#NCSS17 Highlights: Big History’s BIG Presence

BHP Team What happens when you gather hundreds of Big History Project teachers and enthusiasts in one of the greatest cities on Earth and give them access to the founder of the field and some of the greatest minds in social studies education? A whole lot of learning, a whole lot of fun…and the occasional…

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Academic Vocabulary: From “Yawn” to Applause!

Erik Christensen, BHP Teacher California, USA We realize there are amazing connections to be made between BHP’s unit driving questions (DQs), the Investigations, and the lesson/unit vocabulary. Our teaching model uses student writing—spread over a few days during each unit—to make these connections pop. Here’s how it works: We tackle the Text Genome Part 1…

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THINKING LIKE A HISTORIAN: CATEGORIZING CAUSES

Monte DeArmoun, BHP Teacher Iowa, USA Historians and other critical thinkers must be able to identify and understand causality. Think about the current political climate of the United States. Why are we experiencing turmoil? Is there a single reason? As the first sentence of the Categorizing Causes activity in Unit 4 states, one of the…

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