World History Ancient Civilizations Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans

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Been assigned to teach world history but have no idea where to begin? Have creative ideas but not a lot of time? You’ve found the perfect resource with this engaging interactive notebook unit over ancient civilizations. It’s packed with interactive activities and detailed lesson plans.

Ancient Civilizations will provide your students with an interactive overview of the process of state-building in the ancient world. Students will learn about the rise of civilizations and much more!

★ Topics Include: ★

  • Focused Vocabulary
  • Thematic Current Events
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Mesopotamia (Sumerians, Akkadians, Amorites, Babylonians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Persians, Phonecians, and Hebrews)
  • Ancient India (Indus River Valley, Aryan Migration, Hinduism, Caste System, Mauryan Empire, Buddhism)
  • Ancient China (Zhou, Qin, Mandate from Heaven, Confucianism)
  • Elements of a Myth
  • Development of Writing (Hieroglyphics, Cunneform, Phonecian Alphabet, Chinese)
  • Primary Source Analysis (Hammurabi’s Code, Flood Stories [from the Bible and Gilgamesh])

★ Here's What You Get:★

  • Daily Lesson Plans
  • Editable PowerPoint Presentations--easy to load into Google Slides
  • Cloze Notes--great for students who need modifications
  • Foldable Graphic Organizers--truly, tactile learning benefits even high schoolers
  • Quizzes
  • Primary Source Analysis
  • Handouts
  • Exit Tickets
  • Answer Keys
  • Study Guide and Test
  • Editable Versions of Most of The Resources--I will show you how to load these into Google Slides so they're ready to be assigned digitally in a snap!

★ FAQS ★

Q: My school discourages me from using the number of copies I need to make interactive notebooks.

A: No worries! It's super easy to use the EDITABLE resources digitally--just insert them into Slides with ONE click! (Psst...most of the resources are editable.) 

Q: I see that this unit is marked for 7th-10th grades. Why the broad range?

A: I teach AP world history and needed to shift and find resources for struggling 10th graders, so I designed this course. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from middle school teachers (even 6th grade) that this course works really well for their students, as well as 9th and 10th grade teachers that their students love it! 

Q: I noticed that your daily lesson plans are designed for the block schedule. I teach on traditional. Will this work for me?

A: Yes! It's super-easy to modify them for traditional. I give you instructions on how to do it quickly! 

What Teachers Like You Said...

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jason L. said, "The quality of the product has convinced me to purchase more from the seller in the future. The powerpoint of the day always matched perfectly with notes that were engaging and bright. The notes provided with the presentations were informative and cover the details that make the history really pop out in real life

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Carrie R. said, "Brilliant!! This is so helpful and the kids are so engaged. Thanks!" 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Robin H. said, "Students enjoy taking notes and are engaged in the lessons! I love these interactive notebooks! " 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Erin C. said, "When students want more hands on and there is need for a variety of differentiation, this product is fantastic!

★ Want more interactive, ready-to-teach world history? All 11 of my units plus the growing digital bundle, syllabus, and pacing guide are sold together at a steep discount. ★

Get the full course! World History Interactive Notebook Complete Course Curriculum with Lesson Plans

*** Each unit contains daily lesson plans, ideas for implementation, and tons of creative and engaging resources. Oh, and don’t forget about the editable component. You can use that to customize and digitize! ***

Unit 1: World History Ancient Civilizations Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Take your students back to the dawn of civilization. Engage them with Mesopotamia, India, China, and Egypt through concepts such as empire-building, religion, government, and laws. 

Unit 2: World History Classical Greece and Ancient Rome Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Guide your students through Classical Greece (from the Persian Wars through Alexander the Great) and Ancient Rome (from republic to fall). Tell stories and read sources that have shaped Western thought for centuries.

Unit 3: World History Middle Ages in the East and West Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Juxtapose the East–the Mongols, the Golden Age of Islam, the Byzantine Empire, and the great trading kingdoms of Africa–with the West–the Franks, the Holy Roman Empire, feudalism, and the rise of nation-states. Who knew the Middle Ages were so fascinating? 

Unit 4: World History Renaissance and Reformation Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Students witness the ascension of European art, banking, and ideas and the causes and effects of the second great divide in Christianity as modern Europe emerges.

Unit 5: World History Age of Exploration Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Show your students that exploration wasn’t only about technology and explorers. The prize of European exploration? The long-thriving Indian Ocean Trade. The ultimate result? The opening of the world, a new trade route, and the devastation of Old Imperialism and chattel slavery.

Unit 6: World History Enlightenment and Revolution Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Drive home the power of thought, assembly, and the pen to your students. Old forms of government give way to seismic change spurred by new ideas with the American, French, Haitian, and Latin American Revolutions. 

Unit 7: World History Industrialization and Imperialism Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Your students will understand the power of economics as they analyze the major catalyst of New Imperialism–the Industrial Revolution. The world order changes dramatically as Europe, the U.S., and Japan use their newfound economic might to alter the world’s trajectory. 

Unit 8: World History World War I Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: The previous units set the stage for this tragic war–one propelled by militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism. The punitive treaty and lack of self-determination for the colonies would set the stage for the tumultuous interwar years and the second world war.

Unit 9: World History Between the Wars Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Take your students through the “Anything Goes” Jazz Age to the global devastation of the Great Depression. They’ll understand the causes for the rise of fascism and communism and witness civil war in China and civil disobedience in India.

Unit 10: World History World War II Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Students will see that the Treaty of Versailles failed to solve the problems that led to WWI, culminating in WWII. Fascism is defeated and a new, devastating weapon permanently changes the nature of warfare, while the Holocaust reveals unimaginable devastation and darkness.

Unit 11: World History Cold War, Postcolonialism, and Terrorism Interactive Notebook Unit with Lesson Plans: Take your students on a topical tour of the contemporary world. They’ll see continuities and changes over time in the increasingly global age and the effects of past events with decolonization, genocide, and terrorism.

World History Digital Resources Growing Bundle: Digital flipbooks, webquests, presentations, and more–all in full-color on Google Slides that students can type right on to and submit to you on Google Classroom or whatever your LMS happens to be. I’m still adding to this folder as I digitize and create new resources.


Already built your unit but want to add supplemental lessons to really bring it to life? These activities are sold separately from this unit…

Primary Source Analysis

Ancient Civilizations Complete Vocabulary Unit

Current Event Paragraph

Flood Story from Gilgamesh and the Bible Analysis

Bellringer and Participation Handout and Rubric

Ancient Egypt PowerPoint, Cloze Notes, and Hieroglyph Activity

Ancient Mesopotamia Cloze PowerPoint and Cloze Notes

Ancient India and China PowerPoint, Cloze Notes, and Writing Foldable

Ancient Civilizations Review Game, Study Guide, and Test--Editable

Learn the Elements of a Myth and Write One


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