Friday, August 21, 2020

Amazing Resources for the Conquest of the Americas

Here are some AMAZING resources from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies & Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.

Many of the resources look at the conquest of the Americas and ask students to examine the motivations and the different perspectives of conquest. Many of the primary sources are images.

Click on the K-12 curriculum. Scroll down and you'll see a terrific lesson for the Age of Exploration. Students learn about Cortes and Pizarro through two short videos and then analyze several images showing the encounter between the Spaniards and the indigenous Americans.

In another lesson, students learn about conquest perspectives through several fantastic images and a short account which you can see here.

The images are amazing and some are in formats that allow the student to zoom in and out.

Other lessons include "The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the U.S.-Mexico Border," "Shared Resistance in the Mexican Revolution," and "Colonialism’s Impact on Mexico."

The undergraduate curriculum is also worth exploring, but require more time and work with online tools like StoryMap. In a unit called "In What Ways Might Colonization Lead to Rebellion" you will find some great resources on Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

New Ways to Teach about Revolutions


Here is a fantastic resource for your revolutions unit called "
Age of Revolutions."

It is an open-access academic journal with essays, roundtables, and book reviews.

In an on-going series called "Teaching Revolutions,"  you can read essays that offer new ways to frame the way you teach revolutions.  

In "Finding Genres of Revolution in the Classroom," Aaron R. Hanlon, a professor at Colby College, attempts to get students to "mute the tendency to conceive of all revolution within a liberal framework."   He suggests one way to do that with a comparative exercise in which students compare the US and Haitian declarations of independence.  He notes that "students were able to trace common rhetorical strategies—an appeal to “citizens”; an exposition of grievances—but also to identify tonal differences that reflect the different stakes for US mandarins versus enslaved Haitians."

In another essay called "You Can't Teach theAge of Revolutions without the Black Intellectual Tradition, Robert D. Taber, assistant professor of government and history at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina,  suggests new ways to think about "resistance and the politics of the enslaved" and reminds us that "a core piece of these revolutions was the way enslaved people pushed for their manumission and emancipation, individually and collectively." 

The website includes a section of new books about revolutions. These reviews are a good way for us teachers to learn about new research and even about some revolutions we do not teach in AP World.

For example,  Elena A. Schneider, author of "The Occupation of Havana War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World" and a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley introduces her book about the struggles of black soldiers in Havana during the imperial wars. 

Another example includes book recommendations about the history of slavery. 

Here three historians offer book suggestions for educating ourselves about the history of slavery. These books include: 

  • "Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage," 
  • "The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution" 
  • There is A River: The Black Struggle For Freedom in America 

The Age of Revolutions Website also includes sections with links to resources for specific revolutions such as the American, French, and Haitian revolutions.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Mesopotamia: Two Awesome Websites

Two websites, both ideal for creating web quests, review river civilizations.
  1. The River Valley Civilization Guide: This website has great short summaries on the economy, social structure, geography, buildings, tools, etc. for  the four river valley civilizations: Nile, Yellow, Indus, and Tigris-Euphrates.
  2.  The second site comes from the British  Museum.  Students can read about the adventure of King Gilgamesh, and explore different maps of Mesopotamia. They can also play an interesting game that teaches them the importance of water and irrigation by acting as a farmer in ancient Sumer.

Confucious: Three Short Vidoes

Here are three terrific views of Confucius.

The first is an awesome four-minute TedEd video.

Bryan W. Van Norden, Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor at Yale-NUS College, and author of a recent essay about the importance of understanding Chinese philosophy produced the video.

The second comes from The School of Life and its Eastern Philosophies series.

And the third comes from "Its History" and is called "Master of Philosophy and Fortune Cookies.


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Ancient Rome: Videos, Lectures & Seminars

 Studying ancient Rome?

Here's a great YouTube playlist from the American Institute for Roman Culture that offers videos for every aspect of Roman culture.

The  American Institute for Roman Culture website includes seminars and lectures. Some of the past lectures have included The Seven Hills of Rome,  the Myths of Rome's Foundation,  and the Deification of the Roman Emperor. Some of the lectures are geared towards kids like "Daily Life in Ancient Rome for Kids."

The videos on their YouTube channel are short, from 12 to 23 minutes, and cover everything from the origins of Rome to the end of the Republic.

A series of short (2 to 4 minutes) videos introduce you to Roman monuments such as the coliseum,  the Temple of Venus and Roma,  the Basicila of Neptune, and the Bernini Obelisk.

Another series of videos introduce you to Roman daily life.  Most of these are short except for the one about the mobs and crowds of people in Rome, which runs about 30 minutes.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Books for World History

 Here is a list of books that are good for both world history and AP World History.  

Matthew Busch, an AP World History teacher, (@MatthewJBusch) tweeted this list of books that go with world history.  

Some are great for reference and some include chapters that might work well with students for certain parts of the curriculum.

The books include:

  • The Origins of the Modern World
  • Destiny Disrupted
  • A History of the World In 6 Glasses
  • A Concise History of the World
  •  Empire of Cotton
  • Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age
  • Empires in World History
  • The Trouble with Empire
  • Playing Indian

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Tips for Teaching Online

Here are some great tips to consider for teaching online. 

They come from Sean Junkins, (@sjunkins) an instructional coach in South Carolina and Dawn Kasal Finely, (@kasal_finley) an English teacher in Missouri.

Some of the big takeaways:

  • Don't make students turn on their camera
  • Use breakout rooms, and consider permanent breakout groups
  • Don't lecture more than 15 or 20 minutes


Sunday, August 9, 2020

How To Teach with Images in an Online Class

Harvard Professor of American History, Jill Lepore, explains in this keynote address for the OER Project, how images might work especially well in the online classroom.

Professor Lepore argues that images are relatively easy to find and work well online and models how she might use images with her students.  

For example, a Richard Caton Woodville photograph from 1878 called "News from Mexico" allows her to frame the conversation with her students about the histories of technologies of communication. 
She also uses primary sources to show "how powerfully writing plays in the presentation of self."  The springboard for that discussion are images of Richard and Increase Mather.  Why are they portrayed with books?  Why are they dressed as they are?
What I particularly liked about Professor Lepore's keynote address was how she used images to construct a narrative that helps students understand key concepts or ideas.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

World History Resources for Online Teaching

California teacher, Kathryn Byars (@mrsbyarshistory),  tweeted a thread of awesome resources for online teaching, mostly hyper docs, for topics in world history.

Here is a link to her twitter thread and here is a link to a pdf of the thread.

Some of the titles include :
  • Enlightenment Thinkers
  • Revolutions of South America 
  • Resistance to New Imperialism, 
  • Slavery and Labor Sytems in the early modern era
  • Causes and Consequences of World War I
  • Russian Revolution, Part 1
  • Sino-Japanese War
  • Totalitarian Regimes

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Queen Nanny and Indigenous Responses in The Revolutions Period

If you are studying revolutions in the 18th century, you might reconsider how you teach the influence of the Enlightenment.

That is because indigenous responses,  especially in Haiti, Jamaica, and South America, did more to spark revolution than philosophical ideas about freedom and government.

In a terrific blog post about "the agency and the resilience of African descended people," AP World teacher, Eric Beckman (@ERBeckman), outlines ideas and resources for incorporating a more "complex" understanding of revolutions in this period.

One resource that will help our students understand that agency and resiliency is an amazing podcast about the maroon response to the British and the Spanish in Jamaica in the 1700s.

The podcast is only 19 minutes long and the story of Queen Nanny is read by Funmilola Fagbamil, Professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

We learn how Queen Nanny used her knowledge of the Jamaican environment to help escaped slaves  fight against, and often outsmart,  first the Spanish, and then the British

Professor Fagbamli reads Queen Nanny's story with the flair of a seasoned actress and you often find yourself wondering what's going to happen after each major event.
Beckman's blog also includes resources on indigenous responses in the Haitian Revolution as well as those in South America. He includes one map that shows scores of slave revolts throughout South America.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Persians & Spartans in the Battle of Thermopylae: NEH EDSITEment

If you are studying Ancient Greece,  you should take a look at this excellent lesson from NEH EDSITEment about the Battle of Thermopylae.

The lesson, developed by Edith Foster, includes three activities: one which compares the Spartans and Persians,  a second that outlines the causes of the battle, and the third that explains the fascinating events of the battle itself.

Each lesson uses excerpts from Herodotus and includes links to maps of Greece and Persia as well as links to key terms and places.

Students learn about Herodutus through a short TedTalk and watch the trailer for the movie, The 300 in the third activity about the battle.

Students can start each activity on EDSITEment's launchpad.

The lesson introduces each selection from Herodotus with a short overview. For example, before one selection,  students are asked to concentrate on Herodotus' description of the Persian king, Xerxes. Students answer a few questions after the short reading.

You can assign each lesson directly to Gooogle Classroom. I copied the readings and questions and put them in a google document.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Resources for Teaching African Kingdoms

Here are some interesting resources for teaching about Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.

They come from @TrevorGetz4 & Toby Green and @MatthewJBusch tweeted the link.

The resources include video clips about griots, digital primary sources with comprehension questions, an ebook about the kingdoms of Songhay, Kongo, Benin, Oyo, and Dahomeythe, and a short biography of Sundiata.

Sites of Encounter in the Medieval World. This is an amazing site that includes lessons with primary sources, maps, charts, graphs on these major trading states: Mali, Calicut, Majorca, Sicily, and Quanzhou. 

The lesson on Calicut, for example,  explores the importance of trade in spices for both food and medicine and even includes medieval recipes.

A lesson about the monsoon winds in India includes a chart of monsoon sailing dates between 1480 and 1500. Students analyze the chart and figure out the best times for sailors to travel from Hormuz to Calicut or how long would you have to wait before you could sail to Malacca?

The website also includes a terrific interactive map in which you can see the spread of religion,  trade routes, states, the spread of the Black Plague, and the voyages of Ibn Batutta. Take a look at the trade map below.

The griots of West Africa- Much more than storytellers  This site comes from the Goethe Institute and offers a short review of the importance of griots in the past and today.

Sundiata- The Heritage of the Griot  This a two minute-clip which reviews the story of  Maghan Kon Fatta

The Empire of Mali Series: The Griot, video clip from Teacher Tube This six-minute clip was filmed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

A Guide to the Kingdoms of Songhay, Kongo, Benin, Oyo, and Dahomey c.1400 – c.1800. This is a 50-page e-book, parts of which might be good for students.

Lost Kingdoms of Africa, Youtube playlist This playlist comes for the BBC series