how has history shaped the culture of france

800 Word Essay (bibliography doesn’t count)

Cited in Chicago/Turabian style only

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Students will explore an historical epoch of their chosen region/country in order to understand its influence on the cultural identity of the place. The summative paper will relate both the history of a given period that was instrumental in forming a national/regional identity as well as identities, hegemonies, ideologies as they have evolved in the history of cultural studies in the region.


RST.11-12.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.

WHST.11-12.1a. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

WHST.11-12.8. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.


Periodization: how change occurs over time and how events create historical causation.

Ideas: how philosophical, political, scientific and religious ideas have influenced the past.

Diversity: how race, gender, class, ethnicity, and religion create “histories” rather than a monolithic past.

Factual: how people, places, spatial relationships, and events create historical change.

Essential Questions:

What elements create national identity?

What is nationalism?

What is the difference between a nation and a state?

What is a nation-state?

What approaches have governments used to develop nations, states, and national identities?

What is the relationship between the desire to expand freedom and the development of national identity?

What is the relationship between the need to better understand/improve one’s world and the development of national identity?

How do we use inferences and connections from reliable sources to build understanding?

Knowledge Shown:

the evolution of the concept of the individual and its relationship to the desire to expand freedom and understand and improve one’s world

the development of nations, national identity, and nationalism

the impact of power and identity in the search for self-determination and best government in the 20th and 21st centuries

Skills Gained:

acquiring a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own;

evaluating critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and the opinions of more recent historians;

engaging directly with questions and presenting independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organized and effectively supported by relevant evidence;

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