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Ancient Egypt

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Egypt’s Golden Empire. For educators.   Ancient Civilizations Teacher for grades 6-12 Ancient  Egypt This PBS Web site contains links to 8 complete lesson plans created to go along with the film “Egypt’s Golden Empire.”  The lesson plans have accompanying video clips (utilizing Real Player) and interactive Web sites. Lesson plan topics include: Hieroglyphics, Tombs and Afterlife, Queens, Great Leaders, Architectural Marvels, A Day in the Life of an Egyptian, Touring Ancient Egypt, Science and Technology.
Mummification – An Educator’s Reference Desk Lesson Plan Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 6-9 Ancient Egypt – Mummification Process This lesson plan gives directions for mummifying a whole chicken.  The process takes 6-7 weeks and the lesson gives detailed instructions for preparing the chicken (removing entrails, rubbing it with salt and spices) through the drying process and finally wrapping the dried carcass in gauze and preparing a sarcophagus for the mummified chicken.  (See this page to compare mummification instructions…they may be more comprehensive.)
You Wouldn't Want to be an Egyptian Mummy! Ancient Civilizations Teachers, students grades 1-9 Ancient Egypt, Mummification This entertaining and engaging interactive Web site has cartoon illustrations and kid-friendly text to introduce students to the process of mummification.  It is an online version of the book by the same name.

Lesson Plans – Tut Technology

Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 9-12 Ancient Egypt – King Tut In this National Geographic created lesson plan, students will examine historical and recent research into King Tut’s death, including new technologies allowing scholars to learn more about the circumstances surrounding his death.  Lesson plan contains detailed directions and links to articles, a video clip and an interactive King Tut web site created by National Geographic.
Ancient Egyptian Gods Ancient Civilizations Teachers, students grades 6-12 Ancient Egypt – Egyptian Pantheon This web site, created and maintained by the Classics Technology Center, provides links to brief descriptions and pictures of the gods and goddesses within the Ancient Egyptian Pantheon.  Good overview for students and teachers. 
Nova Online.  Mysteries of the Nile.  Explore Ancient Egypt Ancient Civilizations Students grades 6-12 Ancient Egypt, Old Kingdom This PBS web site uses Quicktime (free downloadable) to give students a self-guided tour of major Egyptian statues and pyramids from the Old Kingdom period.  Web site tells students what they’re looking at and gives suggestions of what to look for (kind of a hide-and-seek approach) in the Quicktime photographs.  Students use the mouse to drag inside the picture to see a 360 degree view of the artifact, as well as zooming in and out.  Best to use on individual computers, too small to project onto a large screen.


Ancient Rome

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The Roman Empire in the First Century.  For Educators.  Ancient Civilizations Teacher grades 6-12 Ancient Rome, 1st century This PBS web site contains links to 8 lesson plans created to go along with “The Roman Empire in the 1st Century AD” (some portions of the DVD are inappropriate for middle school and high school students).  The lesson plans have accompanying video clips (utilizing Real Player) and interactive Web sites. Lesson plan topics include: Roman lifestyle, Roman emperors, religion, mapping the empire, important Roman historical figures, the violence of Ancient Rome, technology & medicine, and slaves, labor and the economy.
Ancient Rome – Classroom Activity (Women in World History Curriculum) Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 9-12 or advanced middle level students Ancient Rome – Women’s History The lesson plan is developed by an organization called Women in World History Curriculum who saw a great need for usable lesson plans focusing on women in world history.  This lesson uses excerpts from Roman original sources to teach students about women’s rights in Ancient Rome as well as two occasions in which women used the public protest to get what they wanted.
Why did they do that?...Takes on the Punic Wars Ancient Civilizations Teachers, students grades 9-12 Ancient Rome – Punic Wars (Hannibal from Carthage v. Roman Generals) This lesson from the Classics Technology Center, is a choose-your-own adventure type of lesson.  Students are given background information on the Punic Wars and using a printed out worksheet, select either Hannibal or a Roman General and make decisions as if they were that person.  This is an online activity.

You Wouldn't Want to be a Roman Gladiator!

Ancient Civilizations Teachers, students grades 1-9 Ancient Rome, Gladiators This entertaining and engaging interactive web site has cartoon illustrations and kid-friendly text to introduce students to the world of gladiators.  It is an online version of the book by the same name. 

Lesson Plans – Greek and Roman Land Use: What Was the Difference?

Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 6-9 Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome In this National Geographic created lesson plan, students will compare and contrast Greek and Roman uses of land in the development of their civilizations, as well as learning what practices the Romans borrowed from the Greeks.  Lesson plan contains detailed directions and links to web sites. for student research and an online printable map of Greece.

The Roman Gladiator

Ancient Civilizations Teachers, students grades 6-12 Ancient Rome - Gladiators This web site, created and maintained by the Classics Technology Center, provides links to brief descriptions of the history, origins and daily lives of gladiators.  Good information for students and teachers.
 

Ancient Greece

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The Greeks Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 6-12 Ancient Greece This PBS web site contains four links to lesson plans created to accompany “The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization.”  Lesson plans are comprehensive and include all needed student handouts as well as providing details for locating applicable segments of the documentary for the lesson.  Lesson plan topics include: The two faces of Greece: Athens and Sparta; The Daily Athenian: A Greek Newspaper Project; Interview a Famous Greek: Reconstructing the Lives of Ancient Greeks; Oedipus the King: An Introduction to Greek Drama.
The Life and Labors of Hercules Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 5-9 Ancient Greece – Heroes - Hercules This lesson from the Classics Technology Center, examines the original legend of Hercules through a series of research activities and then culminates with a viewing of the Disney animated film “Hercules” and has students compete to see who can find the most errors in the film.
EDSITEment – Lesson Plan Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 9-12 Ancient Greece – Battle of Thermopolyae This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, focuses on the famous Battle of Thermopolyae between the Greeks and the Persians (depicted in the 2007 movie 300 based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller).  This 2 day lesson has students reading Herodotus’ account of the battle, compare and contrast the leaders of the two forces and the countries they fought for.  Contains links to excellent visuals as well as providing questions for students to answer as they read.
EDSITEment – Lesson Plan Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 9-12 Ancient Greece – Death of Socrates This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, examines the Crito in which Socrates argues that he should submit to the death penalty handed down at his trial.  Students read the Crito, examine and analyze the arguments laid out in the dialogue and consider whether the argument that individual rights are subordinate to the rule of law still holds true today.  Lesson contains links to the Crito as well as links to help teachers and students diagram the structure and flow of the arguments in Crito.
EDSITEment – Lesson Plan Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 6-8 Ancient Greece – Olympic Games This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to the historic Olympic games through use of the online exhibit “The Ancient Olympics.”  A PDF handout guides students in writing a script for an interview of a famous ancient Greek Olympic athlete.  The lesson includes links to online exhibits, pictures and a PDF handout.  Teachers can print information from the “Ancient Olympics” web site or have students get online to research for themselves.
 

Mesopotamia

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EDSITEment – Lesson Plan Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 9-12 Mesopotamia – Hammurabi’s Code This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, examines the context of Hammurabi’s Code as well as several of the laws themselves.  Students will learn about life in Babylonia through the Code in four activities: Hammurabi speaks: a simulation; Hammurabi’s Code as an object: stele, stele, stele; An Overview of Hammurabi’s Code; Hammurabi’s Code: How does it reflect Babylonian society?  The lesson includes links to the text of the Code as well as pictures of the stele and background information.
Lesson: Mesopotamia (Women in World History Curriculum) Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 7-12 Ancient Mesopotamia – Women’s History The lesson plan is developed by an organization called Women in World History Curriculum who saw a great need for usable lesson plans focusing on women in world history.  This lesson uses excerpts from Mesopotamian original sources to help students understand the various roles women played in Ancient Mesopotamia.
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Mesopotamia Ancient Civilizations Teachers and students, 9-12 Mesopotamia This web site, sponsored by Fordham University, contains links to Mesopotamian original source documents, interactive maps, and photo images of historic sites and ruins.  The documents and images are grouped according to general topic and time period.  Useful for research purposes at the high school level. Topics include: Sumeria, Akkadia, Babylonia, Kassites, Hittites, Assyria, Chaldea, Phoenicia, Carthage.
 

Ancient Persia

Web site Subject Level Applicable Synopsis
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Persia Ancient Civilizations Teachers and students, 9-12 Ancient Persia This web site, sponsored by Fordham University, contains links to Ancient Persian original source documents.  The documents are grouped according to general topic and time period.  Useful for research purposes at the high school level.
 
Ancient Israel
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Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Israel Ancient Civilizations Teachers and students, 9-12 Ancient Israel This web site, sponsored by Fordham University, contains links to Ancient Israel original source documents.  The documents are grouped according to general topic and time period.  Useful for research purposes at the high school level.
 

Aztecs

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EDSITEment – Lesson Plan Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 3-8 Aztecs This lesson plan, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, focuses on pre-Columbian Aztec history and the period of the conquest.  There are five activities within the lesson: Meet the Aztecs; Aspects of Aztec Culture; Huitzilopochtli and Tlaloc, top gods of the Aztecs; Tenochtitlan, Glorious Capital City; What happened to the Aztecs?  Contains PDF handouts, and links to web sites. for student-research, as well as maps and pictures.
 

Ancient China

Web site Subject Level Applicable Synopsis
EDSITEment – Lesson Plan Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 6-8 Ancient China – Great Wall of China This lesson, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to the Ming Dynasty period of Chinese History through the lens of the Great Wall of China.  The lesson includes links to pictures, maps and an interactive online quiz.  The lesson includes three activities: Mapping the Wall; The Great Wall in History; Howdy, Neighbor!
Primary Source: Library: Teacher Created Curriculum Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 7-12 Ancient China – Han and Tang Dynasties This lesson plan has students read an original source document “Lessons for a Woman” written during the Han dynasty and a brief account on a Tang Dynasty empress to examine the changing role of women in Ancient China.  One class period.
Primary Source: Library: Teacher Created Curriculum Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 7-12 Ancient China – Mandate of Heaven This lesson plan has students read an original source account detailing the Mandate of Heaven, which Chinese emperors used to justify their rule.  Students will complete a worksheet (linked to the web site) to understand the Mandate of Heaven and think about ways in which governments justify their rule.  One class period.
 

Ancient Africa

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EDSITEment – Lesson Plan Ancient Civilizations Teachers, grades 6-9 Ancient & Medieval West Africa – Timbuktu, Mali This curriculum unit, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduces students to ancient and medieval West Africa, specifically Timbuktu, Mali.  The Curriculum Unit is divided up into lessons, each taking several days and containing links to maps, visuals and informational web sites.  Lessons can be taught separately or as a unit.  Lesson topics include: Geography of Mali; Trade in Ancient West Africa; Timbuktu – a center of trade; Mansa Musa takes a trip; Timbuktu’s golden age of scholarship; The search for Timbuktu; Restoring the past; Reviewing and assessing the unit.
 

Ancient India

Web site Subject Level Applicable Synopsis
The Harappan Civilization by Tarini J. Carr Ancient Civilizations Teachers, students grades 6-12 Ancient India, Harappan Civilization The Archaeology Online is an online publication that covers Indian archaeological topics.  The Web page contains an essay and pictures about the Harappan civilization.  Useful for teachers and student research.
 

Ancient Europe

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Lectures on Ancient and Early Medieval History - Main Ancient Civilizations Teachers, students, grades 9-12 Ancient Civilizations, Early Medieval Europe This webpage contains links to 30 history lectures written by Steven Kreis, Ph.D. in History, for classes he has taught.  These lectures are each around 10 pages long and cover topics from the introduction to the concept of civilization to the aftermath of the Black Death.  These would be useful for teachers preparing lectures and students doing research. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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