An Inquiry Into the Nature, Reasoning and Scale of Story-Telling, History & Historiography – Week 1
Welcome to AP World History with Mr. Cameron! After introducing some basic course logistics like the syllabus and course website, we’re going straight into engaging some historical reasoning skills & disciplinary practices that will stick with us throughout our semester.
1) Assessing changes and continuities over time (CCOT) Historical Periods of My Life – how can we use our own life experiences to flex our historical reasoning?
2) Analyzing historical evidence: Why Study History – Historical Reasoning Activity (and the PPT…). Also: QUIZ: How Good Are You At Detecting Bias? Mr. Cameron looks forward to spending more time with primary and secondary source analysis; more on that next week.
3) Historical reasoning skills are handy even while addressing a subject that many of us take for granted: what does earth look like? But let’s problematize the whole concept of geography and cartography, shall we?? See: Geography & Cartography as Historiography. Let’s record the major physical and topographical features of our lovely planet; then we may begin with an inquiry into a discussion of CARTOGRAPHY and METHODOLOGY as tools of historiography.
4) One piece of methodology inherent in this course relates to how we conceptualize the THEMES of history. Let’s spend a bit more time with the THEMES of AP World History by Categorizing the SECSE themes!!
5) Finally, the historical reasoning skill of contextualization. In an effort to help us understand the chronological RANGE of APWH, we need to consider the timeline of human events leading up to the point where AP College Board wants us to begin our curriculum with Big History, the Cosmic Calendar and our APWH Focus using the BIG HISTORY TIMELINE. Where do humans fit in within the broad context of life on earth?? …within the broader context of our universe?
HOMEWORK: *note ‘due’ v. ‘by’
- Check out a textbook ASAP.
- Due Thursday: Big History chronological and spatial thinking exercise.
- Due Thursday: signed syllabus slip. Pg. 3-4 only. Must be double-sided.
- Due Thursday: “Historical Periods of My Life” writing assignment.
- Due Thursday: the reading and questions to Sam Wineburg: Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts AND Curtis W. Marean: The Most Invasive Species Respond on the paper, tear out the page and submit each.