SO YOU’VE DECIDED TO TEACH BIG HISTORY: HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT

Rachel Hansen BHP Teacher, Iowa, U.S.A. About the author: Rachel Hansen is a high school history and geography teacher in Muscatine, IA. Rachel teaches the BHP World History course over two 180-day semesters to about 50 ninth-grade through twelfth-grade students each school year. The first year teaching Big History feels like drinking from the fire…

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THE HOOK: EASTER ISLAND MYSTERY ACTIVITY

Bridgette Byrd O’Conner BHP Teacher, Louisiana, U.S.A. About the author: The 2016/17 school year marks Bridgette Byrd O’Connor’s fifth year teaching BHP as a semester-long history course. She teaches ninth and twelfth graders at Saint Scholastica Academy, a private school for girls. Bridgette teaches her 120 students a year in three 90-minute sessions per day.…

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ADAPTING HISTORY AS MYSTERY TO MY LOCATION

Gregory Dykhouse BHP Teacher, Michigan, U.S.A Unit 1 of the BHP course kicks off with History as Mystery, an activity that includes a 50-minute BBC program, The Mystery of the Headless Romans. This program introduces many useful ideas—how historians investigate questions, how hypotheses may emerge into accepted theories, and how interdisciplinary skills are necessary for…

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