chalkboard-world-mapThe links and resources here are related to effective and innovative teaching of World History and Geography according to sound, standards-based, frameworks based on recent scholarship.

See also map resources in the bibliography on this site.

Models and Frameworks for Teaching World History and Geography PPT posted on the Alliance of Civilizations Education theme page, on widespread standards-based models for teaching about the world at the middle school and high school, collegiate level

The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has an array of resources to help with world history content, thinking skills, and evaluation of existing resources on the web. A partial list of those projects is:

  • World History Matters is a portal to a variety of world history teaching and learning resources including those that follow.
  • World History Sources includes features entitled Finding World History, Unpacking Evidence, Analyzing Documents, and Teaching Sources with examples of different types of sources and scholar interviews, as well as a practice lesson for each called You Be the Historian.
  • Finding World History is a set of website reviews by period/world history eras and region
  • Women in World History offers help with a hard-to-find topic, with website reviews, primary and secondary source activities and more.
  • Children and Youth in History offers primary sources, website reviews, teaching modules and case studies arranged by world regions, across a range of historical periods.

Where Is the Middle East, a slide presentation at http://mideast.unc.edu/where/ by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, shows the changing configurations of military/strategic regional designations related to the Near East and the Middle East since the term was first coined by naval strategist Alfred T. Mahan in the early 1900s.

Bridging World History is a teaching resource from www.Learner.org for world history survey courses that includes an interactive online Travelers feature, video program segments on issues of scholarship with leading world history scholars, primary source packets and readings, and other resources, enough for an entire course.

World History Connected Online Teaching Journal is the premier teaching journal for the new world history.

The Silk Road Foundation is an extensive resource on the culture, geography and scholarship of the ancient Asian overland routes through Central Asia, from the Far East to the Middle East.

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project at Fordham University, a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

The University of Maryland Center for Renaissance and Baroque StudiesCrossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries” Summer Teacher Institutes differ from most institutes in three ways (1) they involve multi-disciplinary teams of teachers from Maryland and regional middle and high schools, (2) they involve the arts in the full range of the word, and (3) there is extensive follow-up during the next year, with teachers coming back to critique and hone the lessons they developed before they are posted on a permanent lesson plan database.

World History for Us All Online Curriculum begins with a set of lessons on Big Geography called Getting Our Bearings: Maps of Space, Time and History and Introduction to Big Geography to help students learn about the world as a whole, at different ways of viewing its parts, concepts such as continents and plate tectonics, and how its physical, biological and human spheres. These lessons also lay the groundwork for students to grasp large-scale ways of looking at the world through different scales of time and space, and varying them throughout the course.

The Indian Ocean in World History (at www.indianoceanhistory.org or www.sqcc.org/indianocean) is a map-based online resource for K-12 students and teachers, sponsored by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center in the Middle East Institute. The interactive siteĀ  traces the movement of people, goods, ideas and technologies from earliest human migrations through the eras from 90,000 B.P. to the present, through the Ancient, Classical, Medieval, First Global, Industrial and Imperial, and Twentieth Century/Globalization Eras. Students have the opportunity to engage with primary sources through text, image and historical inquiry skills. SQCC also has numerous lessons for K-12 teachers, and cultural features for the public. The site was reviewed in the online journal World History Connected at http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/8.1/maunu.html) and on the Center for History and New Media World History Sources: Finding World History at http://chnm.gmu.edu/worldhistorysources/r/360/whm.html.

Playing History is a website where teachers can find and evaluate free historical games, interactives and simulations for the classroom. Playing history aggregates info on these resources in a simple, searchable database making it easy to find, rate, and review historical games. There are currently over a hundred shared games organized for easy searching by tags, keywords and other criteria.