How do we organize history? Is it just a series of discrete events, to be arranged chronologically? What about context?
Here’s one solution – Horizontal History – and, perhaps, another class project? (This is an excellent way to cross disciplines, too – pretty much every subject we study has its own history, so how do we integrate all of it?)
And while you’re teaching your students about conceptualizing historical time, you can go from macro to micro and discuss their personal time with 100 Blocks a Day, from the same web site.
Want to integrate micro and macro? Try The Atlantic’s Life Timeline – punch in your birthdate and see what’s happened in your lifetime (with links to specific articles about those events). Want to understand your parents, or grandparents, better? Type in their birthdate to see the events that shaped their lives. (Class project, anyone?)