AP(R) World History Teaching Unit D1: The Economic Role of Women in World History, 600-1914
Note: Please be advised that these teaching units were created prior to the course revisions implemented in the 2011-12 academic year. However, the units still address topics central to the revised course.
[Electronic Document] This unit explores the gradual changes in women's status and economic roles in six geographical regions over the past millennium. The lessons in this unit are intended for periodic use throughout a semester or yearlong high school-level AP World History course. Using primary and secondary documents, analysis charts, mental maps and graphic organizers to research continuity and change in women's lives, students critically evaluate the global political, economic and social factors -- such as family structure, belief systems, educational opportunities, industrialization, and colonialism -- that have shaped gender dynamics across time and space. A central objective of the unit is to encourage students to broaden their world historical perspective by re-examining AP World History course material over a long time frame, and from the perspective of groups of women whose lives and experiences are sometimes marginalized in world history textbooks. Students also sharpen their critical thinking skills as they analyze the documents included with the unit and gain practice in making meaningful comparisons across regional societies and the unit's three main timeframes: 600-1450, 1450-1750, and 1750-1914.
Student activities include both individual and group work. In Lesson 2, students use an analysis chart to survey the influence of religion and belief systems on women's economic and social status; in Lesson 3, the focus shifts to mental mapping and the effects of imperialism on women's lives; in Lesson 4, a graphic organizer helps students to record the impressions of the relationship between industrialization and women's work. Two assessment alternatives -- an inner/outer circle seminar discussion (Lesson 5) and a change-over-time essay (Lesson 6) -- round out the unit. Each of the assessment activities stresses the requirements for tracing the process of change and continuity in women's work over the period 600-1914.
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