Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course Black American History #1

Crash Course just launched a new series about American black history.  Some of the episodes are ideal for AP World History and on-level world history.  

Clint Smith, a scholar and writer, introduces the first episode about the transatlantic slave trade. He reviews the west African countries that provided the trade and discusses the impact of the triangular trade and middle passage occasionally quoting Olaudah Equiano and historian, Orlando Patterson.

The episode is both dramatic and engaging and an invaluable addition to world history classes.

Crash Course plans 50 episodes in the series. Here is a link to the introductory episode.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Charlemagne Introduction from SmartHistory

I am teaching post-classical Europe to my freshmen and just found this awesome Smarthistory introduction to Charlemagne.

Harris and Zucker place Constantine in context, reminding us about the fall of Rome and the existence of the Byzantine Empire. They go on to explain why Charlemagne is such a big deal. 

Their presentation is engaging and ideal for students.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Ghana, Mali & Songhai: Lessons for Hybrid Teaching

I begin teaching the African kingdoms after spring break.  The University of California at Davis has one of the best resources for teaching these kingdoms and the influence of Islam on them. It's called  "Sites of Encounter” and the sites include six trading cities including Calicut, Mali, and Quanzhou.

Each site has a series of lessons, many based on primary sources. I adapted the ones for Mali for hybrid teaching.

The first is a map activity that  I put on Google Draw. It asks students to annotate major African cities, physical features, and trade goods.

A second activity asks students to examine the effects of exchange on Mali through a series of short paragraphs for which students create a title and highlight evidence for the selection.

Next, students read a series of  Arab and North African sources on Ghana and Mali, answer questions on each source, and complete a chart.

Finally, I adapted an interesting lesson on Kongo from Nick Dennis and Toby Green. It reviews Kongo's political system, oral tradition,  writing, proverbs, and Minkisi.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Palmyra: Silk Road Center of Multiculturalism: Essay and Virtual Museum

Here is an excellent essay and fascinating online exhibition about one of the great trading cities along the Silk Roads,  Palmyra. 

The essay, called "Palmyra: Caravan City and Cultural Crossroads," describes the city as "a grand caravan city and center of multiculturalism... situated on a desert path linking the great land, sea, and river trading corridors that extended from China to Rome."  The essay might be a great reading assignment for a unit on the Sill Roads.

The exhibit is based on drawings made by Louis-Fran├žois Cassas, a French artist and architect, who spent time in Palmyra in the late 1700s. The Getty Research Institute acquired most of the drawings in 1984 and are the basis of the online exhibition.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Nuremberg Virtual Museum

Here is a terrific virtual museum about the Nuremberg trials. The pilot site includes fantastic images of Hitler's henchmen and of the Nuremberg trials.  

The site also includes a page for image analysis and includes a link to the Library of Congress image analysis worksheet.

The site is called Courtroom 600 and plans a series of podcasts about the Nuremberg indictments.


Sunday, February 21, 2021

Imperialism in Africa Peardeck

Here is a Peardeck I made introducing Imperialism in the Congo and South Africa. It has 27 slides and a combination of text, maps, cartoons, and video. 

If you are interested,  click on this link and Google will ask you to make a copy. Once you open the copy, you will have to go to add-ons and click on PearDeck.  

Friday, February 5, 2021

Wordwall: Create Vocab Matching, Croswords & More

Wordwall is a cool website that allows you to make interactive and printable activities like the vocabulary matching activity below. 

Once you create the activity, you can embed it into a website like I did below, share it to Google Classroom, or get a link and share it with students directly.

I was even able to embed a matching activity into Peardeck.

Wordwall has templates you can adapt for different activities. Some of the activities include word searches,  anagrams, crosswords, jumbles, and more. 

The free version allows you to make five activities.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Middle Ages Review Hyperdoc

Here are two great websites for the Middle Ages.  One reviews the people and social hierarchy, the development of the church, literature and music, and the Visigoths and the Vikings. The second website reviews war and warfare in the Middle Ages

I made a hyperdoc to go along with the websites.

My thanks to a graduate student, Olivia Adams, for sending me the links to these websites.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Aztec Empie Digital Graphic Novel

Here is a terrific graphic novel about the Aztec Empire,  all online. Each chapter or episode has several notes pages at the end. 

For example, in the notes for episode one, the author includes a map of Tenochtitlan with a key outlining the major places.

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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