1 The First  Civilizations

Journey Across Time
Textbook Resources
  Ch 1 The First Civilizations
  Study Central

Chapter Overview (YouTube)
Quizlet - Study Lessons 1 and 2 Vocabulary
Quizlet - Chapter 1 Vocabulary (All three lessons)
Chapter 1 eNotes

Museums and Other Web Links
The Iraq National Museum (Includes Google Virtual Tour)
Oriental Institute Chicago
Melbourne, Australia Museum - The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia - Best of History Web Sites
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - Mesopotamia
Mr. Dowling - Ancient Mesopotamia

Lesson 1:  Early Humans

1. Paleolithic people adapted to their environment and invented many tools to help them survive.
2. In the Neolithic Age, people started farming, building communities, producing goods, and trading.

Quizlet Lesson 1 Vocabulary



The Ice Age
Interactive Map
Paleolithic (Wikipedia)
Did Neanderthals Bury Their Dead?

Lascaux:  A Visit to the Cave (In English)
Lascaux Caves:  Wikipedia
Lascaux Caves:  Google Images
New York Times:  Threats to the Lascaux Caves
Lascaux Cave Paintings
Lascaux Caves (YouTube)
  Lascaux, The Prehistory of Art 1/6, 2/6, 3/6, 4/6, 5/6, 6/6
BBC - How Art Made the World 2 The Day Pictures Were Born
Mr. Donn - Early Cave Art

Altimira Cave Paintings

The First Americans, Part 1 (Student Video), Part 2,
Solutreans - The First Americans (documentary theory) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9

The Fertile Crescent 1 - Catal Huyuk
Welcome to Catalhoyuk
Ancient Jericho - 3D animation

Evolution - Becoming Human (Don Johanson)
100 Greatest Discoveries - Lucy
-Don Johanson
Lucys Legacy: the Quest for Human Origins

Human Evolution and why It Matters: A Conversation with Leakey and Johanson
American Museum of Natural History
Don Johanson - Luchs Legacy: Our African Origins




Cultivation and Modern Use of Ancient Grains
History of Grains, Part I
Ancient Grains - ConAgra Mills
Ancient Grains
A Guide to Ancient Grains


Lesson 2:  Mesopotamian Civilization

1. Identify the important contributions that the people of Sumer made to later peoples.
2. Explain how the Sumerian states gave way to empires, such as the Babylonian Empire.






The Fertile Crescent 2 - Cuneiform
The Fertile Crescent 3 - Typical Examples
The Fertile Crescent 4 - Tomb Stuff
The Fertile Crescent 5 - King Sargon
The Fertile Crescent 6 - Kings Naram Sin and Hammurabi

YouTube Video Resources
Mesopotamia (lecture)
Ancient Mesopotamia
Ancient Mesopotamia (Slide show)
The Epic of Gilgamesh
     Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6     Part 7     Part 8     Part 9
     Part 10   Part 11  
The Epic of Gilgamesh (cartoon format)
     Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6     Part 7     Part 8     Part 9     Part 10
     Part 11    
Inventions and Discoveries in Ancient Mesopotamia
     Part 1     Part 2     (Student project)
Civilizations:  Mesopotamia
     Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6
     (See text comments for French translations on some episodes)
Assyrian Ancient Warriors
     Part 1     Part 2     Part 3
The Kings:  From Babylon to Baghdad
     Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6     Part 7     Part 8
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:  Gardens of Babylon
     Part 1     Part 2
Babylon:  The Jewel of the Semites (Pictures only)
Semitic Empires:  (Student Project)
    Part I:  The Akkadian Empire
    Part II:  The Old Babylonian Empire
Origins of Religion? 

Miscellaneous Video
Ancient Sumeria
Mesopotamia The First Civilization on Earth
  Turning Points in History:  Mesopotamia

Mesopotamian Music
Music of the Ancient World - Sumerian Music Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI
     Hurrian Hymn

Code of Hammurabi
     Turning Points in History - Hammurabi’s Laws
     Hammurabi’s Code (Student Presentation)
     Hammurabi’s Code (Social Studies Project)

Art and Literature

     Great Cylinder Seal
    Mesopotamian Art
     The Great Flood
     You Can Write Cuneiform Script
     Scribes in Mesopotamia

Sumerian Astronomy
     Ancient Sumerian Astronomy

The Ancient City of Ur
  Ur - The Ancient City of Abraham Part 1, Part 2,

The Standards of Ur
  Standard of Ur (Wikipedia)
  BBC - A History of the World - The Standard of Ur
  The Standard of Ur - British Museum
  The Standard of Ur - Penn

The Royal Tombs of Ur
Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur
  The Royal Tombs of Ur (The British Museum)
  The Royal Tombs of Ur (Ancient Civilizations for Kids)
  Royal Tombs of Ur (Penn Museum) - Has a collection of videos on the discovery
  The Royal Tombs of Ur
     1.0 The Bull-Headed Lyre (Personal video)
     1.1 Queen Puabi
     1.2 Ram in a Thicket
     1.3 Cosmetics
     1.4 What’s It all Mean?

Modern Conservation and Views
     Artifacts Returned to Iraq Museum
     Iraq National Museum is Open
     Iraq’s National Museum is Partnering with Google
     Conservation Worries for Ancient Iraq’s Ur Site
     Visit of American Military Men to Ziggurat of Ur


Lesson 3:  The First Empires

1. Describe how Assyria's military power and well-organized government allowed it to build a vast empire in Mesopotamia.
2. Discuss the important landmarks built in Babylon by the Chaldean Empire and the development of the first calendar with a seven-day week.


Exploring Mesopotamia WebQuest
Discovering Mesopotamia WebQuest

Group PowerPoint Project     Rubric

Additional Web Sites
Sumer: Part 2
Gods, Goddesses, Demons, and Monsters
Internet Resources, Grades 5-8

Ancient Mesopotamia information
Mesopotamian Mythology:  List of Gods and Goddesses
Gateways to Babylon
The Story of Gilgamesh
The Gods of Sumer and Babylon

Chapter 6 Timeline (From previous textbook)


Ancient Mesopotamia

Engineering an Empire:  The Persians










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