World History and Geography- Ancient Civilizations

    Students in this class will examine the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations.  Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds. 


    Assignments and HomeworkOn top of any nightly homework, assignments given during the day yet not completed in class will be considered additional homework.  Your child may have a variety of long-term assignments such as research, critical thinking activities, reports, and presentations.  Please contact me if you feel your child is spending an unreasonable amount of time on homework so I can work with you to resolve the problem


    • When absent, it is the student’s responsibility to make up missed work in the appropriate amount of time (one day absent = one day’s delay on turning in work). It is important to note that being absent does not excuse students from doing the work.  Many students learn to work proactively on assignments while home sick so they are prepared upon return to class. 
    • Students should keep track of missed work through my website, a trusted classmate, or both. Being responsible for catching up with the missed work is vital.


    GradingAssignments not completed in a timely manner will cause grades to be significantly lower.  Most often, any assignment that is nightly homework must be completed and turned in the next day to be eligible for points.


    In most cases (determined by teacher) I will accept late work.  On those occasions, points are deducted for each late day – up to five school days, after which no late work is accepted.


    Daily Planner

    The students will fill out a planner in class with assignments listed.  Students are expected to write down their assignments throughout the day so they can remember what they did in class and what their homework is for the night


    Academic Grading Process/Scale:

    Grades are based upon the total points given on homework and class work assignments as well as quizzes, tests, and projects. Work must be complete and done with effort.

    90-100% = A

    80-89%=    B

    70-79%=    C

    60-69%=    D

    59%-0%=   F


    Paleolithic  Settlements Paleo

    Paleolithic People~Tools, Tasks, and Fire







    The World  



     Ancient Civilizations: 

     Ancient Civilizations

    Our Glencoe Social Studies Book Online  

    Here you can read the overview of each chapter and play some games with the information that we are learning in class!




    Ancient Civilizations

    What are the PERGS? 

    We will analyze the relationships between the political, economic, religious, social, and geographic structures of  ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush.



    Mesopotamia was a civilization that existed over 4000 years ago!

     Did the Mesopotamians keep records of transactions such as sales and rentals?
    What kind of records did they keep on marriages and adoptions?
    Mesopotamian Contracts
    Click here link for samples of translated transactions and records.


    Ancient Stone                             Ancient Greece!!



    Culture Universals - those things that all people learn to do, though they do them differently from one place or time to another, including all of the following:

    art how people express their ideas, thoughts and feelings, through writing (literature), storytelling, painting, music, dance, etc.
    economics work: how things are made (Jobs & Tools), distributed (Trade and Money) and used
    social structure/daily life  education, class system, judicial system, families, food/clothing/shelter
    family  a group of people who love and care for each other, share common needs and concerns, and call themselves a family

    Types of families:

    1. Nuclear - father, mother and children
    2. Extended - nuclear family plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.




    how people express information, ideas and opinions to others, communication (sign, body, spoken, written, etc. )


    housing, public buildings, unique design


    location, region, place, interaction with the environment, movement/migration


    politics, power and how people use it to make decisions for themselves and others

    religion and mythology

    how people explain the unknown, and how they act on those beliefs -- values, world view, myths, legends


    tools, discoveries, inventions (economics)

    Civilizations we will study include the following:


    Mesopotamia     AncientEgypt              CatalHuyuk  http://www.smm.org/catal/                 

    Ancient Greece Ancient Rome   Early China


     History for Kids!  Click here.