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Locate, summarize, and analyze news articles that relate to themes in World History.

This assignment is due on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 and will count as the first homework grade of the 1st Quarter.
Be sure to place the assignment in your book bag because NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Task: Students will locate, summarize, and analyze news articles that relate to themes in World History. Article can come from the newspaper, a magazine, or the internet, but should be at least 400 words.

Criteria: You must find six (6) articles, each of which will focus on how an historical theme impacts a specific region of the world. Use the theme that is paired with the region on the chart. Descriptions of each region and theme are located on the back of this sheet.

Directions: The write-up on each article should include the following titles (bolded and underlined) followed by the proper information:
A. Summary (1 Paragraph)
 Identify the Region and Theme addressed in the article.
 Summarize the main points of the articles.
 Answer the “Who?”, “What?”, “Where?”, “When?”, “Why?”, and “How?” questions.
B. Analysis (1 Paragraph)
 Discuss how the article relates directly to the Theme (additional research may be required).
 Provide details and examples to support how the article relates to a Theme from Modern World History.
C. Evaluation (1 Paragraph)
 Discuss the significance of this event (How does it impact the world? Why should I care?)
D. Opinion (1 Paragraph)
 What is your opinion about the event in the article?
 How, if at all, does this event affect you, the citizens of the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, and/or the United States of America?
 Have you learned about this Region or Theme before?
 Justify your opinion using evidence, details, and/or examples.

A. Each write-up should be at least one page, typed, 12-point Times New Roman font, single-spaced with 1” margins on all sides. Skip one line between paragraphs.
B. Type your name, course (“Modern World History”), title of the assignment, title of the article, the date of the article, Region, and the Theme on the top left-hand corner of the page.
C. At the bottom of the write-up, include the Internet URL/source (see example for format).
D. Paper clip all assignments together, or place them in a folder labeled with your name.
E. Have your assignments printed, stapled, and organized before entering class.
F. Failure to adhere to any part of this criteria will result is a deduction from your grade.
Region of the World Modern World History Theme

Eastern Asia
(China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, etc.)
Science and Technology
Throughout world history, different civilizations have attempted to better their lives through science and technology. From Neolithic people’s use of the first metal tools, to the development of the printing press and nuclear weapons, eras of history have been marked by important discoveries that shaped human society.
(United Kingdom, France, Ukraine, Serbia, Russian Federation, etc.)
Cultural Diffusion
When individuals from different cultures interact with each other, they share aspects of their culture – such as ideas, fashion, religion, technology, language, etc. This blending of cultural values often also leads to conflict and change in the regions where new ideas clash with traditional values.
Latin America
(Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, Haiti, etc.)
Historically, the motivation to migrate can generally be understood as “push” or “pull” factors that influence the population migration. War, religious persecution, overcrowding, or a poor economy would be factors that “push” a population out of their homeland. Similarly, the promises of a better lifestyle, more prosperity, or greater personal freedoms are often factors that “pull” people towards a specific new location.
Middle East
(Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc.)
Belief Systems
Humans have always expressed a need to understand natural phenomenon and to answer questions regarding their way of life and what happens once they die. These needs resulted in the development of a variety of religions and philosophies that can be found throughout the world today.
Southern Asia
(Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, etc.)
In its most basic sense, economics is a study of how people (either individually or as groups) decided to use their limited resources. These resources can include money, the environment, raw materials, and labor, to name a few.
Sub-Saharan Africa
(Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, etc.)

Conflict and Change
Throughout human history, various events have changed the way people have lived. These events can be political revolutions, social movements, religious changes, or even explorations to unknown places.
Below are examples of appropriate news sources for this assignment:
 Al Jazeera:
 BBC News:
 Cable News Network (CNN):
 Fox News:
 National Public Radio (NPR):
 The Economist:
 The London Times:
 The New York Times:
 Wall Street Journal:
 Washington Post:
 Please refrain from tabloid media such as The National Inquirer, People Magazine, etc.

Current Event Rubric:
(Exceeds Expectations) 1
(Minimum Expectations) 0
(Needs Improvement)
Summary Summary of article is clear, complete, and accurate. All of the main points are addressed. Summary of article is clear, complete, and accurate. Summary of the article is unclear, incomplete, or inaccurate
Analysis Made clear connection between the concept and current event. Multiple valid examples are applied and extended to support the response. Showed little to no connection between the concept and current event. Valid examples are used to support the response. Connection between the concept and current event lacks clarity. Showed no connection to reading, discussion, or past current events.
Evaluation Evaluation of importance of the event is clear and complete. Multiple valid examples are applied and extended to support the response. Evaluation of importance of the event is clear and complete. Valid examples are used to support the response. Evaluation of the importance of the event lacks clarity.
Opinion Opinion of the current event is clear and complete. Student explains their opinion of the event and how the event affects them. Opinion of the current event is clear. Opinion of the current event is incomplete.
Organization & Length It meets the requirements of length and is organized according to the guidelines above. It meets part of the requirements of length and or organization, It meets none of the requirements.

A Note on Academic Integrity
“The process by which students learn are as important as their completed assignments. Unless it is a designated collaborative assignment, it is necessary that students do their own work, whether it is a short term assignment (e.g., homework, class work), long term assignment (e.g., report, project, research/term paper), or written evaluation exercise (e.g., quiz, test, exam). Acts of academic dishonesty, such as cheating, or plagiarism, are very serious violations at Poly. Students are guilty of academic dishonesty when they:
 Copy the answers/work of others and submit as their won.
 Supply their answers work for others to submit.
 Submit another person’s work as their own.
 Fail to cite proper sources.
Students who fail to maintain Polytechnic’s standards of academic integrity will suffer both academic and disciplinary consequences. The negative effects of poor decision-making range from zero credit on the assignment to course failure and from parental contact to disciplinary action.”
(Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s Student Handbook , pg. 5)

Email your teacher for clarification on the assignment:

Student Name: Jane Doe
Course: Modern World History
Assignment: Modern World History Summer Assignment
Article 1: “Woman risks jail for defying veil ban in France”
Date of Article: December 13, 2011
Region: Europe
Theme: Cultural Diffusion

The events described in this article take place in France, which is in Europe. The main historical theme of this article is cultural diffusion because it is involving a clash of cultures between Muslim women and French laws that are regulating the way that they are allowed to dress. France has a ban on veils that cover all of someone’s face because they believe that is is “necessary for public safety” and to protect the rights of women. However, this law also conflicts with traditional Muslim dress for women, who wear a niqab or burqa in public places as a form of religious observance. The article specifically discusses a woman, Hind Ahmas, who is the first Muslim woman to be punished for the ban because she refused to removed her veil, despite police demands. As a result, she was fined, but when she refused to pay the fine her punishment was escalated and she was ordered to attend a 15-day “citizenship course”. She has stated that she does not plan on attending the course, which is why she is now being threatened with a prison sentence if she does not comply.

Cultural diffusion involves interactions between two different cultures where ideas, religions, languages, values, technologies are spread. This interaction can lead to a blending of the two cultures, but occasionally, it can also create conflict between then when the two cultures have values that seem to be incompatible. This article relates to the theme of cultural diffusion because it demonstrates a clash of cultures between traditional Islam and French society. Mrs. Ahmas wants to wear her religious garments so that she can freely practice her religion, but the French government believes that religious practices that force women to cover their faces are disrespectful to women. So, in this case, the introduction of new religious practices caused the French government to adapt by changing its laws to better protect the rights of women.

This event is significant because it demonstrates the conflicts that can often arise when cultures interact with one another. Blending of cultural ideas and values happens, but that blending often takes time and generates conflict in the process. In this case, there is a conflict in French society as to whether Mrs. Ahmas should be allowed to freely practice her religion, even if some aspects of those religious practices can be considered to be demeaning to women. Cultural interactions are an especially important part of American society, because we are essentially a nation of immigrants who have blending together to create the rich tapestry that is the United States of America.

While the intention of the French law was to protect the rights of women, I believe that laws such as this are tackling a symptom of prejudice without actually attacking the problem itself. By banning the burqa, the French government is addressing the way the people dress, but it is failing to address the larger issues of how people actually interact with one another, or how men and women value one another in society. I would liken this law to putting a fresh coat of paint on a rusted-out car. Sure, the car looks good from the outside, but there are still major problems just beneath the surface. If the French government truly wants to tackle the problem of how sects of Islam use religion to oppress the rights of women, then it should address the values that people hold and attempt to change their hearts and minds, and not just their appearance.

Source if from the Internet:
• Internet Address:
• Article Title: “Woman risks jail for defying veil ban in France”
• Author: Ben McPartland
• Date Written: December 16, 2011

Source if from a physical copy (please attach a physical copy, if not available online):
• Source: The Daily Mail
• Article Title: “French Mother Jailed for Islamic Veil”
• Author: Peter Allen
• Date Written: December 13, 2011

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