The Renaissance

Case #3: The Printing Press -- Taking a Giant Step Forward

BIG IDEAS: The printing press made it possible for information to be disseminated among a large number of people. This information sharing brought sea changes in the quality of life and thinking.

Discussion questions:

  • What do you consider to be the major impact of the printing press on the quality of lives and thinking during this historical period?
  • What, in your view, was the relationship between the invention of the printing press and the need to learn to read and write?
  • How, in your view, does more widely shared information make improve the quality of lives? How, in your view, does the rationing of information among a select few diminish the quality of lives?
  • How would you compare the invention of the printing press with the information sharing available on the Internet?


The Twentieth Century – First Half

Case #1: World War I - Years of Slaughter 1914-1918

BIG IDEAS: World War I, 1914 - 1918, left 33 million casualties. Historians call it a "tragic and unnecessary conflict."

Discussion questions:

  • What do you consider to be the key factors that brought about the beginning of World War I?
  • In your view, how might the conflict have been avoided?
  • What do you consider to be the significant consequences of this world conflict?
  • What, if anything, have we learned from this experience?

 

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