I am listing below the 50 "Suggested Primary Sources for World History" by the newly revised Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework. For the most part I think the creators were aiming for the 50 most important documents with two that are for teaching the Holocaust - the Lodz Ghetto photographs and video testimony of survivors. The creators also decided to keep many of the documents focused on individual liberty in the 20th Century - this was the major focus of documents in the last version of the standards. (NOTE: In the original - see link at the end - all the documents have a short description of what the document is and nearly all have a link to the document on-line. I have kept a few.)
Quick analysis - following my previous threads the sources are overwhelmingly, almost exclusively what could be considered Western Civ - to be fair the grade 6-7 are more of a geography course with ancient western civ. - but the grade 9-12 course is called World History I+II. I am also interested in the lack of art, visual and video sources in the list.
1) What do you think of the list below for the 50 most important primary sources for world history?
What documents would you add for the following purposes:
2) Pedagogical? (Documents that are great to teach with)
3) Non-western and/or global? (would be nice to add 50 non-western documents to suggest to the mostly 50 western documents.
https://www.ancient.eu/gilgamesh/ article on Gilgamesh with maps and photographs and link to 10-minute video animation; http://www.aina.org/books/eog/eog.pdf full text of the Epic illustrated with photographs of Assyrian sculpture First recorded epic, includes an account of a great flood similar to that in the Bible
https://www.ancient.eu/article/68/hammurabis-code-babylonian-law-set-in-stone/ article with photograph of stone sculpture showing Hammurabi from the Louvre; text alone: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/ancient/hamframe.asp First recorded set of laws and often compared to the Ten Commandments of the Bible and/or the Egyptian Negative Confessions
A list of sins that the speaker had not committed; an indication of the cultural values of the Egyptians similar to the Code of Hammurabi for the Mesopotamians, or the Ten Commandments for the ancient Israelites
Code of religious commandments often compared with the Code of Hammurabi or the Egyptian Negative Confessions; background and analysis: http://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/passages/main-articles/the-decalogue
Central texts of Hinduism; hymns
Central text of Buddhism, relating to the cycle of human life and suffering
Key text for Christianity of Jesus’ philosophy; for analysis and interpretation see http://www.bibleodyssey.org/passages/main-articles/sermon-on-the-mount
16th-17th Centuries CE
18th-19th Centuries CE
Essay on the importance of personal liberty, social liberty, and freedom of speech
20th-21st Centuries CE
Nazi propaganda film
Note: Items 30 and 31 address anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda; excerpts need to be carefully curated and well-framed by the teacher. They are included for the purposed of illustrating Nazi fascist ideology
Photographs of the Lodz Ghetto in Poland under German rule in World War II, liberated by Russian troops in 1945
Videotaped interviews with survivors of the Holocaust in the United Kingdom, c.2010
The following are from the World History II scope and sequence from the new - January 11, 2018 - draft of the "Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework" and they are nearly identical to the old standards from 2003.
Link to standards: http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/StandardsReview/hss.html
Link to public comment: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Public-Comment-Draft-History-and-Social-Science-Framework-2018