Understanding Ancient History

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Length: 36 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 9th – 12th Grades
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How to Use This Course

Understanding Ancient History leads high school students on a journey through ancient history, from the early civilizations of Sumer and Egypt through the time of Christ. Each unit begins with how geography influenced the development of the culture and then moves into exploring various facets of history and daily life. The civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, Greece, Rome, and Africa are included, as well as a brief introduction to the Olmec and Chavin peoples. Numerous optional activities are also included for students who wish to dig deeper.

Course Introduction

The study of history is very important, but one should remember, as Leopold von Ranke wrote, that it is important to not only know what happened, but also how it happened in history. In this course, we’re going to focus on two key areas: enduring understandings and essential questions.

Enduring Understandings:

  • Geography influences the development of a region.
  • Natural resources and geography influence a nation’s development.
  • Leaders emerge and exercise power in different ways.

Essential Questions:

  • How does the geography of a nation influence the people?
  • How do natural resources and geography affect history?
  • How have individuals influenced history?
  • How does a change in leadership impact society?
  • What makes a great leader?

Most units also include a section on the vocabulary connected with the time period, as well as the civilization’s key leaders. Assignments, quizzes, and tests are included throughout. Answer keys are provided.

  • Unit One: Introduction
  • Unit Two: Egypt
  • Unit Three: Mesopotamia and the Origins of Judaism
  • Unit Four: China
  • Unit Five: Indus Valley
  • Unit Six: Greece
  • Unit Seven: Latin and South America—Olmec and Chavin
  • Unit Eight: Rome
  • Unit Nine: Ancient Kingdoms of Africa
  • Unit Ten: Review and Closing

If this course is taken in full, spending approximately 180 hours completing all assignments (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it will count for one high school credit.

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