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World War II
Developing Concept Based Lesson Plans
The first thing you have to ask yourself is: "What are you trying to accomplish with this lesson plan?"
Topics Vs. Concepts
Topic: Is a specific event, era or subject in history.
Concept: is something that is timeless and transferable.
-Not specific to any particular topic
-Can be applied to many different topics or subjects
Concepts and Descriptions
Balance: When power is equal on both sides.
Change: To make or become different.
Colonialism: The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers and exploiting it economically.
Conflict: A disagreement, sometimes un-reconcilable, that may lead to aggressive military behavior.
Conquest: The subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by use of military force.
Consequence: The intended or unintended result of an action or decision.
Continuity: An uninterrupted, consistent operation.
Cooperation: The process of working together to achieve a common outcome.
Genocide: The deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political or cultural group.
Identity: The values, culture and traditions that an individual or group of people identify with.
Imperialism: The policy of extending a nation's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.
Invasion: The act of attacking a country or region with an armed force.
Leadership: To be responsible for guiding a group of people or nation.
Militarism: Policy of glorifying military power and being prepared for war.
Patterns: A series of actions or behaviors that are consistent.
Revolution: The forceable overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.
Self-Interest: Making decisions based on what is the most advantageous for the individual or group of people.
Total War: Policy of using all of a nation's resources including control of the economy to win a war.
Totalitarianism: Government control of all aspects of public and private life.
War: A conflict that results in military action between groups or nations.
Authority: The power or right to give orders, makes decisions and enforce obedience.
Communism: A way of organizing society in which the government owns the means of production and there is no private property.
Democratization: The transition to a government that includes more of the people.
Fascism: Political philosophy that exalts nation and often race above the individual and is led by an authoritarian government.
Government Systems: The institutions or systems which make up the government of a nation.
Socialism: A way of organizing society where the government owns part of the means of production and directs the economy.
Supply & Demand: Supply- Quantity of a resource available, Demand- How great the need for the resource= Value.
Trade: The transferring of goods in exchange for something of value. Ex. Money
Isolation: To have little or no contact with other peoples.
Natural Resources: Materials or substances that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain.
Value: The importance, worth or usefulness of something.
Culture: Traditions, customs or way of life of a community.
Religion: A system of beliefs, symbols and rituals, that guide human behavior, gives meaning to life and unites believers into a community.
Social Systems: A people in a society organized by a characteristic of behaviors.
Tolerance: The ability to live with beliefs or behaviors that one does not agree with.
Values & Beliefs: Shared beliefs about what is good-bad, right-wrong, or desirable-undesirable / Specific statements that people hold to be true.
Alliance: An agreement between two or more parties to advance common goals or interests.
Diffusion: When culture, goods or ideas are mixed together and can result in blending and innovation.
Interdependence: A relationship where each person or group of people is dependent on another person or group.