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Middle School Premium Resources

This page lists the Premium resources specially aimed at middle schools. To access these resources you need to be a Premium Teacher member.

More Middle School resources are being added on a regular basis, and will build up to full coverage of middle school world history topics.

Contents:

Teacher Guidance:

There can be few better world history teaching resources than the TimeMap of World History. A major benefit for Premium teachers is that they get access to guidance on how use the TimeMap with students.

As you can see, teachers notes accompany most of the Premium resources listed above. The teaching ideas listed below offer more generalised guidance, for use with both the free and premium TimeMap resources.

Teaching Ancient World History

Students use the Timemap of World History to locate civilizations and empires in ancient world history. This activity is designed to give students a broad historical overview of the Ancient World.

Time Travel Agency

This engaging activity casts students as tour guides in a time travel agency – but be aware, it’s rather more challenging than it looks at first sight.

Ancient China Theme Park

This exercise challenges students to design a theme park based on ancient China – but it can be adapted to other civilizations as well.

Interview with an Emperor

This lists some questions to put to the First Emperor of China. This exercise is quite high level, and may need a bit of adapting for Middle School students.

Teaching Medieval World History

Students use the Timemap of World History to locate civilizations and empires in medieval world history. This activity is designed to give students a broad historical overview of the Medieval World.

Teaching Early Modern World History

Students examine what is happening in different regions of the world in early modern times – some being impacted by European expansion, others achieving peaks in their own cultural traditions.

Teaching Modern World History

Students examine what is happening in different regions of the world in modern times. They view the rise to global preeminence of the West, and what this entailed for the peoples of other parts of the world.

 

Acknowledgement

In undertaking this project we have had invaluable feedback from Mr. Jeremiah Hoskins M.Ed, and Mrs. Elizabeth Windmann M.Ed., of Fulton Middle School, part of Fulton Public Schools, Fulton, Missouri.

Between them, they have more than twenty years experience of teaching middle school world history, and we greatly appreciate their advice and support.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 2 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 979 CE, 1215 and 1450.

The maps are not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education. However, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 3. Land-based Empires c. 1450 to c. 1750

1. Premium Resources

The following Premium resources are available for this period:

China: the Late Dynasties: 1450 to 1760 CE Teachers Notes

Looks at the Ming and Qing dynasties, when imperial China reached its peak. The unit leaves the Qing dynasty at its magnificent height – its decline is dealt with in the next section.

India: the Mughal era: 1450 to 1750 CE Teachers Notes

Covers the early modern period in the history of the Indian subcontinent, dominated by the  rise and fall of the glorious Mughal empire.

Early Modern Europe: 1450 to 1750 CE Teachers Notes

Includes the periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Wars of religion, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.

Teaching about the Early Modern World using the TimeMap of World History

Suggestions on how to use the TimeMap of World History with your students.  They focus on using the free maps, but are equally relevant to the premium maps.

These suggestions are in addition to those offered in the teaching notes which accompany the other Premium resources.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 3 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 1450, 1648 and 1789.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 4: Transoceanic Connections c.1450 to c.1750

1. Premium Resources

The following Premium resources are available for this period:

World Trade in the Early Modern Era (Teachers Notes under development)

A sequence of maps traces the development of trade routes across the world in the early modern era, between 1453 and 1789. The sequence shows the dramatic expansion of European-controlled maritime trade routes as they grow to link the oceans fo the world within one trading system, and references the impacts this global system has on different regions of the world.

Teaching about the Early Modern World using the TimeMap of World History

Suggestions on how to use the TimeMap of World History with your students.  They focus on using the free maps, but are equally relevant to the premium maps.

These suggestions are in addition to those offered in the teaching notes which accompany the other Premium resources.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 4 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 1450, 1648 and 1789.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 5: Revolutions, 1750-1900

1. Premium Resources

The following Premium resources are available for this period:

Modern Europe: 1750-1900 CE (Teachers Notes under development)

Takes in the Enlightenment, French Revolution and Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, the 1848 revolutions, and the unification of Italy and Germany.

Modern China: the Later Imperial Period: 1760-1901 CE (Teachers Notes under development)

Covers the Opium Wars, the Taiping rebellion, The Self-Strengthening Movement, the Sino-Japanese War and the Boxer rebellion.

Teaching about Modern World using the TimeMap of World History

Suggestions on how to use the TimeMap of World History with your students.  They focus on using the free maps, but are equally relevant to the premium maps.

These suggestions are in addition to those offered in the teaching notes which accompany the other Premium resources.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 3 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 1789, 1837, 1871 and 1914.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Unit 6: Consequences of Industrialization, 1750-1900

1. Premium Resources

The following Premium resources are available for this period:

India: the British Raj: 1750 to 1900 CE (Teachers Notes under development)

Looks at the rise of British rule in India, the nature of that rule, and its impact on Indian society.

Modern China: the Later Imperial Period: 1760-1901 CE (Teachers Notes under development)

Covers the Opium Wars, the Taiping rebellion, The Self-Strengthening Movement, the Sino-Japanese War and the Boxer rebellion.

Teaching about Modern World using the TimeMap of World History

Suggestions on how to use the TimeMap of World History with your students.  They focus on using the free maps, but are equally relevant to the premium maps.

These suggestions are in addition to those offered in the teaching notes which accompany the other Premium resources.

2. Free maps and articles

The relevant maps for Unit 3 in the free section of the TimeMap Atlas are those dated 1789, 1837, 1871 and 1914.

While not aimed specifically at AP students, nor even to education as narrowly-defined, they contain much information of use to studying the period.

Articles giving more in-depth details and backgrounds to all the topics covered here can be found in our Encyclopedia.

Benefits for AP students in using the Timemap of World History

The TimeMap of World History has great benefits for AP world history students.

  • The visual nature of the resources offers an engaging approach to studying world history. This helps in developing knowledge and understanding about the subject.
  • It gives them a stronger sense of the chronology of world history than (we truly believe) any other resource can do.
  • The World and Regional maps allow students to see clearly the connections between regions and civilizations, whether these be through migration, trade, exploration, missionary activity or conquest. The context in which the different civilizations rise and fall, and the contributions each make to ongoing global history, becomes clear. All five AP World History themes are well covered.
  • Patterns of causation, continuity and change can be studied very effectively. Students can start thinking more fruitfully about key turning points in world history, and about different schemes of periodization.
  • Comparisons and contrasts between different regions at different times can be explored easily.