This unit bundle contains the materials and directions for TWELVE complete lesson plans and activities - 88 pages of material! All materials needed for a complete lesson, ready in seconds, are included in the zip. This is a bargain at a 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. 4 pages total.
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. 2 pages total.
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 Mesopotamia – Reading and Image Analysis, Chart Organizer
In this complete lesson, students analyze images and maps of Mesopotamia and the Middle East, read an included excerpt from "Mesopotamia: The Land of Two Rivers" and answer reading questions. Then they complete a chart organizer synthesizing their knowledge of the geographic features of ancient Mesopotamia and their resulting impacts on its development. Students especially come to understand the unique significance of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the area. All teacher answer keys are included. The lesson culminates in a student debate or writing activity. This lesson also works as an excellent substitute plan. The total product is 10 pages.
5. Sumerian Cultural Advancements Worksheet: Cuneiform, Ziggurats, and Gilgamesh
This product has students analyze the culture of ancient Sumer through examining some of their important physical artifacts and acting as archaeologists and anthropologists. Students also read a primary source excerpt from the "Epic of Gilgamesh" to analyze Mesopotamian cultural ideas about their religion and environment. This works great as a complete lesson in class (contains an Aim and a Do Now, along with notes sections), but can also be assigned as an independent worksheet as homework or for a sub plan to review later with the teacher. The total worksheet and reading with questions is four pages long; a three page complete teacher answer key with notes is an additional three pages.
6. Hammurabi’s Code and the Babylonian Empire
Students learn about Hammurabi and the Babylonian Empire, and get more fired-up arguing about ancient Babylonian laws than you would have thought possible with the fun debate activity included in this lesson! The bundle includes a complete, detailed lesson plan with teacher notes and class questions, a corresponding PowerPoint presentation, a fun 4 Corners Debate activity, and a primary source investigation in which students read and respond to excerpts from Hammurabi's Code. This lesson is ideal for engaging all kinds of learners, involving visuals, kinesthetic movement, interactive debate and discussion, and analytical reading and writing. A complete teacher answer key is provided. 5 pages, and 16 PowerPoint slides.
7. Ancient Hittites, Assyrians, Phoenicians, and Persians – Lesson Plan
Students learn the essential points about four civilizations from the ancient Mesopotamian and Mediterranean world in one lesson! Students read short essays with helpful map visuals, then synthesize information (such as origins, location, achievements, and interaction with other civilizations) into their charts. Includes complete teacher answer key. I often set the lesson up as a jigsaw activity, having students first read and become an expert on one civilization with a small group, then move into mixed groups and teach each other. Having students present what they learned to the whole class is also an option. The last part of the lesson asks students to make a judgment about the overall positive or negative impact of each culture, which invariably leads to some fiery debate between students wanting to defend "their" civilization! This lesson is ideal for classes needing to prepare for Regents or AP World exams, as it gets the important information across clearly and succinctly and allows for dynamic comparison and contrast between civilizations. 6 pages total.
8. Ancient Assyria and Sargon II – Political and Social Structure Examination
Students read the famous "An Assyrian Palace" excerpt, then answer reading questions to identify important aspects of the Assyrian government and social structure under King Sargon II. Students are always especially intrigued by the description of the Assyrian queens' lives, leading to great class discussions! A complete teacher answer key is provided. 3 pages total.
9. Ancient Egypt – Geography and Culture Packet
In this 5 page packet, students analyze maps, images, primary, and secondary sources to determine the main important features of Egyptian geography and how its geography impacted its development as a culture. Students answer questions, fill out a graphic organizer by reading a brief secondary source about Egyptian geography, and read an excerpt from the ancient Egyptian "Hymn to the Nile" to find evidence. They finish the packet with a review activity using an excerpt from the "Epic of Gilgamesh" to compare and contrast ancient Mesopotamian geography and culture with ancient Egyptian. A through teacher answer key is included with this product. This packet can be used as a complete, Common Core aligned lesson plan in class, given for homework, or as a sub plan. It provides ideal preparation for AP World History or Global Regents exams.
10. Impact of Religion on Ancient Egyptian Society – Worksheet and Lesson
This 4 page packet has students analyze how the religion of ancient Egypt impacted their society through examining some of their important artwork and physical artifacts and acting as archaeologists and anthropologists. It contains a short notes section and historical context about Ancient Egypt. Students also analyze a primary source image and reading excerpt from the famous "Book of the Dead." Students will understand how religion was rooted in daily life, structured social norms, and advanced social and scientific progression in Ancient Egypt. Contains a complete, detailed teacher answer key! This works great as a complete lesson in class (contains an Aim and a Do Now, along with notes sections), but can also be assigned as an independent worksheet as homework or for a sub plan to review later with the teacher. The total worksheet and reading with questions is four pages long; a complete teacher answer key with notes is an additional four pages.
11. Egyptian Social Structure Primary Source Activity
Students practice close reading and historical analysis of an Ancient Egyptian primary source document to learn key ideas about the social stratification and economy of Ancient Egypt. The primary source reading is three pages long, including student questions. There is a two page detailed and complete teacher answer key at the end.
12. Ancient Hebrews/Israelites and Judaism in the Middle East Lesson Plan
In this inquiry-based 8 page packet, students analyze maps, images, primary sources, and short notes sections to learn important Jewish origin stories, the roots of Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and the lasting significance of Judaism in the Middle East. Primary sources include compare/contrast activities between the Judeo-Christian scripture and the Quran, as well as between the 10 Commandments and Hammurabi's Code. A thorough teacher answer key is included with this product. This packet can be used as a complete, Common Core aligned lesson plan in class, given for homework, or as a sub plan. It provides ideal preparation for AP World History or Global Regents exams.
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