Ancient History Lesson Plans
Use these lesson ideas with our Atlas of World History to show civilizations and empires in their broader historical context.
The following activities are designed to give students a clear and strong overview of the Ancient World. The different activities require different amounts of time, and are aimed at meeting differing requirements in the curriculum. Please select those which will be of most value to your own students and situation.
A bird's-eye-view of Ancient History!
Aim: to enable students to place the different civilizations and empires in their broader context. It is also designed to make students form judgements for themselves about why some developments were more important than others in shaping world history.
This activity addresses chronology, cause and consequence, and interpretation.
An exploration of key themes which run through different civilizations of the Ancient World
Aim: to get students to explore some themes which re-occur in the histories of different civilizations, and so enhance their understanding of the Ancient World as a whole.
This activity addresses change and continuity, cause and consequence, technology and society, conflict, global connections.
Students design a time-cruise through ancient history!
Aim: to enhance students' understanding of the Ancient World as a whole by letting them design a time-cruise through that epoch of human history.
This activity addresses change and continuity, cause and consequence, technology and society, global connections.
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