January 2013 Global Regents Thematic Essay Turning Points

Aim: Why are turning points important to our understanding of the political, social, geographic, and economic aspects of historical reasoning?

Do Now: Answer in your notebooks, what is a Turning Point?

The Turning Points Research Project is the culminating project for the final term before the NYS Regents exam in Global History & Geography.

Project Details:

  • There are 30 Turning Points in this project.
  • You must complete all of them.
  • Each Turning Point requires a Data Sheet
  • At the End of the Project you will write a Thematic Essay on many of the Turning Points.

Directions: Please click on the Activity Link below for access to the Turning Points Webquest

Classwork & Homework

Activity:

Project:Turning Points Project

Webquest Steps

  1. Turning Points - Introduction
  2. Turning Points - Task
  3. Turning Points - Process Step #1 (Topics Listing)
  4. Turning Points - Process Step #2 (Extensions)
  5. Turning Points - Evaluation

Video

Text Resources

Global History & Geography Review Packet


Online Textbook Pages: World History, Patterns of Interactions. McDougal Littell (2009) Note: These pages are only the starting points for the topics listed below.

  • Paleolithic - Pg 14
  • Neolithic Revolution - Pg 15
  • River Valley Civilizations - Pg 26
  • Ancient Greece - Pg 120
  • Roman Republic - Pg 155
  • Roman Empire - Pg 160
  • Fall of Roman Empire - Pg 173
  • Dark Ages - Pg 353
  • Middle Ages - Pg 358
  • Crusades - Pg 382
  • Commercial Revolution - Pg 389
  • Renaissance - Pg 471
  • Scientific Revolution - Pg 623
  • Age of Exploration - Pg 529
  • Protestant Reformation - Pg 488
  • Age of Imperialism (old) - Pg 553
  • Age of Absolutism - Pg 589
  • The Enlightenment - Pg 629
  • The French Revolution - Pg 651
  • The Industrial Revolution - Pg 717
  • Agricultural Revolution - Pg 717
  • Age of Imperialism (new) - Pg 770
  • Age of Nationalism - Pg 681
  • World War I - Pg 841
  • Russian Revolution - Pg 867
  • World War II - Pg 925
  • Cold War - Pg 965
  • Cultural Revolution & Great Leap Forward - Pg 974
  • Green Revolution - Pg 1074
  • War on Terrorism - Pg 1087

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Below you will find a listing of the last NYS Global History Regents topics for both the Thematic and DBQ Essay. While this list can assist you on focusing on topics that have not appeared in a while, you should be aware that topics repeat often over the course of a couple of years such as different versions of Change, and Conflict.

Jun 2017: DBQ and/or Thematic Essay Educated Guesses

  • Revolutions (Political/Non-Political)
  • Conflict (Cold War, WWI, etc)
  • Human Rights Violations/Genocide
  • Political Systems

Note:

    • Belief Systems & Geography (at least once before last 6 exams - 2018)

Thematic Essay Topics

Last Thematic TopicsMonthYearGeographyNon-Geography
Needs & Wants (Economic/Geogrpahy)Jan2017X
Belief SystemsAug2016X
Human and Physical Geography & Technological AdvancesJun2016X
ImperialismJan2016X
Movement of People and GoodsAug2015X
Belief SystemsJun2015X
Human and Physical GeographyJan2015X
Change—Political LeadersAug2014X
Change—Challenges to Tradition or AuthorityJun2014X
Human Rights - Leaders & Their IdeasJan2014X
Conflict—Armed ConflictAug2013X
Change—RevolutionJun2013X
Change—Collapse of GovernmentJan2013X
TechnologyAug2012X
Human and Physical GeographyJun2012X
Change—IndividualsJan2012X
Change — Global IssuesAug2011X
TechnologyJune2011X
Geographic FeaturesJan2011X
NationalismAug2010X
Change - IdeasJune2010X
Philosophers/ leaders/ piece of writing Jan2010X
Belief Systems Aug2009X
Human Rights violations June2009X
Geographic Factors/ Cultural Diffusion Jan2009X
Adapting to Physical Environment Aug2008X
Belief Systems June2008X
Nonpolitical RevolutionsJan2008X
Effects of Political Systems Aug2007X
Political Change June2007X
Human Rights violations Jan2007X
Trade Routes/Organizations effects Aug2006X
Confict between groups June2006X
Philosophers/Leaders ideas and beliefs Jan2006X
Global Problems Aug2005X
20th Century Politcal Events June2005X
Actions of Leaders Jan2005X

DBQ Essay Topics

Last DBQ TopicsMonthYearGeographyNon-Geography
Imperialism - Colonial India to IndependenceJan2017X
Urbanization and IndustrializationAug2016X
Nationalism - Post WWII Germany,Palestine, and British IndiaJun2016X
Laws: Tokugawa Shogunate, Nazi Germany, ApartheidJan2016X
Leaders & Governments: Increase Power & Control PeopleAug2015X
Empires: Roman, Ottoman, and BritainJun2015X
Individuals: Problems Emerged & Wanted to Face - Bartolomé de Las Casas, Maximilien Robespierre, and Mohandas GandhiJan2015X
Turning points: Outbreak of the Bubonic Plague, The Signing of the Nanjing Treaty, and the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand Aug2014X
Geography: Egypt Nile Irrigation, Coal in Great Britain,Aztec & Chinampas Jan2014X
Economic Development: China (1976-Present), Mexico (1980–present), Botswana (1966–present)Aug 2013X
Technological Advancements: stirrup & bow, caraval, railroadsJun2013X
Need for food products salt, cotton, and sugar on societiesJan2013X
Protest Movements: Women's Rights in Great Britain, Prodemocracy China, ApartheidAug 2012X
Autocratic Leaders (Shi Huandi, Peter the Great, Louis XIV)Jun2012X
Transportation Systems - Roads, Canals, RailroadsJan 2012X
Conquests of Mongols/Spanish/OttomanAug 2011X
Human Rights Violations - Ukrainians, Cambodians, and RwandansJune 2011X
Ideas - Heliocentrism, Natural Rights, MarxismJan2011X
Belief SystemsAug2010X
Geographic Factors - Effects on Nations/RegionsJune2010X
Food Production Revolutions Jan2010X
Usage and Control of Waterways Aug2009X
Middle Ages/Industrial Revolution/Age of Globalization June2009X
Da Vinci/L'Ouverture/GandhiJan2009X
Migrations of People- Jews, Africans, Muslims, HindusAug2008X
World Problems-Genocide/Threats to Environment/WMD'sJune2008X
Peter the Great/ Adolf Hitler/Mao Zedong Jan2008
Natural Resources- Water/coal/oil/diamonds Aug2007X
Economic Systems- manorialism/mercantilism/communism June2007X
French Revolution Jan2007X
Cold War- Effects on Europe/Asia/Latin America Aug2006X
Industrial Revolution-Positive/Negative Effects June2006X
Imperialism-Differing Perspectives Colonists vs Colonizers Jan2006X
Wars- Outcomes & Reasons June2005X
Conquests of Mongols/Spanish/French Aug2005X
Printing Press/Steam-power/Atomic BombJan2005X

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