Double Down on Writing

BHP Team Washington, USA In October, we shared an overview of the 10 Investigation writing activities that are woven into the BHP curriculum. This month, we revisit BHP’s writing focus with new materials from our professional development course, Teaching Big History. In the Big History course, writing is a tool for understanding history, and a … Continue reading Double Down on Writing

Teaching Claim Testing to Middle Schoolers

In Lesson 1.3, students are introduced to claim testing, a skill that is fundamental to Big History. The activity "Claim Testing: What Are the Claim Testers?" is the second in the practice progression for this skill. Through this activity, students are introduced to the claim testers and get a broad overview of the four types: … Continue reading Teaching Claim Testing to Middle Schoolers

How Students Do the Work of Historians in the Early Units of BHP

Jenny Hollaway, BHP Teacher Snoqualmie, USA As the school year winds down, I inevitably find myself playing the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” game. Despite my best efforts, I always “shoulda” incorporated more “history” into Units 1 through 5 of my Big History course—you know, those units titled “The Big Bang” and “Stars & Elements”—the ones that … Continue reading How Students Do the Work of Historians in the Early Units of BHP