World History/Global Studies

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    • 'ANPO: Art X War': A Film Tackles the U.S. Occupation of Japan

    • Teaching Activity. By Moé Yonamine. From Rethinking Schools. 11 pages.
      Film review of ANPO: Art X War, a documentary about visual resistance to U.S. military bases in Japan by Japan’s foremost contemporary artists, and several accompanying teaching activities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Art & Music, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Congo, Coltan, and Cell Phones: A People’s History

    • Teaching Activity. By Alison Kysia. 28 pages.
      In this lesson, students learn about the colonial history of Congo, debate responsibility for crimes against humanity, and investigate the connection, past and present, between the exploitation of natural resources and violence.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 19th Century, 20th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies |
    • ‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change (Lesson) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • ‘Don’t Take Our Voices Away’: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change

    • Teaching Activity. By Julie Treick O’Neill and Tim Swinehart. 16 pages.
      A role play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change asks students to develop a list of demands to present to the rest of the world at a climate change meeting.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Native American, Pacific Islander, Science, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 14 pages.
      A role play investigating the economic consequences of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • History Textbooks: “Theirs” and “Ours”: A Rebellion or a War of Independence? (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • History Textbooks: “Theirs” and “Ours”: A Rebellion or a War of Independence?

    • Teaching Activity. By John DeRose. 4 pages.
      Analysis of textbook passages from different countries, videos and books are used to explore different perspectives about the same event in history, i.e. “Philippine-American War” vs. “War of Philippine Independence.”

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, 20th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Hunger on Trial: An Activity on the Irish Potato Famine and Its Meaning for Today

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 5 pages.
      Role play in the form of a trial to determine who was responsible for the death of Irish peasants during the potato famine.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Immigration, Social Class, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Inside the Volcano: A Curriculum on Nicaragua

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Jeff Edmundson. 1990. 130 pages.
      Fourteen interactive lessons on the history of Nicaragua.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The Other Internment: Teaching the Hidden Story of Japanese Latin Americans During WWII

    • Teaching Activity. By Moé Yonamine. 18 pages.
      Poetry, photography, and text are used in this role play to teach about the seldom told history of Japanese Latin American internment during WWII.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Immigration, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Remembering Mahmoud Darwish

    • Teaching Activity. By Naomi Shihab Nye and Linda Christensen. 4 pages.
      An essay, poem, and teaching idea utilizing famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s work to help students “name the invisible forces that imprison them.”

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, World History/Global Studies |
    • Rethinking What We Know About the Vietnam War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Rethinking What We Know About the Vietnam War

    • Teaching Activity. Zinn Education Project. 2010. 21 pages.
      Two lessons to introduce key facts about the Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers, documents that provide essential history that is often ignored by textbooks.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Sun City - A Teaching Guide

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 6 pages.
      Lessons to accompany the 1985 video “Sun City” that promoted the cultural boycott of South Africa initiated by Little Steven van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E St. Band.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Tè Tremblé: An Unnatural Disaster: A Trial Role Play Probes the Roots of Devastation in Haiti (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Tè Tremblé: An Unnatural Disaster: A Trial Role Play Probes the Roots of Devastation in Haiti

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 12 pages.
      A trial role play asks students to question the role played by the U.S. government and other international actors in the 2010 earthquake.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Teaching the Vietnam War: Beyond the Headlines

    • Teaching Activity. By the Zinn Education Project. 100 pages.
      Eight lessons about the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers, and whistleblowing.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, 20th Century | Themes: Media, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Witness to Apartheid: A Teaching Guide

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 1987. 24 pages.
      Lessons and activities that accompany the 1986 film Witness to Apartheid.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Power of the Story: The Voice of Witness Teacher's Guide to Oral History

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Cliff Mayotte. 2013 (2nd edition). 145 pages.
      A guide to explore contemporary issues through oral history, and to develop the communication skills necessary for creating oral history projects in communities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Language Arts, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 2002. 402 pages.
      An extensive collection of readings and source material on critical global issues, plus teaching ideas, lesson plans, and rich collections of resources for classroom teachers. Published by Rethinking Schools.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: Labor, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Speaking Out: Women, War and the Global Economy

    • Teaching Guide. By Jan Haaken, Ariel Ladum, et al. 2005. 193 pages with DVD.
      Interactive lessons on the 1990s civil war in Sierra Leone and broader issues such as cross-cultural awareness, the global trade in diamonds and guns, and the effects of war on women.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Economics, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Strangers In Their Own Country: A Curriculum Guide On South Africa

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 1985. 116 pages.
      Lessons on apartheid in South Africa and the global anti-apartheid movement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism

    • Article. By William Loren Katz. 2014. If We Knew Our History Series.
      History textbooks celebrate the U.S. role in World War II—the “Good War.” But they neglect to alert students to the U.S. government’s failure to confront early fascist violence.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Globalization: A View from Below

    • Article in PDF. By Jean-Bertrand Aristide. 5 pages.
      An essay on the impact of globalization, with the story of Haiti as an example.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmund O’Brien. 2009. 192 pages.
      Stories about 15 activists who continue in the tradition of Gandhi, written and illustrated for upper elementary and middle school.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Organizing, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Dave Zirin. 2016. 276 pages.
      Examines the cultural, economic, and political context and impact of the World Cup and the Olympics on Brazil.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 19th Century, 2001 - Present, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Slavery, Sports, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Caribbean Connections: The Dominican Republic

    • Book – Non-fiction and Fiction. Edited by Gallin, Glasser, Santana. 2005. 250 pages.
      Reader-friendly overview of the history, politics and culture of the fourth largest Latino community in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Latino, Sports, US Foreign Policy, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Christopher Columbus and the Conquest of Paradise (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Christopher Columbus and the Conquest of Paradise

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Kirkpatrick Sale. 2006. 453 pages.
      An account of Christopher Columbus’s life, separating the man from the legend.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764 | Themes: World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
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