Here’s an excellent resource for homeschooling the high school years. The History Channel is offering their Big History curriculum free through the mail to schools, including homeschools.
The History Channel describes the curriculum, which will be sent on a USB drive, as:
The Big History Project is a free, online social studies course designed for secondary schools.
It’s a joint effort between a group of dedicated teachers, schools, and supporters, committed to helping students develop vital skills, knowledge, and enduring passion for learning.
Big history covers it all – 13.7 billion years of shared history. It challenges students to ask and explore the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life and humanity.
- 100% open, online curriculum and content; easy to download, print, and share
- Ready-made lesson plans, inline teaching guidance, and support
- Custom-designed content including videos, texts, comics, and animations
- Easily tailored state standards and instructional approaches
- Aligned to Common Core ELA standards for 9th and 10th grades
The History Channel says:
H2®, in collaboration with the Big History Project, is pleased to offer digital classroom resources for educators. Sign up today to receive a USB drive loaded with exclusive video and curriculum content to explore Big History. This is a limited offer while supplies last!
The USB drive will include:
Video segments, education guides and information about how you can bring Big History to your school or district
Be sure to only sign up for this offer if you are currently teaching at the high school level in your homeschool, as the developers note:
The Big History series on H2® and the courseware developed by the Big History Project are recommended for high school students. This offer is only available to registered public and private schools, as well as home school teachers.
The first Big History episode will air November 02, from 10:00-10:30PM eastern time:
The Superpower of Salt
We all know that mankind can’t live without air, food and water…the same is true of salt. The salt on your table is a key to unlocking the story of our planet and the cosmos. Big History reveals how this simple molecule underpins our civilization, launched wars, built monuments like the Great Wall of China, sparked revolutions from India to France…and it’s even the substance that makes up our thoughts.
The show will repeat at many days and times during the week.
Explore the Big History Project by visiting www.bighistoryproject.org.
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