August 26, 2017 at 8:31 AM #28672Austin Shenk@austinshenk
This is our school’s first year using CLE Social studies.
I have been asked to teach CLE 10th grade World History LightUnits as a class.
Has anyone done this yet? or Does anyone have additional resources?
Thanks for any help you can give.
September 7, 2017 at 10:13 AM #28746Jonas SauderModerator@jonas
I’d get a copy or two of another more complete world history text for parallel reading for yourself to keep abreast of what’s being covered in the lightunits and have material to expand upon what they provide. Two good choices would be…
Streams of Civilization, Volumes I & II
Prentice Hall’s World History, student edition.
You can find them on Amazon.
For the Prentice Hall, look for a “state” edition, such as “Florida edition”
They are the same content, but have additional notations showing how they align with the state’s curriculum guidelines–thus making them less valuable for general resale and much cheaper to buy.
September 14, 2017 at 7:56 PM #29255Peter Goertzen@petergoertzen
Jonas’s suggestions are excellent. I’ve been impressed with the Prentice Hall history texts that I’ve seen, and I use one in my US history class.
I don’t always meet this goal, but every year I try to read at least one thick, serious book about something that I’ll be teaching that year. It keeps me fresh, gives me a deeper understanding of the material, and often supplies me with good anecdotes and illustrations for my classes. It really puts a kick in my teaching.
Of course, finding time to read is hard (it’s gotten a lot harder for me in the last few years), but I’ve found that every little bit helps. Ten minutes a day, an hour a week, whatever. Audiobooks can help with this, and public libraries, even modestly-sized ones, often have surprisingly good selections of them.
I also incorporate the art, architecture, literature, and music of the period and place being studied into my lessons. It adds color if nothing else, and often increases understanding significantly. Much of the time it doesn’t even take very long. Just dash over to Wikipedia, snag some pictures of paintings or buildings or whatever, scrutinize carefully for appropriateness (that inadequately-clothed sculpture in the corner of the picture is easy to miss until its a foot tall on the screen in front of the students), and throw it on a PowerPoint.
That reminds me, I’m a big fan of Wikipedia for all the stuff besides the articles (which are often pretty good, too, as long as you remember what they are). Pictures, maps, footnotes, links—that’s where the good stuff is.
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