Ancient History (Grades 7-12) Self Paced

Ancient History (Grades 7-12) Self Paced

Length: 9 Weeks

Grades: 7-12

Instructor: Dahlen


Ancient Civilizations


Brandy Dahlen, MPhil University of Cambridge 2001

I have a master's degree in history from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and I love teaching history, literature, research, and writing!  I have been teaching history, writing, research, and literature courses, as well as ACT prep, for elementary, middle, high school, and university students for 17 years, with the last 7 years online.

Course Overview:

What does "civilization" mean?  How is it achieved? What factors influence the development of a civilization?  We will discuss what are the requirements to be considered a "civilization," how did the first civilizations develop, what features did they share and what were their differences.  We will explore a variety of civilizations from around the world as we discuss the themes and ideas of "civilization."  In class videos we will discuss, look at images, and read primary documents and short pieces of literature to help the students understand the values and elements of each of these societies we are exploring.  Students will explore the idea of "doing history" by thinking about the information available and the concepts of what history mean in a fun and exciting way.  This class serves as a foundation to the beginnings of World History.  


1.        Reading responses-Each week you will be responsible for reading all assigned material.  You will be expected to write a reading response for each of your readings.  These reading responses should be 1-2 pages on the background material for each time period in history and the important elements of the work.  You should be building a timeline of major pieces of literature across geographical boundaries.


2.        Presentations-You will be assigned brief presentations for each semester.  These presentations will involve researching the biographical information for significant authors and key information for major pieces we will study in class. 


3.       Papers-you will be expected to write short and longer papers, historical analyses of the pieces you are reading for class.  


4.       In class videos, we will spend much time discussing our reading, putting themes in their historical context and asking questions about the author’s and our own worldviews. 


5.       If at any point in this course you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  I am ready and available if you need my assistance at any point.

Course topics:

Week 1-We will discuss the idea of "civilization"-what is it, characteristics, and the Neolithic Revolution

Week 2-Mesopotamia

Week 3-Egypt

Week 4-China

Week 5-Indus Valley

Week 6-Persia

Week 7-Maya

Week 8-Minoans and Mycenaeans 

Week 9-Etruscans

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