Any educators out there interesting in contributing to an open source world history text? This would be posted on Openendedsocialstudies.org and made available for free for anyone – schools, teachers, students – struggling with a lack of quality digital resources during these distanced, virtual times.
Ancient World History: An Open Ended History is a free online history textbook adapted and expanded upon from open sources. It is an attempt to develop a middle school world history course that is truly expansive – a true world history, in other words. While it examines historical events and figures, its approach is cultural and thematic. The text does not aim to be strict chronology of the world – rather, it is a primer for the student who is not a specialist in history. A primer for being a semi-informed citizen of the world. As such, it features many “digressions” into societies and cultures that don’t always make the cut in conventional textbooks. It is also a work in progress, especially over the 2020-2021 school year. Please use and share freely – to supplement or replace what you have at hand.
If you would like to contribute chapters to the ongoing project, please click here.
Chapters will include, but are not limited to:
- Human Origins
- Ancient India
- Ancient Mesopotamia
- Ancient China
- Ancient Egypt
- Sub-Saharan African Kingdoms of the Ancient World
- Ancient Americas
- Aboriginal Oceania
- Comparative World Religions
- Art of the Ancient World
If one of these topics interests you, drop me a line and let’s hash it out!