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:
Excellent History Question For Students: “What Are History’s Biggest Turning-Point Years?”
The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons
Four Intriguing Perspectives On History
Funny, Yet Sad: “The Onion” Publishes Excellent Commentary On Importance Of History
The Best Resources On “The Danger Of A Single Story”
Quote Of The Day: “The Problem With History Classes”
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):
The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study History
The Best Resources For Using “Object Lessons” In History
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
“History does not move on the machinations of a select group of great people”
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).
Important NY Times Interactive Comparing How History Textbooks From Different States Talk About The Same Topics
The Pope’s Canonization Of Junipero Serra Is A Great Teaching/Learning Opportunity – Here’s What I’m Doing
How to interpret historical analogies is from Psyche.
Four Intriguing Perspectives On History
“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
WOW, YOU’LL WANT TO READ JOHN LEWIS’ FINAL OP-ED
VIDEO: VERY GOOD INTERVIEW WITH NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES
I’m on a virtual field trip and goodness, it’s so very well done! @historyed pic.twitter.com/S827vF6nMy
— Jennifer Binis (@JennBinis) August 5, 2020
New Crash Course Video: “What History Was, Is, and Will Be”
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
This Podcast Interview With Nikole Hannah-Jones & Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Worth Listening To &/Or Reading
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.