Published Date

October 4, 1998

Resource Type

AHA Resource, For the Classroom


Ancient, Teaching Methods

AHA Topics

Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate Education



Examples of student work using some of the Doing World History methods.

Common Phenomena

There are three criteria I use to evaluate these graphs as well as the other material created using the doing world history methods: appropriate use of the methods, comprehensiveness and creativity. I do not grade these group projects, so in this case I would orally point out strengths and weaknesses. The assignment was to use the methods on chapter three of World Civilizations:The Global Experience, vol I: Beginnings to 1750 ,second edition, by Peter N. Stearns, Michael Adas and Stuart B. Schwatrz (Harper Collins, 1996). The group used common phenomena appropriately, listing in the middle column several aspects of civilization that were shared. The right and left columns take this further, offering a comparison of the way the particular societies dealt with the shared elements. This earns praise for creativity, as the group worked comparision into the treatment of common phenomena. My only criticism is that the chart is not comprehensive, as the chapter covered the Zhou era which is not mentioned in the students’ work.

Other Examples of Student Work

Comparison of Classical Greece and India

Comparison of Classical Greece and India

Major Civilizations of the Americas

Major Civilizations of the Americas