Sunday, September 28, 2008

World History Resources
Whether or not you use this text, "Patterns of Interaction," you can still use their resources online. There are quiz questions, puzzles, web links, in depth articles on many many topics and primary documents. It really is exhaustive. Click here to get there and once there, select "high school" and then your state and "go."

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Hajj
As Ramadan winds down, I thought it appropriate to show the Hajj. The top clip comes from a great new site called "" that has local, national and international clips that you can use for the classroom. The bottom one is from

Friday, September 19, 2008

A Great Overview of World History
A friend of mine, who teaches AP World, gave me this title and said that he uses it as a review right before the AP exam. It is an extremely interesting and quick history. From the review: The authors explains how the Greeks took grapes and made wine, later borrowed by the Romans and the Christians. Arabic scientists experimented with distillation and produced spirits, the ideal drink for long voyages of exploration. Coffee also spread quickly from Arabia to Europe, becoming the "intellectual counterpoint to the geographical expansion of the Age of Exploration." European coffee-houses, which functioned as "the Internet of the Age of Reason," facilitated scientific, financial and industrial cross-fertilization. In the British industrial revolution that followed, tea "was the lubricant that kept the factories running smoothly." Finally, the rise of American capitalism is mirrored in the history of Coca-Cola. more

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Make Your Own Puzzles

The Discovery Channel website is so good to us! Check out their Puzzlemaker site to create your own puzzles-- you can make a word search, crossword, cryptogram, hidden message, or several other types of puzzles.

You can create a puzzle to help students review their academic vocabulary for a test, or have students create puzzles to exchange with each other. The site is easy to use, and the puzzle images can be printed out as-is or inserted into a Word document.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Global Studies Test Archive - New York Regents

For years, social studies teachers in Virginia have felt like outcasts when it comes to getting released Standards of Learning exams. Until a year ago, the state had not released any social studies tests, but even now there is only one while other subjects like math and English have many.

For a rich source of SOL-like test items, check out the New York Regents test archive for Global History. The archive contains 20 tests going back over 10 years, with 50 multiple choice questions and 2 essay questions on each test.

Did you know that about 30% of questions on the history SOL exams contain some kind of graphic for the student to use to answer the question? The Regents test archive contains plenty of graphics-driven questions, including maps, charts, and political cartoons.

The Regents exam covers all of world history, so Virginia teachers will need to pick out questions dealing with their specific time periods.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

World History Sources is an online resource center designed to help high school and college world history teachers and their students locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources and to further their understanding of the complex nature of world history, especially the issues of cultural contact and globalization.

Women in World History is an online curriculum resource center designed to help high school and college world history teachers and students find and analyze online primary sources on women in world history. Materials encourage teachers to integrate recent scholarship and give students a more sophisticated framework for understanding global women’s history.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The IRA Is No Longer a Threat
Here is a useful article for WHII teachers since the IRA question is on the SOL.

Monday, September 1, 2008

In an Indian Village, Signs of the Loosening Grip of Caste
By Emily WaxWashington Post Foreign Service Sunday, August 31, 2008; Page A14
GADDOPUR, India -- Rubbing his salt-and-pepper stubble, Lasla Ram, 60, stretched out on his wide porch overlooking a fertile knoll in this village of Dalits, the lowest caste in India's social pecking order. His children and grandchildren were gathered at his side as he told his story. More

Create and Use Other People's Timelines
Click here or on the picture to go to a timeline sharing site. You can steal other people's timelines or make up your own. It will also give you links to sites.

The World Over Time
Pick a place in the US and you can see what was going on at any time in history. Click here or on the picture.