Grade 9 Unit 6 Terrorism and Global Issues

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Global Studies                                              

Grade:  9

Unit: Terrorism and Global Issues                          

Pacing:  Six Weeks

Essential Questions:

1.      How has globalization affected the world’s community?

2.      How do nations work together to combat terrorism?

3.     When does the need for national security impact individual rights?

Big Ideas:

1.      Globalization has affected the way individuals and nations interact in various ways.

2.      There are various ways nations work with or against each other to achieve their goals.

3.      There are certain sacrifices that individuals make to ensure national security.

CT State Standards


1.3.2:  Explain the significance of globalization on the world’s nations and societies.

1.3.4:  Explain examples of conflict and cooperation in world affairs.

1.9.2:  Analyze the tension between the need for national security and protecting individual    rights.


1.3.8:  Analyze the impact of technological and scientific change on world civilizations.

1.3.9:  Analyze the impact of nationalism on world events.

1.3.10:  Analyze the causes and results of political/social revolution.

1.3.11:  Evaluate the role and impact of the individual on historical events.

1.3.12:  Evaluate the impact of major belief systems on societies and nations.

1.7.1:  Compare and contrast how different national governments throughout the world

            attempt to meet the needs of their citizens.

1.7.2:  Analyze the relationship between the government and international organizations.

1.9.1:  Give examples of how individuals or groups have worked to expand or limit

            citizens’ rights in the United States and other nations of the world.

1.13.2:  Analyze examples of the impact of cultural diversity in different nations.

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


-Causes and impact of terrorism

   *reasons that various groups engage in  terrorism

   *response by governments


-Examples of conflict and cooperation in world affairs

   *Global fight against terrorism

   * Domestic Terrorism

   * Bioterrorism

   *State-sponsored terrorism

   *September 11th


   *Patriot Act

   *Al Qaeda

   *Middle East conflict

   *Irish Republican Army


   *Osama bin Laden

   *Oklahoma City Bombing



-Need for Security vs. Individual Rights

   *Government Actions

   *People’s Reactions

   *New laws














































Common Formative Pre- Assessment:


“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):


-In class individual and small group work


-Q and A

-Closure Activities

Common Formative Post- Assessment:



Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:


Primary/Secondary Sources

Map Activity

Graphic Organizer


Power Point/Smartboard


Student Created Posters


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Viewpoints- “Creation of the State of Israel”, Map Activity- Israel and the Occupied Territories, Map- Arab- Israeli Conflict, Primary Sources= Terrorism in this Century, Essay- Impact of Terrorism on People and Nations, Research Activity= Terrorist Nations in the World Today, “9/11 Backlash: Being Muslim in America”

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

Proliferate, Terrorism, Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Taliban, September 11th, Patriot Act, Munich Olympics, Black September Organization, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Northern Ireland, Irish Republican Army (IRA), Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Mumbai, Kashmir, Ku Klux Klan, Weathermen, Unabomber, Oklahoma City Bombing, Centennial Park Bombing (’96 Atlanta Olympics), Bioterrorism, Anthrax, State-sponsored terrorism, Pan Am Flight 103, Osama Bin Laden

-Geography Quiz= Israel and the Occupied Territories

-Research the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

-Research the history of the Peace Process in the Middle East


   *”Against All Enemies”

   *”Covert Matters”

   *”They Just Don’t Get It”

   *”The Fogs of War and Peace:  A Midstream Analysis of World War III”

-Math:  Create bar graph highlighting the money spent fighting terrorism by nations around the world

-Film:  Analyze recent films about terrorism and terrorist attacks.