I am sure many H-World subscribers are familiar with the "on top of the world" history podcasts. But if you have not checked them out.... World history teachers and scholars might find the podcast an intersting resource.
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Our AP World Students use Ways of the World and we also offer a World History course that covers pre-historic to 1750 in which we use Prentice Hall's World History. I am a former university professor and have found that although the World History text is more pedantic, it is much more student friendly.
My department just started offering a World History course last term, and when the three of us who were going to be teaching it sat down to choose a text we had a few basic criteria. First, it had to come in a single volume because it is a one-term class. Second, it should model a thematic / comparative approach and discuss different parts of the world in the same chapter. Third, it had to include a variety of primary sources right in the text. And finally, it had to be available in a variety of affordable formats - no small issue when the Canadian dollar is so weak against the US.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post. I'm excited that you found a lot of "interesting references" in the portion of my post after the note on language. That ultimately was the intention of the post - to spend some time reflecting on a wide range of material - some more traditional historical sources, some more popular articles - that would help teachers make the teaching of African, black, and African-American topics in world history more engaging and meaningful.