Please note that with regard to lesson
plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient
civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines
between the topics. For example, a lesson plan dealing with
archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological
subject. A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also
automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not,
be dealing with history or ancient civilizations. While every
attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be
aware this may not always be possible.
Appropriate grade or age levels are
included with the lesson plans.
The number of lesson plans available online
for this topic is enormous. This site can not and does not index all
lesson resources relating to ancient civilizations. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity. The following provides some idea of
what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.
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under specific topic headings such as ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc.
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of lesson plans listed here are free.
Adult Ed - Lesson Plans __ "This lesson helps students identify and evaluate the institutions, values, and mores of different ancient civilizations. Students examine how these things relate to the criteria of greatness and power. The activities engage students in in-depth study of one ancient civilization through reading, writing, research, and oral presentation."
You will find goals, procedures and needed materials. - From WNET New
York - http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/adulted/lessons/lesson5.html
Ancient American's On-Line Theme Unit Page 1__
"Activity: Native cultures have existed in the Americas for
thousands of years. Introduce some of the major ancient cultures to your
students by creating a time line and a map of the early civilizations of
North, Central, and South America." You will find goals,
procedures and materials. - From Scholastic Inc - http://teacher.scholastic.com/lessonrepro/lessonplans/theme/ancient01.htm
Ancient Americas lesson plans for elementary school teachers
__ A collection of lesson plans covering both American continents and
multiple civilizations. - From proteacher.com - http://www.proteacher.com/090095.shtml
Ancient Civilizations Theme Page __ "This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Ancient Civilizations. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) that will help teachers provide instruction in this theme."
They pretty much said it all. - From Community Learning Network - http://www.cln.org/themes/ancient.html
Argument in an Athenian Jail:Socrates and the Law
__ Your students will debate the relationship between individual rights and the rule of law with a philosopher
who was condemned to death. - From National Endowment for the Humanities
Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
__ A rather extensive website where you will find lesson plans, movies,
and general information about the ancient world. You may want to
spend some time here. - illustrated - From The Art Institute of Chicago
Collapse: Why do civilizations fall? __ Your
students can explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations -
Maya, Mesopotamia, Chaco Canyon, and
Mali/Songhia) - in order to learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. Hands-on activities and links to related sites are included in this Annenberg/CPB project.
- illustrated - From Annenberg/CPB - http://www.learner.org/exhibits/collapse/
Couriers in the Inca Empire: Getting Your Message
Across __ "Focusing on the means used by the Incas to send messages over long distances, this lesson plan illustrates one of the many creative ways throughout history that humans have devised to meet a universal need -- that of cross-country communication."
Objectives, procedure and materials. - From National Endowment for the
Early Civilizations __ A wide ranging
collection of lesson plans, class activities, and general information
about early civilizations. - From Pat Elliott - http://www.edselect.com/grade52.htm
Greek and Roman Land Use: What Was the Difference? __ "The ancient Greeks and
Romans, like every civilization, used
their environment's natural resources to develop their societies. This
lesson will help students differentiate between the two civilizations'
practices of land and natural resource use and assess the extent to
which the Romans adopted Greek practices. Students will research Greek
and Roman land use and illustrate maps with Greek and Roman land use
practices." You will find goals, procedure and materials
needed. - From National Geographic - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/17/g68/landuse.html
History Teaching Ideas__ A collection of lesson
plans and resources for the teaching of history. Some of the plans
are for more modern history but there are enough about the ancient world
to make a look-see worthwhile. - From teachingideas.co.uk - http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/history/contents.htm
Myth Teaching Tips __ Here is a collection of project ideas for teaching about ancient Greek mythology.
"The following lesson plans and activities are designed to build such skills as creative writing, observing, vocabulary development and art appreciation. They can be used independently of each other and are not intended for use in any particular sequence. You can choose the activities that are most appropriate for your curriculum."
- From mythweb.com - http://www.mythweb.com/teachers/tips/tips.html
Nubia - The Other Egypt __ Here your students
may explore the accuracy of primary source accounts of what is now the Sudan. Primary sources records include
such items as writings by Herodotus and Strabo. You will find student
pages as well as instructor pages and links along with scoring criteria,
goals and procedures. - illustrated - From imet.csus.edu - http://imet.csus.edu/imet1/desler/nubia/intro2.htm
ProTeacher! Ancient History lesson plans for elementary school teachers in grades K-6
__ You will find information on many subjects including Mayan, Roman activities, programs and thematic units, information on
Egypt, Greece and Rome, classroom and teaching ideas.
- From proteacher.com - http://www.proteacher.com/090089.shtml
Timeline __ "It is difficult for the adolescent to appreciate
the importance of studying the past; in order to help make timelines interesting it helps to personalize the technique...To clarify the meaning of the Timeline and the
concept of B.C. numeration." - From Lucinda Kelly Liedman, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, AZ
Using Geography to Learn About History __
"As students may already know, geographical factors have impacted
the course of history in many ways. When learning about historical
topics, it can be very helpful to simultaneously study a region's
geography. In this lesson, students will investigate how geography
impacted daily life, warfare, and trade in ancient Greece. They will use
this information to write statements to a school committee explaining
how geography should be incorporated into the history
curriculum." You will find goals, procedure and materials
needed. - From National Geographic - http://tinyurl.com/8uax9