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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Unit 6 Overview

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. What were important achievements of the long nineteenth century? What limited these achievements?
  2. How did the First World War change the global power situation, according to the video?
  3. What is some quantitative evidence that the First world War is a total war, according to the video?
  4. What major event happened in St. Petersburg, and how did it impact all of Russia? How was this a result of the First World War?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. Would you consider the First World War a threshold event (in other words, a period of enormous change) in world history? Why or why not?
  2. This video suggests that some people believed the long nineteenth century to be an era of progress, until the First World War happened. Based on what you learned in previous units, do you agree that the long nineteenth century was an era of progress? Why or why not?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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