Lesson 1.5: Timescales in the Mediterranean and World History
• Students will identify and explain in simple terms Braudel’s idea of different historical scales
• They will apply the concept of historical scales to events in history, to individual or collective biographies and life stories/trajectories, and in their own lives.
• They will extend this understanding to David Christian’s idea of geography and geology as the largest timescale that affects human activity and places it in context.
• Throughout Modules 1-6, students will be able to apply the concept of historical scales to new information.
• Student handout 1.3.1
• Writing materials, highlighters
Lesson Plan Text
1. Provide Student Handout 1.3.1 Braudel’s framework of historical scales and (From Braudel, Fernand. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. (Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 1995), pp. 20-21 and (From David Christian, “Afroeurasia in Geological Time,” World History Connected, Vol. 5 No. 2 at http://worldhistoryconnected.press.illinois.edu/5.2/christian.html. )
2. To help students decipher these texts through close reading, or active learning, assign students to read the text in a group using “silent discussion-mode.” To do this, project or print a large-text vesrion of the text on a large piece of paper. On this paper, each student can write annotations, comments, and questions (vocabulary, comprehension) on or next next to the part of the text. Alternatively, the teacher can create questions or highlight passages for comment, and students write their answers/ideas next to these passages. The teacher may observe the notations and comment as well by writing on the paper. This can be a timed activity followed by discussion of the notations and questions students made.