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Students explore ancient cultures. In this ancient religions instructional activity, students study the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia they watch "Garden of Eden" and discuss their impressions. Students then research Sumer and prepare presentations regarding their research findings.
Students examine ancient religions of Confucianism and Buddhism. Pupils prepare a K-W-L chart, Venn Diagram and participate in think-pair-share activities. Classmates compare and contrast Confucianism and Buddhism. They explore the difference between monotheistic religions and ancient religions.
In this ancient religions instructional activity, students fill in the scrolls about each ancient religion and fill in the blanks about them as well. Students complete this for 5 ancient religions.
In this religion worksheet, 10th graders study the foundations for ancient religions. Students use the graphic organizer to understand the timeline and development of the religions through the ages.
Explore ethnicity and identity with a research and writing assignment. Class members conduct online research, looking in particular at images and carefully noting down their sources on notecards. They read about identity and compose essays that compare the ethnicity and identity that they experience to that of ancient people or the nineteenth century Middle Eastern world.
Students examine the indigenous religions of China (Daoism) and Japan (Shinto) to see how magical beliefs and practices form an integral part of these religions. This lesson may be controversial.
Bring excitement and interest to your social studies with a unit on ancient civilizations.
Students study ancient Greek civilization. In this World history lesson, students locate Greece on a world map and review what the ancient Greeks did when they developed new ideas for government, science, philosophy, religion, and art.
Religion is an important area of study in any history class.
This resource includes a list of over 40 world religions and their major features, such as brief summaries of their origins and history, beliefs in god and an afterlife, practices, foundational texts, etc. The document also includes an introduction explaining decisions that went into how the chart was formulated.
- Have learners review the religions and choose one to further study, research, and present
- Continually have class members refer back to this resource throughout a world religions course
Ancient religion was often times closely linked to social structure and government. Hand out a handy guide that describes 12 major gods and goddesses from ancient Mesopotamia. They are each connected to a location, symbol, and force of nature.
Students learn about the two main types of religions. In this religion lesson, students define religion and learn about early religion as well as religion in the west. Students define animism, polytheism, pantheism, monotheism, agnosticism and atheism.
Sixth graders examine important information relating to Ancient Egypt while obtaining specific knowledge about ancient civilizations. In this ancient civilizations lesson, 6th graders read a chapter on Ancient Egypt, discuss and complete a 'Coat of Arms' worksheet, and explore websites dedicated to ancient civilizations.
Young scholars research the parallel development and complexity of writing and civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. In this ancient Mesopotamia lesson plan, students analyze the Cuneiform writing system in ancient Mesopotamia and how the civilization evolved due to the system. Young scholars place artifacts in chronological order of their creation and write an explanation paragraph.
In this Greek mythology activity, students analyze Greek mythology and the poem The Odyssey. Students research, write, and present a speech about a Greek god or goddess.
Middle schoolers look into the development of religious beliefs. In this ancient civilization lesson, students research the founders of several world religions including Akhenaton. Middle schoolers use their findings to create world religion charts and respond to discussion questions.
A perfect resource for encouraging an understanding of the world's religions and note taking skills. Text is broken into a classic note taking style, ideal for teaching good habits. Content includes a break down of major religions, separated into monotheistic and polytheistic categories. All seven major religions plus two secondary religions are discussed.
Learners investigate Greek contributions to modern America. In this ancient Greek influence activity, students watch videos, listen to lectures, and conduct research regarding ancient Greek ideals in order to analyze and trace Greek influence in modern American society. Several weblinks, worksheets, and project options are included with this activity.
From pharaohs and pyramids to the mummification process, this packet is a fantastic resource for studying ancient Egypt! Worksheets not only review key terms and practices that are foundational to ancient Egyptian culture, such as religious beliefs, writing, architecture, etc., but also include a range of engaging, interactive activities.
Learners explore the ancient civilization of Mali and examine various historical and cultural aspects of the civilization. In this ancient civilization of Mali lesson, students examine trade with respect to geographic locations, discover the Sudiata's Legacy and examine the five pillars of Islam.