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Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History

Woman on Donkey, Abyaneh village, Iran, photo Denise Ames

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all educators to the on-line teacher resources accompanying my book Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History. As the author of the book, I would like to share with you resources, teaching methods, and suggestions that I have compiled over my years of teaching and researching this holistic approach to world history.

I have included a wide variety of resources that you may pick and choose from in order to customize your course as you deem appropriate. Although the resources are copyrighted, they are available for free to those who have purchased a holistic world history for their classrooms. We only request that you identify the Center for Global Awareness as the source. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments. I hope you and your students will find these resources to be stimulating and thought-provoking. Enjoy your teaching!

Dr. Denise R. Ames, author, Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History

The Teacher Resources for all the chapters are organized into 10 different categories labeled A-J (see below). Each chapter has a separate webpage devoted to the teaching resources. The links to each chapter's teacher resources are on the right, plus, the expanded glossary, bibliography, world history model, and world history rubric.

PLEASE NOTE! Not all chapters have resources in each of the categories.

If you would like the assessment packet please email us, and we will promptly email it to you. All the teacher resources, including the assessment packet, are in PDF format, if you would like the information in Microsoft Word in order that you may customize the resources to your particular classroom, please email us and we will email you the resources in Word format. Our email contact is

A. Study Questions

  • The study questions include Terms to Consider; these are significant terms in the text. I had my students identify and cite the significance of each term. You will note that some terms are highlighted; they appear in the glossary at the back of the book.
  • The Questions to Consider section ask detailed questions about the materials covered in the text and also thought-provoking questions that require more individual or group responses. Some of the study questions would be ideal for individual or group activities.

B. Activities/Critical Thinking

These activities have been carefully designed to help students think about and act upon the materials in an expanded light. Many suggestions are hands-on activities that ask students to apply their learning to different situations. Check the Questions to Consider section for additional ideas for activities. Plus, some of the activities would serve well for assessment purposes.

C. Charts and Puzzles

In this section you will find many charts or graphic organizers and seek-and-find puzzles that are designed to help students understand the materials in a nonlinear way. Filling out the charts and doing the puzzles collaboratively is a great way for students to interact with others, which leads to more prepared and thoughtful classroom discussions.

D. Additional Resources

  • Secondary source documents
  • Primary source documents
  • Cartoons and images

E. Power Point Slides

Your book has many photos that I compiled for inclusion in the printable text. However, there were many that I didn't include that I think your students would find interesting. I have thus compiled pictures, graphs, maps, and text into a power point presentation for each of the chapters. Please feel free to remove any slides that you do not feel are appropriate for your classroom. A few of the pictures, which are noted, are of restricted use, but most are freely available for educational purposes. Please site Center for Global Awareness as the source. I think you will find many of the color pictures give life to the black and white book.

F. Maps

I have included links to applicable on-line maps.

G. Media

I have included links to many different PBS programs, documentaries, speeches, music, films, video, YouTube clips, and other applicable media links or recommendations. If you have a favorite please send it to us so we may include in our teacher resources.

H. Suggested Reading

Readings that I found particularly interesting.

I. National World History Standards

The content of each of the eight chapters is linked to the National Center for History in the Schools world history standards. (grades 5-12 standards)

J. Assessment Suggestions

I have developed traditional forms of assessment such as multiple choice questions, true or false, matching, short answer essays, and longer essays for your use in the classroom. You may choose to select other types of assessment, such as an activity, reports, and others. Or you may choose to have a combination of assessment options. I have also developed a rubric that may assist you in grading the alternative assessments.

To request the assessment materials please state your name and school and email us at We will email the assessment materials to you promptly. We will send you the PDF version of the materials, if you would like the Word Document please specify.