My Global History Course Curriculum: Developing Cultural Competency and Skill
This is the approach and curriculum for my college 1st-year global history and culture course. This is simply an example of my approach to the course based on teaching it over the past four decades. Links are provided to the assigned readings and media. It has been a wonderful journey teaching history over the past four decades. I am in debt to my college professors who taught me and my college colleagues who mentored me. In May 2019, I retired from teaching my global history course but will continue to write curriculum, compose articles, and record YouTube videos about what I have learned.
General Course Materials
Course Syllabus (Face-to-Face Class) Typically I have taught the class in a traditional approach with students and I meeting several times a week face-to-face.
Connecting all the Course Pieces and Components Sometimes students do not see the bigger purposes of the course and get lost in the individual readings and assignments. This handout makes sense of the course complexity.
Nine Forces of History Rather than the two or three history forces I was taught decades ago, more historians teach that nine distinct forces of history influence events, people, and nations. I integrated these nine forces explicitly throughout the course curriculum.
Major Course Activities and Assignments
Major Exams Students have three major exams for the course along with all the other activities. They are given two weeks to submit the six-page paper in response to one of the two questions provided for them ahead of time.
History Field Trip Activity to encourage students to explore campus cultural and education events.
Historpedia Report It is a 7-page report on a history topic of the students' choosing. The name of this report is based off of Wikipedia. The best papers are posted anonymously online for the public through the Historpedia website.
Click on the following web links: assignment instructions; instructions for topic selection, sample topics; forces of history to include in assignment; instructions for inserting references into paper; assignment grading rubric; Historpedia website where anonymous versions for the better student papers.
Course Podcast Study Guide Using podcasting to prepare for major exams and for cultural enrichment through interviews and special music.
Click on the following web links: survey to select one activity for one time during the term; interview instructions: interview permission form; interview submission form; music assignment instructions; music unit form; music unit special form; definitions instructions;summary unit instructions; and the history podcast web page to listen to episodes.
Course Online Study Guide Using Google Sites for students to create their own online exam study guide.
Click on the following web links: survey to select one activity for one time during the term; unit summary instructions; definitions unit instructions; and essay unit questions instructions; and the online study guide.
History Music Videos Students use simple software to create digital history stories.
Flip Grid Videos Flip Grid is an online software program that permits students to respond to question prompts with a video respond no longer than 90 seconds. It was used in this class for students to do short video introductions to each other. It can be used for many more learning purposes.
Each of these are the individual units we explore in class. Most are four-clock hours in length, a few involving history simulations require eight hours of student time.
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