Thinking Through Sources for Ways of the World, Volume 2
Fourth Edition   ©2019

Thinking Through Sources for Ways of the World, Volume 2

A Brief Global History

Robert W. Strayer , Eric W. Nelson

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-17025-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-17025-7; Format: Paper Text, 208 pages

Sources, both established and less known, are organized around a central topic so students can work with sources as historians do. Each chapter includes between five and eight written and visual primary sources, such as extracts from The Decameron, The Book of Songs, and All Quiet on the Western Front, and ancient rock art, depictions of the conquest of New Spain, and British propaganda posters from World War I. The chapters conclude with a new section titled Historians’ Voices, which include a pair of secondary sources from historians such as Jared Diamond, Philip Hoffman, and Basil Davidson. Using the central theme of each chapter, students are empowered to mine the sources with purpose as historians do.
Supportive pedagogy equips students with the best tools for engaging with sources. Chapter introductions provide historical context, and headnotes for each document give key information for analyzing the evidence.  The questions help focus the students’ attention to important themes and ask them to draw connections to other sources in the text, as well as to broad historical themes.
Autograded activities in LaunchPad help students understand the sources and think critically about them. A short quiz after each source offers students the opportunity to check their understanding of the materials. Some questions focus on audience, purpose, point of view, limitations, or context, while others challenge students to draw conclusions about the source or to compare one source with another. A Draw Conclusions from the Evidence activity challenges students to assess whether a specific piece of evidence drawn from the primary sources supports or challenges a conclusion related to a guiding question. Collectively these assignments create an active learning environment where reading with a purpose is reinforced by immediate feedback and support.

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