I first tried teaching world history back during my student teacher days to a bunch of overachieving college prep seniors. It didn’t really go that well. My content background was weak, my technique was poor and I didn’t have access to any real materials or resources.
I got better.
But it would have been so much easier if Bridging World History would have been available. Bridging World History is maintained by Anneberg Media and contains 26 thematic units focusing on major world history topics. Each unit has videos, audio clips, text overviews, instructional activities, teaching resources and appropriate primary sources.
Basically Bridging World History is an entire course, ready to go. The course is:
a set of multimedia materials designed to help learners discover world history and:
- Develop a dynamic conceptual framework for the study of world history, its theoretical constructs, and its historiographical practices.
- Establish a spatial and temporal grasp of the peoples and cultures that comprise world history, spanning thousands of years and the entire globe.
- Discover insights into thematic relationships that shape our understanding of world history.
- Span the gaps between what learners comfortably know and what they need to comprehend in order to explore a truly global and relevant past.
I see this as a great supplementary resource to use as part of instruction. It provides an excellent place to get ideas and new resources that can help teachers gather content and instructional strategies. You really need to check it out.