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Social Studies - World Civilizations
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Standard 1
Students will gain an understanding of early civilizations and their contributions to the foundations of human culture.
Objective 3
Examine the major characteristics of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and the Yellow River.

  • Jigsaw ancient technology and writing systems
    Jigsaw Philosophy The new core curriculum in World Civilizations can be challenging. We are expected to teach Stone Age to A.D. 2000 in a one semester class. The jigsaw teaching tool is something we all learned in college. It can help to get information across quickly and the student can retain the knowledge, because they are teaching to their fellow students. This lesson is one example.

    Objective:The student will learn and compare the technology and writing systems of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and the Yellow river region. They will use a Jigsaw format to research their assigned topic and share that information with other students in the class. The data collected by the student will be used in a testing format.

    Enduring Understanding:Students will gain an understanding of early civilizations and their contributions to the foundations of human culture.

    Essential questions:

    • What are the technologies and writing systems developed by ancient river valley civilizations.
    • When was the time period these technologies and writing systems were used?
    • How was the technology and writing systems used to benefit the people in their region?

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