BIG HISTORY PROJECT- PILOT YEAR 3 PACING GUIDE. PARENTHESIS CORRESPOND WITH BIG HISTORY SITE.
"Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world: A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightening in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream" -THE DIAMOND SUTRA
Section Links: 1: What is Big History? 6: Early Humans 2: The Big Bang 7: Agriculture and Civilization 3: Stars Light Up 8:Expansion and Interconnection 4: Earth and Solar System 9: Acceleration 5: Life 10: The Future
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Unit 1: "What is Big History?" (9 Days)
Investigation Question: How do different scales affect our perspective on history?
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Unit 2: "The Big Bang" (8 Days)
Investigation Question: How has our view of the Universe changed over time?
"In 50 years- or 20 years, or 200 years- our current epistemic horizon, the Big Bang roughly, may look as parochial as the horizon Newton had to settle in his day, but no doubt there will be good questions whose answers elude us" - Daniel Dennett
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Unit 3: "Stars and Elements" (9 Days)
Investigation Question: How were the elements created and discovered?
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Unit 4: "Our Solar System and Earth" (10 Days)
Investigation Question: How does a new scientific theory take hold?
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Unit 5: "Life" (10 Days)
Investigation Question: How has the concept of evolution impacted societies?
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on".- Robert Frost
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Student Research/BH "A" Final Exam Preparation (7 days)
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Unit 6: "Early Humans" (10 Days) BEGINNING OF BH "B"
Investigation Question: How has language transformed humanity?
"What is ape to man? A laughing stock or a painful embarrassment. And man shall be just that for the Ubermensch: a laughing stock or painful embarrassment"- Friedrich Nietzsche
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Unit 7: "Agriculture and Civilization" (9 Days)
Investigation Question: Why did some agrarian civilizations prosper and others fail?
"Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities"- Mark Twain
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Unit 8: "Expansion and Interconnection" (10 Days)
Investigation Question: What were the most significant consequences of oceanic travel?
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time" -T.S. Eliot
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Unit 9: Acceleration (10 Days)
Investigation Question: Does the Anthropocene qualify as a new era?
"History as well as life itself is complicated- neither life nor history is an enterprise for those who seek simplicity and consistency"- Jared Diamond
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Unit 10: The Future (5 Days)
Investigation Question: What is the next major threshold?
"The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion"- Albert Einstein
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Little Big History Projects
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