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We’ve posted our first lesson plan for middle school classes — related to The Jericho River! You can see it at our Resources for Teachers page. Just scroll down to “DESIGN A LUMIN LESSON PLAN … Middle School Version” (next to the blue-gold picture of Jason and Zidu). The plan was written by Lisa Meyers,

The Real Destruction of Atlantis

Friday, 06 July 2018 by

The ancient Greeks believed an island empire ruled the sea in the distant past. The lords of Atlantis built a mighty civilization, but their pride eventually angered the gods, who destroyed their island with earthquakes and fire, sending it beneath the sea. Atlantis in Comic Books, Fantasy … and History? The Atlantis myth has fascinated

New Excerpt from The Jericho River!

Thursday, 05 July 2018 by

We’ve posted a new excerpt from The Jericho River! It’s an exciting scene where Jason and his companions stumble into Minoan Crete — that odd, ancient land hovering between the Middle East and Greece/Europe. And it’s one of many great examples of the book’s use as a supplemental text for social studies classes — at

I wanted to offer something fun for teachers and students — and for anyone who loves history as much as I do. That’s why I created The Jericho River History Quiz. It’s an interactive educational experience. Test your knowledge, learn revealing truths, and enjoy the colorful graphics, giving you a window into the past. If

Students will love this journey through Western Civilization — from ancient history to modern times. My educational edition of The Jericho River has been published, and it’s ready for you to use as a supplemental teaching resource. In this new edition, you’ll find teaching tools to ignite a love of history in high school and middle

The Black General in 18th Century Europe

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 by

Revolutionary France had a black general. His name was Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. He was born in Haiti, the son of a French nobleman and an African woman enslaved on his plantation. Haiti was a French colony then, and young Dumas was a slave under French law. In fact, his father actually sold the boy when he was

A little while ago, I wrote an op-ed for History News Network — on how to make history interesting. It’s particularly valuable for anyone teaching history. To read the article, please click here or on William the Conqueror below …  

Speaks Yoda Olde English?

Friday, 26 January 2018 by

Says Yoda things like: “Powerful have you become; the dark side I sense in you.” Sounds it like speaks he English from the olden days — Shakespeare’s English, maybe. Yet uses not Yoda “thou hast” or “erstwhile” or “thee” — or any other term found no longer in English. Old English does not speak Yoda,

The Magic of History – See the Video

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 by

A little while ago, I spoke at a TEDx conference — to an audience of smart, motivated high school students. My topic was the magic of history. I told the students many of my favorite short stories from past times. I wanted to reveal history’s endless well of fun, excitement, and humor, and to explain

How an Unusual Novel and an Ohio Teacher Are Repackaging History Education A high school teacher in Ohio has done some smart, creative instruction with my novel, The Jericho River. This post describes her lesson-building and offers ideas on teaching with the book — along with links to sample lesson plans — in high school and

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