Instructional Video

The Rise of the West and Historical Methodology: Crash Course World History

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There are many ways to analyze a civilization's failure or success. Learn about the different perspective with which one can view Western civilization, including economics, politics, or narrative.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • A great way to introduce a world history class at the beginning of the year
  • Include in a lesson on historical analysis
  • Connect between social studies and language arts when focusing on historical perspectives and writing
  • Have class members write an argument paper about the roles of economics, government, and law in Western civilization
Classroom Considerations
  • Narration moves quickly; pause periodically to clarify key concepts
  • Most appropriate for AP classes
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Animation is explanatory and entertaining
  • Addresses the complex idea of historical methodology and the different perspectives 
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