Workshop Description

Silk Roads and Sunken Cities: Economics in World History Institute

Economics has moved world history in surprising ways: it has been central in the spread of culture, ideas, money, and even diseases. This virtual institute will prepare teachers with fun and engaging inquiry-based lesson plans. Includes a tour of ancient history exhibits at the VMFA!

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Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education

Jul 19, 2021 - Jul 22, 2021
Monday, 8:45 - 3:30pm
Tuesday, Asynchronous at home
Wednesday, Asynchronous at home
Thursday, 8:45 - 3:30pm

Registration Deadline: July 14, 2021
Grade Level: Grade 5, High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 20

This unique partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) offers World History teachers the chance to make their lessons more vivid than ever before! Economics is the study of how people make choices, and history is the result of choices. This institute prepares world history teachers through the unique lens of the choices that people, great and small, made throughout history. In this way it helps students reflect on the way that their own choices shape their lives and the histories around them.

This institute features veteran world history teachers who will make use of active virtual and in-person lesson plans that are fun and accessible. All material addresses the Virginia SOL for World History I and II. Participants will be prepared to teach the effects of trade across regions, the effects of economic interest groups, the incentives of emperors, and the role of uncertainty throughout history. Participants receive a copy of Focus: Middle School World History, a lesson plan book filled with 29 active-learning and inquiry-based lessons, along with electronic materials. Lesson titles include: “The Silk Road,” “Economic Systems of the Incas and Aztecs,” “Mansa Musa, Inflation Then and Now,” “Wages and the Black Death,” and “The Paper Money of the Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties.”



Additional Information:

This four-day institute will be online and an even mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. There will be some time for offline work on lesson plans. There will also be a tour of relevant exhibits at the VMFA, in small groups according to Covid safety regulations.

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Day, with guest presenters
Contact Person:
Stephen Day
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 828-1628

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