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WH Unit 3 2016: Paradigm Shifts in the Modern World: Home

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Ms. Jones

Ms. Androphy

Mrs. Karasin

Project Description

Early Modern Europe was a place and time full of transformation, growth, and discovery. The journey out of the Middle Ages, sometimes also known as the Dark Ages, was complex, dangerous, and adventurous. Many new ways of thinking and experimenting developed during this time period and forever changed the way people thought about their lives and their place in the world. These new ways of thinking marked sharp breaks between the medieval world and the modern world. We refer to these thinking changes as “paradigm shifts.” Your goal in this assessment is to study one topic from Early Modern Europe that will help you ultimately answer the Essential Question:

How did paradigm shifts bring about the modern world?


  • Step 1: Choose an event, important person, or discovery from Early Modern Europe as your topic.
  • Step 2: Explain/describe your topic using evidence from a Secondary Source.
    • What is the significance of this event/person/discovery?
    • How is this event/person/discovery representative of a major change between the medieval and modern worlds?
  • Step 3: Make a claim about the Essential Question using a primary source.  
    • How does that event/person/discovery represent a paradigm shift?
    • **You shouldn’t be able to answer this question without your Primary Source**
  • The assessment is due on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9. We will be presenting our work in small groups on that day.

This assessment is worth: 100 points.