their progress through their Flipgrid homework.