Do civilizations collapse? Teacher takes on a complex Big Q for the classroom

BHP Team   Note from BHP Team: Do civilizations collapse? Turns out, this is a tricky question. And it’s this month’s Big Question in the BHP course and community. We’ve added to the course a new article by Newcastle University’s Guy Middleton that is sure to ignite some critical thinking and claim testing. Some BHP teachers are … Continue reading Do civilizations collapse? Teacher takes on a complex Big Q for the classroom

Do civilizations collapse?

The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology.  Adapted for publication and use by Big History Project from the essay “Do Civilisations Collapse?” by Guy D. Middleton, published on Aeon.co. Note from BHP Team: Collapse. Was this the fate of civilizations like the Maya and … Continue reading Do civilizations collapse?

Looking ahead: Big Q ideas for later units

Kathy Hays, BHP Teacher Arizona, USA Note from BHP Team:  Possibilities abound for how to use the monthly Big Question articles, which feature great new content, in your Big History classroom. Why not take inspiration from veteran BHP teacher Kathy Hays, who has already noodled on options for connecting this resource to existing concepts, skills, … Continue reading Looking ahead: Big Q ideas for later units