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Students will be working collaboratively to research one of four ancient civilizations that have influenced our world today, while building their digital literacy and writing proficiency. Students will present their information to other groups in the form of a slide show using an application such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides. Each group will become an expert on one civilization, and will be teaching the other groups about their civilization.
Supplemental materials are included if you choose to do a guided small group for Newcomer ELLs or SPED (special education) students who have impairments in the area of reading.
A series of PowerPoint presentations to guide research and facilitate discussions through higher-order thinking questions are provided in both Spanish and English. Rubrics are used to help students improve their writing proficiency by responding to daily prompts which facilitate the discussions. Teachers have the option of teaching the unit as a dual-language unit in Spanish and English or as English only. For the English only version, sentence starters are provided to scaffold language for ESOL or SPED students.
The unit can be taught in a social studies or language arts class.
Covered civilizations include Maya, Inca, Aztec, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia.
Included in the bundle are daily lesson plans with daily objectives, standards, scaffolded discussion questions, vocabulary and assessment rubrics.