Foundation of Civilization: Technological and Environmental Transformations

What are the attributes of a civilization? A unit from Crash Course World History connects the main ideas from four of its videos to define a civilization and to track the transition from the Paleolithic Era to the Neolithic Revolution.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Design a unit on early and ancient civilizations based on the resource and its aligned videos
  • Assign the videos for learners to watch at home before arriving at class to discuss what they have learned
  • Use the unit as an independent assignment for summer vacation before addressing the rest of the curriculum throughout the school year
Classroom Considerations

  • The first part of a six-module unit on world history
  • Worksheets are available throughout the teacher version of the resource as well as in the individual student version
  • Some parts of the resource are in color, but should print well in black and white
Pros

  • Provides links to each video, as well as extension activities, discussion questions, and reading passages that tie to the central theme
  • Effectively compares the civilizations of ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley
Cons

  • None