WHA Teaching Prize


The World History Association is committed to working across all grade levels to maintain the use of current world history research in classroom practice.


Current historical research most frequently found in books and scholarly articles is a significant inspiration for our teaching. The WHA is committed to encouraging teachers at all levels to turn to substantive scholarship for content ideas. We are seeking lessons either inspired by or directly related to recent world history scholarship, including but not limited to pieces in the Journal of World History, published within the last ten years.


These are suggestions to guide your thinking. Feel free to add to the prompt questions below.

  1. Brief introduction
    1. For whom is the lesson intended?
    2. What is the purpose of the lesson?
    3. How does it fit into your curriculum or larger plan?
    4. What are the lesson’s links to current research?
  2. Procedures for implementation
    1. What preparatory work is assigned?
    2. How does the lesson work? (procedure, number of sessions, etc.)
    3. How do you know that students have “gotten it?”
  3. Conclusion
    1. Reflections on how it went in your class. (Student work and/or student reflections are encouraged.)
    2. How might you adapt it to more advanced or lower level students?
    3. What other possible conceptual links do you see?

Possible appendices:

  1. Appendix of relevant handouts or supporting materials used
  2. Annotated list of available resources for students and teachers

Submissions from all grade levels are welcome.


So as to encourage new recipients, winners from any time in the past five years, as well as committee members, are ineligible. All competitors must be members in good standing of the WHA.


The winning lesson will be published in the fall issue of the Word History Bulletin. The designer of the winning lesson will receive a $500 cash award and recognition at the WHA Annual Meeting for those awardees who will be in attendance. Educators may have a letter announcing the award sent to their supervisors and local press. A one-year membership extension will also be included with the prize.


E-mail your submission by the annual 1 May deadline to the chair of the Teaching Prize Committee, Jen Laden <jladen@byramhills.org>.

Past Winners


  • Gustavo Carrera, Shore Country Day School (Beverly, MA), “The Struggle for Freedom & Equality is World Wide: The Cold War, Civil Rights & Decolonization”


  • Patrick Crawford, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (Fort Worth), “Multimedia Approach to a Global Perspective of the Cold War”


No prize awarded.


  • Melanie G. Krob, Isidore Newman School (New Orleans), “Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution”


No prize awarded.


  • Colleen S. Kyle, Lakeside Upper School (Seattle), “Should They Stay or Should They Go? The Jesuits, the Qing, and the Chinese Rites Controvery”
  • Honorable mention: David C. Fisher, University of Texas at Brownsville, “World History in State Standards: A Research Assignment for College Juniors and Seniors”


  • Michael A. Marcus, Berlin High School (Berlin, Connecticut) (retired), “Endless Cloth: Lessons from India for a Cross-Cultural Approach to World History”


  • Suzanne Litrel, Bay Shore High School (Bay Shore, New York), “Before the Opium Wars: Panel Discussion and Debate”


  • Daniel Greenstone, Oak Park and River Forest High School (Oak Park, Illinois), “Teaching the Axial Age through a Biographical Comic Book of Buddha’s Life”


  • Sharlene Sayegh, California State University, Long Beach, “The Logical Fallacies of Nationalism: Critical Thinking in the World-History Classroom”


  • Cedric Beidatsch, University of West Australia, “Gateway to the Seventeenth Century: Dutch Shipwrecks on the West Australian Coast”


  • Maggie Favretti, Scarsdale High School (Scarsdale, New York), “Bound by a Silver Chain: 1571”


  • Monica Bond-Lamberty, James Madison Memorial High School (Madison, Wisconsin), “Is There Really Something New under the Sun?”


  • Michael A. Marcus, Berlin High School (Berlin, Connecticut), “Steppes to Civilization: Tracing the World History of ‘Global Systems’ through Textiles and an Interdisciplinary Approach”

2003 (co-winners)

  • Jessica Young, Oak Park and River Forest High School (Oak Park, Illinois), “A World History Research Education Project Adaptable for Honors, Advanced Placement, or Collegiate World History Classes”
  • Linda Black, Cypress Falls High School (Houston, Texas), “The Economic Role of Women in World History”


  • Linda Karen Miller, Fairfax High School (Fairfax, Virginia), “Japanese Colonialism in Korea, 1910–1945”