Social studies teachers know how difficult it is to include everything in a world history curriculum that covers thousands of years, and calls for students to acquire social studies and critical thinking skills along the way. Learn how to fit the history of the world into one school year.
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Teaching World History
How do you get from cavemen to contemporary history in ten months?Consider the fact that you have to cover the development of agriculture, the formation of civilizations, the rise of the three major religions, and the discovery of the new world-all sprinkled with the growth of science, culture, and language-and teaching world history can be overwhelming.Add the necessity of students developing cognitive thinking and social studies skills such as analyzing data and reading maps, and teaching a world history class becomes downright frightening.
Relax. The best way to face the task of teaching a comprehensive world history class is planning, followed by some more planning.Break the curriculum into manageable units; create, borrow, and steal lesson plans and remember that not everything needs to done at once.This article is an introduction to a series of world history lesson plans for high school and middle school that should help you do just that. The content covered and skills addressed should fit into most world history education maps.
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World History Curriculum
This is a basic break-down of possible World History class units.Some units will be more involved based on content, time, and let’s be honest, personal interest!