Apr 15, 2016 2016-04-15
“Big History” examines the past, explains the present, and imagines the future. A professor of history and education at the University of Michigan is the faculty lead of the Big History Project (BHP), a joint effort between teachers, scholars, scientists, and their supporters. The Big History course is a multidisciplinary curriculum designed for high school students who are seeking answers to big questions about our universe, planet, life, and humanity. Students learn to apply a thoughtful, consistent, and rigorous approach to engaging with new ideas and information and using evidence to construct effective arguments. The Big History course, which is free, open, and online, can be delivered over a full year or just a semester, depending on a school’s needs. Materials are up to date, always available, and easy to download and print. Teachers can use lessons generated by other teachers or explore and create their own, using a comprehensive library of custom-designed content. The course was built from the ground up to align with the expectations of the Common Core State Standards, starting with the learning outcomes and including the assessment and lesson activities. The Big History Project emphasizes inquiry, analysis, and argument over content knowledge. Online instructional guides, detailed lesson plans, training sessions, and videos—are available anytime, anywhere. Plus, monthly online sessions go deeper into core topics.