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Ancient Civilizations Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Ancient Civilizations. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) that will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.


Alexander the Great
Created by three high school students, this site has information about Alexander the Great, his life, his family, his conquests, and his battles. There are also links to other Alexander the Great sites and resources on the WWW.

Ancient Civilizations
Half a dozen multi-disciplinary lessons on Ancient Civilizations from Houghton Mifflin's Activity Search.

Ancient Civilizations: Specific Civilizations

Ancient World Web
Over 400 links to Websites dealing with ancient civilizations, arranged alphabetically.

Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fall?
Students explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations (Mayan, Mesopotamia, Chaco Canyon, and Mali/Songhia) in order to learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. Hands-on activities and links to related sites are included in this Annenberg/CPB project.

Creative Impulse: The Artist's view of World History and Western Civilization.
This site serves as a meta-list of links to resources on World History/Civilization. You can select from over a dozen historical/cultural periods (including several ancient civilizations). Within each period, there are two types of links: 1) to traditional historical resources on that era; 2) to resources on the art, music, drama, literature and culture of the age. Each page has a search engine for ease in finding a particular historical or artistic resource.

Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World
Diotima an interdisciplinary resource for students interested in patterns of gender around the ancient Mediterranean. It serves as a meta-list of links to course materials, on-line articles, a searchable bibliography, and visual images.

Egypt Lesson Plans
Lesson plans/activities on Ancient Egypt - A thematic unit for elementary students.

Exploring Ancient World Cultures
This site has informational resources on the ancient cultures of the Near East, India, Egypt, China, Greeze, the Roman Empire, the Islamic World, and Medieval Europe.

Greek Mythology and Ancient Greece
Lesson plans/activities on the ancient Greek civiliziation that teachers can use in their classrooms during study of ancient Greece or Greek methodology.

Learning Space (LS): Ancient Civilization Research Lessons
One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity but teachers may feel at a loss as to what kind of questions students should be given to research. This site contains two intermediate level research lessons which pose motivating, genuine problems or open-ended real life problems whose solutions and answers are not easily found: Ancient Civilizations and Mystery of the Maya

Mr. Donn's Ancient History Page
Links to units, lesson plans, and activities on Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, India, and Africa. A large number of teaching and learning resources for intermediate students!

Mrs. Donn's Special Sections
Learn what life was like in a number of ancient civilizations, including Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, and China.

Ms. Hos-McGrane's Grades 5 & 6 Social Studies Class: Ancient History Project Page
In this classroom project, small groups of Grades 5 and 6 students conducted Internet research on a number of civilizations, including Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient China, The Vikings, The Celts, The Maoris, and The Incas. In addition to the students' projects, there are links to the web resources which they found most useful in collecting their information.

Mysterious Places
An exploration of sacred sites and ancient civilizations. Included are resources on Egypt, Easter Island, Chichen Itza, Ancient Americans, Stonehenge, and more.

Mythology Theme Page
This CLN "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of mythology. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Peru Lesson Plans
Lesson plans/activities on Peru. This site features topics such as: Peru archaeology, economy, and history.

[The] Pyramids: The Inside Story
Explore the pyramids at Khufu, Kafre, Menjaure and The Sphinx. There is also information on Egypt's Pyramid Age, the History of Giza, Who Built the Pyramids, How Old are the Pyramids, and Hieroglyphs.

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Seven Wonders with lots of links to related information.

Virtual Ancient Civilizations
This site from Urbana Middle School provides a mix of web resources and classroom activities for the study of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, Maya, Inca, and Africa.

WideHorizon Education Resources
WideHorizons is a commercial organization selling programs for world history. However, they have free resources at their web site that teachers may find useful. Check out their monthly newsletter which provides ideas and tips, a selection of web links, and a new multidisciplinary lesson plan. Their site also contains a number of free lesson plans - presumably an archive of what has been sent out through their newsletter.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: The History Index
This is a massive meta-list of links to a wide range of historical WWW resources. There are separate categories for Ancient Egypt, Greece, Near East, and Rome.

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