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Students create living artifacts dealing with different times and cultures. They explore Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, Islam, Africa, and the United States.
Students focus on the development of European civilization during the Middle Ages in Europe through this series of lessons. They develop an awareness for time and place, explain the complex nature of cultures, and real and mythical characters.
Learners investigate what life was like during Middle Ages in Europe for nobles, merchants, and serfs. They examine economic and political feudal system, and explore how people lived, what conditions of their lifestyles made them particularly susceptible to disease, and what role trade played in spread of the Plague. Students then write exploratory essays.
Students create a map that depicts trade routes in Medieval times. In this economic lesson, students discuss the concept of trade in the Middle Ages. Students make a map of Europe and Asia where they identify medieval trade routes and discuss the commodities of the time.
Have your class explore the dynamic contributions made by Muslim writers in the Middle Ages. They read a passage covering aspects of writer Ibn Battuta's life, then answer 3 guided reading questions.
Young scholars examine the conditions in France and Spain during the Middle Ages and the Discovery of America. In groups, they compare and contrast the political situations in both countries and what effect they had on the New World. To end the lesson, they discuss the effects of the French Revolution and how certain people can have effect on the history of the world.
Students are introduced to the concept of trade. They are asked: What is trade?, When did civilizations begin trading? and What kinds of goods are traded today and why? They discuss trade in the Middle Ages. Students create a map of Europe and Asia, identifying medieval trade routes.
Analyze the geographical, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe. Middle schoolers work with both social studies and technological skills by writing, editing, and publishing a magazine dealing with issues related to the Middle Ages in western Europe.
Fourth graders examine the art of the Middle Ages or Medieval time period through the activities in this unit.
Young scholars work as a team to help improve the quality of life in rural Africa and develop a plan how to spend grant money the United Nations has provided them with.
Sixth graders explore plagues in the middle ages. In this social studies lesson, 6th graders examine the impact of deadly plagues on past societies and how the governments were forced to make drastic changes in response to the plagues
Africa was home to many great ancient civilizations, this presentation covers aspect of 4 of them. Middle schoolers explore aspects of civilizations from Nubia, Ghana, Mali, and Songhay. Topics covered are achievements, culture, great rulers, and religion. A wonderful resource! Have the class research North African civilizations and write a compare and contrast essay.
Students are introduced to the concept of cultural diffusion. In groups, they identify the culture of Mali, Nigeria and Ethiopia and work together to research how cultural diffusion has changed the country. To end the lesson, they share their findings with the class and view artwork from each country.
Twelfth graders investigate Ekon kon or Djola or Jola (dance), a noncompetitive, communal dance performed by the Djola people from the Sene-Gambia region of West Africa. They listen to a lecture by the teacher about the West African cultures that include this dance. The lesson includes many resources for the teacher as well as explicit directions for performing the dance.
Fifth graders identify key events of the Reformation. They recognize the impact of religion during the Middle Ages.
Lessons about France can cover art, history, and the colonization of Africa.
Students explore the concepts of blasphemy, censorship and freedom of expression through the lens of Salman Rushdie. They also consider how these issues have been reflected in US history.
Student groups create an art history timeline. They design collages to represent different periods of art throughout history, and recreate pieces from each era.
Students develop a class definition of folklore. In groups, they read various folklores and discuss the loss of independence and how to survive. They answer discussion questions and compare the folklore tales to art. To end the instructional activity, they discover how past and present folklore has changed over time and compare it to the blues found in the Delta.
Fifth graders examine the motives, progress and results of the European exploration and conquest of Asia, Africa and the West Indies from the 15th to the 17th centuries. They use maps to trace spice routes and research the role of spices during this era.