Lesson 1: Civilizations

Wrapping Up


In the next lesson, you'll learn why we know so much about ancient civilizations and why there's a lot we don't know.

Questions to Discuss

  • In many civilizations, why do you think artwork and monuments were made for or in honor of rulers? (Answers will vary.)
  • What might happen to a civilization that experienced a long drought or repeated crop failures? (Answers will vary, but your child should recognize that successful agriculture is a key aspect of civilization.)
  • Do you think having a shared language is important in a civilization? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.)

Things to Review

Review your child's "Social Structure" page. On the "Brainstorming" page, pay special attention to the questions he wrote about ancient Egypt. Work with your child to help him answer these questions, either in the course of completing the activities for the later lessons in this unit or with additional research.