Curriculum Presenting the Human Past As an Integrated Story
World History for Us All is an innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle school and high school. World History for Us All offers an abundance of free teaching units, lesson plans, and otherresources that present the human past as a single story rather than as unconnected stories of many civilizations. The curriculum enables teachers to survey world history without excluding major peoples, regions, or time periods and draws on up-to-date historical research to help students understand the past by connecting specific subject matter to larger historical patterns. World History for Us All is a national collaboration of K–12 teachers, collegiate instructors, and educational technology specialists. It is a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at University of California, Los Angeles. World History for Us All is a continuing project. Elements under development will appear on the site in the coming months.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in November.
BackStory is a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into the past. Hosted by noted US historians, each episode provides listeners with different perspectives on a particular theme or subject—giving the listener all sides to the story and then some.
Students can learn about complex topics with Big Ideas for Little Kids, a freeonlinecurriculum that encourages students to inquire about the world. Developed by two social studies educators, the program uses picture books to cover subjects such as economics and the environment and includes high school students as mentors.