Looking for a different, informal pre-assessment for your ancient civilizations units? These anticipation guides are widely used to start off literature units, and I have adapted to the idea to four ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, India, China and Egypt. I also included a blank template for you to create your own if desired. I found that these anticipations guides sparked discussion and curiosity about the upcoming units, as well as allowing the teacher to gauge students' backgrounds in the unit of study. I use these within my interactive notebooks with the students.