The Controversial Origins of the Encyclopedia

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Google, Wolfram/Alpha, Fact Monster? Kids may be familiar with these names, but have they heard of one of the original search tools? Here's a video that details one of the first encyclopedias and the controversies surrounding it.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Flip the lesson and have learners watch the video, complete the comprehension check, and explore some of the additional resources out of class, saving class time for discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Have a variety of encyclopedias on hand for those who may not have seen printed versions of these search tools
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The resource includes the video, links to related resources, a comprehension check, and a discussion question
  • The video does not detail why Louis XV and Pope Clement XIII banned the publication