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Think Different

“Who’s Who?” -- There were multiple Think Different posters created. Some were never released officially. Some people appeared only on billboards or in television commercials. Identify the way in which each of these people were “different” and made a significant impact. One well-written, focused sentence for each...

    1. Buzz Aldrin
    2. Muhammad Ali
    3. Ansel Adams
    4. Joan Baez
    5. Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz
    6. Bill Bernbach
    7. Richard Branson
    8. Maria Callas
    9. Frank Capra
    10. Charlie Chaplin
    11. Cesar Chavez
    12. Francis Ford Coppola
    13. Miles Davis
    14. Bob Dylan
    15. Amelia Earhart
    16. Thomas Edison
    17. Albert Einstein
    18. Richard Feynman
    19. Buckminster Fuller
    20. Mahatma Gandhi
    21. Laurence Gartel
    22. Jane Goodall
    23. Martha Graham
    24. Jimi Hendrix
    25. Jim Henson
    26. Alfred Hitchcock
    27. John Huston
    28. 14th Dalai Lama
    29. John Lennon & Yoko Ono
    30. Nelson Mandela
    31. Rosa Parks
    32. Pablo Picasso
    33. Paul Rand
    34. Jackie Robinson
    35. Eleanor Roosevelt
    36. Frank Sinatra
    37. Ted Turner
    38. James Watson
    39. Orson Welles
    40. Frank Lloyd Wright

Think Different

“Here’s to the Different Ones” -- Watch the original television advertisement and write an art response -- what is the effect and how is that effect produced -- you know.

YOUR TURN: “Here’s to the New Different Ones” -- Create your own list of at least five people who live (or have lived) during your lifetime who have the same savoir faire of the original “Different Ones.” Of course, explain your choices. One well-written, focused sentence for each..

Suggested Reading

Each of the recommended eighteen titles looks at history through a different lens -- history of science, big hiistory, beverages, food, salt, cod, trade, etc.

Bernstein, William. Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History from the Alphabet to the Internet.
________. A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World.

Bronowski, Jacob. The Ascent of Man.

Christian, David. This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity .

Crosby, Alfred. The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492.

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.
________. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
________. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

Friedman, Thomas. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.

Kurlansky, Mark.Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World.
________. Salt: A World History.

Mintz, Sidney.  Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History.

Pomeranz, Kenneth and Steven Topik.  The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present) .

Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. *Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices,
spacerStimulants, and Intoxicants.

Standage, Tom. The History of the World in Six Glasses.
________. An Edible History of Humanity.
________. Writing on the Wall: The Intriguing History of Social Meda, From Ancient Rome to the Present Day.

Weatherford, Jack. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.

Chart Colored

Complete 10 Exerpt Journals, spaced throughout your text. Do not take all your quotes from one chapter or even from one section. These must be handwritten. You may use the Icon Chart from Dimensions of Learning to help you select writing topics.



Movie Time

Select two movies from the following list -- preferably not both on the same time period. For example, do not pick Spartacus AND Gladiator, please. For each, write a review explaining to me why this film should or shouldn’t be considered for viewing in a World History class -- not just like/not like, but historical value as well. (Note: Make sure you have your parents’ permission to watch any of these that might be rated R).

13th Warrior, The
Agony and the Ecstacy, The
Alamo, The
All the President’s Men
Apollo 13
Battleship Potemkin
Birth of a Nation, The
Black Rose, The
Bloody Sunday
Breaker Morant
Bridge Too Far, A
Chariots of Fire
Cry Freedom
Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Zhivago
El Cid
Empire of the Sun
Fat Man and Little Boy
Four Feathers, The
Gentleman’s Agreement
Geronimo: An American Legend
Ghosts of Mississippi
Gone with the Wind
Grapes of Wrath, The
Great Escape, The
Hotel Rwanda
I, Claudius
Inherit the Wind
Judgment at Nuremberg
Killing Fields, The
Kingdom of Heaven
King’s Speech, The
Last Emperor, The
Last of the Mohicans, The
Lawrence of Arabia
Little Big Man
Lion in Winter, The
Longest Day, The
Long Walk Home, The
Madness of King George, The
Malcom X
Man for All Seasons, A
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Mission, The
Mississippi Burning
Mutiny of the Bounty
Name of the Rose, The
Night to remember, A
Out of Africa
Patriot, The
Passage to India, A
Private Life of Henry VIII, The
Quest for Fire, The
Quiz Show
Queen, The
Raid on Entebbe
Red Badge of Courage, The
Right Stuff, The
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler’s List
Seven Samurai, The
Sergeant York
Soldier’s Story, A
Swing Kids
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
Thirteen Days
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tuskeegee Airmen
Viva Zapata
Young Bess
Young Victoria
Zero Dark Thirty

Amy & Herb
HistoryTeachers Music Parodies

Spare time? Nothing to do? Listen to something entertaining and informative. Once you listen to “Mansa Musa” you'll never forget who he is and what he did. Thank you Amy Burvall and Herb Mahelona for 55 of these parodies. Complete list here in chronological order.

Crash Course
Crash Course Videos

Spare time? Nothing to do? Watch something entertaining and informative. Two sets of World History Crash Courses -- the ones you probably know and a whole new set of Big History videos. Thank You, John Green and Company.


Epic Rap Battles of History

Spare time? Nothing to do? Listen to something I will never be able to show in class. Thank you Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist for these Epic Rap Battles, pitting oddly-paired figures against each other. More insightful and informative that your average rap song. Gandhi vs. MLK OK, all the way up to the last word. Fair warning: Language often inappropriate.



Updated 10 February 2017.

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