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Colonial Legacies in World History Courses

A legacy course haunts contemporary World History classes.

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History

2019 AP World FRQ

The College Board released the FRQ from the operational version of the 2019 test.

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Curriculum History

Decolonizing the Age of Revolutions in the World History Classroom

Like World War One and the “New” Imperialism of the late nineteenth-century, the Age of Revolution is a justifiably prominent topic in both World History and Western Civilization courses. The American, French, and Haitian Revolutions, and the Latin American Wars of Independence created major change across the Atlantic World. As a topic taught in the […]

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Playing well with others

Teacher educator Christopher Martell recently tweeted a call for collaboration: We need to build better bridges between historians and social studies teachers/teacher educators, so they know what we do. Starting this today! For the next month, I will follow a new historian each day and hopefully they will follow me back. Join me @NCSSNetwork folks! […]

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Curriculum Historical Thinking History

Flags

NB: this lesson is not politically correct, a phrase which I use broadly and literally. It may be illegal in some states.

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Historical Thinking History

Ideas in History

I started listening to the Head On History podcast this summer and I’m continuing to catch up with the episodes during my commute now that school has started. It’s been great for adding nuance to and correcting misperceptions of the history of Islam. I plan to suggest some episodes as supplemental resources to students in my […]

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Curriculum History

Hashtags and grain size

Early last week three of my summer’s hashtags intersected on a concept that I find very useful in World History pedagogy: granularity. As I was finalizing my presentation for #MNHistoryFest (3rd annual, always epic), I noticed that the benchmark for the “New” Imperialism in the Minnesota state standards is in the eleventh standard of World […]

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Decolonizing Classroom Discussions of Colonialism

As I have for the past two summers, I am eagerly anticipating History Fest 2018 (third annual, always epic). This year I’m presenting on how classroom discussions of Imperialism can either reinscribe or interrupt racist narratives.  I reflected on this topic in a series of blog posts, and the ideas have percolated through the World History collaborative […]

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Curriculum History

Adjusting our time frames

My reading over the past year encouraged me to consider a variety of geographic vantage points on World History.  This year I’m having a similar experience with regard to time.  In addition to adjusting our spatial vantage points, history teachers need to thoughtfully consider time frames and established narratives, I learned a lot from Wensheng Wang’s White Lotus […]

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Historical Thinking History Uncovering History

The Stenka Razin Rebellion under review

Stenka Razin Sailing in the Caspian Sea, Vasily Surikov, 1906Stepan, aka Stenka, Razin led a 17th century attack on outposts of the Russian state, and it looks different from the vantage point of Moscow or the Caspian sea.  I’m currently reading about rebels and pirates in Qing China, and Razin was both.  This “rebellion” began as maritime […]