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World History
Ancient to Present

Week One: Geography & Prehistoric

Monday: No School

Tuesday: Welcome to school!  Syllabus, procedures, and Art in History Lesson & Activity.

Wednesday: Where is Matt?  (students make a check for every country/city they could find on a map if given the opportunity.  Then when it is done you can discuss the locations he went to), Studying Geography in a World History Classroom, Page 1 of the Map Assignment (World Regions)

ThursdayMercator Projection Reading, How we look at the world when looking at maps YouTube Video and finish Geography PowerPoint, bodies of water map (done in class).

Friday:  The Paleolithic World (slides 1-11) - Watch Lucy Video, Continue with the physical features map (done in class).

Week Two: Neolithic & Mesopotamia

Monday: Neolithic Revolution Notes (slides 12-25). Discuss why Catal Huyuk was built in a swampy location and why the doors were on the roof.  Longitude and Latitude Map

Tuesday: Characteristics of a Civilization Notes (Slides 26-30), What do you know about Mesopotamia and Egypt Activity, Assign one of the projects that best fits the students for Mesopotamia & Egypt (small group presentation, creative project, timeline, or essay)

Wednesday: Start with a reading on the Epics of Gilgamesh, the oldest piece of literature that we have.  Notes on Mesopotamia (slides 1-12). If time, there is a reading on the Sumerians.

Thursday: Reading on the Code of Hammurabi, discuss what is important back then with what is important now. Cover slides 13-16.  If more time, there is another reading on the Code of Hammurabi.

Friday: Middle Eastern Cultures Readings (One can use the various unit quick reads for stations - Phoenicians, Hittites, Assyrians) or pick one or two and go over the slides 17-22).

There are other items to the unit, if you have the Mesopotamia/Egypt unit.  You can exchange items as needed.

Week Three: Egypt

Monday: Egyptian Slides 23-31 and Egypt Map Assignment

Tuesday: Read about the 3 Kingdoms of Egypt, cover slides 24-38

Wednesday: Ahkenaten Documentary

Thursday: The Hebrews Reading and Notes (slides 39-47)

Friday: The Persians and Zoroastrianism Stations Activity & Slides 48-end

I have a unit study guide and test if you would like to give one.


I also have KIM Vocabulary sheets that can be done as homework or done as a bell ringer or end of class activity to go over the terms covered that day.

Week Four: Ancient China

Monday: What do you know about Ancient China? Activity, China PowerPoint Slides 1-8, and Early Chinese History Reading.

Tuesday: Confucianism Reading 1, Slides 9-18, then other reading on Daoism, Confucianism, and Legalism.

Wednesday: Shi Huangdi Stations or Short Reading (depending on time), Slides 19-28Start video on Qin Shi Hunagdi

Thursday: Documentary on Qin Shi Huangdi

Friday: Reading on Han China, Slides 29-40, and finish documentary on Shi Huangdi.

Other Activities:  The Ancient China unit comes with different projects that you can add based on time.  I tend to save the timeline as a sub day plan, but it also works great as a one day in-class project.

Students LOVE the Chinese Social Media Activity.  I do it on Nearpod (I make a collaborative board) so I can approve or deny posts.  I project the board on my screen for all to see, but they can also see it on their Chromebooks.

There are also map activities and the KIM Vocabulary that can be done.

Week Five: Ancient & Classical India & China

Week Six: Ancient & Classical India

Monday: Asoka Reading, Notes on the Mauryan Empire Slides 33-42, and Rock Edict Reading or Chandragupta Mauryan Reading

Tuesday: Gupta Empire Reading or Activity (or an exit slip activity on the Gupta's) and slides 43-48 on the Gupta Empire.  

Wednesday: Video on India

Thursday: Study Guide and Review (Timeline works too)

Friday: Test on India

Week Seven: Ancient & Classical Greece

Monday: What do you know about ancient Greece? Slides 1-3 on Greek Geography, and Reading & Map Assignment of Greek Geography

Tuesday:  If you are doing a longer project, like the Creative Project, assign it on this day. Reading on the History of the Minoans, Notes (slides 4-11), and art activity

Wednesday: Ask students if they know the story of Troy.  Have them write down what they remember.  Go over it in class.  Then go over the Mycenae reading and activity, and finally, end with slides 12-17, which includes a video.

Thursday: Start with video and notes on Greek Religion (slides 18-19), Read the myth of Io.  Then complete slides 20-24.  Have a discussion on slide 24.  If you have a longer class, you can do the Gods and Goddesses Trading Card Activity.

Friday: Start with the reading on Sparta, then go through slides 25-29 and watch the video from the reading on Sparta. You can then either assign the Greek Timeline or finish the trading card project or Creative Project.

Monday: Start with the reading on Athens, go over slides 30-38, then complete the station activity.

Tuesday: Start with the reading on Greek philosophers, Go over notes 39-44.  Then pick an item from the Peloponnesian War packet.  I tend to use the Pericles Speech. 

Wednesday: Go over the rest of the slides covering Alexander the Great and go over the reading or give work time to finish the project you picked.  You can also go over the study guide.

Thursday: Test on ancient and classical Greece.

Friday:  (Presentation day for creative project, or start Rome) What do you know about Ancient and Classical Rome?  Hand out the reading and map assignment on Rome's Geography.  If time, go over slides 1-4.

Week Eight: Greece & Rome

Week Nine: Rome

Monday: Start with the video on the mythological founding of Rome (found on slide 6), then go over slides 7-10, finally go over the readings on the Etruscans.

Tuesday: Go over the reading on the Politics of the Roman Republic.  Go over slides 11-19.  I split up the readings and the slides.

Wednesday: Complete the station activity on the Julio-Claudian Emperors.  When finished, review slides 20-26.

Thursday: Read about the 5 Good Emperors, complete slides 27-35.

Friday: Complete the rest of the PowerPoint slides.  There are plenty of projects and activities that can be added to this unit on Rome if you have time within your semester's schedule.  There are also exit slips if you have time within your class schedule. 

Monday: Start by having students work in a small group or with a partner and write down all the possible ways the Americas became populated.  Go over slides 1-8.  There is a video in it for the students to watch and discuss.  When done, students can discuss the various theories again with a partner or in a small group.  Finally, students will write a thesis statement on their own paper to explain what theory they feel is more accurate based on the available evidence.

Tuesday: Go over slides 9-19 and then have the students complete the Olmec Station Activity.

Wednesday: Have the students start with the reading on the Maya.  Next, go over slides 20-32.  Finally, have the students work on the Americas Timeline Project or one of the map assignments on the American Civilizations.

Thursday: Start with an Aztec poem, cover slides 33-43.  Then pick a reading or readings from the Aztec Reading packet.

Friday: Start with the reading on the Inuit.  Next, go through slides 44-58.  See if any of the students have any additional information they would like to provide about the culture groups covered on this day.  Finish map or timeline.

Week Eleven: Civilizations of the Americas & Europe in the Middle Ages

Monday: Start with the summary on the Inca, go over slides 59- the end.  If time, go over the reading on Pachicuti.

Tuesday: Test on the Civilizations of the Americas.

Wednesday: Go over the What Do You Know about the Middle Ages in Europe sheet or write down the reasons why Rome fell to refresh everyone's memory.



Week Twelve: Europe in the Middle Ages











Week Thirteen: Islamic Civilizations

Week Fourteen: Islamic Civilizations & the States & Kingdoms of Africa






Week Fifteen: Kingdoms of Africa & Medieval Asian History











Week Sixteen: Medieval Asian History

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