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Links to curriculum, lesson plans, primary sources, and other teaching tools aligned to the World History Curriculum
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Early Civilizations

Early Civilizations

  • Annenberg Interactives: Collapse - Why Do Civilizations Fall?
    Join us as we explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations. You'll learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. You can visit the Maya city of Copán and search for clues to its collapse. You can also try your hand at "garbage-ology" and study what trash can tell us about a society.

  • Artha
    Seven Ways to Greet a Neighbor Eight Rupees
    Artha, which loosely translates as "getting ahead," is one of four goals of Hinduism. Students explore this concept using a translated political doctrine from 4th century B.C.E. and also through a story about a young boy.

  • Asia for Educators
    An initiative of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, Asia for Educators (AFE) is designed to serve faculty and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature. Includes lessons, maps, primary sources, and much more.
  • Belief Systems Along the Silk Roads

    This activity asks students to reflect on similarities and differences among belief systems. Using excerpts of translated religious texts, students are asked to organize these quotations into broad themes. The quotations will be posted on a Silk Roads map as reminders of how cultural interchange and belief systems are represented in the ancient and contemporary world.
  • Comparative Religious Teachings
    Using quotations from translations of religious texts, students are asked to organize these quotations into broad categories of essential concerns. Although not a religion, the philosophical writings of Confucius are included because it is one of the major belief systems that flourished along the Silk Roads. The quotations will be posted on a silk routes map as reminders of how cultural interchange and belief systems are represented in the ancient and contemporary world.
  • Egypt’s Pyramids: Monuments with a Message
    What we know about ancient civilizations comes from what those civilizations left behind. Sometimes it's a shard of pottery, part of a tool, a piece of jewelry. Archaeologists scour the earth for such remnants of ancient civilizations to piece together a picture of the past. But in Egypt there are clues to the past that are hard to miss: they're six and a half million tons, taller than the Statue of Liberty, and as wide as 10 football fields.
  • Hammurabi’s Code: What Does It Tell Us About Old Babylonia?
    Having completed the activities in this lesson, students should be able to: Hypothesize Hammurabi's purpose in creating and distributing his "Code." Analyze how Hammurabi's Code reflects Babylonian society at the time. Describe life in Old Babylonia.
  • Interactive Acivities: Tomb of the Unknown Mummy
  • Lascaux
    Interactive Tour of the Lascaux caves
  • Life in Old Babylonia: The Importance of Trade
    Trade was critical to Old Babylonia, where many highly prized natural resources were scarce but agricultural goods were in surplus. A vibrant trading system developed, bringing manufactured goods and raw materials from as far as Turkey, and even India, 1500 miles away. Trade became integral to the economy and the culture. In this lesson, students explore the trade industry in Old Babylonia and its far-flung influence.
  • Mongols in World History
    Looks at: Mongols’ Mark on Global History -a new look at Mongol contributions; Mongol Conquests - what led to the conquests, and why were they so successful? Mongols in China - Mongols’ influence on China’s Yuan dynasty; Key Figures in Mongol History; Pastoral-Nomadic Life
  • Mughal India
    Using the other resources in the room students can build up their knowledge of early Imperial China. Topics covered include war, religion, art and architecture, trade and transport. The room is built in such a way as to encourage students to cross-refer to other relevant areas of the website.

  • National Geographic Xpeditions: Religion and Belief Systems in Asia
    The continent of Asia has been the birthplace of many of the world's major religions. Today, Asia continues to reflect the religious diversity of the planet. In this lesson, students will conduct an in-depth review of one of the major world religions by focusing on its origins, beliefs, and history. They will then explore reasons for the spread or decline in Asia of each of the major world religions. Finally, students will predict the continued spread of religions based on current events in Asia
  • National Geographic Xpeditions: The Spread of Buddhism
    This lesson assumes that students have already been introduced to the basic ideas of Buddhism and have some background about the various regions in Asia. This lesson uses Buddhist art to trace the spread of Buddhism in Asia. Students will study and compare and contrast famous Buddhist art and Buddhist sites in Asia, noting differences they see in the images.
  • Odyssey Online
    Welcome to Odyssey Online, a journey to explore the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and 19th - 20th century sub-Saharan Africa. You can make your own discoveries through cool puzzles, games, and worksheets.
  • The Cuneiform Writing System in Ancient Mesopotamia: Emergence and Evolution
    This lesson plan, intended for use in the teaching of world history in the middle grades, is designed to help students appreciate the parallel development and increasing complexity of writing and civilization in the Tigris and Euphrates valleys in ancient Mesopotamia. You may wish to use this lesson independently as an introduction to Mesopotamian civilization, or as an entry point into the study of Sumerian and Babylonian history and culture.
  • The Sport of Life & Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame
    Online journey into the ancient spectacle of athletes and gods
  • Trade in the Silk Road Cities
    Students will explore elements of trade along the Silk Roads by examining the products of various locations along the route--production, influences of resources and environment, challenges of transportation, and economic exchange. Through their investigations, students will gain an understanding of what was traded along the Silk Roads and the unique challenges that this route presented to the merchants that sought to profit from these exchanges.
  • Treasures Along the Silk Roads
    Using slides of objects from the exhibition Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China, Gansu and Ningxia, 4th to 7th Century, students will generate word maps that act as creative writing prompts. The archaeological finds from western China act as entry points to introduce students to the rich cultural and artistic exchanges on the Silk Roads.
  • Visible Traces: Rare Books and Special Collections from the National Library of China
    The Visible Traces Curriculum Studio links rare treasures from the National Library of China to your classroom through activities that highlight standards in the social studies, language arts and visual arts. The Studio features five themes that connect geography, world history, economics, religion and philosophy, world events, or fine arts curricula. The lessons also link ancient cultures to contemporary issues making this a valuable resource for any teacher.

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