Elements in the lessons:
Research: Learning how to read and understand a scientific text is an important life-skill. It helps create life-long and independent learners. In the Research box of the weekly Task Card, the key words are listed. You are encouraged to find the topics in the encyclopedia by yourself, by using the content pages or the index pages. The keywords listed help you in finding the topics in the encyclopedia.
Resources: We have listed the resources that will be used for the week in the resources section of the weekly Task Card. UILE stands for the Usborne Internet Linked History Encyclopedia, HI stands for History Intersections, 2nd edition and the Super Servants Stories are optional.
Skill: The program covers a wide range of skills, including outlining, summarizing, note-taking and mind mapping. These skills are not only useful for the subject of history, but are life-skills to be used throughout a wide range of subjects, both academic as well as non-academic. The difficulty of the skills will be increased over several weeks, allowing you to become proficient through small incremental steps.
Project: Every week, you will create a project: sometimes this is with pen and paper and sometimes this is with an online software. The purpose of the project is to show information you have found in a visual manner.
Map: You will make a map by tracing a Location Map and following the instructions every week. The instructions will tell you what items should be marked and labeled on the map. The map should be made with colors and have as much details as possible. Every map should be labeled at the top with the topic of the week. The purpose of having you trace the map is recognition of topographical landmarks and elements such as mountain ranges, rivers, deserts, seas and oceans, and cities. By physically tracing a map, the information is integrated into your memory. Most Location Maps are traced more than once.
Timeline: Timelining involves the placement of information in chronological order on a visual that represents the passage of time. Most timelines are linear, starting from one point and moving in one direction. Such timelines will give a good sense of the order events are happening in, and which events happen at the same time. However, a linear timeline does not show the different topographical area things happen in at the same time. Therefore, our timeline is circular: it is shaped like a slice of a tree trunk, with the rings showing its years. We have also divided the circular timeline in ‘slices’, like a pizza. Every slice represents a different area of the world. When data is added to the timeline, all events happening in the same rings are happening at the same time, and going from the center to the outer ring in each slice, will show the order events happened in for that particular area.
Every week, you will write the chronological information found (and if applicable, the information in the boxes in the resources,) on the timeline in the topographical area the events took place in. Not only time matters, but also place. See instructions below on how to assemble the timeline.
World Wall Map: In order to have a sense where events on the traced map take place on a global scale, we will ask you to locate the traced map area on the World Wal Map. The World Wall Map is a complete world map without details.