Global History and the Common Core

Professional Development



  • 06/06/2013
  • 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway, 19th floor, NYC
  • Presenter: Lynne Stover, Center for Economic Education, James Madison University College


  • National Center Workshops

GRADES: 6-8, 9-12


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Wanted: Teachers of Global History Looking for Interactive Lessons Tied to the Common Core

“Columbus as an Entrepreneur, Queen Isabella as a Venture Capitalist” is an 18 person play on the beginning the Age of Discovery. This and 23 other lessons with downloadable visuals and activities are part of this workshop.  Each lesson is correlated to the CEE’s Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics and are aligned to the National Common Core Standards in ELA and some lessons for math. Go to the Middle School World History website to look at the exciting lessons which will be covered in the workshop.  Other lessons generally include an activity that engages the students using simulations, role playing, and classroom demonstrations. Original documents in a couple of lessons give the student a feel for history as it was originally written. Finally, each lesson includes a “Connections” section to connect the lesson to other concepts or to other points in time.

Although entitled “FOCUS: Middle School World History” this book is a must resource for teachers of Grades Five, the Ninth and Tenth Global History and Geography classes.  This book aims to provide history teachers with lessons that incorporate economics into a variety of world history topics from the Neolithic period to 1776. This book also works for tenth grade Regents review, ELL, Special Needs and summer school teachers as all lessons are easily usable and readable for students from grade 5-12.  All attendee’s will receive a FREE copy of the book!

The workshop will also include a partial showing of the PBS film “In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.” The film follows Denis Belliveau, one of the film’s travelers, as he and his buddy retrace  Marco Polo’s entire 25,000-mile, land-and-sea route from Venice to China and back –two incredible years of his life as he and his partner survive a deadly firefight and befriend a warlord in Afghanistan, cross the forbidding Taklamakan Desert in a Silk Road camel caravan, endure continuous interrogations from authorities, and live among cultures ranging from the expert horsemen of Mongolia to the tattooed tribes of Indonesia.  At the conclusion of the film, attendees will take to the floor and partake in their own simulation of travel along the “Silk Road” using a lesson taken from the book.

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