use with The Passing of a Century
The excellent and informative history site on the 20th century that features 100 years of Events and Trends, Discovery and Milestones, People and Society with educational interactive bits (covers: politics, media, war, transport, science, leaders, art, environment and more)
-- 20th Century History
Dear teachers and students, now that you’ve, hopefully, browsed through The Passing of a Century site, you’ll be inspired to learn (or teach) more about the 20th century. Learning about recent events and major trends of the past decades does not always have to be dull history lessons or reading from a book. Here are some activities and project outlines for you to try!
Here is a sampling of lesson ideas and activities which have been developed for easy implementation alongside this interactive web resource. Feel free to submit your own lesson plans or simply modifications/improvements of our exisiting lesson plans.
The Passing of a Century website aims to provide a comprehensive resource for students on the major events and trends of the 20th Century. We hope to interest visitors in finding out more about the past 100 years by providing engaging, easy-to-understand write-ups on most major events and trends, offering both facts as well as interpretation.
We have observed that many students know little about the past. However, we feel that knowing more about humanity's shared history is crucial to appreciating and understanding the world we live in today. It is also the only way to prevent ourselves from repeating our past mistakes. In addition, we hope that students will view the world as well as our times in a broader, more global perspective after visiting our site.
Beyond just knowing more about the century, we also hope to inculcate in students everywhere a curiosity to find out more in-depth and detailed information about the events and global movements that we document. We also hope that they will learn to think more critically about the written past and discover that history is in fact coloured by the historian's point of view. We hope that this will be achieved when they read interpretations of historical events they themselves experienced or when they read differing viewpoints which we hope to offer. In short, we hope that visitors to our site will be moved to be curious about the past, to be more critical of what is said to be "historically true" and to carry away with them a broader perspective of the world.
Lastly, we hope to do our part to develop online learning and global student co-operation. This we hope to do by integrating numerous interactive sections subtly into our site as well as providing ample opportunities and mediums through which teachers and students can share project ideas, classroom learning activities or just swap personal stories on historical events.