CLIL and beyond: THE HISTOMAP - A Treasure-Trove of Possible Activities – intermediate / advanced / teens / adults - NO PREP
In constant search for stimulating materials to use with my wide age and level range of students a couple of months ago I stumbled upon THE HISTOMAP which then got lost in my jungle of digital files buried in my computer. It casually reappeared on my screen at the end of the school year and I felt the urge to print and laminate it, sticking it's colourful seven-page vertical length on a column in front of my main entrance door where it is always met with curiosity and fascination. It is the first historical map in my possession which presents 4000 years of history and the relationships between populations in an immediately decipherable context. I have finally come to understand history at a glance!
The other day it occurred to me what a potential THE HISTOMAP has for CLIL history lessons but not only... below are just a few ideas which came to mind:
- Groups of students prepare questions for other groups using: How long...? Which... ? When... ?
- Comparisons can be made:
- more powerful than
- the most powerful
- as... as
- New vocabulary, verbs, passive tense and collocations can be introduced:
- conquered (by)
- reign lasted
- were in power for
- weak / strong
- destroyed (by)
- Western / Eastern world
- people vs population
- RESEARCH PROJECTS can be given to youngsters to then present to everyone
- ADULTS can tell us anything they know about the various historical periods or populations from personal knowledge.
Any other ideas??
You can download THE HISTOMAP below. I found it freely downloadable in Internet ..
Hope you find some more stimulating activities to do with it!
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