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Creating Coggles


     Coggle is an online Mind Mapping program. 


  • Students begin with a central topic and organize the information from the textbook (green branches) in a way that they can understand better.  
  • Students then add Concept Branches (purple branches) that fit the information.
  • Students add links to outside information (blue branches) that they feel needs further explanation.
  • Students will then answer and create Higher Order Thinking Questions (red branches) that they are given and develop their own as well.


     How a Coggle Works

Green Branches: Notes

Purple Branches: Concepts

Blue Branches: Outside Links

Red Branches: Student & Higher Order Thinking Questions

Diagraming World History With Coggle

Feel free to modify these lesson plans to fit your resources

World History

Patterns of Interaction

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Unit 1: Beginnings of Civilization

     Chapter 1: The Peopling of the World (Pre-History to 2500 BC)

          Section 1: Human Origins In Africa                  

          Section 2: Humans Try To Control Nature

          Section 3: Civilization

     Chapter 2: Early River Valley Civilizations (3500 BC to 450 BC)

          Section 1: City States in Mesopotamia

          Section 2: Pyramids On The Nile

          Section 3: Planned Cities On The Indus

          Section 4: River Dynasties In China

     Chapter 3: People and Ideas On The Move (2000 BC to 250 BC)

          Section 1: The Indo-Europeans
          Section 2: Hinduism and Buddhism Develop
          Section 3: Seafaring Traders
          Section 4: The Origins of Judaism

     Chapter 4: First Age of Empires (1570 BC to 200 BC)

          Section 1: The Egyptian and Nubian Empires

          Section 2: The Assyrian Empire

          Section 3: The Persian Empire

          Section 4: The Unification of China

Unit 2: New Directions in Government and Society

     Chapter 5: Classical Greece (2000 BC to 200 BC)

         Section 1: Cultures of the Mountains and the Sea

         Section 2: Warring City-States

         Section 3: Democracy & Greece's Golden Age

         Section 4: Alexander's Empire

         Section 5: The Spread of Hellenistic Culture

     Chapter 6 Ancient Rome & Early Christianity (500 BC to AD 500)

         Section 1: The Roman Republic

         Section 2: The Roman Empire

         Section 3: The Rise of Christianity

         Section 4: The Fall of the Roman Empire

         Section 5: Rome and the Roots of Western civilization

     Chapter 7: India and China Establish Empires (400 BC to AD 550)

         Section 1: India's First Empires

         Section 2: Trade Spreads Indian Religions and Culture

         Section 3: Han Emperors In China

     Chapter 8: African Civilizations (1500 BC to AD 700)

         Section 1: Diverse Societies In Africa

         Section 2: Migration

         Section 3: The Kingdom of Aksum

     Chapter 9: The Americas: A Separate World (40,000 BC to AD 700)

         Section 1: The Earliest Americans

         Section 2: Early Mesoamerican Civilizations

         Section 3: Early Civilizations of the Andes

Unit 3: An Age of Exchange and Encounter

     Chapter 10: The Muslim World (AD 600-1200)

         Section 1: The Rise of Islam

         Section 2: Islam Expands

         Section 3: Muslim Culture

     Chapter 11: Byzantines, Russians and Turks Interact (AD 500-1500)

         Section 1: The Byzantine Empire

         Section 2: The Russian Empire

         Section 3: Turkish Empires Rise in Anatolia

     Chapter 12: Empires In East Asia (AD 600-1350)

         Section 1: Tang & Song China

         Section 2: The Mongol Conquests

         Section 3: The Mongol Empire

         Section 4: Feudal Powers In Japan

         Section 5: Kingdoms of Southeast Asia and Korea

     Chapter 13: European Middle Ages (AD 500-1200)

         Section 1: Charlemagne Unites Germanic Kingdoms

         Section 2: Feudalism In Europe

         Section 3: The Age of Chivalry

         Section 4: The Power of the Church

     Chapter 14: The Formation of Western Europe (AD 800-1500)

         Section 1: Church Reform and The Crusades

         Section 2: Changes In Medieval Society

         Section 3: England and France Develop

         Section 4: The Hundred Years War & The Plague

     Chapter 15: Societies and Empires of Africa (AD 800-1500)

         Section 1: North and Central African Societies

         Section 2: West African Civilizations

         Section 3: Eastern City States and Southern Empires

Unit 4: Connecting Hemispheres

     Chapter 16: People and Empires In The Americas (AD 500-1500)

         Section 1: North American Societies

         Section 2: Maya Kings and Cities

         Section 3: The Aztecs Control Central Mexico

         Section 4: The Inca Create a Mountain Empire

     Chapter 17: European Renaissance & Reformation (AD 1300-1600)

​         Section 1: Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance

         Section 2: The Northern Renaissance

         Section 3: Luther Leads the Reformation

         Section 4: The Reformation Continues

     Chapter 18: The Muslim World Expands (AD 1300-1700)

         Section 1: The Ottomans Build a Vast Empire

         Section 2: Cultural Blending

         Section 3: The Mughal Empire in India

     Chapter 19: The Age of Explorations and Isolation (AD 1400-1800)

         Section 1: Europeans Explore The East

         Section 2: China Limits European Contacts

         Section 3: Japan Returns To Isolation

     Chapter 20: The Atlantic World (AD 1492-1800)

     Section 1: Spain Builds An American Empire

     Section 2: European Nations Settle North America

     Section 3: The Atlantic Slave Trade

     Section 4: The Columbian Exchange and Global Trade

Unit 5: Absolutism To Revolution

     Chapter 21: Absolute Monarchs In Europe (AD 1500-1800)

         Section 1: Spain's Empire and European Absolutism

         Section 2: The Reign of Louis XIV

         Section 3: Central European Monarchs Clash

         Section 4: Absolute Rulers of Russia

         Section 5: Parliament Limits The English Monarchy

     Chapter 22: Enlightenment & Revolution

         Section 1: The Scientific Revolution

         Section 2: The Enlightenment In Europe

         Section 3: The Enlightenment Spreads

         Section 4: The American Revolution

     Chapter 23: The French Revolution & Napoleon

         Section 1: The French Revolution Begins

         Section 2: Revolution Brings Reform and Terror

         Section 3: Napoleon Forges An Empire

         Section 4: Napoleon's Empire Collapses

         Section 5: The Congress of Vienna

     Chapter 24: Nationalist Revolutions Sweep The West

Unit 6: Industrialism and The Race For Empire

     Chapter 25: The Industrial Revolution

     Chapter 26: An Age of Democracy and Progress

     Chapter 27: The Age of Imperialism

     Chapter 28: Transformations Around The Globe

Unit 7: The World at War

     Chapter 29 The Great War

     Chapter 30: Revolution and Nationalism

     Chapter 31: Years of Crisis

         Section 1: Postwar Uncertainty

         Section 2: A Worldwide Depression

         Section 3: Fascism Rises In Europe

​         Section 4: Aggressors Invade Nations

     Chapter 32: World War II

         Section 1: Hitler's Lightning War

         Section 2: Japan's Pacific Campaign

         Section 3: The Holocaust

         Section 4: The Allied Victory

         Section 5: Europe and Japan In Ruins

Unit 8: Perspectives on The Present

     Chapter 33: Restructuring the Post War World

     Chapter 34: The Colonies Become New Nations

     Chapter 35: Struggles For Democracy

     Chapter 36: Global Interdependence


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