The 0.1 Percent: How Closely Related Are We?

Scott Collins, BHP Teacher Illinois, USA Look around you. Look at the faces you see. I mean REALLY LOOK. Study these faces. Study their features. What makes them similar? What makes them different? Take note of eye colors, hair colors, skin tones. ¬†Look at bone structure, dimples, and birthmarks. Notice teeth, eyebrows, chins. Feeling uncomfortable … Continue reading The 0.1 Percent: How Closely Related Are We?

Classroom Report: Claim Testing, Unleashed

Hayden George, BHP Teacher Washington, USA Like most teachers just starting out with Big History, I did so with minor trepidation. But with each passing day, as I saw students make connections between thresholds and current events, any reluctance I had vanished. In just the first few months, Big History has taught my students that … Continue reading Classroom Report: Claim Testing, Unleashed

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 … Continue reading Thinking Like a Historian: Categorizing Causes