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Social Education January/February 2012

NCSS Notebook
The View from the Trenches Sue Blanchette
Who, what, and how we teach has changed dramatically these last three decades; we've had to restructure and adapt, but I believe our schools will emerge stronger. Secondary Level    

Planning the World History Course: A Reasoned Approach to Omission Thomas P. Weinland
By leaving out many attractive events, people, and periods, world history teachers gain valuable classroom time to move beyond simple facts and help students develop a deeper understanding of history. Secondary Level    

Teaching World History: One Path through the Forest Eve Fisher
Two major themes outlined in this article can help teachers determine how best to approach 10,000 years of world history in the classroom. Secondary Level    

The Challenge of World History Cristobal T. Saldana

Developing students' abilities to question, to engage in debate, and to consider perspective are the hallmarks of a successful world history course.

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Engaging Students in World History with a Bog Body Mystery Michael M. Yell
This lesson from a medieval unit highlights two inquiry strategies that challenge students to think, reason, and interact. Secondary Level    

The Reel History of the World: Teaching World History with Major Motion Pictures William Benedict Russell III
This article highlights effective films for teaching world history and suggests related classroom activities. Secondary Level    

Stamps, Sarcophagi, and Songs: Teaching World History with Online Resources Kelly Schrum
The online portal World History Matters gives educators access to seven websites for teaching a range of world history topics including the French Revolution, the Soviet Gulag, and the history of 1989. Secondary Level    

Cold vs. Hot War: A Model for Building Conceptual Knowledge in History Geoffrey Scheurman
This Cold War lesson plan illustrates how the use of continuums can increase student understanding of the big ideas and essential concepts that enable the interpretation of historical facts and figures. Secondary Level    

Helping Students Analyze Revolutions Stephen Armstrong and Marian Desrosiers
Studying common patterns, structures, and characteristics of revolutions will enable students to make connections between these events across historical time. Secondary Level    

Links to Learning: Recommended Websites for your World History Class Laura Wangerin
These websites include supplemental resources, creative tools, and interactive technologies that can greatly enhance a world history lesson. Secondary Level    

Teaching and Learning with Jennifer Rosenfeld and Kelly Schrum
This destination website offers primary source materials, teaching strategies, and lesson plans for investigating a range of world history topics. Secondary Level    
Surfing the Net
Teaching about Global and U.S. Poverty Using the Internet C. Frederick Risinger
The highlighted websites offer lesson plans and resources for understanding poverty, its causes, and its impact on society. Secondary Level    

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