Unit 2: The Ancient River Valleys

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    Unit 2: River Valley Civilizations

    • Topic 1: Cradle of Civilization - Ancient Mesopotamia
    • Topic 2: Comparing River Valleys - Ancient Egypt, Indus Valley, China

    Unit Claim: How do geography and environment impact civilization?

    • Each unit has an overall unit claim. Students will be aiming to answer this question by the end of the unit using evidence from the readings to support their claim. 

    Unit Assessments: 

    • Formative Assessments
      • Any work completed in class can be graded. This includes bell ringers, quizzes, exit tickets, worksheets, discussions, etc. 
    • Summaitve Assessments (100 pts)
      1. Essay: Students write an essay in response to the following question: "How do geography and environment impact civilization?"

    Vocabulary: 

    • Geography: Longitude, Latitude, Coordinates, Equator, Prime Meridian, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Time zone
    • Mesopotamia: Civilization, infrastructure, trade, surplus, climate, arid, desert, B.C.E., C.E., agriculture, specialization, cuneiform, ziggurat, scribe, Tigris River, Euphrates River, silt, irrigation, Zagros Mountains, Sumer, Babylon, Hammurabi's Code, Fertile Cresecent, empire, import, export, merchant, artisan 
    • Other River Valleys: Egypt, Nile River, Saraha Desert, pyramid, pharaoh, emperor, China, Yellow River, Yangzi River, dynasty, Indus River Valley, Himalaya Mountains

    Coordinates Practice and Games 

    Unit At A Glance: 

    Topic 1: Cradle of Civilization

    Week of September 30

    • Review longitude and latitude lines and finding coordinates 
    • What climate zones are in Mesoptamia?
    • How do you use time zones? 
    • What are Mesopotamia's major geographic features and where are they located? (Rivers, mountains) 
    • Which area is the most likely area to support a civilization in Mesopotamia?
    • What geographic features were beneficial (+) and deterimental (-) to the development of civilization in Mesopotamia?
    • What are the major characteristics of civilization in Mesopotamia? 
    • Research Life in Mesopotamia - Characteristics of Civilization Chart

    Week of October 7

    • What are the major characteristics of civilization in Mesopotamia? 
    • What is Hammurabi's Code and do you think it was fair? 
    • Trade and transportation in Mesopotamia and the ancient world  
    • What items did Mesopotamia import and export?
    • Which other civilizations did they trade with?
    • How did they transport trade items? 
    • Mesopotamia Quiz

    Topic 2: Comparing River Valley Civilizations

    Week of October 14

    • What are the major climate zones and time zones in Egypt? 
    • What are Egypt's major geographic features and where are they located? (Rivers, mountains) 
    • Which area is the most likely area to support a civilization in Egypt?
    • What geographic features were beneficial (+) and deterimental (-) to the development of civilization in Egypt?
    • What are Egypt's natural resources?
    • Compare Egypt and Mesopotamia. 
    • Why was the Nile river important to Egypt? 

    Week of October 21

    • Who are Egypt's greatest leaders?
    • What was daily life in Ancient Egypt?
    • Who built the pyramids? 

    Week of October 28

    • What are the major climate zones and time zones in the Indus Valley? 
    • What are the Indus Valley's major geographic features and where are they located? (Rivers, mountains) 
    • Which area is the most likely area to support a civilization in the Indus Valley?
    • What geographic features were beneficial (+) and deterimental (-) to the development of civilization in the Indus Valley?
    • What was daily life like in Ancient India? 
    • What are the major climate zones and time zones in the China? 
    • What are China's major geographic features and where are they located? (Rivers, mountains) 
    • Which area is the most likely area to support a civilization in China?
    • What geographic features were beneficial (+) and deterimental (-) to the development of civilization in China?

    Week of November 4

    • What was daily life like in Ancient China?
    • What are some important inventions made by the Chinese? How have they impacted us today?