Big History Project

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WHAT IS BIG HISTORY?

Students have an instinct to think deeply and feel respected when presented with deep questions. The Big History Project facilitates independent, critical cross-disciplinary thinking, which is what the real world is all about. Our active class discussions and questions reflect this. Wow!— High school teacher, Brooklyn, NY

13.8 billion years of history told through engaging videos, animations, articles, and classroom activities targeting middle- and high-school students

  • Flexible and adaptable — the course can be delivered over a full year or just a semester, depending on your school’s needs.
  • Everything is online — materials are up to date, always available, and easy to download and print.
  • Easy to customize — use teacher-generated lessons or explore and create your own using a comprehensive library of custom designed content.
  • Built to hit Common Core, C3 and state standards— built from the ground up to align with the expectations of the CCSS, starting with the learning outcomes and including the assessment and lesson activities. The Big History Project emphasizes inquiry, analysis, and argument over content knowledge.
  • Comprehensive professional development — online instructional guides, detailed lesson plans, training sessions, and videos—available online, anytime anywhere. Plus monthly online sessions to go deeper on core topics.

CLICK: Big History

Summer Road Trips

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On the road: mapping the great road trips of American literature

by Marta Bausells

Cheryl Strayed killed time at a small casino adjoining a Reno bus station at 4am, pack still strapped to her back; Jack Kerouac went down the mountain between Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Benson, Arizona, “with the clutch in and the motor off to save gas”; Bill Bryson drove through a landscape of gumdrop hills in Virginia, with a sky “full of those big fluffy clouds you always see in nautical paintings”, and came across towns with names including Snowflake, Horse Pasture and Charity.

These are just a handful of the more than 1,500 locations charted in a comprehensive and interactive map of American literature’s most iconic journeys, created by self-declared “freak for the American road trip” Richard Kreitner, in collaboration with developer Steven Melendez, and hosted online by Atlas Obscura.

CLICK:  The Guardian article

CLICK:  The Obsessively Detailed Map