by Neil Schlager · 10/14/13
Judging by what I see in my social media feeds, instructors who teach the history survey are forever tweaking their course design and overall approach. And with good reason: what a daunting prospect it must be to cover the massive amount of eras/subjects that are possible when teaching the U.S., World, or Western Civ survey course. Because our service is so flexible and can work with a wide diversity of course designs, I thought it might be interesting to highlight some of the approaches that our adopting professors take with the survey course.
by Neil Schlager · October 02, 2013
Here at Milestone Documents, we work closely with our community of educators to continually hone the format, content, and features of our service. A unique digital resource that costs students just $19.95/semester, Milestone Documents combines 1,400 key historical documents with expert analysis from a global network of scholars. It also includes a peer-reviewed textbook layer for the big survey courses in U.S. history, world history, and Western Civ, plus pedagogical support developed by the Editors in Chief of our various subject areas.
by Neil Schlager · March 22, 2013
The problem with teaching history, says Pam Laird, a professor at the University of Colorado Denver, is that the content is so naturally engaging that it requires very little polish to turn a lecture into a performance that wins high student evaluations. As a result, historians can be lulled into believing that reciting their “wonderful stories” in the classroom translates to effective education. Laird notes that, in fact, many of these faculty are superb teachers in the sense that they engage students with their lectures, work enthusiastically with the students who come to see them, and their students often serve as cheerful ambassadors for history studies.
by Neil Schlager · August 30, 2012
At California State University at Fullerton, the average student is anything but. Located in Metropolitan Los Angeles, the campus reflects the rich diversity of its urban setting, with a student body that includes those who are working full time while they pursue their degrees, homemakers returning to complete their education, and lifelong learners as well as the traditional fresh high school grads, all within an extraordinary age range. It can be a knotty affair for faculty in the classroom. Such a diverse student body can mean that class composition—and the resulting class personality—can shift dramatically between day and night classes and from semester to semester. “A lot of my students are the first in their family to attend college,” says American Studies Lecturer Karen Linkletter.
by Marcia Merryman-Means · August 20, 2012
In August we are highlighting the American Frontier, from discovery and exploration to westward expansion. This week we feature the Homestead Act, Frederick Jackson Turner: “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” John Ross: Memorial to Congress, Adriaen van der Donck: Description of the New-Netherlands, Elinore Pruitt Stewart: Letters of a Woman Homesteader, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and the Battle of Sand Creek: Editorials and Congressional Testimony.
by Marcia Merryman-Means · August 13, 2012
In August we are highlighting the American Frontier, from discovery and exploration to westward expansion. This week we feature Charles Siringo: A Texas Cow Boy, Dame Shirley: The Shirley Letters from California Mines, Catherine Sager Pringle: Across the Plains in 1844, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Ely Parker: Report on Indian Affairs to the War Department, the Pacific Railway Act, and the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
by Marcia Merryman-Means · August 06, 2012
In August we are highlighting the American Frontier, from discovery and exploration to westward expansion. This week we feature Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, William Henry Seward: Speech on the Admission of California to Statehood, John Quincy Adams: Diary Entries on the Adams-Onís Treaty, John C. Frémont: The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California, the Joint Resolution of Congress for the Annexation of Texas, Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Indiana Territory Governor William H. Harrison, and Samuel de Champlain: Voyages.
by Marcia Merryman-Means · August 01, 2012
In August we are highlighting the American Frontier, from discovery and exploration to westward expansion. This week we feature Fray Antonio de la Ascension: A Brief Report of the Discovery in New Spain, the Treaty of Fort Pitt, Aaron Burr: Deciphered Letter to General James Wilkinson, John A. Sutter: “The Discovery of Gold in California,” and Tecumseh: Speech to Governor William Henry Harrison at Fort Vincennes.
by Marcia Merryman-Means · July 30, 2012
In July we are shining the spotlight on the Supreme Court. To finish off the month, we feature Texas v. Johnson and Cherokee Nation v. The State of Georgia.
by Marcia Merryman-Means · July 23, 2012
In July we are shining the spotlight on the Supreme Court. This week we feature Roe v. Wade, United States v. Curtiss-Wright, McCulloch v. Maryland, the Pentagon Papers Case, Lawrence v. Texas, United States v. Nixon, and United States v. Amistad.