NYSED Global History and Geography Online Resource Guide

Global History and Geography
“Information is almost always overabundant; intelligibility comes only with selection and ordering, somehow embodied in a flow of words to provoke a portrait of the past in readers’ minds.”
William H. McNeill

The Global History and Geography Online Resource is standards-based. World History Standard 2 states that: “students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.”

Key Idea 2 further expands the meaning of the world history standard when it adds, “establishing timeframes, exploring different periodizations, examining themes across time and within cultures, and focusing on important turning point in world history help organize the study of world cultures and civilizations.”

At the commencement level, the performance indicators for Key idea 2 state that students will:

  • Distinguish between the past, present, and future by creating multiple-tier timelines that display important events and developments from world history across time and place
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of different models for the periodization of important historic events, identifying the reason why a particular sequence for these events was chosen
  • Analyze evidence critically and demonstrate an understanding of how circumstances of time and place influence perspectives
  • Explain the importance of analyzing narratives drawn from different times and places to understand historical events
  • Investigate key events and developments and major turning points in world history to identify the factors that brought about change and the long-term effects of these changes.

The social studies program is based on content, concept, and skills. Sequencing and chronology skills are important social studies skills. These skills include the ability to:

  • use the vocabulary of time and chronology
  • place events in chronological order
  • understand the concepts of time, continuity, and change

Turning Points uses the BC/AD terminology used in the New York State Social Studies Learning Standards and the Global History and Geography Core Curriculum. Most scholars and many textbooks now the B.C.E./C.E. nomenclature.

“Chronology provides the basic structure which makes historical understanding possible.”
Elizabeth Isichei

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2008 NYSED