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World History & Literature Initiative (WHaLI)

World history is the story of changes within the human community, and in particular, the connections across time and space of humans and the various systems and patterns they construct. The World History & Literature Initiative (WHaLI) is a unique collaboration between the University of Michigan International Institute’s Title VI National Resource Centers and School of Education designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of world history, literature, and the ways in which their students learn new historical ideas.

These materials can be used to help students understand the connections between micro-level “closeup” processes, “bigger picture” world historical processes, and “even bigger picture” global and cross-temporal processes. By nesting historical study in this manner, teachers can instill methods of historical thinking that permit students to “see” global patterns and switch scales from the global to the particular.

We are delighted to offer curricular resources for educators across all grade levels. You can explore the WHaLI resources by workshop theme below. Each workshop page also includes additional thematic and world history resources.