One of our goals in learning about history is to make it “usable.” In other words, how can we take what we’ve learned about the past and apply it to today, or even to the future? Today, you’ll think about…
The World History Project starts where the Big History Project leaves off, and focuses on the history of humanity. By taking a closer look at three different narratives of history, the World History Project examines how we organize our communities; how we make and share the goods we use every day; and the networks through which ideas and information are shared. WHP also has a strong focus on developing the skills historians use to practice historical reasoning: claim testing, comparison, contextualization, and more. Along the way, the World History Project course looks to make history usable by drawing lines from various points in history to today, always with an eye toward tomorrow.
To support your high school students at home, experienced WHP teacher Wood Boyles will guide students daily through the World History Project. He will provide content recommendations, along with a Word of the Day and guiding questions to frame each day’s content.
If you are a parent who wants a little more support as you use these materials with your kids, sign up as home school teacher at whp.oerproject.com and join the WHP Teacher Community. This is where you’ll find real-time support from other WHP educators and academics, and get your own questions answered.
Wood teaches at Highland School of Technology in Gastonia, NC. He was one of the founding teachers of the World History Project, helping to shape the program from the outset. When not in the classroom, Wood coaches cross country and plays drums in a bagpipe band. He also enjoys reading, watching old cars shows, being with family, and sharing his passion for history with anyone he meets.