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1 class periods of 90 minutes each
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.
Graphic organizer: Make a chart with two columns. Put "Technology" above one, and "Writing Systems" above the other. Make four rows on the left hand side of the paper and write in "Egypt", "Mesopotamia", "Indus Valley", and "Yellow River". On the top of the paper write the following Socratic questions as a guide for what the students are supposed to find while researching the topic. The students will put the information in the boxes of the graphic organizer.
The student will need to know how to find subjects in a World Civilizations textbook. Such as using a table of contents, index, main headings, vocabulary words, etc.
Students will need to know what you mean by technology. Define the meaning in the context of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and so forth.
The following is a format I use. Feel free to modify the lesson to fit your classes personality.
For ESL students have them look a maps or charts in the book to find information on their topic.
The information the students have collected can be used to assess the students understanding in many different ways. Listed below are some examples or come up with your own.