I teach World History (10th) in California. I have a mix of advice from various people about how I should plan my class. Some say, "I should lecture", some say "I should only let students write essays". I need some help from history teachers in how they organize their classes. Is there a routine you follow? Also, I do not have a textbook for the class. Do you lecture? Do you have tests? Do you focus on essays? Do you use the book? I guess I am looking for some support on how to plan a unit and how to base my unit if I do not have a text book.