Teacher Review for Zinn Education Project

Non biased Resources, Lessons and Information to teach History

Michelle A.
Media specialist/librarian
Richard Montgomery High School
Rockville, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have referred educators to Zinn's website for more accurate information especially when teaching History and Current events. Zinn provides perspectives that often differ from standard textbooks. Zinn provides the perspective of minorities and marginalized groups. It also presents a view of history from all those who lived not just the majority perspective. The text is 8th grade and higher but it is offset by graphics, photos and videos. Excellent tool to introduce discussion.
My Take
Zinn's site is outstanding, it provides, news reports, articles, even artistic speech on important topics. It makes history relevant to students in ways their textbooks do not. It does provide a LOT of information so a teacher would have a spend a little time sifting through the resources to find what they would like best. But this is invaluable. As an African American female teacher who worked for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s organization SCLC, it is important that all views are presented in history and in current civil rights struggles. Zinn brings Truth to Life.