Teaching history should not be reciting an endless list of dead men, entombed between the covers of a textbook. Instead, Breaking Away from the Textbook offers a fascinating journey through world history. Not a comprehensive, theory-heavy guide, this book focuses on active classroom activities, methods for students to grapple with humanity's issues, and innovative ways to show students the relevance of the past to the world today. Simply put, this book makes world history fun. Soon, your students will be busy debating, thinking, applying, and learning about information that will stay with them for a lifetime. The key to this wonderful work is its incorporation of various disciplines including art, music, and writing to create a fun and active classroom. Volume I covers prehistory to the Renaissance and Volume II covers the Enlightenment to the 20th century. Includes pictures and drawings, appendices, indexes, maps, and a bibliography. Volume III: More Creative Ways to Teach World History covers ancient times through the 20th century and beyond. Appropriate for all grade levels.
Ron H. Pahl is a longtime world history buff who does not like history teachers who bore their students with endless lectures. His belief is that students learn more in active, rigorous, and enjoyable classrooms and he has applied this belief to his high school classrooms for more than twenty years. He currently teaches and coordinates the social studies teacher education program at California State University, Fullerton.
Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: History - What, Why, and How? Chapter 3 Unit 1: Prehistory Chapter 4 Unit 2: Ancient History Chapter 5 Unit 3: The Middle Ages Chapter 6 Unit 5: Renaissance, Reformation, Exploration