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Teaching Global History

A Social Studies Approach, 1st Edition

By Alan J. Singer


224 pages

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Teaching Global History challenges prospective and beginning social studies teachers to formulate their own views about what is important to know in global history and why. It explains how to organize the curriculum around broad social studies concepts and themes and student questions about humanity, history, and the contemporary world. All chapters include lesson ideas, a sample lesson plan with activity sheets, primary source documents, and helpful charts, graphs, photographs, and maps. High school students’ responses are woven in throughout. Additional material corresponding to each chapter is posted online at http://people.hofstra.edu/alan_j_singer.

The traditional curriculum tends to highlight the Western heritage, and to race through epochs and regions, leaving little time for an in-depth exploration of concepts and historical themes, for the evaluation of primary and secondary sources, and for students to draw their own historical conclusions. Offering an alternative to such pre-packaged textbook outlines and materials, this text is a powerful resource for promoting thoughtful reflection and debate about what the global history curriculum should be and how to teach it.


"Singer offers a resource for fostering global thinking for future and current teachers through practical examples, broad social studies themes, lesson ideas, and other resources… Teaching Global History should be required reading for all social studies professionals." - Amy J. Good, Teachers College Record, June 14, 2013

Table of Contents


Part I – Designing a Global History Curriculum

1. What is a social studies approach to global history?

2. Debating Curriculum: What is important to know and why?

3. How should global history teachers address controversial or sensitive issues?

4. Why is Global History usually European chronology with tangents?

5. What does a theme-based Global history curriculum look like? Part 1 – BC: Before Columbus

6. What does a theme-based Global history curriculum look like? Part 2 – AD: After the Deluge

Part II – Debating Global History

7. The Grand Narrative of Western Civilization

8. If Chinese Historians Wrote the Global History Curriculum

9. Who and what gets included in history?

10. Religion in Human History

11. Revolutionary Movements in the Twentieth Century

12. Teaching about the European Holocaust and Genocide

Part III – Waves of Global Integration

13. Three Waves of Global Integration

14. Columbian Exchange and the Age of Colonialism (1420-1763)

15. Imperialism: The Eagle’s Talons

16. Globalization: The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse

Part IV - Resources

17. Online Resources for Teachers and Students

18. Autobiographies, Historical Fiction, and Movies

19. Lesson Plan Formats

20. Implementing the Great Irish Famine Curriculum

About the Author

Alan J. Singer is professor of secondary education and director of social studies education in the Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York and the editor of Social Science Docket (a joint publication of the New York and New Jersey Councils for Social Studies).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Social Science