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World History Subject Guide (archived): Teaching world history

A relevant journal

World History Connected

An e-journal.

"World History Connected is designed for everyone who wants to deepen the engagement and understanding of world history: students, college instructors, high school teachers, leaders of teacher education programs, social studies coordinators, research historians, and librarians.  For all these readers, WHC presents innovative classroom-ready scholarship, keeps readers up to date on the latest research and debates, presents the best in learning and teaching methods and practices, offers readers rich teaching resources, and reports on exemplary teaching. WHC is free worldwide. It is published by the University of Illinois Press."

Some relevant books in the CSC library

Teaching Ethnic Diversity with Film: Essays and Resources for Educators in History, Social Studies, Literature and Film Studies,edited by Carole Gerster with Laura W. Zlogar 370.117 T22V

How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom, M. Suzanne Donovan and John D. Bransford, editors 370.1523 N213C

Integrating Inquiry Across the Curriculum, edited by Richard H. Audet, Linda K. Jordan 371.39 In812

Making Sense of History: Uusing High-Quality Literature and Hands-on Experiences to Build Content Knowledge, by Myra Zarnowski 372.89 Z19m

Building a History Curriculum: Guidelines for Teaching History in Schools, prepared by the Bradley Commission on History in Schools 372.89043 B728b 

Building a History-Centered Curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade Four: Guidelines for Using Themes and Selecting Content, prepared by the National Council for History Education 372.89043 N213e

Hands On History: A Resource for Teaching Mathematics, edited by Amy Shell-Gellasch 510.712 H192

Historical Empathy and Perspective-Taking in the Social Studies, edited by O.L. Davis Jr., Elizabeth Anne Yeager, and Stuart J. Foster 907 H629h

Past Into Present: Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpretation, by Stacy F. Roth 907 R742p Essays on Teaching with Technology, Dennis A. Trinkle, Scott A. Merriman, editors 907.1 H629

The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History, by Robert C. Williams 907.2 W675h

Teaching History in the Digital Classroom, by D. Antonio Cantu and Wilson J. Warren 907.85 C169t

Lessons from History: Essential Understandings and Historical Perspectives Students Should Acquire, edited by Charlotte Crabtree 973.071 L566

Uncovering Our History: Teaching with Primary Sources, by Susan H. Veccia 973.071 V491u

Other library guides

Subject guides


American History 

Sources of curriculum and instructional material

Bridging World History
A video course for high school and college teachers; 26 half-hour video programs, course guide, and Web site

Facing History and Ourselves
"Our mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry."

For Educators
Resources from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

National Center for History in the Schools
Includes World History Content Standards

National History Education Clearinghouse
Includes Teaching Guides

Teachers from the Library of Congress. "Offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching."  “More than 10 million primary sources online.”

Women in World History
A project of the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Women in World History Curriculum

World History Sources
Classroom teachers give examples of teaching with primary sources



Multicultural literature

See the multicultural literature page on the CU library's Children's Literature subject guide

Resources in the library

Browse for books on teaching history

Browse the stacks

Teaching social studies 372.83-89
Teaching history 907.1
Teaching U.S. history 973.071

Useful subject headings
to use in the catalog

History study and teaching

History study and teaching (elementary) United States

History--study and teaching--(secondary)--United States

Social sciences study and teaching elementary

Social sciences study and teaching (elementary) United States

Social sciences study and teaching secondary

Social sciences study and teaching (secondary) United States

World History For Us All

Curriculum and resources from a national collaboration, including San Diego State and the National Center for History in the Schools. "A treasury of teaching units, lesson plans, and resources."

Connections to literature

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books`
REF 011.62 L628

Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre
REF 808.8381 J637h

What Was It Like?: Teaching History and Culture through Young Adult Literature
973.91071 R364w

America in Historical Fiction: A Bibliographic Guide

REF 813.081 V332a

War & Peace:  A Guide to the LIterature and New Media, Grades 4-8
REF 011.62 W171w

Professional associations