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Egypt and Mesopotamia
Age 11-13: Concept 1 - Semester 1: Unit 1

Twelve thousand years ago, people first settled in agricultural communities around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the area of modern-day Iraq. Later, people also settled around the Nile River in northern Africa. The civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt that grew out of those early settlements created powerful empires and rich cultures that still influence our lives today.

In this unit, you'll travel back to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt and learn about the cultures, governments, and economies of these fascinating civilizations. In your final project, you'll create a web-based tour of these two civilizations or present the findings of an imagined archaeological expedition to ancient sites.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 11-13 social studies units utilize a Timeline of Ancient Civilization along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events. Cards are color coded so your child can easily see and compare what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time.
$6.99 #780 Timeline of Ancient Civilization
$5.00 #781 Ancient Civilization Timeline Cards

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Archaeology
  • Lesson 2: Early Mesopotamia (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Assyrians, Neo-Babylonians, and Persians
  • Lesson 4: Egyptology
  • Lesson 5: Ancient Egypt and Its History (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Egyptian Royalty and Religion (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Daily Life in Egypt (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Archaeological Expedition or Web-based Tour (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the development of early civilizations in Africa, c. 8000 BCE to 600 CE. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilization of Mesopotamia. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the role of Egyptian trade in the eastern Mediterranean and Nile valley. (Social Studies)
  • Describe what has been learned through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind. (Social Studies)
  • Describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss the main features of Egyptian art and architecture. (Social Studies)
  • Identify, evaluate, and use historians' methods and tools. (Social Studies)
  • Identify, evaluate, and use the methods and tools used by historians. (Social Studies)
  • Know the significance of Hammurabi's Code. (Social Studies)
  • Locate and describe the major river systems and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement and early civilizations. (Social Studies)
  • Relate archaeology to the study of history. (Social Studies)
  • Trace the development and assess the achievements in the arts, sciences, and technology of early river civilizations, including those around the Nile (Egypt) and Tigris-Euphrates (Mesopotamia) rivers. (Social Studies)
  • Trace the development and assess the achievements in the arts, sciences, and technology of early river civilizations. (Social Studies)
  • Trace the development of agricultural techniques that permitted the production of economic surplus and the emergence of cities as centers of culture and power. (Social Studies)
  • Trace the evolution of language in its written forms. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the relationship between religion and the social and political order in Mesopotamia and Egypt. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the significance of Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great. (Social Studies)
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