Present History traces the emergence of civilization in "The Rise of Civilization." This world-history presentation begins with the characteristics of civilization and the rise of Mesopotamia and continues with a brief look at Ancient Egypt, Ancient India and Ancient China. This presentation identifies the physical geography that shaped each civilization and shows the importance of trade routes to these early civilizations. Thinking map and focus journals are included. Essential questions for this unit include: What factors were necessary for the development of civilization? What role did physical geography play in the development of early civilizations? What role did these early civilizations play in the development of future civilizations? Find a student note guide on this presentation by searching "The Rise of Civilization Notes and Review."