This unit bundle contains the materials and directions for THIRTEEN complete lesson plans, activities, worksheets, readings, and PowerPoints! 130 pages of material! All resources needed for a complete lesson, ready in seconds, are included in the zip. This is a bargain at ONE-THIRD the price of buying each product separately!
These lessons and activities are completely Common Core aligned, substantiated with primary source analysis, and will prepare your students for state assessments, such as the Regents exam, as well as the AP World History exam. You may find a list of the included lessons below - links are provided to each product sold separately, containing more detailed information and images of materials. Any product that is not in Word already that you would like to edit for the needs of your class can be obtained simply by emailing me.
1. Characteristics of a Civilization – Chart and Reading Activity
This activity is a perfect intro to studies of early civilizations. Students first analyze the eight generally accepted characteristics of a "civilization" and whether any others ought to be included, then read a passage and answer a question asking them to think about the difficulties involved in classifying groups of people as a "civilization." Includes complete teacher answer key.
2. ”Guns, Germs, and Steel” Video Viewing Questions and Worksheet
This set of viewing questions helps students understand the main arguments behind Jared Diamond's biogeographical thesis about why some parts of the world and civilizations have historically been richer or more "successful" than others. Students view selected clips of the documentary publicly accessible on YouTube and answer questions as they watch. This is a particularly useful product, because it only focuses on about 35 minutes of the documentary, making it perfect for classroom use or as a homework assignment. The questions on the portion viewed focus on Diamond's initial question and how undergoing a Neolithic Revolution affects populations. Students will have a concrete understanding of the significance of the Agricultural Revolution by completing this assignment.
3. Agriculture: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
Reading Jared Diamond's influential article "The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race" is essential in any study of the Neolithic (Agricultural) Revolution. This product provides students reading and comprehension questions on the article. Can be used for a class activity, a sub plan, or as a homework assignment.
4. "Impact of Geography on South Asia/India"
In this 5 page packet, students label a map of the Indian subcontinent, complete a guided reading with graphic organizer, watch a 3 minute Discovery video clip, analyze images, and answer analytical summative writing questions in order to determine the way geography has impacted the development of the Indian subcontinent. Students learn the locations of modern countries in the area as well as the placement and significance of physical features such as the Ganges and Indus Rivers, Himalayas and Hindu Kush mountains, and the Thar Desert and Deccan Plateau, as well as the importance of the monsoon winds. They finish by doing analytical writing exploring the effect of the geographic isolation and diversity of the Indian subcontinent on the development of South Asian culture. A thorough teacher answer key is included with this product.
5. "The Indus River Valley Civilization: Mohenjo Daro and Harappa"
Students learn about the Indus River Valley Civilizations straight from the source as they examine actual images from the Mohenjo Daro and Harappa archaeological excavation sites! The bundle includes a complete, detailed lesson plan, a corresponding PowerPoint presentation, a fun archaeological investigation activity, a graphic organizer handout, and a student reading handout. Teacher answer key included! This lesson is ideal for engaging all kinds of learners, involving visuals, kinesthetic movement, interactive discussion, and analytical reading and writing.
6. "Aryan Invasion or Migration? Disappearance of the Indus River Valley Civilization"
Students delve into historical controversy and mystery in this complete structured lesson! Students learn about the Indo-Aryan migration into India, the disappearance of the Dravidian Indus River Valley civilization, and the beginning of the Indian "Vedic Age." Students take brief notes from a PowerPoint, conduct guided Internet research to prepare for an in-class debate, and close the debate by discussing why the "Aryan Invasion" theory is so controversial today. Includes a detailed lesson plan, corresponding PowerPoint, debate instructions and guided research handout, graphic organizer, and teacher answer key. Works as a two-day lesson, or assign Internet research as homework for a one-day lesson. You will be amazed at the advanced historical research and argumentation your students are capable of in this lesson - they love the challenge!
7. "Hinduism in India: Origins, Beliefs, and Impact"
This complete lesson is packed with interactive games and activities helping students understand Hinduism in India. Students take brief notes and examine images on a PowerPoint, analyze primary source excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads to understand Hindu beliefs, and play the traditional Indian game Snakes and Ladders to find Hindu parallels. They watch a video clip from a Hindu reverend, learn about the caste system and sati, and discuss a news story about yoga in schools. A detailed lesson plan is included (see preview), and all necessary handouts. Students have so much fun in this lesson, they don't even realize they're learning!
8. "The Caste System in India"
In this complete lesson students learn about the Indian caste system, its origins, why it was accepted in Indian society, and how the caste system impacts India today. Students read and analyze the ancient primary source "The Laws of Manu" to learn the origins of the castes and take brief notes from a visual-rich PowerPoint. They watch a powerful clip from an online documentary on the Untouchables, which always invokes strong student reactions and excellent class discussion. They finish by discussing different ways the Indian government is trying to combat the problems of the caste system, and draft their own proposals.
9. "Women in Ancient India"
Students learn about women's roles and treatment in Ancient India in this complete Common Core aligned lesson plan. They take brief notes on historical context and analyze a primary source excerpt from the ancient text the "Laws of Manu." Then they read short passages to learn about arranged marriages, the dowry system, women's roles in Hinduism, and the practices of sati and female infanticide and synthesize information in a graphic organizer. The lesson finishes with a fun, structured debate activity. Complete answer key included!
10. "Buddhism in India: Origins and Beliefs"
This worksheet, with complete teacher answer key, can be used as an in-class lesson plan, homework assignment, or sub plan. Students learn about Siddhartha Gautama and the origin story of Buddhism, and analyze Buddhist texts and primary sources (The Four Noble Truths Sermon and The Five Precepts of Buddhism) to learn basic Buddhist beliefs. Students compare/contrast Hinduism to Buddhism, analyze Buddhism's appeal in Ancient India, and finish by completing a fun application activity deciding whether everyday choices would be right or wrong in Buddhism.
11. "The Spread of Buddhism Throughout Asia"
In this complete lesson students learn how and why Buddhism spread from Ancient India across Asia, how cultural diffusion shaped the two different branches of Buddhism, and why it is no longer dominant in India. A visual-rich PowerPoint, primary source excerpt analysis activity, and a fun object lesson game help engage and retain student interest. A detailed lesson plan gives additional teacher notes.
12. "Emperor Ashoka and the Mauryan Empire"
Students examine Ashoka's impact on Ancient India and the Mauryan Dynasty in this complete lesson, which can also be assigned as homework or a sub plan. They begin by reviewing historical context and geography of Ancient India, then learn about the origins of the Mauryan Empire and Ashoka's Edicts, making cross-cultural comparisons to Hammurabi's Code. They examine primary source excerpts from Ashoka's Edicts, then finish by analyzing Ashoka's incorporation of Buddhism in his governance and determine his overall impact on Ancient India. Complete answer key included!
13. "Mauryan vs. Gupta Dynasties: Reading and GRAPES Chart Organizer"
Students learn the main points about the Mauryan and Gupta Empires of Ancient India in an accessible and comprehensive reading, then synthesize their knowledge in a GRAPES chart comparing the two dynasties (Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy, Society). Complete and thorough teacher answer key provided! This makes a great in-class activity, homework assignment, or sub plan. Ideal preparation or review for AP World History or Global History Regents exams.