After introducing students to the historical processes around understanding plague pandemics yesterday, I guided my classes through primary sources on the Black Death in Europe and the Middle East today. This is such a work in progress that I added documents as the day went on. Like yesterday I used Slides with Pear Deck for […]
Author: Eric Beckman
I am a veteran high school history teacher interested in decolonizing history curricula, anti-racist pedagogy, and e-learning.
Today, I debuted a new lesson on the Second Plague Pandemic. While it is definitely a work in progress, I was excited to do more than survive the day. For this lesson my goal was for students to understand more about the medieval Eurasian plague, while also wrapping their minds around how the construction of […]
Preparing to teach World History can be overwhelming, and this year’s uncertainty—for families, for schools, and for society—intensifies this. Attempting “coverage” of World History is a fool’s game in the best of times, and its impossibility is fully manifest amidst the disruption that is 2020. The evergreen lesson is simple: putting primary sources in front […]
Black Lives Matter, and so history teachers must ensure that students understand the agency and the resilience of African descended people in the past
Teaching the Haitian Revolutions reveals complexities that we should not avoid. Students should understanding that history is complicated, all simple answers are incomplete.
Learn Online, Think Fiveable
I am excited about my position with Fiveable, because it brings together the animating ideas from the beginning of this blog—the pedagogic possibilities presented by e-learning—with my current focus on globalizing and decolonizing World History curricula.
As intellectuals from the Caribbean have long known, to be historical agents is a pre-condition to political autonomy and the right to determine on’s destiny. They have known that one cannot determine the course of a story that one has not helped to create; whether we have in the future of the world in which […]
Lesson plan introducing students to the history of racial thinking in the early modern Atlantic world and encouraging them to think critically about the constructed nature of racial ideas.
A one to two period lesson plan that introduces World History students to a sophisticated definition of capitalism.
The new AP World History: Modern course virtually ignores the development of capitalism and racial ideology in the early modern world. It does address global exchange, albeit in a Eurocentric frame, and the development of larger empires.