October 22, 2012
Big History Course Structure
Big History takes students on a 13.7 billion year journey, from the Big Bang to modern day and ultimately the future. It is designed as a yearlong, interdisciplinary course targeting 9th and 10th graders. It weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative.
The Big History course is broken down into two parts across ten teaching units. Each unit includes between 30-50 a la carte pieces of content that work together to achieve specific learning objectives and concepts.
Each of the ten units also includes an investigation, a single question to contextualize the study in that unit. Each investigation is accompanied by specially curated content designed to lead students through the exploration and challenge them to create and defend a point of view. In parallel, the content unveils the historical narrative which fosters continued growth and understanding of the course’s core concepts. This interconnection between the narrative and investigation is designed to promote literacy across disciplines and content types - two key elements of the Common Core standards.
Big History can be tailored to fit a wide range of environments and learning objectives.