Thank you Angie for this excellent list, which I have already tucked safely away. Although I haven't taught 8th graders, one of my go-to primary source text references for Mesopotamia is a site with translations of early cuneiform. The language is basic and easily understood, while the numerous subjects provide insight into first urban settlements, irrigation, regional commodities and trade networks, you name it. Good lead-in for Sargon, Hammurapi, etc. Your class sounds terrific. Lucky students!
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I, too, would like to thank Ms. Bailey for her generosity in sharing not only the links, but her teaching philosophy. This is tremendously valuable.
If I may add to various of the points raised here:
(1) As a community college instructor, I have basically "learned on the job" when it comes to teaching world history (I mostly teach online and cover the first half). It would be a wonderful opportunity if there were a way to either have more local workshops, where HS & college faculty could come together and spend a week or so "catching up" with some of the newer research as well as approaches to teaching world history.
I second Dr. Burkholder, and included the links in our resources section.
I just wanted to say how impressed I am with what Angie Bailey's doing with her 8th graders -- and the variety of her resources is likewise wonderful.