In addition to a cover page provided by the AHA and my own "main page", both of which act as introductory tables of contents, this Web site contains two major parts. The guts of the Web site is a verticle portal composed of many visual primary sources each with explanatory text and all appropriate to the teaching of the medieval section of World History. These visual primary sources are arranged by civilization but can be combined to form new topic-specific groupings based on theme. That is the guts. The glory of this site consists of three separate lessons, each of which makes use of the visual primary sources in the vertical portal in different ways. Of course, teachers and students may access the vertical portal and do with it what they like on their own or they may want to follow my lesson suggestions. Each of the three suggested lessons acts as an independent unit or they may be treated as a scaffolded sequence of lessons - that is, each lesson introduces a new skill while rehearsing the skills taught in earlier lessons. All of the lessons seek to teach visual literacy and to encourage associative thought, key features of critical inquiry for beginning history students.
Last Updated: October 10, 2008