I have a zillion history-related “Best” lists.
However, I thought it would be useful to bring together the different resources I use in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes when we study the “idea’ of history (I also use some of these in my actual history classes).
I know I’m missing a ton of good stuff, so let me know what it is!
Here they are:
Here’s a video that could be very useful in social studies classes and in IB Theory of Knowledge classes (it has a British focus, but can easily be used in the U.S., too):
In TOK, we talk about how winners end up writing histories.
The New York Times has just published an interesting “take” on the issue that has this headline: When History’s Losers Write the Story. I hadn’t thought about the issue in the way as the author has framed it:
These next three tweets will be great when study History in Theory of Knowledge! The first one is an excellent image, the second shares the link to it so you can download and print, and the third is a similar version from another teacher:
Tentatively pinned up… What do the best historians do? Feedback and ideas welcome! All on one PPT if you want an e-copy to pick apart pic.twitter.com/JPvUqzbAHb
— Hugh Richards (@MisterHistry) June 27, 2017
— Hugh Richards (@MisterHistry) June 28, 2017
Yours looks great. Here’s mine. pic.twitter.com/1iGDgplyhH
— D Kneller (@Kneller88) June 27, 2017
This TED-Ed video and lesson might be useful when we study history in IB Theory of Knowledge:
Would You Hide a Jew From the Nazis? is the important one. It’s a Nicholas Kristof column in The New York Times, and is related to the Ken Burns’ film (see New Ken Burns Film, “Defying The Nazis,” Looks Good & Has Tons Of Free Teaching Resources).
How to interpret historical analogies is from Psyche.
“History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. If we pretend otherwise, we are literally criminals.”
― James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro
— Cathery Yeh (@YehCathery) July 29, 2020
— Jennifer Binis (@JennBinis) August 5, 2020
What Trump Is Missing About American History is from Politico.
Can History Predict The Future is from The Atlantic.
the purpose of teaching history by the ever-brilliant @dimmerwahr “The aim of history class isn’t to get students to love or loathe their country. It’s to prepare them to live in it.”https://t.co/K0TLzwPQWX pic.twitter.com/VcRsmINFJN
— Sam Wineburg (@samwineburg) December 23, 2020
The People Who Decide What Becomes History is from The New Yorker.
Readers reply: what are the lessons of history and why don’t we learn them? is from The Guardian.
“While history is what happened, it is also, just as important, how we think about what happened and what we unearth and choose to remember about what happened.” – @nhannahjones #BlackHistoryNOW pic.twitter.com/fB0eLIL7px
— FrameWorks Institute (@FrameWorksInst) February 2, 2023
Turning Students Into Bold Historical Thinkers an exceptional piece in Edutopia. It lists several ideas, which is why I’m adding it to several “Best” lists.
How Historical Empathy Helps Students Understand the World Today is from Facing History.