10 Useful Learnist Boards For History Teachers

ancient romeThis week, we’ll pay homage to my favorite field: history. History textbooks can be so dry–let Learnist lighten it up your studies!  There are so many history boards on Learnist which span a variety of topics. Some of these are about the teaching of history, and others are specific to certain events or periods.

Create some history boards of your own, or follow Learners of similar interests and collaborate–one of the most helpful things about these boards is that you can collaborate on the areas of history you love and make boards that are helpful for everyone to share.

Great Resources for History Teachers
This board by Ann Schimbor Vaseliades has some great resources for teaching history, including a lesson compendium aligned to the Common Core standards, links to the New York Times Learning Network, Library of Congress and the National Archives Doc Teach sight, which compiles all our critical documents with lessons.  This is a good one to bookmark.

Food in Ancient Rome
This board by Tamara Jamerson makes me want to bring pots and pans into my class. Understanding a culture must be done using all the senses, and Tamara certainly achieves this with this board. I am secretly hoping that this is the first in a geographical series, but we will have to wait and see. Perhaps other learners can help her out?

Historiography
History is generally written through the lens of the victor in accordance with their values and the ideals of the time. Historiography–studying history itself and how it is recorded, is an important discipline. It helps us to decode the perspectives and biases behind any work of history so that we can better interpret it for ourselves. To understand the discipline of historiography is to hold the key to unlocking history itself.

The History of Clothing
Peggy Collins’ board on the history of clothings spans the centuries and travels the world, including social history on several cultures and materials. This board is the intersection between history, art, fashion and lifestyle.  It is packed full of information.

Oral History and Creating an Inclusive Classroom
This board by Kevin Cordeiro and Maggie Messitt emphasizes the importance of oral history as part of the record. Luckily, social historians are trying to record and catalog these often underemphasized accounts of history.  Once a generation passes, their story goes with them. I contributed a learning here, too, about StoryCorps, my favorite project of National Public Radio, which places audio booths across the nation chronicling Americans telling their stories. To preserve the stories of America is to preserve the history of those who are often left out of “the books.”

Bubonic Plague
If you watch no other Youtube video today, you must watch “Fleas on Rats,” which is learning number three on this Learnist board. If you are especially brave, watch it before lunch.  This informative board by Gwen Duralek is highly educational but contains material students will not forget.

Lincoln, the Great Emancipator?
This board shows the other side of Lincoln. Lincoln did, indeed, preserve the Union through his skillful negotiations and use of alliances.  However, there is another side of Lincoln–the historiography on the 16th president is indeed complex.  

Silk Stocking and Other Rationing during WWII
Elise Gentile’s board about rationing during WWII covers primary and secondary source material on the subject, of shortages and rationing, including an oral history of a person who lived through this period in American history.

Political History
Political Strategist Dina Fraioli’s board shows some key moments in US political history, showing how the advent of video brings home important speeches and moments in political history.

The BBC Learning Experience
Learnist’s own Rusty Greiff, Roy Gilbert and Farb Nivi have teamed up to chronicle one of the world’s media powerhouses.  The British Broadcasting Corporation has been a media presence since its inception in 1922 as the first privately owned broadcasting corporation in the world. It remains one of the central hubs of all things education. No history teacher or aficionado could be without the BBC.