COMPETITION CONNECTING WORLD HISTORY TO TODAY’S WORLD
The World Historian Student Essay Competition, sponsored by the World History Association (WHA), is open to K–12 students enrolled in public, private, and parochial schools, and those in home-study programs. Each competitor will submit an essay that addresses the issue: In what way has the study of world history affected my understanding of the world in which I live? A committee will judge the essays according to the following criteria: clear thesis; elaboration on the thesis with specific, concrete, personal example(s); evidence of critical thinking, such as synthesis and evaluation, when reflecting on the essay question; organization and fluency; and overall effectiveness of the student’s ability to communicate his or her personal connection with the study of world history. The World History Association established this $500 prize to recognize young scholars. A one-year membership in the WHA will also be included with each prize. Membership in the organization is not a requirement to participate in the competition.
Deadlines: May 1, for entries; winning essays to be announced between early September and early December
Teachers in grades 6–12 are invited to attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s weeklong institutes in the nation’s capital. Participants will join other educators from across the country in exploring the connections among American art and social studies, history, and English/language arts.
Issues of identity and belonging are inseparable from the experiences of immigration. Stories of immigrants, past and present, illuminate the human lives behind today’s ever-shifting global landscape. Witnessing peers from diverse geographies helps students to make valuable connections and support, appreciate, and respect cultural diversity.
Youth Perspectives The Global Oneness Project has created a new video collection—Global Youth Perspectives—with seven stories and accompanying lesson plans that highlight youth around the world.
Identity and Belonging Facing History and Ourselves offers more than 170 lessons and other resources on global immigration.
Starting with the Alamo in 1836, Experience Real History (ERH) uses cards and RealityBoards, in addition to apps, to help students gain insights into history. The Reality Board is a large mat with a printed image of the 1836 Alamo from a bird’s-eye view.