World History Online Resources

Grade/Subject: Grade 10, World History

Purpose Statement: Students will study World History from the Ancient times to present day. The course is designed to help give students a better understanding of the cultures, events, and issues of the past that have helped form the present day world. In regard to history, it is hard to know where you are going, if you don’t know where you have been.


WH 10.1 In the Early Civilizations unit students will describe how ancient civilizations emerged in various parts of the world, developed into powerful and influential states, and then declined over time.
Ancient Civilizations
Secrets of the Lost Empires
A Visit to Lascaux
Tour Egypt
Ancient Egypt Online Activities
Egypt Secrets of the Ancient World
Odyssey Online:  Ancient Civilizations
Odyssey Online:  Greece
Ancient Web
Mysterious Places
Why Do Civilizations Fall?
The Big Religion Comparison Chart
Animated History of World Religions
Ancient History in Depth:  Romans

WH 10.1.1 compare and contrast the different governments of ancient civilizations
WH 10.1.2 compare and contrast the different religions of ancient civilizations
WH 10.1.3 understand the ways in which geography helped shape ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and India.
WH 10.1.4 explain the monotheistic versus polytheistic views
WH 10.1.5 discuss the causes of conflict that led to the collapse of Rome

WH 10.2 In the Middle Ages unit students will examine the emergence of strong regional civilizations, focusing on Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and East Asia.
The Middle Ages The Middle Ages Resources
The Dark Ages (video)
The Crusades (video)

WH 10.2.1 describe Western Europe after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire
WH 10.2.2 describe how Germanic tribes carved Europe into small kingdoms
WH 10.2.3 explain how Charlemagne reunited much of Western Europe and what happened to his empire after his death
WH 10.2.4 explain how feudalism shaped medieval society
WH 10.2.5 summarize the role of religion in a civilization, e.g., Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, or Hinduism
WH 10.2.6 summarize the technological advances in Europe, Asia, or Latin America, e.g., calendars and three field system
WH 10.2.7 explain the causes and effects of the Crusades
WH 10.2.8 describe the effects of towns, guilds, and education brought to Medieval Europe
WH 10.2.9 understand how the Black Death caused social and economic decline
WH 10.2.10 describe how the monarchies of Europe gained their strength during this era
WH 10.2.11 summarize the causes, turning points, and effects of the Hundred Years’ War

WH 10.3 Students will explains how the Renaissance emphasized individualism and how the Protestant Reformation established new forms of Christianity.
The Renaissance Connection
Renaissance Secrets
Medici:  Godfathers of the Renaissance
In Search of Shakespeare
Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
Turning the Pages (Renaissance Literature)
Martin Luther The Reluctant Revolutionary

WH 10.3.1 describe the characteristics of the Renaissance and understand why it began in Italy
WH 10.3.2 identify Renaissance artists and explain how new ideas affected the arts of the period
WH 10.3.3 explain how the printing revolution shaped European society
WH 10.3.4 summarize the factors the encouraged the Protestant Reformation
WH 10.3.5 analyze Martin Luther’s role in shaping the Protestant Reformation
WH 10.3.6 explain the teaching and impact of John Calvin
WH 10.3.7 understand why England formed a new church
WH 10.3.8 explain shy many groups faced persecution during the Reformation

WH 10.4 In the Exploration unit students will study the major developments that led to the emergence of modern Europe and the age of global conquest, interdependence, and exchange.
The Conquistadors
The Mariners Museum:  Age of Exploration
Christopher Columbus

WH 10.4.1 understand Europeans’ motivations for exploring the seas
WH 10.4.2 analyze early Portuguese and Spanish explorations and what the short-term and long-term effects were on the indigenous people of the Americas
WH 10.4.3 describe European searches for a direct route to Asia
WH 10.4.4 analyze how European actions affected the slave trade and the rise of African states
WH 10.4.5 analyze the rise of Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese dominance in Southeast Asia

WH 10.5 Students will study how the Scientific Revolution changed the way people looked at their world and how the Enlightenment advanced new social and political ideas.
The Galileo Project

Age of Enlightenment

Scientific Revolution

WH 10.5.1 explain how new discoveries in astronomy changed the way people viewed the universe
WH 10.5.2 analyze the contributions that Newton and other scientists made and how they had an impact on political institutions, social movements, and religion
WH 10.5.3 analyze the establishment of absolutism by discussing the reigns of Phillip II of Spain, Tudor and Stuarts of England, French Bourbons, German/ Austrian/ Prussian monarchs, and the Russian Czars
WH 10.5.4 explain the ideas of significant people, such as Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Jefferson
WH 10.5.5 explain how the arts, philosophy, and literature were influenced by people, such as Voltaire, Diderot, Delacroix, Bach, and Mozart

WH 10.6 Students will discuss an era of revolutions beginning with the American Revolution, and continuing with the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and other revolutions in Europe.
The Glorious Revolution
Liberty:  The American Revolution
Library of Congress:  The American Revolution
The American Revolution (NPS)
Exploring the French Revolution
Invent Now Museum (Inventor Hall of Fame)

WH 10.6.1 discuss the Glorious Revolution in England
WH 10.6.2 discuss the French Revolution
WH 10.6.3 relate how Napoleon built and then lost an empire
WH 10.6.4 discuss how nationalism spread across Europe, e.g., unification of Germany and Italy
WH 10.6.5 outline the abolition of slavery and slave trade
WH 10.6.6 discuss the events that led up to the American Revolution
WH 10.6.7 analyze why life changed as industry spread
WH 10.6.8 summarize how an agricultural revolution led to the growth of industry
WH 10.6.9 examine how scientific and technological changes and new forms of energy brought about massive social, economic, and cultural change, e.g., the inventions and discoveries of James Watt, Eli Whitney, Henry Bessemer, Louis Pasteur, and Thomas Edison
WH 10.6.10 describe the growth of population, rural to urban migration, and growth of cities associated with the Industrial Revolution
WH 10.6.11 understand the connections among natural resources, entrepreneurship, labor, and capital in an industrial economy

WH 10.7 Students will explain the importance of the era from WWI through WWII and into the Cold War, including the Russian Revolution and nationalist struggles in Africa, the Middle East, India, and China.
The Price of Freedom:  Americans at War
The Great War (WWI)

World War I

World War II

The Cold War
The Cold War International History Project
The Living Weapon

WH 10.7.1 discuss the extension of human rights, e.g., women and all nationalities
WH 10.7.2 compare and contrast the effects of World War I and World War II.
WH 10.7.3 summarize the Russian Revolution
WH 10.7.4 relate the rise, aggression, and human costs of totalitarian regimes in the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, and Japan
WH 10.7.5 summarize the political, social, and economic impact of the 1930’s worldwide depression
WH 10.7.6 describe the Nazi Holocaust and other examples of genocide
WH 10.7.7 describe regional and political conflicts, e.g., Korea and Vietnam.
WH 10.7.8 discus the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union
WH 10.7.9 explain the significance of technology on society