If you are a history teacher, you know that it can be challenging and even difficult to get your students interested in world history. There are many steps that you can take to try to get your students more enthusiastic and engaged with world history content. Get to know some of these options. Then, you can be sure you are doing everything you can to creatively engage your students in world history content.
Have Them Keep a Multi-Medium History Journal
One of the ways that you can help your students engage in the content in your history classes is to have them keep a multi-medium history journal. Have them keep their notes on lectures and texts on the right side of the page. On the left page, have them draw pictures, make charts, paste magazine clippings, or otherwise creatively represent the content of their notes.
This engages your student by making the process of learning history more interactive. Your students will engage their artistic and creative skills which will help to solidify the information in their brains. It will also force them to engage with their notes and to look at them after they took them. This can vastly improve their experience of history as well as their grades in the course.
Have Them Read a Trip Around the World Autobiography
If you want your students interested in the vast and large world around them, you have to make it interesting. A first-person narrative about traveling the world is one way to do that. Find a trip around the world autobiography that discusses areas of the world your class is studying.
For example, if you are studying Greece and the Greek empire, have them read a book where the person has been to Greece. You can talk to your students about how Greek history affects contemporary Greek culture. Talk about the landmarks in Greece in the context of ancient and modern history.
This can be a great supplement to your traditional history lessons and can make students more interested in the content. You can even assign projects to your students based on the countries in which the person in the autobiography visits. Each student or group could work on a project about the history and culture of the different areas of the world in the book. They could also use their journals to keep track of what they learn in the autobiography.
Now that you know some of the ways that you can get your students more interested in world history, you can give them a chance in your classroom lesson plans as soon as possible.