The TimeMap of World History is ideal for teaching world history.
“When I showed my students this website you should have heard the “OHS!” coming through the room! You know that amazing teacher moment when the students finally get the clear understanding and everything finally makes sense! That amazing moment that we as teachers strive for! I was so happy to have done this; I kick myself for not doing this sooner.” The Glitchy TeacherI
The Timemap of World History
- engages students in all the historical information they need;
- offers great opportunities to explore causation, connections and comparisons between different civilizations and empires;
- provides the essential context and background for a sound understand of events, trends and developments through world history.
“I am a huge fan of the site, its vast resources and comprehensive information about the world. Every Social Studies teacher I’ve showed it to has been amazed by your site and I take every opportunity to integrate it in my instruction.” Jonathan, Social Studies Teacher, Tucson, Arizona
The Timemap of World History is formed of an atlas and an encyclopedia.
The Atlas consists of almost a thousand maps, covering every period in world history and every region and country of the world.
The maps are all structured around three geographical levels – world, big region (Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America, etc.), and country.
All the maps fit within a single sequence of dates. Taken together, therefore, the maps form twenty “snapshots” of world history, from 3500 BCE to 2005 CE. This makes it easy to see when and where different civilizations, empires and societies flourished, and to trace themes across regions and through time.
The maps are accompanied by brief descriptions, which are backed up by the articles in the Encyclopedia.
The Encyclopedia articles provide more in-depth treatments of the historical topics than the map descriptions do. They cover every significant civilization, empire and event in world history.
There is a growing Premium area. This contains resources which look at key topics in world history more closely than the free maps do, and more graphically than the free articles do.
The free maps in the Atlas and the articles in the Encyclopaedia provide a rich bank of free teaching resources. They help teachers introduce their students to the many different themes, episodes, developments and events in world history, in a stimulating and authoritative manner.
Resources for High School teachers (these were originally designed for AP World History, but can be easily adapted to other world history programs)
The Premium Teachers Area provides exclusive Premium units and offers support for teachers using the Timemap of World History.
Unlike the free pages in the Timemap website, these focus on specific curriculum topics. They are designed to meet the aims and objectives of school and college history programs.
The Premium Teaching Units offer the following:
- powerful classroom presentations, ideal for teachers to introduce or wrap up topics in an attractive and informative way;
- great resources for students to use in their own project work;
- engaging and effective tools for students to gain a greater understanding of key topics.
Most units come with their own comprehensive teaching notes.
To support teachers in using the Timemap with their students, teaching ideas can be found in the Premium Teachers Area.
Lesson ideas contain activities and questions for whole classes, small groups or individual students. These are focussed on developing knowledge and understanding, and on fostering critical thinking skills. They ask students to
- identify key turning points and major trends,
- assess causation, connections, change and continuity,
- and track developments in trade, religion, technology, government,
We guarantee that the Premium units will let students understand topics better. If you don’t agree, money back with no quibble!
The Atlas lets students view the broad sweep of world history, as well as letting them delve down into all the big historical regions of the world (North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, SE Asia, and Oceania).
From there they can drill down another step to look at the histories of every significant country of the world.
The articles in the Encyclopedia give them the opportunity to dig deeper into many different topics in history.
All this allows students to explore different periods on a world-wide scale, or to track different regions, countries and topics through time. This offers a host of benefits in developing students’ knowledge and understanding of world history, including:
Broad surveys: it lets students quickly and easily survey the rise and fall of ALL the different civilizations and empires of world history.
Context: it enables students to clearly see how each civilization or empire fits into the bigger picture of world history.
Connections: it allows students to understand connections between different regions and civilizations, through trade, war, migration, mission and so on.
Cause and effect: it helps students understand how changes in technology, religion or art arose and spread around the world, and how developments in one region affected different parts of the world.
Comparisons: because the maps are all presented within the same sequence of regions and dates, it is easy for students to make comparisons between different regions or different periods.