Introductory unit on ancient civilizations and the foundations of democratic thought. Meant to be used as a replacement to the textbook, but could also be used as a supplemental material.
This is a reading packet that will answer the essential question- What are the characteristics of a civilization? How did patterns of civilization differ between the ancient and medieval worlds?
The reading packet includes ancient Greece, Rome, China, Mesoamerica, Persia, and Egypt. The packet ends in the Middle Ages to begin a new unit on the world in the 1700's. It includes graphic organizers with reading questions as well as vocabulary.
CA Framework Standards Met:
Students relate the moral and ethical principles in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, in Judaism, and in Christianity to the development of Western political thought.
Analyze the similarities and differences in Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman views of law, reason and faith, and duties of the individual.
Trace the development of the Western political ideas of the rule of law and illegitimacy of tyranny, using selections from Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics. Consider the influence of the U.S. Constitution on political systems in the contemporary world.