How the book works
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Every weekly lesson of this package will open up once you have completed the previous part. You can go as fast, or as slow, as you like. Read through all the documentation, and you are set to go!
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The History Connections Book 3 – Early Modern digital program includes the following:
- History Connections Book 3 – Early Modern
- History Connections Book 3 – Early Modern Maps & Worksheets (Needs to be printed)
- World Wall Map (Needs to be printed & Assembled)
- Wall Icons (Needs to be printed)
- Sea of History Poster (Needs to be printed & Assembled)
- Usborne Internet Linked History Encyclopedia, abbreviated as UILE throughout this book
- History Intersections, edition 2
All lessons have scripted discussion questions and detailed instructions. The worksheets and maps needed can be found in the accompanying Maps and Worksheets book. In every lesson there are several elements: Wall
The Task Card on the first page of every weekly lesson lists an overview of the topic and the materials needed.
Materials: The teaching materials needed are listed in the first column. Usually these are pages from either the UILE or the History Intersections, as well as the Location Map that needs to be traced, worksheets needed for the activity and of course the World Wall Map and the Wall Icon Sheet.
Time: This time indication is based upon twice a block of 45 minutes. Below we have explained the scheduling and proposed an alternative schedule.
Inquiry: throughout this curriculum, students learn how to ask questions and extract information from images and maps. They will generate questions before doing any reading. This is called Inquiry Based Learning. Learning how to ask the right questions is half of the success of research. In Book 3, parents model asking questions with increased participation from the student. This prepares the student to do more independent inquiry questions in book 4. At the beginning of every lesson, the student is encouraged to generate questions about a selected image and to extract the answers to these questions from the image itself. The questions are categorized into What, Who, When, Where, Why and How. In the first weeks, the students will be encouraged to ask WHAT questions. After practicing over a few weeks, the student will be encouraged to ask WHERE questions along with the already practiced WHAT questions. Gradually, we add a new question until they start practicing all the questions. The questions that the student should come up with are all questions that can be answered by looking at the image. They are questions that they already know the answer to. The point is for them to learn to ask questions. You do not need to write the questions down. The student should orally come with a question then directly look for the answer in the image.
Reading: Learning how to read a historical text is a skill that will benefit a student throughout his/her life. The goal is not to read as many lines as possible, but to read each line with attention, looking to comprehend the text.
Since reading levels vary, we give suggestions where needed for those with lower and higher reading levels. Praise the student for their reading regardless of how much they read. Encourage the student to try and focus on understanding the information being read rather than phonetically reading the text. It is not always an easy job to extract information from text and may require a substantial effort from the students. Therefore, going slow is not a problem, as the goal is to master the skill of reading and comprehending what has been read.
Activities: Every week the child will complete an activity that relates to the topic of the week. This will help students to internalize the information covered. Activities are varied and alternated, in order to keep students engaged. We recommend allowing students to do the activities as independently as possible. The goal is for the students to do all activities as best as possible but they do not always have to be neat and pretty. Activities teach young children different skills and abilities, such as strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, and deduction. In order to help you prepare for the activities, we have included a list of materials needed for the activity for that week (see below).
Activities: Every week the child will complete an activity that relates to the topic of the week. This will help students internalize the information covered. Activities are varied and alternated, in order to keep students engaged. We recommend doing all activities as best as possible, as they teach children different skills and abilities, such as fine motor skills, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, and deduction. A week-by-week overview of all materials needed for the activities is given below.
Tracing a Map: The program asks the child to trace the Location Maps (provided). The action of physically tracing, assures the information is integrated into the memory. Please make sure you have tracing paper available. The mapping activity allows students to get familiar with geography and teaches them to pay attention to certain geographical landmarks, such as rivers and seas, mountain ranges and oceans. Borders drawn do not have to be precise: a general idea of where borders is sufficient.
World Wall Map & Wall Icons: Every week, the child will cut out and stick small icons on the World Wall Map to remember the events that have been discussed. It also gives a sense of where most of the events are happening on a global scale. The World Wall Map can be assembled from the pages in the Maps & Worksheets book. The icons are provided in the Maps & Worksheets book as well. The Lesson Plan book will have the icon placed in the Overview Box at the start of each week. When using the World Wall Map, always show what part the child will be tracing on the Location Map. You can do this by making a ‘photographer’s bracket’ with your hands: simply hold your hands together so they form a rectangle. Then show the child on the World Wall Map, where the Location Map is located.
Sea of History: The Sea of History poster is used with lessons that are directly about Muslims such as lessons about Muslim empires that emerged in that period. At the end of the year, the child will have a timeline that depicts all the important Muslim events in the Early Modern era, one after the other. This helps children visualize information. Sticking the names of the Muslim powers and images of these selected topics in chronological order is a pre-time lining skill and such tangible activities help in the consolidation of information.
Extra Resources: At the end of every lesson, there are extra resources listed. We recommend that if your child expresses a particular interest in a topic, you allow extra time for the extra resources. Extra resources are optional and not part of this curriculum. If you are working with a hard copy of the curriculum, we have added a QR code in the Extra resources that allows you to access them easily through our webpage. These webpages with resources are only available to families who are using our curriculum.
Every lesson also has visual elements to help guide you through the lesson. There are several approaches to using this book. The easiest is to simply follow all of the instructions. The lessons are set up to be repeating the information. However, should you feel your child is simply not responding to a certain element, there are ways to differentiate the teaching method.
Highlighted text contain instructions to the parent.
Normal text is supposed to be read out to the student.
Bold text are the questions asked, and these should be read aloud to the student.
Text in Italics should be read to the student as well, as it explains the images. This is often a repeat of what was mentioned in the stories.
Fun Facts & Did You Know... boxes are meant to be shared with the student, but are not an integral part of the lesson.
Dashed Text Circles are alternative suggestions for parents.
Different Types of Learners
The lessons are written in a such a way that they cater to different types of learners. Ideally you will take the lesson as is, and your child will learn several different skills.
However, some children are not auditory learners and they struggle with listening to a story. On the other hand, some children are not visual learners and they need to hear a story to get a sense of structure. In our program we cater to both. If you do the entire lesson, your child will practice both skills, which we recommend. For some kids, this may prove difficult and may lead to less engagement. As a parent, you know your child best, so if you feel a certain element does not work well for your child, here is what we recommend.
You can read the stories and look at the images in the resource texts to reinforce what was mentioned in the story. Often, having the child look at the image while reading the story will greatly help. After this, you can continue with the questions in bold, and skip the lines in Italics.
On the other hand, if you child is not engaged when hearing the short stories, but enjoys the images instead, you could skip the stories and focus on the questions in bold and explain the image with the lines in Italics.