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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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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.

Secondary/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    


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/High School    

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/High School