Lesson Module on the History and Geography of a Pandemic
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and World History Digital Education Foundation (WHDEF) are offering teachers a set of free, three-day classroom modules to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These modules provide instruction for comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to past pandemics and for examining geographic and economic data to understand diffusion sources, globalization, and government responses. In the Day 1 module, “Historical Comparison to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918,” students investigate primary and secondary sources on the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and the Influenza pandemic of 1918. In the Day 2 module, “Geographic Diffusion,” students investigate sources on the diffusion of COVID-19 and analyze population pyramids for five countries impacted by COVID-19. The module for Day 3,“Globalization and Economic Impact,” has students analyze globalization through global economic data on the crisis, as well as the growth of COVID-19 cases in Italy, South Korea, and the United States, including government responses. The modules are designed for virtual learning and classroom use.
Works of art are special kinds of historical sources that spark inquiry in the classroom in remarkable ways. Developed by educators at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art + History is an innovative method for using art as a primary source for historical inquiry.
The Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) is helping teachers plan for the upcoming academic year with free, engaging resources and programs. On July 6, in partnership with RiceUniversity’s Open Stax, BRI will launch Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness, an open educational resource for high school US history.
Produced by Historic Hudson Valley, People Not Property introduces students, teachers, and the interested public to the history of Northern enslavement, separate from the more familiar history of antebellum Southern slavery, by exploring history through personal stories.