History through Conflict

They say that if one does not know history, then a person is condemned to repeat it.
Can cycles truly be broken? Is there such a thing as “evil vs. good”? If a person is a merely a spectator, is he or she, in fact, a participator?

Questions explored in our history class will deepen students' understanding of the world and affect how that student may want to be a part of influencing history. Through an analysis of conflict, students will trace the origins of many modern day events to the historical conflicts that shaped them. By examining key turning points, clashes of political belief systems, and differences among religious differences, students will gain a perspective of the ethnic, sociological, and economic factors that have influenced important historical events.

Readings: 
The White Man’s Burden by Rudyard Kipling
The Black Man’s Burden by Edward Morel
Excerpts from Bhagavad-Gita
Satyahgraha by M. Gandhi
Hind Swaraj by M. Gandhi
Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler
The Napoleonic Code
excerpts from The Lost Boys of Sudan
Media Used: 
Film exerpts:
Alexander the Great
Gandhi; Slumdog Millionaire
Schindler’s List; Paradise Now
Significant Assignments: 

Research paper constructing a thesis and supporting evidence analyzing Britain’s influence on India and the consequences.

Comparative analysis of excerpts from major religious texts such as, the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Quran, Torah and the New Testament.

Reading and analysis of primary sources such as “Hammarabi’s Code”, “Hind Swaraj”, “Satyagraha”, “Mein Kampf”, and the “Treaty of Versailles"

Assess statistics by analyzing and interpreting various graphs, including Line Graphs, Pie Charts and Bar Graphs.

Significant Activities or Projects: 

Africa Portfolio Project: diary entries from the perspective of one Lost Boy, describing his experience in Sudan and in the United States.

Photo essay that depicts Nigeria’s economic and environmental crisis.

Middle East Portfolio Project consists of a written analysis of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict. Who owns the land?

Research: 

British Imperialism in India: Research Paper
Constructing a thesis explaining how India responded to the problems and/or benefits created by Great Britain. The essay includes supporting evidence of said thesis as well as providing the counter perspective.

Sample PBATs: 
Did humans shape their environment or did the environment shape humans?
Does religion unite or divide?
What causes a society to rise and fall?