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Top World History Resources for the Classroom

Check out these top world history resources to keep your students at the edge of their seats!

Students looking at a globe.

By The TFA Editorial Team

January 11, 2017

Whether you’re looking to kick your lesson planning into high gear or just need a few extra fun factoids and anecdotes to cap off your world history curriculum this school year, TeacherPop has a few suggestions to make the history of the world even more interesting for your students. Check out these top world history resources to keep your students at the edge of their seats!

SHEG’s World History Lessons

From Stanford History Education Group, these world history lessons are a great resource for students and teachers to use to learn and create engaging curriculum surrounding the history of the world. From the pyramids of Egypt to China’s Cultural Revolution, teachers can access detailed lesson plans on any number of interesting historical topics from all over the world. The fine folks at SHEG already have nearly 40 world history lessons available, and even more are on the way.

Children & Youth in History

There’s no better way to teach the history of the world to your students than from the perspective of children their own age. Children & Youth in History provides teachers the opportunity to scour primary sources about youth in history and even offers a handy guide for students on how to get started accessing the vast array of resources that have been collected.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The online exhibitions housed on the website of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are a valuable resource for teaching students about the Holocaust. Teachers can create lessons around important topics like anti-Semitism and what Jewish life was like in Europe prior to the Holocaust. There are also a number of online activities and research projects students can participate in by accessing the museum’s collection of resources. offers students and teachers the opportunity to “take a blast through the past” with a number of interactive games and online activities that make learning about history fun and engaging. And whether you’re creating a history lesson on prehistoric humans or the French Revolution, you’ll find’s free online textbook to be an important tool.

History Channel

Looking to complement your history lessons with video clips and audio from celebrated speeches and interviews of the 20th and 21st centuries? The History Channel features a great collection of audio clips from some of the most famous recorded moments of recent history.

Teaching History is perfect for students and teachers interested in learning how to think like historians. This site features plenty of lesson plan guides and other teaching materials to help teachers shape their world history curriculum into one that’s fun and engaging for both teacher and student. Be sure to check out their website reviews section for even more valuable resources for teaching your children about the history of the world.

PBS LearningMedia Crash Course

PBS offers the best in digital education with its Crash Course series on world history. Students can watch engaging and imaginative videos ranging in topics from the dawn of human civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire.

National Geographic

This famed magazine hosts a wide array of articles on its website covering almost every imaginable facet of world history from the fall of the Soviet Union to the face of a 9,500-year-old-man. Take some time to browse its collection of engaging stories and features for great material to round out your world history lesson planning.

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