In the computer-based Ancient Civilizations activity, students create their own civilization and see how it fares over the years based on choices they make for location, animals, plants and materials. Students trade resources between their civilizations, repeatedly go to war with unnamed enemies, and learn some fun facts about real-world ancient civilizations along the way. This activity was inspired by Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.
In the paper-based Ancient Civilizations activity, students create their own civilization and see how it fares over the years based on choices they make for location, animals, plants and natural resources. Students create an artistic rendering of their civilization, trade resources between their civilizations and go to war with an unnamed enemy. This activity was inspired by Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.
An inquiry-based unit that teaches the use of primary source analysis through artifacts from Ancient Egypt. Students are asked to analyze artifacts from their own family, analyze artifacts from King Tut’s tomb, and then create hypotheses about what we can learn from ancient artifacts. Finally, students will construct an argument and create a press release.
Student teams use their knowledge about ancient Egypt to design playgrounds for Egyptian children. This involves brainstorming ideas on paper, building models with LEGO® bricks or other materials, and explaining their ideas to the class in five-minute presentations.
Who were the Hittites, and why was iron so important to them? Sal covers the history of the Hittite Empire, a civilization in Asia Minor that was among the first peoples to master ironworking. Iron tools, weapons, and chariots gave the Hittites a decisive advantage in combat, and it enabled them to conquer and hold territory.
The Ancient Egyptians used a naturally-occurring salt from the banks of the Nile River, called natron, to mummify their dead. Natron is made up primarily of sodium carbonate (a very efficient, but relatively expensive, dehydrating material), with about 17% sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). This activity explains how to create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
This art history video discussion examines the "Rosetta Stone", 196 B.C.E., granite (British Museum, London).
This resource is a video abstract of a research paper created by Research Square on behalf of its authors. It provides a synopsis that's easy to understand, and can be used to introduce the topics it covers to students, researchers, and the general public. The video's transcript is also provided in full, with a portion provided below for preview:
"Rich with clues into human history, Egyptian mummies have intrigued researchers for centuries. But it isn’t just the preserved bodies that contain valuable information: many mummies were covered with an outer casing called cartonnage, which included layers of recycled papyrus containing text from ancient writings. Although a rich source of information, accessing the textual content of these recycled materials without destroying the attendant mummies has been challenging. Now, powered by a grant from the Arcadia Fund, an international team of investigators has compared the abilities of different modern-day imaging methods to reveal this text, which may offer a new, non-destructive way for researchers to peer into the past. The team selected eight imaging techniques expected to give contrast to hidden organic and inorganic pigments buried within layers of papyrus. For testing, they created four so-called phantoms..."
The rest of the transcript, along with a link to the research itself, is available on the resource itself.
History 116, the first part of the introductory surveys of Western Civilization. This course covers the period from early civilized man to the early Middle Ages of Europe, with emphasis on Greece, Rome, Egypt and other Mediterranean peoples.
World History Encyclopedia is a non-profit organization publishing the world's most-read history encyclopedia. Its mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide.
The website offers thousands of free history articles, with a writing style aimed at students from middle school level and up. Articles are complemented by videos, timelines, 3D models, and interactive maps. The search function offers many filters, including the possibiliy to search for primary source texts.
Additionally, the organization published free teaching materials in its education section (https://www.worldhistory.org/edu/).