1st Edition

Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History Early Humans to Global Expansion (Vol. 1, Grades 7-10)

By Jana Kirchner, Andrew McMichael Copyright 2019
    272 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Spanning the time period from 15,000 BCE to 1500 CE, Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History (Vol. 1) focuses on creating global connections between people and places using primary sources in standards-based lessons. With sections on early humans, the ancient world, classical antiquity, and the world in transition, this book provides teachers with inquiry-based, ready-to-use lessons that can be adapted to any classroom and that encourage students to take part in the learning process by reading and thinking like historians. Each section contains chapters that correspond to the scope and sequence of most world history textbooks. Each inquiry lesson begins with an essential question and connections to content and literacy standards, followed by primary source excerpts or links to those sources. Lessons include step-by-step directions, incorporate a variety of literacy strategies, and require students to make a hypothesis using evidence from the texts they have read.

    Grades 7-10

    Introduction Introductory Lesson Part I: Early Humans: 15,000—1045 Bce Chapter 1 The Neolithic Era And Early Settlements Chapter 2 Rise Of Civilizations In The Mediterranean (Egypt And Mesopotamia) Chapter 3 Rise Of Civilizations In Asia (China And India) Part Ii: The Ancient World: 2500 Bce–0 Chapter 4 Rise Of Religions Chapter 5 Accomplishments And Achievements Of Early Civilizations Chapter 6 Governments In The Ancient World Chapter 7 Everyday Life In The Ancient World Part Iii: Classical Antiquity: 0–750 Chapter 8 Rise And Fall Of Empires Chapter 9 Christianity Chapter 10 Islam Chapter 11 Economy And Trade Part Iv: The World In Transition: 750–1500 Chapter 12 Kingdoms Of Asia And Africa Chapter 13 Kingdoms Of Europe Chapter 14 Civilizations In The Americas Chapter 15 Global Exploration And Expansion References Student Handout Resources About The Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment


    Jana Kirchner, Ph.D., is an educator with 30 years of experience. She has served as a school district instructional supervisor, an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University, a social studies consultant, and a high school social studies and English teacher. She earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Louisville. Kirchner coauthored Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History, vols. 1 & 2 and Inquiry-Based Lessons in U.S. History: Decoding the Past with Andrew McMichael and Parenting Gifted Children 101 with Tracy Inman. She provides professional development on social studies strategies and inquiry topics with JK Consulting (janakirchner.com). 

    Andrew McMichael, Ph.D., is the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and a professor of history at Auburn University at Montgomery.

    Kirchner & McMichael have written a wonderful text to assist educators in preparing their lesson plans for world history. It is a great reference for new teachers and a way to breathe new life into the lessons of older educators. This work will help expand your lessons where budget restraints come into play for the educator as well.,Lewie Dunn,Adjunct Professor of History, Georgia Military College, 5/20/19
    This is a phenomenal find for me. I teach seventh grade Ancient History, and I am constantly searching for ways to make the material more relevant and exciting. The topical links are important themes that are common in all cultures, like religion, government, geography, culture, art, technology and economics. By repeatedly discussing these connections among civilizations, the book can deepen learning and greatly enhance student memory and recall of the material.,Joanne Bell,MiddleWeb, 7/11/19