11. Humanities

The following are url or download links to descriptions of teaching activities considered to be exemplars and clearly exhibit one or more of the Guidelines in action in the discipline category listed. Browse through the sites to see whether you could use the example described or create a learning activity for your students using the strategy shown. If you feel you have  an example to be recognized as an exemplar of one or more guidelines in action please send it as a link or PDF that describes the activities well enough for someone else to try it to adrianlee2@mac.com I will ensure that you get appropriate attribution.


  • Lendol Calder from Augustana College poses the question. Can an instructor make historical facts meaningful for beginning students by teaching them to work with evidence in the manner of historians? His answer is an exciting way of teaching a history survey course that is a great example of many Guidelines in action: Uncoverage: Toward a Signature Pedagogy for the History Survey. link


  • Kayt Davies, an ALTC citation awardee, provides a great example of Guideline 6 in action with a publication called "3rd degree" written  and produced by students in journalism. The publication provides an authentic workplace experience that hones the students' skills. Working under the supervision of experienced journalists, they take the publication through every stage of its lifecycle, from newsgathering to upload. Link

  •  Mapping Indian Political Institutions. In this activity, created by Emily Clough at Harvard. Students create concept maps showing how various Indian institutions relate to and constrain each other. link  Great examples of Guidelines 1 & 2.

  • Foreign Language Dialogue - Four Days in September. Students watch a short excerpt of a Portugese film without sound.  In pairs or groups of three, they then work together to write a dialogue from the point of view of characters.  This activity can be used as a grammar review by requiring students to use certain constructions.  After composing the dialogue, students share with the class.  Students might just read the dialogue aloud or act it out.  The instructor corrects any language problems. link Clever exercise

  • You would put in your own exemplars here. Meanwhile I need some for this starter website. Please send to adrianlee2@mac.com