We are starting our Civilization Unit. Here is a very rough outline of all the important links, texts, sentence frames, gallery walk questions, and project description. This will change slightly as the year progresses. I just wanted to post what we have so far.
Essential Questions: What is a civilization?
How do key features differ between ancient civilizations?
How do we design an experience for parents that showcases each group and allows for a natural crowd flow?
Textbook in classrooms
Readworks (article sets):
Sumer/Mesopotamia: “Egypt, the Kingdom of Kush, and Mesopotamia," "California and Mesopotamia - Similarities and Differences”
Mesoamerica - “Mexico” “Maya," “Digging up the Past”
Mesopotamia - “Ancient Civilizations”
Overall - “Ancient Civilizations”
Nova with Cornell Notes - Haydn’s account - Amazon, “Ghost of Machu Picchu (Inca),” “Lost King of the Maya,” “Cracking the Maya Code,” Netflix - “Great Human Odyssey” (origins to Sumeria, focus on Cornell Notes)
Ancient Mesopotamia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZsH6X9HtrU
World’s Oldest Civ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ6RT3PDLQA
Summary paragraph frame: _________ is best described as _________. To define ________ it is necessary to understand ____________. An example of ______ is _______. ________ is understood as _______. A defining characteristic is ______. An explanation of ________ provides insight into _____.
Gallery Walk Questions:
1. Cities: What are some important cities? Why?
2. Organized Government: What was the government like? What system is similar now?
3. Complex Religion: What was their religion? How important was this to them? How do you know this?
4. Job Specialization: Farming helped this, but what sort of jobs became specialized? What does this say about their society?
5. Social Classes: What were the social classes? Why do you think certain people were at the bottom? At the top?
6. Writing - Why is writing so important to this civilization? Why do you think it started?
7. Art and Architecture: What particular works of art are famous for this time period? What particular architectural advancements were made?
8. Public Works: These are government ordered. What sort of projects and buildings do you think the government would order? What famous examples are there from Mesopotamia? Why did you pick these?
Living History that asks students to: answer questions as members of the civilization from parents/staff, recreate a facade of their civilization, make fake art, provide a city center, show how their government works, give many examples of job specialization, have their citizens work/act in their social classes, analyze a famous piece of writing from their civilization and then showcase it, and then have memorable buildings in the background of their space. Each student is responsible for: two of the eight features of a civilization, to collaborate with other cores to manage overlap (will choose from hat to ensure there are not five Parthenon facades), spoken (written) presentation, and their costume. Technology - Twitter blast for the event, poster made with local paper company.
An attempt to flip an Integrated LA/SS classroom.