Dropping the bomb on 16-year olds in History

Class started late, so we only got partway through my lecture. I’m doing one class lecture, one class primary sources, for each unit. This class meets 4 days per week. So I wound up finishing on the powerpoint slide that mentions the bad part of the Columbian Exchange.

The one that says “One Fifth of all Humanity Dies.”*

Twenty-seven students’ jaws dropped. Hee hee hee. Pay attention in class, kids. History counts.

* 1491

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  1. Outstanding!

  2. happycrow

     /  January 10, 2007

    Dude, you need to call us sometime this week, too. We’re in the dark about plan details, iffi they exist.

  3. Maddie

     /  January 10, 2007

    We’re in the dark too – won’t know anything until The Conversation at Oracle happens, but as soon as we have an idea of what we’re actually doing, we’ll pass it along….

  4. Mike

     /  January 11, 2007

    Now that is a great way to get the class to listen up. We usually show videos of US Warplanes blowing things up, but that works too.


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